Award Year: 2020

Ward (E. W.) Elementary School

8851 Adoree Street
Downey, CA, 90242-4501

(562) 904-3591

Mrs. Karen Lynn Trejo, Principal at time of Nomination

Downey Unified School District

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Ward is committed to developing the whole child by empowering them to become decision-makers and risk-takers who are proficient in all curricular areas as 21st century learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 94%
  • Asian: 2%
Ward students collaborating to support math across classroom communities.

Ward students collaborating to support math across classroom communities.

The staff, parents, and community at Ward Elementary are committed to developing the social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being of all students. As a school, we have grown over the past few years from a TK-3rd to TK-5th grade campus. With this growth came the need for additional social/emotional tools needed to assist with the ever-changing needs of our older students. Adopting a Growth Mindset became essential to encourage all students to persevere when challenges arise in their learning of new topics or addressing challenging situations in their daily academic lives. We have worked school-wide to achieve a positive school climate focusing on the emotional needs of our students. We provide a safe, open forum for students to share and learn how to communicate their thoughts and opinions with one another while creating classroom communities that teach students to handle situations that arise in and out of the classroom.

The use of technology in our classrooms has given a voice to all students. The iPads that are used throughout our educational day in conjunction with our 21st century program, have proven to be a critical tool in developing language skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students gain independence and ownership of their learning through technology, allowing them to access challenging text, research, and take assessments independently, fostering ownership of learning. With the current need for distance learning, Ward staff and students were easily able to utilize their technology skills to ingrate student learning from home to meet students' learning needs in person and from afar. With these 21CLC skills, Ward students are prepared to be life-long learners in the 21st century.