Award Year: 2015

Lake Mathews Elementary School

12252 Blackburn Road
Riverside, CA, 92503-7083

(951) 352-5520

Ms. Pamela Williams, Principal at time of Nomination

Riverside Unified School District

School Website


Lake Mathews Elementary School is a professional learning community with high expectations for all of its members. We are committed to implementing best practices in instruction so students attain the goal of being proficient or advanced in all academic areas according to district and state standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 47%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 21%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Second year cohort of Student Leadership members and faculty sponsors.

Second year cohort of Student Leadership members and faculty sponsors.

Lake Mathews Elementary: "A Community of Excellence - No Limits". Our learning community sets high standards for everyone and expects that all students can and will achieve. We ascribe to a vision of a school where...parents, community, faculty, and administrators encourage and support the students; parents participate in their children's learning experiences; teachers provide a clear and shared focus on student learning; teachers align curriculum and instruction to Common Core State Standards; teachers analyze assessment data to inform instruction; the learning community collaborates to implement interventions designed to meet the individual needs of all students; students strive to do their personal best and take responsibility for their own actions and learning; students show respect toward themselves and others regardless of differences.

The philosophy that the community is responsible for all students permeates all decisions related to the use of resources. We are committed to the depth and rigor of instruction that is standards-based and student-centered. Common assessments to monitor student progress, grade-level targeted interventions, student goal setting, budgeted purchases to benefit student learning, nurturing our students, and setting high expectations for everyone have been the norm. Students experience a strong academic program with opportunities to participate in visual and performing arts, Bobcat Bolts running club, and student leadership team. We hold everyone accountable and support each other to meet the challenges each day. Administrators, teachers, secretaries, custodians, librarian, and cafeteria staff work to make the environment one that promotes learning, health, and safety for all.