Award Year: 2019

Elkhorn School

10505 North Davis Road
Stockton, CA, 95209-4327

(209) 953-8312

Mrs. Patricia White, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Lodi Unified School District

School Website

Mission

Elkhorn provides a rigorous curriculum by means of differentiating instruction, compacting, enriching, and accelerating the curriculum to foster academic and social growth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 21%
  • Hispanic: 24%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 8%
  • Asian: 37%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Application
Teamwork builds relationships and trust which motivates innovative student learning.

Teamwork builds relationships and trust which motivates innovative student learning.

Elkhorn School is a learning environment for gifted students in grades 4-8. The staff implements an innovative approach to educating life-long learners. Our positive school climate reflects our understanding of the social and emotional needs of gifted students. We recognize that we are the gateway to a challenging curriculum that engages learners in the process of reaching their academic potential. We follow the National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education in our educational practices which allow for powerful learner-driven experiences. We strive to develop student scholars through means of peer collaboration in all subject areas along with compacting and accelerating the curriculum to meet the academic needs of our diverse student population. We know that the greatest gain in learning comes through the process, not the product itself.

Teachers spend time reflecting with the students on the process, the failures that were overcome, the steps they took to overcome hurdles, and the self-regulation that led to a successful outcome. Students are empowered in the learning process through a variety of means. Students are offered menus of product choices based on the multiple intelligence to display their thinking and learning. The Design Thinking Process is implemented in all classes. The staff facilitates risk-taking and self-discovery to develop independence in students thereby creating ownership in the learning process. Students are empowered with strategies to develop an intrinsic motivation for learning which leads to growth and innovation. Elkhorn School is truly dedicated to meeting the needs of all gifted learners.