Award Year: 2019

Forest Hill Elementary School

4450 McCoy Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95130-2117

(408) 364-4279

Mrs. Denise Khalid, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Campbell Union School District

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Forest Hill School is dedicated to preparing world class students to be self-directed, resourceful problem-solvers with the flexibility and confidence to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 32%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 46%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
3rd grade students collaborating, creating, communicating and thinking critically.

3rd grade students collaborating, creating, communicating and thinking critically.

Serving students in the heart of Silicon Valley, Forest Hill educates students from preschool to fifth grade, including five Special Education classes. Staff, teachers, and parents work together to build a caring school climate that is positive, predictable, consistent, and safe. The goal of the Forest Hill School community is to prepare all students to be self-directed, resourceful problem solvers who reach their highest academic potential and are prepared for the future with the skills, flexibility, and confidence to succeed.

In order for true learning to take place, students need an environment where they can feel safe to ask questions, engage in meaningful academic discourse, be surrounded by educators and peers who are truly concerned for their well-being, and acquire the tools necessary to successfully navigate within their classroom. With our entire community using the common language found in our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program and the Toolbox Social Emotional program, students are immersed in a positive school climate to learn the skills needed to be positive citizens.

To best prepare our students for college and career success, we have partnered with our school district and parent teacher association to ensure students are given access to lessons weekly related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Students engage in lessons that require collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. We utilize our community resources and have guest speakers and hands on demonstrations provided. Overall, our students are receiving the necessary social, emotional, and academic training they will need to support their future.