About Katherine Smith

Principal’s Message

Katherine Smith opened in 1962 and over the last fifty years has had a rich and diverse history with the Evergreen School District. The second school in the District, it has been recognized as both a California Distinguished School (1987 and 2002) and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1988). As we look to the future, our children need to be prepared for an ever changing world. Katherine Smith School has been redesigned with that mission in mind.

In our design of Katherine Smith, we want to preserve the great tradition of this school while creating an innovative and fresh environment that looks to the future for inspiration. To bring about this ambitious work, our incredible staff works tirelessly to prepare for your children. They dedicate themselves to constantly improving the deeper learning experiences for students through purposeful, common core standards aligned project-based approaches, utilizing personalized learning structures to meet every student's academic needs, and developing a strong culture to support the social emotional wellness of our students and the greater school community.

Within our mission is a “College Bound” attitude. We, at Katherine Smith, are college crazy. As we provide students with a high-quality, rigorous project-based curriculum, we will also be setting the expectations that OUR STUDENTS ARE GOING TO COLLEGE. We encourage you to talk with your child about college. We have a “no excuses” attitude about this. If you come to Katherine Smith school, you are going to college.

Rachel Trowbridge and Kevin Armstrong

School Vision

Katherine Smith school will be the model of excellence for 21st century learning and community service.

School Mission

Prepare each student to think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate, and contribute effectively now and throughout his or her life.

Our Core Values

  • We believe children can learn at high levels, regardless of their race, socioeconomic background, language, or family situation.
  • We participate in a cooperative and distributed leadership model.
  • We are reflective, collaborative, and innovative with our teaching practice.
  • We want our school to be a safe, healthy, supportive and nurturing environment for the whole community.
  • We are willing to take risks.

Community & School Profile

Evergreen School District, located in the city of San Jose, is comprised of fifteen elementary schools and three middle schools. Once a small farming city, San Jose became a magnet for suburban newcomers between the 1960s and the 1990s, and is now the third largest city in California. The city is located in Silicon Valley, at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is home to more than 973,000 residents.

Katherine Smith Elementary School is located in the northern section of the district’s borders. The school served approximately 600 students in grades TK-6 on a traditional calendar schedule. Teachers, staff, and administrators continue to act on the principle that students come first.

K. Smith School A 21st Century Learning Exemplar

  • 2025 Clarice Drive
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  • San Jose, CA 95122
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  • Phone: 408-270-6751
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  • Fax: 408-270-6877
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