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Katherine Smith Elementary School

2025 Clarice Drive
San Jose, CA 95122-1204
(408) 270 - 6751 (phone)
(408) 270 - 6877 (fax)
Principal: Aaron Brengard
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Principal’s Message 

Katherine Smith School opened in 1962 and over the last fifty years has had a rich and diverse history with the Evergreen School District.  The second school in the District, we have been recognized as both a California Distinguished School (1987 and 2002) and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1988).  We want to preserve the great tradition of this school while creating an innovative learning environment to better prepare our children for this ever-changing world. 

In 2012, Katherine Smith School was reinvented to meet the needs of the 21st century learner with curriculum to engage students through purposeful, project-based approaches, integrated instructional technology to enable access to needed tools, and a strong school culture to empower our children to be great citizens of the world.  

Over the past few years, our work has brought praise and validation from organizations and visitors from across the globe. The ambitious and creative work of our students has kept us at the forefront of innovation. Using project-based learning, teachers will continue to design and refine comprehensive and challenging learning experiences for students.

Katherine Smith School is a New Tech Network School, a No Excuses University, a National Champion School, and a Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar.


Vision Statement

Katherine Smith School will be the model of excellence for 21st century learning and community service.


Mission Statement

At Katherine Smith Elementary, we prepare each student to think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate, and contribute effectively now and throughout his or her life.


Core Values

  • We believe children can learn at high levels, regardless of their race, socioeconomic background, language, or family situation.
  • We want our school to be a safe, healthy, supportive, and nurturing environment for the whole community.
  • We believe in a cooperative and distributed leadership. 
  • We are reflective, collaborative, and innovative with our practice.
  • We are all willing to take risks to solve any challenge.


2015 – 2016 Goals

  • Create reflective, empathetic, self-directed learners.
  • Design authentic learning experiences to support the development of core academic content and essential college and career skills.
  • Inform students, parents and staff of progress toward learning outcomes and communicate individual and school-wide success.
  • Provide opportunities to contribute that empower students, parents, and staff.



Evergreen School District

  • 3188 Quimby Road
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  • San Jose, CA 95148
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  • Phone: 408-270-6800
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  • Fax: 408-274-3894
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