The mission of South Whittier School District is to prepare every student for success in high school and beyond by focusing on the core academic subjects in an effective and integrated curriculum.

We believe:

All students can learn.

Students learn best when they are engaged in challenging and appropriate learning focused on the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies integrated with physical education and the fine arts.

Quality teachers are the single greatest predictor of student success.

The diversity and uniqueness of each student should be respected.

Students learn best when families value education, and teach their children to accept increasing responsibility for their own learning.

Quality education improves the quality of life for students, their families, and the community now and in the future.

Welcome to Carmela Elementary School! I am proud to be serving my eighth year as the principal of such a wonderful school. Our staff continues to care for your children by providing a quality educational program designed to meet the academic and social needs of our students. This begins with successful teaching strategies, differentiated instruction, and effective intervention and enrichment programs. It also includes working together with the Carmela community to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment!

This teamwork between the parents, staff members, and the community is what makes Carmela students so lucky.  All of us have a commitment to see each child succeed academically and our common goal is for every child to attend a four year university.

 We look forward to loving, guiding, and educating your child this year!


 Dr. Trena Salcedo-Gonzalez 



Dr. Trena Salcedo-Gonzalez
Principal, Carmela Elementary

Message to our parents

Message: Please check your child's homework nightly and have him/her read for 20/30 minutes. Your help and support is needed to ensure that they are successful in school and life.

Por favor de revisar la tarea de sus hijos cada tarde y leer 20 a 30 minutos. Su ayuda y apoyo es necesario para asegurar exito en la escuela y en su vida.

South Whittier School District Care Force

Every other Wednesday of the month from 8:00am-2:30pm at Carmela School. Close for lunch break from 12:00pm-1:00pm.* Cada primer y tercer Miércoles del mes de las 8:00am-2:30pm en la escuela Primaria Carmela. Cerrado durante la hora del almuerzo 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Uniform policy

Please remember Carmela Elementary School has a uniform policy. All students are to be dressed in the appropriate school attire, ready to learn.
Thank you,

Póliza del uniforme escolar

Por favor recuerden la póliza del uniforme de la escuela primaria Carmela. Los estudiantes deben de estar vestidos apropiadamente y listos para aprender.
Sra. Trena Gonzalez

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