District Profile


Soquel Union Elementary School District is very fortunate to have a long standing tradition where our community works together to create exciting programs for all students. During the past few years we have strengthened our academic programs in the areas of Art, Music, Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Instruction. We are passionate about providing every child with the opportunity to reach his or her highest learning potential. Here is a brief overview of our terrific schools.


The Soquel Union Elementary School District serves 1,900 students in the communities of Capitola, Soquel and Santa Cruz, California. The scenic and historic area is known primarily for its tourism. The natural beauty of the redwood forest meeting the seashore provides the backdrop for our five schools:

K-5 Main Street Elementary School

TK-5 Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School

K-5 Soquel Elementary School

6-8 New Brighton Middle School

Santa Cruz County is located 75 miles south of San Francisco on the northern end of Monterey Bay. The terrain ranges from redwood forested mountains to seashore to open farmland. The climate is temperate year round. Picturesque Santa Cruz offers many of the amenities of a larger city with less of the accompanying congestion, with many restaurants and attractions and the beaches and beautiful coastline of Capitola and Santa Cruz rounding out the recreational aspects of our community. Within Santa Cruz County are nine state parks and a year-round small craft harbor. Our community enjoys the benefit of a campus of the University of California and a community college.


Mission Statement

Staff, students, parents and the community share the responsibility for each child's success.

We are committed to ensuring that each student develops the skills and confidence for lifelong achievement and is prepared to make a positive contribution to our world.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on 3/5/08.


Belief Statements

  • Achievement, success and a lifelong love of learning are supported by standards, challenging curricula and quality instruction.

  • Quality instruction includes a broad, balanced, rich curriculum, facilitated by technological tools and real experiences that build background knowledge and critical thinking.

  • All members of the school community are a part of creating and sustaining a safe, respectful and well-maintained environment.

  • Our school community values the diversity and talents of each individual.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on 3/5/08.