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Play is pivotal. We believe all students need access to creative exploration, play-based collaboration and a chance to explore expression and play.

All DeLaveaga students, from TK to Fifth Grade, enjoy enriching experiences in the visual arts. Our dedicated art teacher Jennifer Gundersen has an extensive background and training in her field giving our students an appreciation of the arts, as well as an opportunity to explore and develop their own talents.


Jennifer works with all the elements of visual arts to enrich your child's education with expression, exploration and fine motor skills. In art, students have the opportunity to draw, paint, watercolor, sculpt with clay and explore the various cultural connections found in art.


Classroom Music

All Delaveaga Elementary School students receive regular music instruction. Third through fifth graders attend music class and learn musical concepts, sing, and use instruments. 


Music instruction is educationally beneficial for children. Studies have shown that students who study music score consistently higher on math and verbal standardized tests. Also, participation in music makes for a more enjoyable school and social life. 


After School Band

Fourth and fifth graders can choose to join the school band. The band meets after school and students can play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or percussion. The band performs several times during the year and is an integral part of the school.


Here in Life Lab, the garden classroom, we grow community!

Students help with the care and maintenance of their garden.

They learn a lot about garden sciences, animals, nature, and nutrition! Here at DeLaveaga, students love garden to table! We prepare and taste fruits and vegetables that were grown in our garden.

Life is a garden; can you dig it?
- Michelle

Life Lab

DeLaveaga offers Affordable after school enrichment & activities to all of our families through our partnership with Campus Kids Connection.

We're proud to offer these programs to all families, to help our students' development and support our families all day.

After School Academy
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The DeLaveaga Library is more than just a vital place for the peaceful reflection, rest and safety that every student needs from time to time. It is also a gateway to navigating not only literacy, but an understanding of how to safely and responsibly interact with the internet.

Our librarians teach curriculum at all grade levels on best practices for our students to protect themselves and grow their knowledge in using technology and online resources.


At the Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School, fifth and sixth grade students experience a four- or five-day residential, hands-on science program. Students focus on investigating the rich coastal redwood forest ecosystem that surrounds our coastal community.

During field class, students study the forest, meadows, and streams with a qualified naturalist.


Through the use of science inquiry, games, and other activities, naturalists teach ecological concepts. Children see the interrelationships between plants and animals and learn about the effect they, as people, have on the environment. A richer understanding of their natural surroundings helps prepare them for the mature decisions they will make as adults.

Science School
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