Empresa Elementary School was built in 1990 in eastern Oceanside. The school is known for its music program, which is paid for by parents through the Empresa Performing Arts Foundation. All students get weekly lessons about music theory, history and technique. Students there have many chances to show off their musical talents, including a music festival held there each April. The school choir has even performed the national anthem at a Padres game.
The fundraising effort for the music program is indicative of the strong support there from parents, Principal Cheree McKean said. The Parent-Teacher Association recently raised $20,000 to help pay for a running track for the campus.
The school has more than 700 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and 32 teachers. Last year, the school had the highest API score in the district with 889 points on a scale between 200 and 1,000. For the last eight years, Empresa has won first place in a Scrabble Club competition against other elementary schools in the district.
4850 Avenida Empresa, Oceanside, CA 92056