Albert Baxter exemplifies the belief that high expectations foster high achievement. Baxter Elementary achieved recognition as a California Gold Ribbon School and a High Achieving Title I School. We have also been acknowledged as a 2017-2018 Star School by the California Business for Educational Excellence (CBEE) committee.
Our school currently serves just over 400 students. The attendance rate at the school is 96.17 percent. Student enrollment includes a variety of ethnic backgrounds; Asian 7 percent, Pacific Islander 1 percent, Filipino 1 percent, Hispanic 80 percent, African American 6 percent, Caucasian 3 percent and multiple 2 percent.
The school has 16 regular education teachers, one intervention teacher, one special education teacher, and one administrator. Other certificated personnel serving the school include a psychologist, a counselor, a guidance technician and a speech and language pathologist. Support staff includes a case manager, six instructional aides, a library/media aide and two health assistants.
“Research shows that the single most important determinant of what students learn is the expertise of the teacher.” (Darling-Hammond, 1998) All certificated staff meet the credential requirements of the State of California, including those to meet the needs of English language learners. The majority of teachers hold advanced degrees, and all have pursued course work beyond their bachelor’s degree.
Our staff is guided by a shared commitment to educate all students to reach their fullest potential. We are dedicated to the recognition of the unique value of each person and the inspiration of each student to give his/her personal best effort to achieve individual success at school.
To assist with this endeavor, Baxter provides a comprehensive intervention program for students who need extra support. Classes are offered before, during and after school. To differentiate for the needs of gifted students, extended learning activities are offered during and after school. Homework and enrichment opportunities are provided through the ASES Think Together Program after school.
Academic success flourishes at Baxter in an atmosphere where students feel valued, safe and accepted. Our school policies encourage involvement of students, parents, and staff to create a culture of respect and collaboration.