Award Year: 2015

Happy Valley Elementary School

3855 Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA, 94549-2406

(925) 927-3560

Ms. Shayna Peeff, Principal at time of Nomination

Lafayette School District

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Happy Valley School strives to provide a caring and enriching environment, in which children can grow, embrace learning, and develop as responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 76%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
The entrance to Happy Valley, kids' home away from home!

The entrance to Happy Valley, kids' home away from home!

Happy Valley is home to roughly 525 students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. Our school is nestled in the quiet rolling hills located 30 miles east of San Francisco, California in the city of Lafayette. A family-oriented suburban community, we are committed to providing educational experiences that promote the academic, social, emotional, cultural, and physical development of our students. We understand the range of students’ skills and challenges, and we strive to provide instruction that is differentiated to meet their needs. Our students thrive in this enriched learning environment, created and nurtured by committed teachers, staff, parents, and community.

Happy Valley School was established in 1957. From its inception, our school has been blessed with many educators dedicated to designing and building a learning community for children who will inherit the future. A central theme has resonated in the planning and delivery of academic curriculum and the school’s child-centered culture: "If we strive to create a school by making decisions that are best for children’s minds, hearts, bodies, and spirits, then we cannot go wrong".

Our school’s core curriculum strives to build student success through consistent, collaborative teacher staff development workshops and weekly grade level planning time focused on the teaching of critical thinking, the strategies to be a proficient problem solver, and the development of analytical skills-the essence of Common Core Standards.

Happy Valley School embraces the guiding philosophy of putting children at the center of its circle and making decisions on what’s best for them.