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Key Information

  • Grades: TK - 5th
    Enrollment: 292
    Address: 1711 E San Antonio St, San Jose, CA 95116
    Principal: Kristin Burt
    Admin Assistant: Elizabeth Musquez
    Tel: 408-928-8300

    Se Habla Español!

Welcome to LUCHA Elementary School

  • Welcome Message from Principal Kristin Burt

    As a small school of choice in the Alum Rock School District, L.U.C.H.A. offers a unique educational environment for our students and their families.
    We know that students learn best in schools where they are known well. With a total school population of less than three hundred students, our L.U.C.H.A. leaders receive the personalized attention they need to reach our ambitious academic, social and emotional goals.

    We know that the school must work in partnership with each student’s family in order to have success in a child’s education. Therefore at L.U.C.H.A. we are constantly looking for new ways to involve our parents in the education of their children.  Our students, staff, and families work in close collaboration to lead our L.U.C.H.A. leaders to the highest levels of academic achievement.

    We would be excited to welcome you and your family to the L.U.C.H.A. community to participate in this journey for an excellent education for your
    child! L.U.C.H.A. is a school of choice open to all students. We accept students to our school based on a lottery. Preference is provided to siblings of students who are currently enrolled. Space is limited so turn in your application today!
    Kristin Burt
    Principal, L.U.C.H.A.

    Why choose LUCHA?

    • Innovative Learning
      • Partnership with Code to the Future brings computer science instruction to all grades
      • Three Epic Builds over the course of the year where students showcase their work
    • Strong Parental Involvement
      • Home Visits 
      • 30 Hour Parent Volunteer commitment with lots of opportunities to get involved!
    • Award Winning School
      • 2016 Gold Ribbon School
      • Title 1 Academic Achievement School


    The purpose of schooling is for all students to learn to use their minds and hearts well. Students learn best in schools where they are known well, where expectations are high, support is strong, and where their voice and their parents’ voice is valued.  The mission of L.U.C.H.A. is to recognize all of these values and ensure that the students are empowered to learn, lead, and be positive and productive members of their community. 


    Misson Statement:


    L.U.C.H.A. is empowered students, united with invested parents and families,

    a relentless staff, and the greater community, building social, academic,

    and personal success while developing into conscientious leaders.


    Essential Elements


    High Expectations


    At L.U.C.H.A., we expect students to exit our learning community as independent, responsible, highly competitive, socially active citizens, and critical thinkers.  These characteristics and skill sets are core elements that comprise an ‘educated’ person in the 21st century. L.U.C.H.A. students will be prepared to excel in middle and high school as active learners who proceed to matriculate to college. Our students will be lifelong learners who will be poised to make positive contributions to the global society.


    L.U.C.H.A.’s Four Core Values:


    We place a strong emphasis on developing the whole child and while focusing on the core content areas we also focus on four core values of character to promote healthy choices:


    1. Responsibility – Responsibility is a key core value at L.U.C.H.A. This core value ensures that students are responsible learners and participants. Consequently, students take their own initiative in the learning process and take ownership of the school.  At L.U.C.H.A., the goal is not only that students achieve higher levels of academic achievement, but also that students and families recognize their own personal responsibility regarding their own success.  Students, parents, teachers, and other staff are expected to be personally responsible to ensure not only their own success, but also the success of all.


    1. Compassion – At L.U.C.H.A., the smaller population of students and families ensure that the individual needs of everyone in the community are met. This ensures that each individual is not only taught well, but also taught and listened to in a manner that is compassionate and understanding. Consequently, this core value is consistently modeled for students and enables them to act compassionately among themselves and throughout the entire school.


    1. Respect – Respect is not only a core value, but it is a clear expectation at L.U.C.H.A. Students are expected to respect each other, the teachers, their learning, the school, their parents, and the entire surrounding community. Students are expected to participate in a respectful manner, which ensures better learning opportunities for all students.  Students are taught respect to ensure continued respect for their families and surrounding community.  It is incredibly important that students recognize that they are a significant part of a community and it is their duty to respect and contribute to this community in a productive and positive manner.


    1. Hard Work – At L.U.C.H.A., we recognize the fact that kindergartners enter without pre-kindergarten experience and many of our students at each grade level are also learning English as they simultaneously master the content standards. Consequently, hard work is an essential component of our academic expectations. Students need to work especially hard to ensure their academic success.  In addition, hard work is important because it reminds students that success does not come easily, rather, success requires hard work.
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  • LUCHA Mission & Vision

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  • Parent Volunteers at LUCHA

    Parents are a huge part of what makes LUCHA special. Find out how you can be involved in our school this year!

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  • Family Math Night at LUCHA - Wednesday, November 8th

    Did you know a parents' belief about math impacts their child's achievement? Help your child develop a love of math and gain the skills they need to be successful! Here are some great resources to support your child in developing their mathematics skills!

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  • Congratulations to our October LUCHA Leaders of the Month!

    These members of the LUCHA community demonstrated great respect throughout the month of October!

