Welcome to Muraoka Elementary!

flying momongaMuraoka Elementary School opened it's doors on July 19, 2017 and is located in Otay Ranch, a middle socio-economic area. Approximately 20% of our students qualify for free or reduced price meals. The school's ethnic diversity which includes African-American (%), American Indian or Alaskan (0%), Asian (5.0%), Filipino (16.5%), Hispanic (52.7%), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (0.4%), and White (12.3%). Students with multiple ethnic backgrounds or who did not respond are 6.9%. The backgrounds of all students are acknowledged, respected, and incorporated into the school curriculum and activities.

Muraoka Elementary front entrance

Our Namesake

Saburo Muraoka

The Board of Education named our school after Saburo Muraoka (M-UU-R-AA-O-KUH), who was part of the fabric of early Chula Vista. Mr. Muraoka left his hometown in Japan and immigrated to Chula Vista in 1915, thriving in the agriculture business his father had started. He dedicated his life to consistently experimenting in pursuit of effective farming strategies. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Muraoka suffered the forced relocation to an internment camp, a fate that befell an estimated 117,000 other Japanese-Americans in the United States. After World War II, Mr. Muraoka returned to Chula Vista, rebuilt his life, his business—and community. Mr. Muraoka died in 1983.

Saburo Muraoka Elementary is San Diego’s very first school to be named after an influential Japanese-American citizen. The eye-catching two-story structure includes 36 classrooms, “makerspaces,” a stunning digital media/library space, and a multipurpose room. “The school’s design and learning environment mirror the innovative spirit of Saburo Muraoka,” said Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., at the school’s grand opening. “He was known to be an innovator in growing celery and cucumbers, developing unique grafting and farming techniques. Similarly, this school’s design will promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication for our students.”

Around The District

Tony Thurmond Speaks to the Press
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State Superintendent Celebrates CVESD Students’ Return to School
Posted on 07/21/2021
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond welcomed back students and staff to in-person instruction at Enrique S. Camarena Elementary S
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The CDPH Announced on July 12, 2021 New Mask Guidance for Schools
Posted on 07/20/2021
As of this writing, masks are still required when indoors in K-12 schools, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
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Solar panel installation at Rogers Elementary
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Construction at all 49 locations will be conducted in six groups
Posted on 07/19/2021
The Chula Vista Elementary School District, in partnership with ENGIE, recently began construction at an initial group of schools that will receive ne
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Applications Now Being Accepted for Members for the Chula Vista Elementary School District Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
Posted on 06/03/2021
The Chula Vista Elementary School District (District) is seeking applications to fill two (2) vacancies within the Chula Vista Elementary School Distr
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State Superintendent  Tony Thurmond Speaks to the Press
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State Superintendent Visits Casillas, Castle Park schools to Highlight In-Person Safety Measures and Social-Emotional Supports
Posted on 05/13/2021
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond visited Castle Park and Joseph Casillas elementary schools on Thursday, calling attention to
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Eastlake Elementary Principal Eric Banatao, Ed.D.
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AAPI Heritage Month: Principal Reflects on Family's Sacrifices
Posted on 05/12/2021
Principal Eric Banatao, Ed.D., recalls his family's sacrifices in uprooting from the Philippines.
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School Nurses Answer the Call
Posted on 05/07/2021
When a vaccination “Superstation” opened at the Chula Vista Center mall, school nurses from the Chula Vista Elementary School District answered the ca
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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CVESD Honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Posted on 05/03/2021
Throughout May, a multimedia campaign will give voice to various segments of our learning community about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
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Operation Immunity
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'Operation Immunity' Hosted at CVESD Campus
Posted on 04/30/2021
Operation Immunity, a mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit, may be coming to a campus near you.
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