8500 Madera Drive
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Madera School provides an exemplary elementary program for its students. Our school was awarded a “Program of Excellence” citation from the Contra Costa County Association of School Administrators. Many of our staff members serve as mentor teachers in the WCCUSD. Graduate degrees are held by 15 percent of the staff.
Madera is proud to have placed in the top two schools in WCCUSD in total reading, math, language arts and spelling scores for standardized testing. Our API score was 906, and we received accolades as one of the top elementary schools in the State of California. We have also received the Governor’s reading award four times.
Madera School provides a stimulating, integrated, and thematic learning environment that motivates the entire school community — students, teachers, administrators, staff members and parents — to work together for the betterment of the students. This cooperative and nurturing partnership allows the school to create and maintain an outstanding and safe learning environment. By operating a School-Based Coordinated Program, Madera utilizes funds to provide additional personnel, materials, equipment, and staff development to enhance our school vision. These funds include SIP, LEP, and GATE.
At Madera we have high expectations for behavior and academic excellence. Students are encouraged to develop respect for themselves and others as well as an appreciation of diverse groups of people and their cultures. Students develop a vision of themselves and of others as active members of a world community. Our school community cares deeply for its students and uses established methods to provide a consistently positive and safe school environment where students learn and grow each day. We work to prepare students for the challenges that they will face in the future.
Madera has an active PTA that meets monthly. Madera’s PTA raises roughly $100,000 every year, money which pays for a technology coordinator, music teacher, cultural arts assemblies and many of the other programs that help make Madera a very special place.
Download the Madera PTA Handbook (pdf file)
The purpose of this handbook is to provide families with information on the scope, structure, and activities of the Madera PTA. We hope that as you become familiar with the organization, you will find areas in which to participate – there really is a place for everyone!