Welcome to Casa de Oro Elementary School! I am thrilled and excited to be CDO’s principal!  We are a family oriented, community school.  Our goal is to work together as a team to provide our students with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our theme for this 2019-2020 school year is, “Be Here – Be YOU – Belong”.  We are a community of learners and a family. We ALL belong at CDO!

It is our belief that we all must have a growth mindset and do the work – teachers, parents, and students, if we are to succeed.  The entire staff here at CDO understands and believes that if a child is to learn that he/she must know that they are safe, know that they are wanted, and believe that they will succeed.  We believe that the relationship between the teacher and child is the key to maximize student learning and success.  We believe that ALL children can learn at high levels.

CDO’s teachers are committed to providing a rigorous, academic program in reading, writing, and mathematics by following the California Common Core Standards.  Science, history, art, and physical education are integrated into the curriculum as well.  Technology plays a big role in learning here at CDO and all classrooms are equipped with student iPads or Chrome Books to help connect us to our world and to make learning engaging and fun. This year we will be adding a “coding” component to our learning and are very excited about it!

Our staff believes that working with parents as a team is an integral part to a school’s success.  Parents are the most significant influence in their children’s lives.  Again, we must all “do the work” to raise happy, healthy, successful children.  We invite all parents to be involved by joining our P.T.A., attending school functions such as Back-To-School-Night and Open House, and by volunteering in the classroom. Parents can also help out by offering to serve on the School Site Council or English Learner Advisory Committee.  

Casa de Oro has a Cougar Pledge that we say each morning.  Our Cougar Pledge teaches us to build peace in many ways such as: thinking positive, being kind, being responsible, righting our wrongs, and work on growing every day.  We also focus on building positive character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, perseverance, and kindness.   

My door is always open.  Please feel free to call or contact us with any questions, praise, or concerns you may have.  I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!  

Dana James, Principal


Why You'll Love Casa de Oro

  • Small and Caring Neighborhood School
  • Focus on Social-Emotional Learning
  • Building a Positive Growth Mindset Toward Academic Progress
  • The Sky’s the Limit if you Set Your Mind to It
  • Home to Great Clubs like Ballet, Folklorico and Coding

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Important Information:

School Supply Drive!

The following is a list of items that all of our classrooms here at CDO could use. If you would like to help our students out by donating any of the supplies below it would be GREATLY appreciated! Just drop the Items off in the school office and they will be shared with all of our students and staff. Thank you for supporting “our” students!

Composition book with pencils

CDO Kids “Piloting” a New Coding Game

Ongoing Fundraisers

There are several ways to support our school without costing you any more money. Albertson’s, Target and General Mills all have community programs. See information sheet to show you how you can further support CDO through these companies.

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District Spotlight

LMSV The Lens of Equity

LMSV has a commitment to ensuring high levels of learning for each and every child. Watch this video to learn about our focus on equity and our partnerships with San Diego State University focused on equity.


LMSV Teacher of the Year Salute to Teachers

Enjoy this wonderful video produced by SDCOE celebrating the achievement of Manny and the impact he makes with students and his community each and every day. 



Enjoy this video compilation of footage from students and teachers from all of our school sites showcasing our district values of equity, inclusion and HEART.