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Vision and Mission

About Us

Abram Agnew Elementary School opened in August of 2021 with grades kindergarten through second grade; a new grade will be added each year as the students progress to the next grade level. Our school is built on the historic site of Agnews Developmental Center and is named after Abram Agnew who settled in the Santa Clara Valley in 1873 and was an esteemed member of the community. Our brand new campus includes shared collaboration spaces, outdoor learning spaces, flexible furniture, a makerspace/design lab, a library/media center, play yards, and an outdoor amphitheater.  We work closely with the middle school and future high school that share our campus to help support our students throughout their education with Santa Clara Unified.

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School Design Framework

The design framework of our school is developed with our students at the center of everything we do with a focus on student agency and equity. Our instructional design will be culture & community-centered, include social justice, and will be focused on design for learning as well as monitor for learning. Student learning will be personalized, flexible, inclusive, competency-based, interdisciplinary, innovative, and have collaboration/connectivity. We share the Santa Clara Unified School District Graduate Portrait which are Equity Ambassador, Effective Communicator, Future-Ready Learner, Resilient Mind, Healthy Body, Inclusive Empathizer, Collaborative Problem Solver, Critical Thinking Scholar, and Global Citizen.


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Guiding Principles

Our school's guiding principles are: Inclusive, Collaboration and Connectivity, Interdisciplinary, Competency-Based, Personalized, Inquiry-Based, Flexible, and Innovative.


Agnew Elementary Guiding Principles