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Mr. Chad Slife, Principal

Dear New and Returning Lead Elementary School Families-       

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Lead Elementary! Our community welcomes all the new and returning families to our beautiful school as we prepare for the first day of the school year on Thursday, August 11, 2022. We are especially excited to welcome a new group of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten students joining us as Lead Owls! 

I am extremely honored to continue as your principal at Lead, a school and community committed to equitable and inclusive practices. We believe education is a life-long process that includes academics, social-emotional learning, and activism as a means to improve the world around us. I would like to introduce myself in this letter and also highlight important information for the beginning of school. Born and raised in Riverside, California, I moved to the Bay Area in 2002 after graduating from the University of Southern California. I have been a teacher and principal for over 20 years, and this will be my fourth year as our principal at Lead. My educational philosophy is rooted in my firmly held belief that all children can – and will – learn. Schools should empower children to reach their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, loving, orderly, culturally responsive, and communicates high expectations. I prioritize building strong relationships with you. This is the only way that we can truly collaborate with one another to do what is best for our children. 

Please regularly check our website at Also, please make sure we have your most reliable email address and phone number by calling our Main Office at 650-312-7550 to confirm. You can leave a message on our phone.

We are so excited for your child to continue to be a part of the Lead community as a Lead Owl and embark on this new adventure in their education! 


Mr. Chad Slife

Lead Principal


"Lead Owls HOOT with excellence!"