James F. Smith Elementary School is a public school serving students in kindergarten through 6th grade in the Evergreen School District of San Jose, California.



James F. Smith Elementary School (JFS) is the 17th school to open in the Evergreen School District. It is located in the eastern foothills of the Mt. Hamilton Range. JFS, as it is often referred to, opened in the fall of 2000 with 190 students and nine teachers. Our enrollment is approximately 650 students and we have 26 full-time teachers. Our curriculum is based on the California Standards of Achievement. JFS teachers are committed to providing a balanced curriculum that integrates technology and the latest researched-based teaching strategies. They take responsibility for their professional growth and provide training to their colleagues in areas of their individual expertise. JFS teachers are in leadership roles at the school and at the district level.

School Mission Statement

The mission of James Franklin Smith Elementary School is captured in our school motto: "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow". We strive to develop the intellectual, physical and emotional capacities of each child by providing a strong foundation in academics and social-emotional growth.

Our belief is that all children need to think critically and be able to adapt to the changing landscape of the 21st Century. Students acquire skills in analyzing, processing, and using information to make informed decisions and to collaborate and communicate with others. At JFS students develop self esteem by participating in a caring school community which appreciates diversity, creativity, tolerance and mutual cooperation. Students learn in a traditional but progressive environment that will include innovative instructional strategies and technological advances. Our students will embrace the impact of technology on society and in their daily lives. Students will be active participants in their own learning by providing opportunities to create, build and explore. Students will ultimately extend these skills and talents to the local and global community as contributing members of society. Teachers will be responsible for guiding the learning process, setting goals and fulfilling instructional standards set forth by district and state mandates. Students will learn to make good choices and create a lifestyle that will promote a healthy body and mind. Students will develop leadership skills to help each student accomplish his or her goals.

School Recognition

National Blue Ribbon School Logo
California Distinguished School Logo

School Vision Statement

JFS is a school where a diverse population of students, families, staff, and community members collaborate to create a safe and friendly learning environment. Technologically literate students are actively engaged in a high quality standards-based instructional program that develops life-long learners and responsible, productive leaders of tomorrow.


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