Moreland School District

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Moreland School District
Type and location
Type Public
Grades K-8
Established 1851
Region Bay Area
Country United States
Location San Jose, California
District information
Superintendent Mark Barmore
Students and staff
Students grades K-8
Other information
Schedule 8:00 am -2:20 pm

The Moreland School District operates four K-5 grade elementary schools, one K-8 school, and one grade 6-8 middle school in San Jose, California, United States. The district's FTE teachers serve around 4,025 ADA (Average Daily Attendance) students. It was established in 1851, the oldest known rural school district in California.[1]

Historical plaque commemorating the Moreland School District
School District Details
School Name Students FTE Teachers
[Leroy] Anderson Village Elementary School 429 24.5
Gussie Baker Elementary School 624 26.5
Moreland Middle School 992 33.6
Country Lane Elementary School 671 27.3
Easterbrook Discovery School 739 20.8
George Payne Elementary School 398 22.1

Note: Data in table is based on 2009-2010 school year data


Leroy Anderson Elementary School was remodeled in 2005, and has 429 students. A K-5, and former Title 1 school, ending 2008/9 school year with standardized test scores (STAR) reaching over the 800 Academic Performance Index (API) mark from 674 to 810. For the 08/09 school year, Anderson earned the highest STAR test score growth in all Santa Clara County for both reading and math. The Anderson community continues to meet the rigorous standards due to excellent teachers and community involvement. 2011 Star results 816, 2012 at 817, 2013 at 809 API[2]

Gussie Myrtle Baker Elementary School is a K-5 school. Their colors are gold and blue, and the mascot is the bobcat. Their annual fundraising event is called the Catwalk. 2013 API 907.

Country Lane Elementary School is a K-5 school. Their mascot is the colt. 2013 API results 942.

George C. Payne Elementary School is a K-5 school. It has the same mascot as Prospect High School: the panther. Colors are blue & white. 2013 API results 901.

Latimer Elementary School is a K-2 school (to be expanded to K-5). It is to be reopened in the fall of 2014.

Moreland Middle School is the primary middle (6-8) school in the district.[3] In the summer of 2006, Samuel Rogers Middle School was shut down and the students were diverted to the Castro Middle School campus, now renamed Moreland Middle School. Samuel Rogers Middle School and Castro Middle School were always "friendly" rivals, competing against each other in sports. The mascot of MMS is a Mustang, and the school colors are gold and black. There were 930 students in the 2009-2010 school year.[4] About 65% of the 8th graders at Moreland usually feed into Prospect High School and the rest attend Westmont High School. Some are accepted into local private high schools, such as Archbishop Mitty High School. In 2008 and 2009, Moreland's face changed a bit as a new locker room was built. The old locker room was torn down. Also built was a new two-story building with an upstairs media center and library, with modern classrooms below. In addition, it added a 50-space parking lot. The Mustangs consistently have their share of athletic excellence, as the 8th grade boys' soccer team were undefeated in their 2007-2008 season. The 6th grade boys' track team were also champions that year. In the 2008-2009 season, the B team of 8th grade boys' volleyball took 1st place. On December 5, 2009, Moreland Middle School made its debut as a marching band at the Los Gatos Holiday Parade. The middle school's music program consists of three bands, two orchestras, a percussion ensemble, and a jazz band. There are currently three zero-period options available. They take place at approximately 7-7:50 a.m. There is a Debate and Dialogue program and a Spanish language course at Prospect High School, both for 8th graders only. Jazz band is available to all students who are accepted into the program by the band director. They have performed at San Pedro Square and at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. Electives at Moreland include choir, band, art, cooking, theater arts, and yearbook. Recently added were international foods, advanced art, journalism, web design, and public speaking. Students are permitted one elective (plus an optional zero period) each semester. MMS's student leadership team, a.k.a. student government, does extensive community service work, such as reading holiday stories to students at the elementary schools. Mustangs also participate in Destination ImagiNation. 2013 API 861.

Easterbrook Discovery School (EDS) is the only K-8 school in the district. It is located at the former Rogers Middle School location, and has been there since 2006. Their mascot is the Husky (formerly the Dragon and Dolphins). EDS has several parent volunteers that actively participate in the school.[5] After the changes of 2006 and the move to a different campus, EDS changed from a K-5 school to a K-6 school. They added the 7th and 8th grades in Fall 2007. Currently EDS has a full 6th, 7th and 8th grade enrollment (approx. 290 middle schoolers). To attend the EDS middle school is now by wait list when required depending on grade. Easterbrook's daily student bell schedule differs slightly from MMS, with EDS starting 10 minutes later than MMS. This school houses approximately 750 students daily. The original rivalry between Rogers and Castro has been replaced by the EDS-MMS rivalry. In 2012 they held the 1st annual Boys "Spirit" Basketball game with the EDS Huskies vs. the MMS Mustangs. EDS won this first game 39 to 37 in January 2012. This Spirit game has now been expanded to girls basketball for fall 2012. This is now a must-attend event for both schools students to show their spirit and continue with the friendly rivalry between the two schools. Before 2003, Easterbrook Discovery was two different schools (Easterbrook Elementary School (Eastus Dr) and Discovery Elementary School (Phelan Dr.)). The two schools merged in mid-2003 due to State budget issues. The school offers Moreland Woods a 1.5 acre rustic open space area for gardening, a yearly renaissance faire, "haunted woods" and pumpkin patch, as well as other unique uses of this rare natural space. The pristine Moreland Little League fields back up the EDS campus site on the Eastus Rd side. EDS for 2013 API 870.

