Award Year: 2014

Ardis G. Egan Junior High School

100 West Portola Avenue
Los Altos, CA, 94022-1210

(650) 917-2205

Ms. Brenda J. Dyckman, Principal at time of Nomination

Egan Junior High School

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Our mission is to revolutionize education by inspiring a passion for learning and preparing all students to thrive in our rapidly changing global community.

Student Demographics
  • White: 47%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 33%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 10%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Egan Vikings Have Spirit!

Egan Vikings Have Spirit!

Egan Junior High lives this mission every day. Egan’s traditions and culture create a cohesive and intellectually curious community of learners who together strive for excellence. Staff members are early adopters and innovators who work collaboratively to design curriculum that engages students and involves them in critical thinking, using best teaching practices. Often calling Egan their "home away from home," our students feel safe, valued, and supported. Although many do not look fondly upon their junior high school years, Egan breaks that stereotype by creating a culture where students thrive in a healthy environment that honors the value of learning and self-knowledge. Students know that it is OK to be smart, that not doing homework is uncool, and that asking questions shows engagement in learning rather than lack of knowledge. They aren’s 12-13 year olds just waiting for high school, instead they are actively participating in a nurturing school community. Egan culture is enriched by its traditions which begin with the 6th grade Tours. After watching the movie "A Day in the Life of an Egan Student", Vikings-to-be spend the summer gathering their blue and gold attire for the first spirit day. As the year unfolds, students and staff compete in the Halloween costume contest, they race in the Turkey Trot, and students become young entrepreneurs at the Holiday Faire. The above is a taster’s menu of ways we capture the hearts of our students, which creates an enhanced learning environment where students are academically successful.