Clay Joint Elementary School – Kingsburg, CA

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Clay Joint Elementary School

12449 S Smith Avenue
Kingsburg, CA, 93631-9717

(559) 897-4185

Mrs. Brenda Barcellos Sylvia, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Clay Joint Elementary School District

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Student Demographics

  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 27%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 15%


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Classmates support a seriously injured peer with devotion and action.

Classmates support a seriously injured peer with devotion and action.


The Clay Joint Elementary School District is a dedicated partnership of stakeholders set in an agricultural area about five miles east of Kingsburg, California. We see ourselves as one community with one goal; to exceed expectations. Our mission is to develop responsible and productive citizens with a passion for life-long learning, by providing a standards-based education in a supportive and safe learning environment.

Established in 1880, Clay has long standing traditions and a reputation for being a place where everyone is safe, knows your name and is genuinely kind. Clay is dedicated to creating a balanced system of traditions with 21st Century learning. This challenge has driven us to a revitalized instructional model that includes rigorous and relevant professional development around instructional strategies, CCCSS aligned ELA and math curriculum choices, broad subject instruction, 1:1 technology integration, strong student leadership and a new 6-8 grade elective wheel which includes Spanish, STEM and public speaking electives.

The subgroups at Clay are very small and important to Clay stakeholders. The Clay community is very proud of the significantly increased achievement levels of our English Learners and our Socioeconomically Disadvantaged subgroups. Both groups have closed the achievement gap significantly. Our multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) ensures that every need is addressed for every student whether it is academic, social, emotional, behavioral or otherwise. With a final API score of 908 and two years of CAASPP scores at the highest levels in both ELA and math, Clay continues to exceed expectations.