District Awards[edit]

March 2011 – The Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education Award
March 2011 – The Glen Hoffman Award
March 2011 – The National School Boards Association Magna Award for closing the achievement gap
March 2011 – The Association of California School Administrator Region 8 Superintendent of the Year
December 2010 – California School Boards Golden Bell Award

History of Moreland School District[edit]

In 1851, Moreland was established as one of the first school districts in California (District #2). Instruction was provided in a private home. On November 13, 1852, teacher Samuel Rogers purchased the home of Zechariah Moreland for $350 to establish the district. The home was located at the corner of Payne and Saratoga Avenues, northeast of the old oak tree (officially named “The Moreland Oak Tree” in August, 1981). It remained the schoolhouse until 1894 when Moreland Elementary School was built at that location. The picture of the Moreland School House is part of a picture taken in 1933. The facility was planned to take care of the ultimate growth of the Moreland School District. At first, only the lower floor was used. The upper floor was occasionally used for dances until it was needed for classroom space. In 1948, a new Moreland School was built; the old building was torn down in 1950. The modern Moreland School housed students from 1948 to 1975.[6] The Moreland Apartment Complex, a senior housing center, now occupies the site and a plaque designates it as Historical Landmark #489. The original school bell from the front of the building was saved and stands outside of the present Moreland School District Office as a reminder of its proud history.

2005-2006, citing declining enrollment and major state budget issues, Samuel Rogers Middle School and Latimer Elementary School were closed. All middle school students were channeled to Castro Middle School, renamed Moreland Middle School. Students from Latimer were redirected to Baker Elementary School and Payne Elementary School, as well as Country Lane School. The former Rogers site (Doyle Road) now houses Easterbrook Discovery School ("EDS"), while the former Easterbrook (Eastus Drive site) building is being leased out. All of the aforementioned changes occurred during the summer of 2006. The band and orchestra program at the district is supported by the District, a dedicated community, Music in Moreland ("MIM") and The Moreland Foundation, both fundraising organizations. All elementary schools make the music program available for 4th and 5th graders. They are given the choice to borrow an instrument from school, rent one, or buy their own. 4th and 5th graders who are part of the program can be part of Band or Orchestra. A host of instruments are taught including, violas, along with violins, cellos, basses, flutes, saxophones, drums and many more. The middle school both have robust award winning music programs that include Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestras. Latimer School will be re-opened due to increased enrollment in the fall of 2014. Latimer sits in the middle of the district and was closed and later re-opened by in part it's central location and the ability to send out and bring in students to/from the surrounding Moreland schools easing crowding.

Moreland Property Index[edit]

Amber Elementary School (Closed/Property leased)
3500 Amber Drive, San Jose CA 95117

Anderson Elementary School (Open)
4000 Rhoda Dr., San Jose, CA 95117

Baker Elementary School (Open)
4845 Bucknall Rd., San Jose, CA 95130

Bucknall Elementary School (Closed/Property sold to Harker)
4300 Bucknall Road, San Jose, CA 95130

Brookview Elementary School (Closed/Property sold & developed {Homes})
12301 Radoyka Dr., Saratoga, CA 95070

Country Lane Elementary School (Open)
5140 Country Lane, San Jose, CA 95129

Coventry Elementary School (Closed/Property leased)
1125 West Campbell Avenue Campbell, CA 95008

Discovery Charter School ("DCS")* (Open/Leased out to DCS) [located on Anderson Campus]
4021 Teale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95117

(Old) Easterbrook Elementary School (Closed/Property leased) [See Easterbrook-Discovery School]
4660 Eastus Dr, San Jose, CA 95129

Easterbrook-Discovery School K-8 (Open)
4835 Doyle Road, San Jose, CA 95129

El Quito Park Elementary School (Closed/Property sold)
18720 Bucknall Road, Saratoga, CA

Latimer Elementary School (Closed [2006-2014]) [to be reopened to public Fall 2014])
4250 Latimer Ave, San Jose, CA 95130

Moreland Community Center & Main Gym (Open)
1850 Fallbrook Ave., San Jose, CA, 95130

Moreland District Office & Transportation Center (Open)
4711 Campbell Ave San Jose, CA 95130

Moreland Child Development Center (aka Moreland Pre-School)(Open)
3750 Gleason Ave. San Jose, CA 95130

Payne Elementary School (Open)
3750 Gleason Ave. San Jose, CA 95130

Phelan Elementary School (Closed/Property leased), named for James D. Phelan
801 Hibiscus Lane, San Jose, CA

Strawberry Park Elementary School (Closed/Property leased)
730 Camina Escuela, San Jose, CA 95129

Board of Trustees[edit]

President: Hon. Heather Sutton (Term 2014)
Clerk: Hon. Robert Varich (Term 2016)
Member: Hon. Brian Penzel, Member (Term 2014)
Member: Hon. Julie Reynolds-Grabbe (Term 2016)
Member: Hon. Karen Whipple (Term 2014)

Retired Board Members[edit]

Hon. Lori Booroojian, (ret.) Term 2002 - Dec 2013
Hon. Brian S. Penzel, Term March 2011 to December 2012 [appointed]
Hon. James Macfarlane (ret.) Term 2004 - March 2011
Hon. Taleen Nazarian (ret.) Term 2000 - Jan 2006
Hon. Tim Cassell (ret.) Term # - 2006
Hon. Susan Zimmer (ret.) Term # - 2004
Hon. Frances Amlin (ret.) Term # - 2004


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