Award Year: 2013

Jensen Ranch Elementary School

20001 Carson Lane
Castro Valley, CA, 94552-1001

(510) 537-6365

Melodie Stibich, Principal at time of Nomination

Castro Valley Unified

School Website


Jensen Ranch ensures a safe, culturally responsive, and rigorous learning environment where ALL students are engaged and supported to achieve and succeed in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 19%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 52%
  • Two or more races: 19%
  • ELL: 14%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Built in 1995, Jensen Ranch is one of nine elementary schools in the Castro Valley Unified School District. We are the “second home” to an ethnically rich population of 450 Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students. We embrace our diversity through our curriculum, multicultural events, and daily relationship-building activities.

We have fashioned an environment where all stakeholders expect high behavioral standards as well as exceptional academic achievement. Our students perform consistently well on the California Standards Tests (CST). 94% of our students scored Proficient or Advanced on the CST-English Language Arts; 96% of our students scored Proficient or Advanced in Math. We have been recognized as a California Distinguished School three times: 2002, 2008, and 2012.

The driving force behind our program is the belief that all students can and will learn if provided the right supports. Opportunities for challenge and remediation are informed by assessment data, providing students with individualized supports to promote success.

We strive to create well-rounded citizens, exhibiting self-discipline and compassion. We provide a physically and emotionally safe space, where we take risks in order to reach our potential. Our goal is to enable all students to become informed citizens who feel personally responsible in contributing to our 21st Century global community.

Jensen parents volunteer countless hours to support our efforts. Whether working in the classrooms or participating in PTA or School Site Council, parents convey their belief that “it takes a village to raise a child.” We work together, sharing expertise to challenge and engage our students. As a result, our students demonstrate academic excellence and character traits of which we are proud.