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Project VRES#8-2008
Project VRES#8-2008

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Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Board Member Nury Martinez today joined elected officials, parents,
guardians, community members and special guests to celebrate the
ribbon-cutting of Valley Region Elementary School #8 (VRES #8).

   The new school opened its doors to students on September 13, 2010,  and relieves overcrowding at three neighborhood campuses: Dyer Elementary School, Gridley Elementary School and Morningside  Elementary School. VRES #8 is a Public School Choice site  operated by Local District 2.

“I am elated to be officially cutting the ribbon for Valley Region Elementary School #8, a brand new facility that will be serving students right in my own neighborhood,” Martinez said. “Valley Region Elementary School #8 will offer the first dual language immersion program in my Board District. We now have an opportunity to provide not only a rigorous instructional plan, but also the opportunity for our students to become academically bilingual and bi- literate. Today is definitely a day to celebrate.”

“Students in this community deserve a school that is state-of-the art,” California State Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes said. “I am proud to join the LAUSD today in celebrating the grand opening of this great new facility that will also open its doors as a valuable asset to local neighbors.”

VRES #8 offers a dual English/Spanish language program. Dual language programs have been found to provide strong academic gains for both English language learners and native English speakers. The music program at VRES #8, which includes a student orchestra, develops a fundamental appreciation of sound-symbol relationships enhancing literacy, as well as cultural appreciation.

“At Valley Region Elementary School #8 the staff, students, parents, and community are working together to start things off right,” VRES #8 Principal Mary Mendoza said. “Together we can build a foundation for years of academic excellence.”

“It feels good to read the new books that give us intelligence to succeed in our relaxing library,” VRES #8 4th grader Ricardo Ramirez said. School facilities include classrooms, a library, multi-purpose room, food service area and lunch shelter, administrative offices, playfields, and underground parking.

“I am honored to celebrate the opening of this new elementary school,” LAUSD Local District 2 Superintendent Alma Peña-Sanchez said. “Our students truly deserve the opportunity to attend a school in their neighborhood that also operates on a traditional, two-semester calendar.”

VRES #8 is part of the LAUSD’s current $20.1 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program. Its goal is to provide every student with the opportunity to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar. For more information, please visit

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General School Information

DISTRITO ABAJO.jpgValley Region Elementary School #8

12441 North Bromont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  91340



       Educational Highlights


Valley Region ES #8 (VRES #8) is a Public School Choice site operated by Local District 2.  Students in all grade levels at VRES #8 will confront
real problems within the standards-based content to enhance learning to mastery.  Highly qualified teachers will inspire and teach students to think critically and take intellectual risks.  By offering a dual language program, VRES #8 will provide the best opportunity for families that are committed to academic excellence and genuine bilingualism for their children.  Dual language programs have been found to provide strong academic gains for language minority students and native English speakers.  In addition, the music program at VRES #8 (which will span all grade levels), will develop a fundamental appreciation of sound-symbol relationships enhancing literacy, as well as cultural appreciation. A student orchestra will be established to reflect the pride and achievement of this new community of learners.


      Campus Features

School facilities include classrooms, a library, a multi-purpose room, a food service and lunch shelter, administration offices, playfields, and underground parking.



General School Information


Board Member

Nury Martinez

Local Superintendent

Alma Pena-Sanchez

LA City Council

Richard Alarcon


Mary Mendoza


WLC Architects

General Contractor

EMMA Corp.

2-Semester Seats


New Classrooms


Site Acres


Approximate Sq. Ft.


CHPS Score


Schools Relieved

Dyer ES/Gridley ES/Morningside ES



Dyer ES and Gridley ES return to a traditional calendar

for the 2010-11 school year.