James Baldwin Elementary

James Baldwin
James Baldwin Elementary School


About James Baldwin Elementary School

Top Highlights

  • Teachers use proven, effective practices in their classrooms every day.
  • James Baldwin focuses on efforts to build a strong community of learners through Eagle Pride, assemblies, student incentives, and positive behavior/anti-bullying initiatives.
  • Our focus on reading includes an uninterrupted 90 minute literacy block daily.
  • A technology center library, classroom computers, laptop carts and interactive white boards improve academic achievement.
  • Multicultural events throughout the year celebrate our status as one of most diverse schools in the city (20 languages spoken)

Before/After School Activities

  • Boys & Girls Club offers on-site, tuition-based before or after-school care.
  • Seattle Urban Squash program for grades 3 – 5
  • James Baldwin READS/COUNTS afterschool program for grades 2 – 3

Student Achievement

  • Teacher training through ongoing professional development
  • Strong focus on developing teachers’ skills through professional learning communities
  • On-site Instructional Assistants
  • Family support worker, counselor, psychologist, OT/PT, speech therapy

Special Programs

  • Head Start
  • Bilingual Orientation Center 
  • Self-contained special education programs
  • Tutor/Mentoring volunteer programs

Significant Changes at the School

  • Ongoing grant applications for promising practices and increased learning.

Our Mission

James Baldwin Elementary is a community of students, families, and staff that:

  • Provides a welcoming environment that is safe, respectful, positive, and focused on academic achievement.
  • Embraces respect for all cultures and strives to build relationships where all children succeed.
  • Implements a rigorous, integrated curriculum where all students are challenged and supported.

Our Vision

The James Baldwin community is a team of parents, staff and students determined to challenge students to be all that they can be in a positive, nurturing learning environment. We strive to give our students the tools they will need to become intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate citizens of the world. With high expectations and a clear vision with everyone working together, we as a community will make success a reality.

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