Welcome to La Patera Elementary School, a place where student learning is visible daily in the engagement of children, families, and staff members! You will find that our campus is a special place; a place that brings together children, families, and educators to create a community that values and depends upon each other to create the finest educational experience for all. 


We are part of the Goleta Union School District and proudly promote the district mission to maximize academic, intellectual, and personal growth in order for each student to prosper in, and positively influence, a diverse and dynamic world. In fact, at Goleta Schools, we envision maximizing student capacity through educating the whole child.


As a school community, our mission is to provide excellent learning opportunities for all students to reach their greatest potential in a diverse world. Each day we strive to exemplify our mission where parents, teachers and students work as a team to meet the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of all children through consistent communication, timely information, and shared knowledge. We also share a commitment to social emotional education programs, helping us to fulfill our mission. With a focus on the students, teachers, and parents, we work to create a positive culture. Our district mission as well as our campus mission, provide the foundation for our educational environment- a rigorous academic program balanced with engaging activities and attitudes that foster a collaborative environment. 


A productive relationship among parents, teachers, and staff creates the type of education we seek for all children. Our school is focused on developing the whole child through rigorous and engaging academic curriculum, specialist classes, noontime clubs and sports, as well as after school enrichment opportunities. Our school promotes character building through the Character Counts educational program, which focuses on concepts of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Our partnership with local universities and organizations enriches our school experiences through the opportunities and expertise provided by pre-professionals and volunteers. 


Our parents are an integral part of our school community. Parents support our school through family events, fundraising, and volunteering in our classrooms. We encourage our parents and families to become actively involved, and consider them to be a vital part of our La Patera Team.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Celeste Darga, M.A. Ed.