Welcome to Bancroft Elementary

Bancroft serves pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade in the neighborhood of Spring Valley.  Bancroft is proud to serve our students and families with caring teachers and staff members and innovative instruction.  Enroll today!

Important Change for LMSV Schools

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year, all LMSV elementary schools will serve TK through 5th grade and all academy middle schools will serve 6th through 8th grade. Click here to learn more.

School Announcements:

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Interested in TK or Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 School Year?

Learn more about our TK/Kindergarten programs by attending one of our informational meetings. Meetings will detail daily program schedules, the registration process, and include a brief tour.

Please click on the link below to view dates and times. No RSVP is required.

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Get Involved

At Bancroft Elementary we understand the importance of a strong home-to-school connection and encourage our parents to volunteer on campus. Please stop by the office for more information on how you can become a classroom/school volunteer. Along with becoming a volunteer, we encourage parents to stay well informed by attending various parent meetings held on campus in room 18, such as Coffee with the Principal and our ELAC meetings.

Our next Coffee with the Principal will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024

Join us for our ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meetings in room 18. Our next meeting will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024

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ABC 10 Story Time

On Wednesday, December 13th, ABC 10's, "If You Give a Child a Book: Story Time" event was held at Bancroft Elementary. Anchor Melissa Mecija visited our school and read to Ms. Cooper's 3rd grade class. All of her students were able to select five books to take home and keep! Watch the video to see the amazing event.

Districtwide Announcements:


La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Receive Almost $1 Million in Grant Funding For Safer Schools From CALFIRE

Five schools will receive upgrades to outdoor play areas, water capture capabilities, stormwater pollution reduction, and more

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Learn About the Upcoming 6th Grade Transition to Middle School Districtwide

We have put together an FAQ page on the grade span changes coming to LMSV. Click here to learn more.

View our promotional videos for all academy middle schools here.

Why You'll Love Bancroft

  • Centrally Located in the Middle of Spring Valley
  • Wonderful Partnerships with San Diego County Office of Education, Health and Human Services
  • A Citizen’s Academy in Partnership with San Diego Probation
  • New Mentorship Program with the Local DA office of San Diego
  • An Energetic Campus
  • Full of Heart for Students
  • Caring and Dedicated Staff

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Important Information:

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Our Mission Statement …

Bancroft Community School will educate each child to high standards of achievement through dynamic programs that respond to individual needs and create opportunities for success.

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Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Before and after school, the area in front of the school marquee is designated as a student drop-off and pick-up area or "loading zone." This means cars may not park in this area between the hours of 7:45 am–8:30 am and 2:15–3:00 pm (1:00 pm–1:45 pm on Tuesdays). Cars may pull along this curb for student drop-off and pick-up but may not park during those specified times.

If you pick up your children after school, please meet them ONLY at the following places:

  1. On the playground near the Peace Circle.
  2. In front of the school, near the marquee, in the car pick-up zone.
  3.  At the classroom door. (Kindergarten parents only)

If you prefer to stay in your car, please use the car pick-up zone by the marquee. Just line up with the rest of the cars, and school staff will supervise your children until your car reaches the pick-up zone.

If you prefer to park on the lower dirt field when you pick up your child, PLEASE DO NOT tell your child to meet you down there. Please leave your car and meet your child on the playground near the Peace Circle. All students who are not bus riders, who are not in ESS, or who are not picked up in the car pick-up area in front of the school will be taken by their teachers to the playground near the Peace Circle. This is the spot where parents should pick up their children.

Please do not tell your children to meet you at any place except in the car pick-up zone or on the playground.

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Can my child receive free/reduced lunch?

You can apply for the Federal Free/Reduced-Price Lunch Program ANY time during the school year. Lunch applications are always available in the school office. If your household size goes up, income goes down, if you start receiving Food Stamps, FIP, FDPIR or other benefits, or if there is a job loss you should consider re-applying.

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What to Do if You’re Concerned about Your Child at School

Steps to take if you're concerned about your child at school:

  1. Make sure your child gets 10-11 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Make sure your child receives nutritious meals daily.
  3. Make sure your child is at school on time every day.
  4. Have a consistent homework routine.
  5. Talk to your child. What does your child feel he/she is struggling with?
  6. Talk to your child's teacher. Does the teacher also have concerns?
  7. Talk to the counselor or the principal.
  8. Consider a medical evaluation. This step can help rule out any medical issues that could affect school success (vision, hearing, allergies, asthma, ADHD, etc.) 
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Technology at Bancroft!

We are excited about new technology applications at our school!

Each sixth grade classroom now has a SmartBoard (interactive whiteboard). Our teachers are learning all the amazing things they can do to engage students in learning using the SmartBoards.

Our third graders each have access to an iPod Touch in class. They use a variety of math, reading, and writing apps to strengthen their skills.

All of our teachers in grades 2-6 have audio systems that help the students hear the teacher better. The teacher wears a microphone, and a speaker is located in the back of the room. We have also ordered these systems for our kindergarten and first grade classes, so they will arrive soon. An additional microphone can be used by students when they make presentations to the class.  

Each of our classrooms also has a special projector which connects to the teacher laptop. This enables the teacher to project a variety of things on the screen for the students to view. These projectors take the place of old film and slide projectors, DVD players, VCRs, and even the big-screen televisions. 

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