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The Old Rosedale School was erected around 1914 and was located on Pomona Avenue. The original Rosedale School, Bidwell School and Chapman School were auctioned in 1953. Rosedale was purchased by the Knights of Columbus, Chapman went to C.A.R.D. and Bidwell School was bought by Chico Grange #486. Chico Grange continues to use the Old Bidwell School which is located at the cross roads of Old Nord Avenue, Rodeo Avenue and Henshaw Avenues.

Black and white external view of building

In May, 1952 plans were announced for construction of the Rosedale Elementary School in Chico at the corner of Oak Street and Oak Park Avenue.  It was built to accommodate 445 children on a nine-acre site.  The new school consisted of administrative offices, multipurpose room, classrooms and separate kindergarten classrooms.  In 1965 additional classrooms and the library was added to the campus.  Due to growing student population in 1985 and 1986 relocatable classrooms and restrooms were added to the campus.

Eldred Self was the principal from 1953 to 1971. Rosedale was originally a neighborhood school for ranchers and neighborhood children. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the school had a large Hmong population.  Family housing slowly changed to college housing and the families relocated elsewhere in Chico.

In 1996 Chico Unified started the Spanish Two Way Immersion program which was housed at Parkview and Chapman.  In 2005 the Chapman program was moved to Rosedale.  Rosedale had both neighborhood students and the Two Way Immersion Program until 2009 when the Chico Unified School District School Board voted to move Parkview’s Two Way Immersion program over to the Rosedale Campus. Rosedale neighborhood students were relocated to Emma Wilson, Citrus and Chapman Campus’.

2014 Rosedale continues the Two Way Immersion Program. We are a multicultural, multilingual program which currently houses 575 students grades K-6. 

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