Mission & Values

Where Children Come First

Marquez Charter School students are empowered to become lifelong learners, creative thinkers, and productive citizens in a safe, nurturing environment.  

We believe...

  • To thrive in a diverse, connected world, students need a solid academic foundation and social skills

  • Character Counts—Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship

  • It takes a village of committed parents, inspirational teachers and visionary administrators to deliver a world class education to our community

Quick Facts

  • Opened in Pacific Palisades in 1955

  • Teaching students in TK through 5th Grade

  • Keeping class size small with 17-24 students in TK through 3rd grade, and 27-31 students in grades 4 and 5

  • Proud to be 1 of 44 Apple Distinguished Schools in the US

  • We’re 1 of 4 Excellent Schools in LAUSD

  • 540 students
  • My family loves the true community feel of Marquez and the extraordinary parent involvement. My son adores having a specialized science class that he goes to each week out of the classroom.
    — Elisa, Current Parent
  • Marquez has a lot of heart. The teachers, staff and families are totally invested in the school and in promoting a quality education in a safe and caring environment. Smart, balanced, respectful and socially aware children graduate from Marquez.
    — Alex, Current Parent
  • The 5th grade teachers did a great job preparing my son for the honors program at Paul Revere.
    — Pam, Former Parent
  • The people! Students, Parents, Teachers and Staff are what make Marquez great!
    — Ms. Conner
  • Student groups, such as Student Council, Lunch Counselors, and Green Team, who exhibit great citizenship and dedication to our school and each other!
    — Ms. Arevalo
  • I admire the school-wide emphasis on character education through Character Counts and the way those values become part of the everyday activities of the students at school: returning a lost item, charitable projects, being friendly to others, and across-grade activities done together.
    — Ms. Wyckoff

What's a Charter School?

Marquez Charter Elementary is a public, affiliated charter school of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and has served the Marquez Knolls neighborhood since 1955.

In 1993, parents and teachers seeking greater autonomy and flexibility successfully petitioned the district to become one of the first charter schools in California. Our Governing Council, comprised of teachers, staff and parents, makes decisions regarding curriculum, staffing, budget, enrollment, and policy concerns, in accordance with our charter contract.

Being a charter school allows Marquez to hire additional teachers to keep classes sizes small and to offer enrichment programs such as art, music, and PE. It gives us flexibility to take advantage of our uniquely talented staff, who for example teach 5th grade American history through musical theater, or by tending the edible garden where children learn about native plants and how they served the local tribes, or heirloom plants grown from seeds from Jefferson’s garden at Monticello.

Marquez consults with the LAUSD on matters not covered by the Charter and may seek waivers regarding issues, policies, and procedures that are not specifically addressed by the Charter or other applicable law.

Affiliated charter schools have been a very successful educational model and are unique to LAUSD. http://laschoolreport.com/affiliated-charters-a-successful-model-on-its-way-out/