Principal's Corner

Dear Otay Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

It is my pleasure to serve as your new principal! I am really excited to bring some great new ideas to Otay Elementary and collaborate with staff, students and the community to merge them with some of the great things already happening at our school! We are going to continue to focus on Common Core State Standards and we are going to dive deeper into the new English Language Development standards, as well.

In addition to our curricular focus we are going to continue to work on the Social and Emotional Learning to close the achievement gap. In order for students to learn at their fullest potential, we must create a learning environment, which is safe and nurturing.

As your new principal, I am also committed to creating opportunities for students to be successful and expand their horizons! Thanks to our district Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) funds, we have the opportunity for our students to take Art and Music weekly during their specialty classes! I will work vigorously to create more opportunities after school as well!

Please know that I value collaboration with the families and community. I feel that parents play a vital role in our success, so I invite you to visit our school, volunteer, participate in our after school events and parent meetings, and join our parent committees so that your voice may be heard. Thank you for choosing Otay Elementary School as the place to educate your child. We have a very exciting year ahead of us!


Monica J. Castillo


Our Mission

The Otay School Community is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that creates high achieving, innovative thinkers who realize their potential and become self-confident, life-long learners. Students are viewed as the core of the community. The Otay School Community provides opportunities for all students and their families to take responsibility for learning and an active role in their education. We are devoted to the success of all.

Our Vision

An Education at Otay Elementary builds students' character and empowers them to make a positive contribution to society.

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