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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Robert McDonald, Principal
1635 South Center Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: 714.479-4200
Fax: 714.479-4299

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  • Welcome to Carl Harvey Elementary School

    We are proud of the hard work of the entire school community: Teachers, Staff, Students, & Parents. Thank you for checking out our website. We hope that you will find valuable information about the great work that is taking place here at Carl Harvey Elementary School!

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  • Modified Days

    Just a reminder that every Wednesday is a modified day. A copy of the daily schedule is located under the tab "Our School" and then "School Information".

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  • Parent Newsletters

    Parent Newsletters can be found under Our School - Parent Newsletters

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  • Harvey Staff of the Year

    Congratulations to our Staff of the Year! Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Linda Carta; Support Staff of the Year: Mrs. Vinod Tufail; Classified Staff of the Year: Ms. Lorena Mendez; Activity Supervisor of the Year: Mrs. Margarita Cordoba. We have an amazing staff and we are proud to recognize these outstanding individuals who truly make a difference in the lives of our students.

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Carl Harvey School.  The third trimester has begun and we are busy preparing for the state testing:  SBAC.  As always, you are an important key in the success of your child.  We encourage you to be involved with the school and your child's education as much as possible.  Be sure to check the website regularly for updates about the various programs taking place in the school.  Also, each month the Newsletter is posted under "Our School". 

We continue to implement two major programs that will help our students succeed:  Common Core State Standards and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support).  The Common Core State Standards will prepare our students academically for college and career in the 21st Century.  PBIS will provide them with the tools to be safe, responsible, and respectful citizens.  At various Parent Meetings throughout the year we have provided you updates on these two initiatives and will continue to do so.

As always, if you need assistance, please contact us here at the school.  We are always available to help you.

Robert McDonald
(714) 479-4200

School Pride

Carl Harvey Elementary

A Brief History of Carl Harvey School

In the late 1940's, Mr. Carl Harvey, an assistant Superintendent of the Santa Ana School District, along with the Spastic Children's Foundation, brought to the school board's attention that there was a need for a school for children with disabilities.
As a result, Carl Harvey School was established and dedicated to the memory of Mr. Carl Harvey on Friday, April 2, 1948.

The school's focus was to serve Santa Ana children of preschool through high school age with physical disabilities.  Carl Harvey School was unique to the Orange County area and quickly began providing education as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy to children through out the  Orange County area.  Carl Harvey School was located on 4th Street near Grand Avenue in Santa Ana, and remained there until the earthquake of 1971 caused the school to be uninhabitable.

After the earthquake, the school was rebuilt at the present site at 1635 S. Center Street.  It was specifically designed to meet the needs of handicapped students. It's unique location between Carr Intermediate School and Valley High School provided the opportunity for the present philosophy:  Educational Collaboration. This philosophy allowed students from Carl Harvey School to participate in standard educational classes at Carr Intermediate and Valley High Schools. In the 1993-94 school year, Carl Harvey School became a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school serving both regular education and special education students.


The Carl Harvey Elementary School mascot is the Panther.

Carl Harvey Elementary

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