Welcome to Rice Elementary!

Lillian J. Rice Elementary School is located in the southwest section of Chula Vista. It is one of 45 schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Rice School was built in 1938 and consists of three wings of self-contained classrooms, a media center, a multipurpose room, and administration offices. We are in our second year of transitioning into a Dual Language Immersion Program. Rice also has two Head Start classes, as well as a therapeutic preschool (Mi Escuelita) on site in conjunction with South Bay Community Services. Rice is one of three schools in the district that hosts a Family Resource Center on campus to provide social services to the school and the surrounding community. In addition, we house the Rice Clinic which supports the medical needs of our community.

Rice Elementary front entrance

Our school namesake

Portrait of Lilian J. RiceLilian Jeannette Rice (1889 - 1938) was an eco-conscious, early 20th-century American architect working primarily in the California Spanish Colonial Revival style. Several of her works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 1906, she entered the University of California and successfully completed her Bachelor of Letters Degree in Social Science with a major in architecture in 1910. In 1921, Rice was chosen by Richard Requa, of the firm of Requa and Jackson, to be the lead planner on the new development at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County. In 1931 she became a member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, one of only a few women admitted up to that time (Wikipedia).

Around The District

Finney Music Director Crystal Pridmore says music is a universal language that all students can understand.
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Finney's Crystal Pridmore Named GRAMMY Music Educator Award Semifinalist
Posted on 10/22/2019
Finney Elementary music director Crystal Pridmore brings joy to her lessons in a way that students readily connect to her instruction. That is among t
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District education leaders share a moment with State education officials.
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CVESD Strategies Highlighted in Case Study
Posted on 09/23/2019
A new study from the Learning Policy Institute takes an in-depth look at strategies in our District that helped to raise student academic performance
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Teachers in Rome
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Student Artwork on Display in Rome
Posted on 09/19/2019
Arts teachers Joanna Estrada (Hedenkamp Elementary) and Stacy Clemetson (Finney Elementary) are representing their respective schools in Rome for an e
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5th Annual Parent Academy Offers Powerful Learning Opportunities
Posted on 09/11/2019
The Parent Academy is a parent-centered conference dedicated to deepening parents’ learning in order to support their children’s emotional and academi
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CVESD Education Leader Publishes First Book
Posted on 08/23/2019
Principal on Special Assignment Toni Faddis, Ed.D., has published her first book, The Ethical Line. The book came out in print in June, and offers edu
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Tanya Cruz-Flores speaks to students at EastLake Elementary School.
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A Heart, a Drive, a Difference. Parents Turn Heart-Breaking Loss into Prevention Campaign
Posted on 08/14/2019
Tanya Cruz-Flores is driven by a wrenching desire. “I don’t want any parent to go through what I went through,” she says.
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Dr. Escobedo high-fives a students. He visits every school in the District twice annually.
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Former Police Officer Wanted to Make a Difference Before Youth Landed in Trouble
Posted on 06/14/2019
A former San Diego police officer, Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., wanted to make a difference earlier in children’s lives, before they beca
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Researchers Identify CVESD as ‘Positive Outlier’
Posted on 05/22/2019
CVESD was the only elementary district among the eight in San Diego County designated as 'positive outliers' by the Learning Policy Institute
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Board Honors Teachers, Classified Employees of the Year
Posted on 05/10/2019
Who was recognized and celebrated as classified and certificated employees of the year? Find out here.
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