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Ricardo Tapia

Executive Assistant to Superintendent

Welcome Message

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! 

I hope you had a chance to relax and restore your energy this summer in anticipation of our new school year. I am excited to welcome you back and to continue our work together in support of all our students, families and each other.

Through our intentional emphasis on the whole child and developmental learning environments, we remain focused on our end goal: to inspire and ensure students recognize their talents to excel, become empowered learners, and make valuable contributions to a dynamic global community.

The Salinas City Elementary School District is dedicated to creating belonging for all our students and families and empowering our students by offering multiple opportunities for student success:

  • Preschool (full day and half day). More information can be found here.
  • Transitional Kindergarten (4 year olds): More information about enrolling your 4-year-old child for transitional kindergarten, or enrolling children at any grade, can be found here.
  • Virtual Academy: Families may opt to enroll their child/ren in grades TK-6 in the Salinas City Virtual Academy
  • Dual Immersion in Spanish is offered at six of our 15 schools. For more information click here.
  • Expanded Learning: All afterschool care is from school dismissal until either 6:00 PM. Click here for more information.

The Student and Parent Information Handbook provides the rights and responsibilities of the parents, guardians, and students in the Salinas City Elementary School District. Each student will be given a paper copy of this handbook on the first day of school.

We are fortunate for the outstanding teaching, classified, and administrative staff who support our students and families in every way possible. We are grateful for the educational partnerships with our parents and in our community. Together, we are collectively making this vision a reality.


Rebeca Andrade, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Biography

Dr. Rebeca Andrade has 25 years of public school experience, ranging from classroom teaching to central office administration. Her service also includes leading early education and expanded learning, two systems that provide a human developmental and social emotional focus in PreK-8th grades. Dr. Andrade has presented at various state educational conferences and her academic research focuses on STEM practices, policies, and implementation in all learning ecosystems. She has served on the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) Board, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 15 Board, USC Alumni Board (San Gabriel Valley Chapter), and on the state's Expanded Learning Division sustainability workgroup. She currently serves on the ACSA Region 10 Board. She mentors a first-generation student at CSUMB through the “Pay It Forward” program, and has served as mentor for doctoral students at USC and educational leaders through the CALSA mentoring program.

Dr. Andrade received her bachelor of arts from the University of Southern California, her master of arts from Loyola Marymount University, and her doctorate of education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.