In everything we do, we aim to be:
Sustainable. Intentional. Streamlined.
Ohlone School, named for the Native American tribes who once lived in what is now the Hercules area, located among stands of eucalyptus and oak trees, is said to be the Ohlone tribe's ancient burial grounds.
Ohlone school opened its doors to 99 students in 1979. Ohlone has 12- Limited English Proficient (LEP) students that represent 14 languages.
Ohlone School strives to provide a stimulating learning environment which challenges the students, teachers, administrators, and staff members to reach their maximum potential. We seek to empower students to adapt to the changing technological, academic, and social skills of the future by studying the present and the past. Students move from a singular and personal perspective to an expanded world view. This leads to a better understanding of themselves, other people, their cultures and environments. Our goal is to help them become thinking and contributing members of society, who take an active role in designing their own futures. Operating a School-Based Coordinated Program provides greater flexibility in coordinating various funds, meeting the obligations to students with special needs, and providing for staff development.
At Ohlone School we believe that all children benefit from rigorous, student-centered and standards-based instruction. We provide an equitable, academically-challenging education and a safe, nurturing environment. We strive to collaborate with parents, establish high goals for students, and help all students reach their goals.
Ohlone’s Vision of Excellence is to ensure that we build a “whole child” who is academically, socio-emotionally and physically equipped. We envision each child to be a positive change agent in the world they are living.
Ohlone School is on a mid-August to early June school calendar. We encourage parents to become our partners in the education of our students. Parents can become involved as advocates, supporters, learners, and teachers. This school belongs to all of us. As we work together, we have a stake in the success of our children.
We are working towards intellectual growth. We want to provide a non-threatening environment in which teachers and students innovate, make mistakes, self-evaluate, and move forward! The challenge to the student is to be a unique individual and to be the best possible person he or she can be. Come and join us in our endeavors. Be a part of this school for all seasons, where learning never stops.
Climate for Learning
The policy for homework at Ohlone is Monday through Thursday, one-half hour for primary grades and one hour for upper grades. Self-discipline and the development of self-esteem are promoted through the issuance of Student of the Month certificates and the posting of their pictures in the Multipurpose Room, annual citizenship award pins, Honor Society breakfasts, and study trips.
Students are given recognition and provided incentives to work toward achievement in academic areas, school service, noon leagues, and various music programs.
Quality of Instruction and Leadership
Meeting the needs of all students at Ohlone Elementary is the goal of its instructional staff. The following programs are offered at the school to accomplish this goal: Resource Specialist program, Gifted and Talented Program, and school newspaper. English language development, and computer lab instruction for grades K-5.
Parent and Community Involvment
Parents participate in monthly meetings of the School Site Council and PTA. They also work as library, computer lab, and classroom volunteers on a daily basis to enhance the overall educational experience of Ohlone students. Ohlone School has an active PTA that sponsors the following activities: Reading Incentive program, Educational Assemblies, Book Fairs, Family Event Nights, Winter Dance, Holiday Boutique and School Garden.
The PTA raises funds by sponsoring fundraisers, various restaurant fundraisers, requesting corporate matching funds from volunteer hours and participating in silent fundraising programs which include: S.H.A.R.E.S (Lucky & FoodMaxx), escrip.com (Safeway), boxtops for education (General Mills,) terracycle (juice pouch and potato chip bag collection) and Labels for Education (Campbell’s).
The school also has a Student Council that sponsors Community service programs such as Holiday canned food drive, Adopt a Soldier and Brick by Brick.