Stephen Foster Elementary, a Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School, has proudly served the community since March 1952 in Lakewood, CA. The facilities includes 26 regular education classrooms, 5 special education classroom, a multipurpose room, a library and two updated computer labs. Stephen Foster services 717 students with an attendance rate of 97.42 percent during the school year. Our school enrollment varies in ethnic backgrounds: Asian 9 percent, Pacific Islander less than 1 percent, Filipino 1 percent, Hispanic 46 percent, African American 11 percent, Caucasian 50 percent and 2 percent multiple.
There are 2-administrators, 5-special education teachers, and 26-regular education teachers. Other support staff members include: a school psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, an elementary counselor, a guidance intern, a physical education teacher, a case manager, a media assistant, and two health assistants.
At Stephen Foster, we are proud to have served students and their families for sixty years. Our students are active learners who have attained or exceeded all appropriate grade level district standards and are prepared to reach their full potential and become productive members of society. We support all students in this bold endeavor by differentiating instruction and using a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Technology permeates the curriculum and is used to diagnose, remediate, and extend learning. Strong support systems promote success for both at-risk and high achieving students. GATE students are provided with extended learning experiences after school with topics as diverse as Moon Study and chess. Learning is further extended for all students through special learning opportunities including Gold Rush Days, Revolutionary War Reenactment, historic wax museum, and an upper grade science fair.
The fine arts have always been important at Stephen Foster. Students annually study and recreate the work of three artists thorough the Meet the Masters program. Music is equally important and begins formally in third grade with flutophones, continues in fourth grade with recorders and culminates in fifth and sixth grade with band and chorus taught by a district teacher. Stephen Foster also boasts a second grade bell choir.
Stephen Foster enjoys strong ties with the local community. Special events bring the community to our school. Events such as a Veterans Day Ceremony, Grandparents Day, Family Reading and Math Nights, Family Movie Nights, and the Stephen Foster Talent Show connect our students to the local community in a meaningful way.
Our students have multiple opportunities to engage in character-building activities such as conflict mediators and serving as Student Council members or officers. Stephen Foster students live by the Character Counts program and strive to exemplify the pillars of character including respect, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, responsibility, and fairness.
It is with this energy that the Stephen Foster students exhibit, "Standard of Excellence; Nothing Less" each and everyday!