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New Elementary School Enrolling Students

Cesar Chavez Elementary School, downtown Long Beach's newest public school, is now enrolling students in grades K-5. The school opens Sept. 8 and will serve students through June on a traditional school calendar. The new $15 million campus will reduce busing and allow more students to attend school closer to home. Neighborhood parents may register students by calling (562) 590-0904. This innovative new school is built on 2.6 acres at 730 W. Third St., near the intersection of Broadway Street and Golden Avenue. It will share facilities with neighboring Cesar Chavez Park. Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, a portion of the park between Broadway and Third Street will be sectioned off as a playground for students. In return, the school’s large gymnasium will be open for community use on weekdays after 4 p.m. and on weekends. This partnership makes the best use of limited urban space. The school will partner with The Children’s Clinic and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to provide an on-site clinic, offering immunizations and reduced-cost medical care in urgent cases. Each of the school’s 22 teachers will have a computer. A student computer lab will offer 30 computers with high-speed Internet connections. The school also will partner with the nearby Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific on field trips and integration of marine science with math, science and other classes.