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Welcome to Centralia School District

The Centralia School District is located in beautiful Southern California in the northern part of Orange County, located between Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Centralia School District was established in 1875 and was the first school district in California to provide free textbooks to students.  Today, the district's eight elementary schools are located in the cities of Buena Park, Anaheim and La Palma. Enrollment is approximately 4,500 students. 

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Dear Parents and Staff,

The Centralia School District is currently undergoing a planning process to assess our facilities and develop a plan to meet our needs.  In an effort to gather feedback from the school site community, meetings have been scheduled at each of our school sites. Please see the Important Dates and Events listing on this page or visit your school site page for your date and time.

The meeting will be led and facilitated by representatives from our Facilities Master Plan consultant, Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc.  Please join us at this meeting to discuss our progress and provide your input.  We encourage your attendance and participation.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (714) 228-3100.



Norma E. Martinez




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Come join the Arts and Learning Conservatory for a one week intensive course in Music. Explore Music Theory, Chorus, Instrument making and much more! See the attached flyer for registration cost and information. Daily lunch is provided for no fee by the Centralia School District Food Services Department. Make your summer more musical and join in the Summer Music Academy!


A letter has been sent home to all the families of special day class students via the student's backpack and via US mail. For more information regarding this letter, please click and visit the Student Services Page.

Please note, there is a scheduled a Meet & Greet for all families and staff to have an opportunity to discuss these changes on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Centralia School District Office, 6625 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park. We hope to see you then. 


At the March meeting, the governing board approved the 2016/17 school calendar. The calendar is now available on the school webpages and a copy is here for your download.


On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 277 (SB 277) changing school immunization requirements.  The new vaccine law takes effect on January 1, 2016 and requires that all children in California be fully vaccinated to attend public or private school unless they have a valid medical exemption or a valid personal beliefs exemption on file with the District before January 1, 2016.  Students will have to meet all of the age appropriate State immunization requirements for admission to school as of July 1, 2016.


The following questions and answers pertain mostly to primary school admittance and have been provided by OCDE’s Medical Officer, Dr. Marc Lerner and Coordinator of Health and Wellness, Pamela Kahn. For more information, please visit the Shots For Schools site (Shots For School – SPANISH)


What vaccines do students need to begin attending public school in fall 2015?

Children must be immunized against the following nine diseases: diphtheria, hepatitis B., measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (polio), rubella, tetanus and varicella (chickenpox).


If a child starting first grade is up to date on vaccines, do they still need a physical exam?

Yes. The law requires that a health examination be completed up to 18 months before entry into first grade or within 90 days thereafter.


What about transitional kindergarten?

Transitional kindergarten entrants need to provide documentation of required kindergarten immunizations before admission.


If a child is in the process of having their required vaccinations completed, can they still enroll in school?

Yes. Children who are not currently due for any immunizations may be admitted on the condition that they will receive still-needed doses as they become due in the future.


If a parent has a personal belief exemption on file, will their child be allowed to go to school?

Personal belief exemptions submitted before Jan. 1, 2016 will remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or seventh grade. At that time, children with a valid personal belief exemption filed before 2016 will have to meet all age-appropriate immunization requirements for admission into K-12, or be enrolled in an independent study program with no classroom-based instruction or a home-based private school, unless a new medical exemption is submitted to the school.


Is there a limit to how old a personal belief exemption form is?

A completed Personal Beliefs Exemption to Required Immunizations form signed and dated within six months of entry to school fulfills documentation requirements.


If a student has had chicken pox in the past, do they need to get the varicella vaccine?

If a physician provides a written statement that a child has had varicella disease, then the child can be exempted from the varicella requirement. The signed statement must be presented at school registration.


Additional Resources for Parents and Families



6625 La Palma Avenue

Buena Park, CA


Business Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Closed 12:00-1:00 daily



Email: Ruth Ann McMillen,
Assistant to the Superintendent



Have you visited our schools lately?

Recently, a prospective parent walked into a kindergarten classroom hoping to make a decision about selecting a school for her child.  This parent was expecting to see a classroom like the one that she was familiar with as a child.  Instead, the parent was welcomed into a 21st century learning environment.   We don't have chalkboards in our classrooms.   Each classroom is equipped with digital interactive boards that project multimedia presentations for the entire classroom.  Document cameras that photograph student tests and automatically scan/score the test are available in each classroom.  Students in grades 3-6 each share access to a Chromebook computer on wheel cart.  Many schools have augmented the device list and purchased other carts for more students to use.  Our bandwidth allows us to grow and add devices in the coming years to meet the needs of our students.   

For more, click on the link 

Important Dates & Events
19 Retirement Tea
20 Danbrook Pre School Graduation in the MPR 9:00am & 1:00pm
23 Facilities Plan Parent Meeting - Miller 1:30 p.m.

SSC Meeting - Danbrook at 2:30 p.m.

Facilities Plan Parent Meeting - Buena Terra 6:00 p.m.

Centralia Pre School Graduation in the MPR 9:00am & 1:00pm

26 Last Day of School
2-30 Extended School Year Program at Raymond Temple
14 Board of Trustees Meeting- District Office at 5:30 p.m.
1-4 Fireworks Booth Sale Fundraiser at Walter Knott