I got this lightning quick email response from Janet Alvarez, the Principal of Eddie Cortez Elementary (Pomona's new math and science magnet school):
I was very excited to read your email. We are always happy to share information about our great school.
When I got your email, I started asking some of the parents what they think about Cortez. It would be so easy for me to write but, I really wanted the parent perspective. So, this is what some of the parents said.
When you walk into Cortez, it has a very positive feel. All the staff is very friendly and it is a very community oriented school. The school has a great library and computer lab which is open before school, during recess and lunch and after school.
Cortez is a school where all children are accepted and not based on grades. We like the full day Kinder program.
The curriculum is very rigorous. Students are involved in projects, problem solving and critical thinking. Students learn by doing and by inquiry.
Now my piece. This is a great school. We will be going up to 7th grade next year and 8th the following year. Our students know the expectations and strive to do their best.
If you would like to come by and see the school, we are hosting a tour on Tuesday, January 29th at 9:00 a.m.
Thank you for your interest. We appreciate the opportunity to share with the public.
GofP: Cortez sounds like the kind of school where any parent would feel comfortable hanging their child's backpack. That's a good thing for Pomona.