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  • Growth Mindset

    All month long, we have been focusing on helping our LUCHA leaders to develop a growth mindset. Click here to learn more about what this means and how you can help encourage your child to approach difficulties, challenges, and failures as opportunities to learn and grow!

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  • LUCHA Parents complete over 12,000 volunteer hours!

    We are incredibly lucky to have an active parent participation program at LUCHA. This year, our LUCHA parents collectively volunteered over 12,000 hours by attending school events, assisting in the classroom, and helping to organize a variety of school programs and events! Thank you, LUCHA families for helping to make our school a special place!

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  • LUCHA named a 2016 California Gold Ribbon School

    We are proud to announce that LUCHA has been selected to receive this statewide recognition!

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  • Mr. Harter named our 2016 LUCHA Teacher of the Year

    Thank you, Mr. Harter for all the incredible work you have done for our school community!

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  • Mr. Natividad is named CUE's 2016 LeRoy Finkel Fellow!

    Mr. N's presentation on how to use GoPros to enhance students writing and communication skills won the top prize out of the 6 finalists presenting their Big Ideas for the LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Program.

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  • 2016 LUCHA Science Fair

    Thank you to all of our LUCHA leaders for immersing yourselves into your Science Projects! They were all wonderful and it was a difficult decision selecting our finalists. Twenty-five LUCHA leaders competed at the LUCHA Science Fair on Tuesday, March 1st. Click here to find out who took home top honors!

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  • LUCHA Leaders participate in Hour of Code!

    On Thursday, December 10th our LUCHA leaders joined in with millions of other students around the world to take part in an Hour of Code as part of National Computer Science Education Week.

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  • LUCHA Leaders are authors!

    On December 8th and 9th our LUCHA leaders presented their published stories to their families at our first annual Young Author's Fair.

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  • LUCHA wraps up first fundraiser of the year!

    Thank you to all those who participated in our first fundraiser of the year - the Signature Catalogue Sales.

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  • Take your Parent to Lunch Day

    Lunch on Wednesday, October 14th was extra special at LUCHA as we were joined by a number of our students' family members! Thank you to all those that participated in "Take your Parent to Lunch Day!"

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  • College Day at LUCHA

    On Friday, October 9th, students all across San Jose celebrated College Day. Our LUCHA leaders were no exception and enjoyed showing off their college spirit!

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  • Scholastic Book fair - a great success!

    Between October 6th and October 8th, our library was transformed into a bookstore thanks to wonderful parent volunteers!

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  • Thank you, Levi's!

    Levi's made some very generous donations to our LUCHA community to kick off the 2015-2016 school year. Every LUCHA leader received a brand new Levi's backpack! LUCHA teachers were also provided $150 to spend on new Levi's clothing at their San Francisco store!

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  • LUCHA Spelling Bee

    21 LUCHA Leaders from 2nd-5th grade competed in our school spelling bee on Friday, May 22nd. Congratulations to 4th grader, Nicholas Nguyen, for taking the top honors, and 4th grader Jennah Vorn for coming in second. These two students will now go on to represent LUCHA at the district spelling bee on May 28th. Congratulations also to 5th grader Natalia Ransom who took third and will be our alternate to the district competition.

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  • Thank you to our Project Cornerstone Volunteers

    Our Los Dichos volunteers attended the annual Project Cornerstone Celebration on May 20th where Sandra Pinal was recognized as volunteer of the year!

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  • May 4th-8th is Teacher Appreciation Week

    Show your appreciation for our wonderful L.U.C.H.A. Teachers this week!

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  • Mrs. Ortega named 2015 LUCHA Teacher of the Year!

    Congratulations to Kindergarten teacher, Lolita Ortega, who has been named as LUCHA's 2015 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Ortega has been an extremely dedicated member of the LUCHA community for the past six years and we are lucky to have such a passionate and talented teacher on our staff!

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  • 23 LUCHA Leaders Reclassified!

    On Monday, April 20th twenty-three LUCHA leaders were recognized for their achievements in reaching all the criteria towards being reclassified as Fluent English Proficient!

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  • 2015 LUCHA Science Fair Winners

    The quality of science fair projects completed this year was wonderful! Congratulations to all of our LUCHA leaders and their families for working together to engage in this great learning opportunity. Our finalists competed at the LUCHA Science Fair on Tuesday, March 10th and our judges had the difficult task of selecting the winners.

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  • World's Finest Chocolate Sales brings in $5,300!

    Thank you to all the LUCHA families who participated in our Spring Fundraiser!

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  • Telemundo visits LUCHA!

    On Wednesday, February 4th, Telemundo filmed thier morning show, Noticiero Telemundo 48 Primera Edicion, at LUCHA as part of their "Vaya a la Escuela" series. Thank you to all the students and families that woke up very early to participate in the filming of this show! It was great to be able to show off our school to the great community!

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  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at L.U.C.H.A.! We are excited to see our students, staff, and families continue to work in close collaboration to lead our L.U.C.H.A. leaders to the highest levels of academic achievement this year. Moreover, we are excited to have your family participate in this journey for an excellent education for your child!

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