Santiago Elementary

2017 Winner: Large Schools 1,001 to 1,500 Students | Four winners, $20,000 each
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City: Santa Ana

School Type: Elementary

Principal: Norris Perez

About the School

Santiago Elementary is a public K-8 school located in the Santa Ana Unified School District. The school nurtures student learning by providing unique experiences through science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Students are guided by Santiago’s three “Rs” to be Ready, Responsible and Respectful in order to be the best scholar and citizen they can be.

How They're Using the Award

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With the Scholar Dollars Grant, Santiago Elementary expanded its student learning spaces with two completely redesigned STEAM Learning Labs. The Labs feature a green screen and video cameras for student broadcasts, robots for coding applications and makerspace equipment, which includes drills, saws and more.

The labs were created to follow the STEAM Education approach, which offers access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The new labs also celebrate Santiago’s school motto: “Where Arts and Science Come Alive.”