Mariposa Elementary School is founded on a firm commitment to creating a school where the learning environment is exceptional. Our rigorous academic standards-based program is designed to provide a strong and diverse instructional education for all students. High expectations on the part of the staff, students, parents, and the community ensure our pursuit of excellence. In addition, Mariposa is a California Distinguished School. Mariposa is located in the northern section of the city of Brea. The school opened its doors in 1967 to grades kindergarten through six.
The education program is tailored to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. Many diverse ethnicities and languages are represented on campus. The school facility consists of 24 classrooms, a multipurpose room, childcare facilities, and a thriving media center. Students are served through a comprehensive program including a Resource Specialist, Speech Therapist, and Special Day Class program. English Language Learners receive instruction in English Language Development delivered by CLAD or SDAIE credentialed teachers in addition to an EIA Instructional Assistant. All teachers are fully credentialed and more than two-thirds have achieved Master's Degrees. A variety of programs support our education of the "whole child". Students participate in Student Council, Service Learning Projects, special activity days, and schoolwide SPIRIT Ceremonies. Student performances are highly valued in the school culture, including many traditional celebrations like our all-school Flag Day Assembly, Kindergarten Pageant of the Masters and Circus de Mariposa and our annual Talent Show. Fibo Art, Music, piano keyboarding lessons in our incredible Roland Music Lab, and Beginning and Advanced Band link students to Visual and Performing Arts.
Ample opportunities are provided to encourage children to develop their strong character traits and build positive developmental assets through character education embedded in our school-wide expectations through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Mariposa is the hub of interaction for our community. Long respected for its structured yet nurturing environment, the school has a history of being a welcoming campus. The close connection between the parent community and the school is reflected in our successful parent volunteer program with PTA. Our parents are visible and active at every level and have been an integral component since the school's beginnings. Working collaboratively with staff and parents, students develop civic responsibility by participating in charitable projects. Outstanding communication between staff and parents provides thorough support our students need to succeed. If a school's success could be measured by the devotion of its alumni, then Mariposa is truly an inspiration. We are honored to have former students come to the school to visit, to teach, to substitute teach, and to reminisce about their days at Mariposa. They are delighted to talk to classes, telling them what a great school they are attending and how their own lives were molded here. Mariposa is a positive experience that imprints a child's entire life.