About Silver Oak
At the foot of the Mt. Hamilton range, in the heart of the Evergreen Valley of San Jose, California, Silver Oak Elementary School is nestled in a rapidly growing area of Santa Clara County. When Silver Oak opened its doors as the fifteenth school in the nationally recognized Evergreen School District in September 1994, 262 students and 11 teachers became the nucleus of a school community, and now has 695 K-6 students and 25 teachers.
The school community represents an ethnically, culturally, and occupationally diverse population where differences are celebrated and all students feel cared for. Our students and their families bring a wealth of experiences to the learning environment. Students are taught to respect each other and are supported by a school-wide behavior management program that promotes student dignity, individuality and positive self-esteem.
Silver Oak is a unique and exceptional place for learning. As a 2001 National Blue Ribbon recipient, a 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2012 California Distinguished School recipient, Silver Oak is no stranger to excellence. Students here learn because quality staff, involved parent groups, numerous volunteers, community agencies, businesses and university partners work together collaboratively for the established tradition of academic success. We live the philosophy that it takes a village and beyond to educate the whole child. This support and resulting academic success is reflected in our steady API growth from 942 in 2006 to it’s 2013 level of 976 in 2013, the second highest of eighteen schools in the Evergreen School District.
The mission of Silver Oak Elementary School is to develop the intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities of each child to the fullest extent possible so that each can lead a fulfilling life as a productive worker, citizen, and individual in our society.
Students will be supported in thinking creatively and critically, and be able to adapt to change. They will develop skills in acquiring, filtering, processing, and using information to make effective decisions and to communicate with others. They will develop self-esteem by participating in a caring school community which appreciates diversity, tolerance, mutual respect, cooperation toward team goals, and a love for learning that will last a lifetime.
Silver Oak will explore new horizons beyond traditional modes of instruction. Using technology is an important tool that will assist students in actively participating in their own learning. Teachers guide the learning process, set goals, and evaluate outcomes. Students will be responsible co-owners of the learning process.
Silver Oak School will foster a learning environment to enhance every student's ability to make sense of and take an active part in the world of the 21st century.