The Nimitz Philosophy and Vision
Nimitz Elementary School is one of twenty-five schools in the Cupertino Union School District, a district committed to the development of an inclusive, caring educational community in which each individual has an equal opportunity to achieve his or her potential. Nimitz Elementary School is a transitional kindergarten through fifth grade school with a population of 719 students. We are proud of our diverse community. On any given day on the playground and inside classrooms you may hear one of thirty different languages spoken. We teach our children to take pride in their home language and to use it to help them learn English.
The mission of Nimitz Elementary School is to educate the whole child by focusing on literacy, ensuring a joy of lifelong learning, incorporating mutual respect for our rich diversity, and encouraging active parent involvement.
We are a learner focused school and believe that all students can learn and be successful. Our vision is to enhance the academic, social, and emotional education of students to reach their highest potential. Teaming, grouping, cross-age and individualized tutoring, Oral Language groups, RTI, and the Title One Program ensure that instructional objectives are met and all learning styles and needs are addressed to motivate students to become lifelong learners. We place an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and creativity in all teaching and learning at Nimitz. Social skills are developed with an emphasis on problem solving and guidance to help students become responsible, accountable, and caring citizens of our ever changing global society.
Opportunities to express our diverse community are available throughout our learning day. Our school's theme this year is "Explore Dream Create." In addition, our school values our diversity. We try to embed diversity in our classroom curriculum, multi-cultural assemblies, through the Diversity Committee and PTA sponsored events. The partnership between home, school, and the community is essential to the success of our school mission. We encourage parents to become active volunteers in their child's classroom, the tech lab, the library, and as members of the PTA and School Site Council, which enhances the learning experience for all Nimitz students.
The Nimitz attendance area consists of single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, duplexes, subsidized housing and temporary housing. Approximately 64% of the student population at Nimitz School lives in apartments. There is a wide socio-economic range in our area. Approximately 23% of our students receive free or reduced lunches and live in subsidized housing.
English is the predominate language, and our community benefits from the rich diversity of the 33 other primary languages spoken by our student and their families. Our racial ethnic background is as follows:
African American 1.2%
Decline to State .90%
English Only 34.9%
Initial Fluent 12.1%
English Learners 48.4%
We are a school and a district that support the integration of technology in our day to day instruction and learning. We are at one to one devices for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and are working towards surpassing our minimal ratios of: 1:4 in grades TK, K, and 1st. Students use technology to enhance academic skills and to enrich and extend the curriculum. In addition, we are working on finding ways to provide our students with access to technology outside of regular school hours in our lab and in their home environments.
As a learner focused school we have noticed that our students have less and less time to creatively express themselves in their daily lives at school. With the help of our PTA and school funds, we support art instruction for all classes at Nimitz. This allows our students to express themselves creatively with different art mediums in ways they would not otherwise get to.