Award Year: 2016

Francis Hopkinson Elementary School

12582 Kensington Road
Los Alamitos, CA, 90720-4749

(562) 799-4500

Mrs. Evelyn Garcia, Principal at time of Nomination

Los Alamitos Unified School District

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To provide all students with a rigorous academic program, and that they are able to apply all learnings in a critical and creative way.

Student Demographics
  • White: 58%
  • Hispanic: 22%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Hopkinson students use iPads to compliment all curricular areas.

Hopkinson students use iPads to compliment all curricular areas.

Francis Hopkinson Elementary School is nestled in a quiet residential area of Rossmoor. Parents are dynamic partners at Hopkinson through participation in the School Site Council, PTA, District parent advisory committees, and through Hopkinson's non-profit foundation, Friends of Hopkinson. The Hopkinson staff believes that all children can succeed and they value the social, emotional, and academic development of each and every child. One of nine schools in the Los Alamitos Unified School District, with a long-standing reputation of providing rigorous and exemplary education for all learners, Hopkinson is proud to be ranked in the top ten elementary schools in Orange County with an excellent standing in standardized testing.

Hopkinson Elementary has a carefully developed, well-rounded program of instruction, extending from kindergarten through fifth grade. Using data from district benchmarks, standardized testing, Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments, and local assessments, the Hopkinson staff works together to analyze assessment results, plan units of study, develop targeted intervention programs, and commit themselves to academic excellence through ongoing professional development in identified signature practices: Writer's Workshop, Cognitively Guided Instruction, Guided Reading, Icons of Depth & Complexity, and Thinking Maps. Hopkinson's on-site Intensive Reading Lab provides targeted, tiered reading intervention to students. While our instructional programs focus on high academic standards, each child has opportunities to develop qualities of leadership, initiative, responsibility, creative expression, self-discipline, and positive self-esteem. The infusion of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills in all curricular areas arm our students for success in a rapidly changing global society.