PUENTE fosters a powerful home-to-school connection and an inclusive learning environment through preschool, charter elementary school, and summer camp programs for over 300 students annually. We empower students and their parents to improve outcomes for the whole family.


PUENTE Preschool provides high-quality early education to 40+ students. Students work towards state DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile) goals for kindergarten readiness.

PUENTE is a licensed child care provider offering part-day state preschool, with morning and afternoon sessions for children aged 3 ½ – 5 years.

Want to register your child in preschool, or have questions? Contact Program Director Dominic Armendariz at dominic@puente.org or call the front desk at 323-780-8900.

Facility Number: 198020437

→For Preschool Families

Charter Elementary School

Our school combines the Common Core state standards curriculum with creative exploration, digital literacy, and parent engagement to help students develop a life-long love of learning. PUENTE Charter Elementary School serves students in grades TK-5.

→Charter Elementary School Website

  • PUENTE was the first charter school in Boyle Heights, open since 2002.
  • Parent engagement is encouraged through monthly family nights, the English learner advisory council, and regular newsletters.
  • PUENTE Charter celebrates English Learners, with a re-classification rate to English Proficient that far exceeds that of nearby public schools.
  • PUENTE Charter families have the option for after-school, offered in partnership with Think Together. Late pick-up is available up to 6 pm.
  • We offer three free meals daily, summer bridge and enrichment courses, and field trips.
  • As a public school, enrollment is free and open to any California resident. Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Summer Camp

PUENTE Charter Elementary School students are welcome to enroll for summer bridge learning, enrichment classes, and outdoor activities to prevent summer learning loss and close the opportunity gap.

Interested in enrolling your child in summer camp? To learn more about 2023 Summer Camp, please send an email to registration@puente.org or call our front desk at 323-780-8900 during business hours (Mon-Thurs 7:30 am – 5:00pm).

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Meet Valerie

To keep up with her distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis, PUENTE second-grader Valerie Ruiz needed a computer. PUENTE showed up at her doorstep to deliver a laptop (at a safe distance), and we called Valerie’s mom to share resources about getting internet access at home. “Many parents are worried about learning loss,” says Dean of Engagement Diana Juarez. “Now more than ever, we are using our powerful home-to-school connection to expand digital access for students who do not have the technology they need to learn from home.” Valerie had been keeping up with her daily Zoom classes using her mom’s phone. This became more challenging as the weeks went by. Valerie was using her mom’s phone for an…
Meet Valerie