Centinela TK-6 Elementary School

A STEAM School

School Overview

Centinela Elementary School is the oldest elementary school in Inglewood. We first opened our doors to students all the way back in 1922, and are now proud to be a STEAM school, focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Our campus has the four original structures and three additional buildings that were completed in 2004.

Campus Features - We offer our students a modern computer lab, library/media center, and a large auditorium for various campus and community events.

Our newest facility is the TK - Kindergarten learning community which has all the amenities that our youngest students need for academic achievement and enrichment. We also take pride in our 4th – 6th grade learning community housed on the opposite side of campus which provides students with a unique middle school experience.

Safety is one of our main priorities on campus. Lunch periods and all recess breaks are supervised to ensure student safety. We hold weekly schoolwide Monday morning assemblies to encourage students to follow all school rules and practice positive and appropriate behavior.

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2017 Promotional Exercises

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From IUSD Governing Board

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New Academic Accountability

Meet the Centinela Team:

Mr. Oscar Rodriguez


Mrs. Yvonne Dawson

Vice Principal

Ms. Miriam Chavez

Office Manager

Our Focus

We are a STEAM focused school here at Centinela. The STEAM approach to learning uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to facilitate student inquiry, communication, and critical thinking.

We have a closed campus which is fully fenced and all visitors must enter through the main gate and sign in at the Main Office. We practice fire drills on a monthly basis and earthquake drills three times per year. During our monthly Principal/parent chats we discuss and review safety guidelines in the event of a lockdown emergency.

On April 25, 2006, Centinela Elementary School received the state’s highest honor when it was named a California Distinguished School due to the fact that we feature a dedicated teaching staff, model students, an extremely involved and supportive community, and a modern campus. In 2005, thanks to the hard work of students and teachers alike, Centinela achieved a remarkable Academic Performance Index growth of 32-points.

Reasons Centinela ranks very highly among similar California schools include:

  • Brand new facilities on campus
  • A technologically equipped 2-story classroom building
  • A multipurpose facility
  • Art and science labs
  • A kindergarten learning complex

School Highlights

There are many different things that we are so proud to feature as highlights of our school. Centinela features strong partnerships with the local community—from parent volunteers who log hundreds of hours in Centinela classrooms, to local organizations and churches who provide funds, resources, and programs for Centinela students.

Centinela is a “student-centered” school that offers a wide variety of activities, including African-American History Month festivities and Fiesta Latina Day.

In addition, Centinela was the first school in the Inglewood Unified School District to start a Character Education Program featuring monthly themes that focus on values such as:

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-discipline
  • Responsibility
  • Hard work
  • Caring

The school media center, which houses the school library and hosts technology classes for students in grades 2-6, is part of what makes school so exciting for Centinela students.

Our dedicated Custodial staff takes pride in maintaining a clean and attractive campus on a daily basis. Our custodians stay connected and communicate on a regular basis to ensure that our day and evening school facilities are clean and available for children’s use.