Award Year: 2015

James Franklin Smith Elementary School

2220 Woodbury Lane
San Jose, CA, 95121-3233

(408) 532-2150

Ms. Roberta Ortega, Principal at time of Nomination

Evergreen Elementary School District

School Website

Mission

JFS is a diverse population collaborating to create a safe and friendly environment where technologically literate students are actively engaged, learning today to lead tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 10%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 80%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 20%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Kids gathering to start the school day at JFS

Kids gathering to start the school day at JFS

James Franklin Smith School (JFS), a California Distinguished School in 2010 and 2014, is 15 years old. Interior walls are draped with student work: watercolors, essays, cave art. The main building holds 30 classrooms, with three classrooms in the kindergarten building. JFS has a student enrollment of 824 and a teaching staff of 30 certificated teachers. Teachers and students are supported by a group of specialists that include an instructional coach, music teacher, art teacher, RSP teacher and aide, ELD instructional assistant, kindergarten and transitional kindergarten aides, speech therapist, marriage and family therapist intern, psychologist, occupational therapist, adapted P.E. specialist, and nurse.

We are in our third year of transitioning into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a process that has recently seen a new emphasis on Depth of Knowledge (DOK) questioning strategies and Accountable Talk, where each contributor to the conversation is held accountable to give evidence for opinions. 21st Century Skills are taught throughout the curriculum with less direct teaching and more student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

Technology is utilized throughout the school. Every classroom is equipped with a teacher laptop, teacher iPad, six student laptops, LCD projector and document camera. Six classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards. Teachers check out three portable laptop carts, five iPad carts, and 2 Chromebook carts for student use.

JFS is a diverse population collaborating to create a safe and friendly environment where technologically literate students are actively engaged, learning today to lead tomorrow.