Chaparral Elementary

About Chaparral Elementary School

At Chaparral Elementary School, we consider ourselves a community of learners, which includes students, staff, parents and business partnerships. Through this process we are preparing our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Our students experience a balanced, rigorous, and challenging curriculum that allows for individual differences and fosters responsible citizenship in a safe and orderly environment.

Chaparral Elementary School was recently recognized as a 2010 California Distinguished School.Two “signature practices” that contribute to this special award were: 

  • 1)  improving academic performance and
  • 2) addressing the social-emotional needs of a balanced student.
The Claremont Unified School district has a powerful and simple, yet comprehensive and meaningful motto: “Where students, learning and passion connect.” Chaparral incorporates this mission motto with “all students will experience success every day.”

You will find our staff eager and capable of providing your child with excellent programs of instruction and a warm, caring environment in which to grow.  Together with our parents/partners in education, we have high expectations for our students in academics and citizenship.  Students learn through an integrated curriculum in which language arts, mathematics, history/social studies, science, physical education, art and music develop together through thematic units that support the California State Standards and the CUSD Goals.

Chaparral Elementary has an up-to-date computer lab and ceiling mounted projectors in each classroom.  Many of our classrooms have interactive interwrite boards.  We continue to work towards integrating technology into our instructional program daily.  Each student visits both the Computer Lab and our Library on a weekly basis where an up-to-date environment and book titles will be found.  We also are fortunate to have the expertise of an outstanding credentialed Physical Education teacher and two Paraprofessionals to assist him for upper grade students, a vocal specialist and the Art Masters program.  We recognize that a successful school experience is compounded by the shared responsibility between home and school.  Parents are their child’s first teacher and what parents do with their children at home has a powerful influence on their performance at school.  Our goal is to work closely with our students and parents to ensure the best possible education to meet the needs of our diverse and talented students.

Chaparral Elementary School is located in southern California about thirty miles east of Los Angeles. Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley and the city of Claremont, Chaparral School is within walking distance of the seven Claremont Colleges. Chaparral Elementary School historically serves approximately 650 students in grades kindergarten through sixth.  Chaparral is a high performing school with a culturally rich student population.


For further information contact:

Lisa Yamashita, Principal

451 Chaparral Drive

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 398-0305 x. 68001

Fax: (909) 398-0306


Nancy Stamm

Office Manager

Phone: (909) 398-0305 x. 68002