A California Distinguished School 2008
California Gold Ribbon School 2016
Title I Academic Achievement Award 2016
1325 E. Palmyra
Orange, CA 92866
Grades: K - 6
At Palmyra Elementary School, we insure the progress of all students to their highest potential through current technology, relevant curriculum and effective instruction.
Vision Statement: Children are our future. We are dedicated to their success.
Palmyra Elementary is located in a turn of the century Victorian neighborhood near the traffic circle in old town Orange. Our school neighborhood is the scene of many Hollywood movies depicting the old fashioned days of Watson’s soda fountain and a nostalgic traffic circle as the hub of the community surrounded by gingerbread and craftsman style homes. In many ways our school still reflects many of those great attributes of those good old days.
The school is one of 30 elementary schools in the Orange Unified School District. It opened with 18 classrooms in 1952 and has now grown to thirty two classrooms/program spaces. With the designation of NCLB school of choice, Open Enrollment and our fourth through sixth grade GATE Magnet program, our enrollment has increased this year. Palmyra is now the sixth largest elementary school in the District with just over 600 students. Palmyra draws its student population from one quadrant of Old town Orange, several large apartment complexes, two trailer park communities, a relatively new housing development and students bused in from our feeder schools for the GATE program. Most of our students walk to school with only one development needing to car pool due to distance. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from low to middle socio-economic levels.
Palmyra Elementary strives to ensure the progress of all students to their highest potential through state of the art technology, rigorous standards-based academic curriculum and instruction supported by research-based pedagogy. The goals of our Single School Plan (SSP) drive all that we do. As a Title I school our students benefit from many additional resources that support and extend our educational program. Community involvement is a team effort, with an extremely strong School Site Council, English Language Acquisition Committee and PTA playing an active role in the decision making process.
Palmyra School provides a positive learning environment. Desirable student effort is rewarded through a variety of programs including “Pinto Pride”, monthly awards and Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence and Achievement. The school climate is enhanced through special assemblies and activities, many provided by PTA funding. After school intervention programs are provided for first through sixth grade students considered “at risk”. In addition, instrumental and choral music classes are provided weekly for all 5th and 6th grade students. Uniforms have been worn at Palmyra since 1996.
Palmyra teachers provide a warm and caring atmosphere for their students. This same caring attitude is visible in interactions between office staff, noon supervisors, aides and the school principal and students. Palmyra is known to be a place where children feel safe and free to learn.
What we are most proud of is our focus on the whole child and commitment by all staff members to meet the needs of each individual child at our school. Our instructional program reflects high expectations for all students.