After a summer of modernization, Latimer Elementary School opened its doors to 204 students on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The 10 newly modernized classrooms, attracted families eager to be part of Latimer’s state-of-the-art facilities and exemplary teachers.
Originally opening as a school for only Transitional Kinder—2nd grade, Latimer quickly drew families with students at all grade levels, anxious to benefit from Latimer's technology-enhanced classrooms, and focus on Project Based Learning.
Through various “meet and greet” opportunities in the spring and summer, families had the opportunity to meet the Latimer staff and learn about the extraordinary programs for future Latimer students.
As of the first day of school, Latimer opened up with:
- One Transitional Kindergarten classroom
- Three Kindergarten classrooms
- One First Grade
- Two Second Grades
- One each of Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades
- One K/1 Special Day Class
The Moreland School District’s enrollment has greatly increased since this time last year. Having to serve 4,778 students, the Moreland School District had to increase to seven school sites. This is why on December 10, 2013, the Moreland School District board voted to reopen Latimer Elementary School.
Located at 4250 Latimer Ave. in San Jose, Latimer Elementary had closed in 2006 due to low enrollment. After overcrowding at most of the district's elementary schools, particularly at Baker and Country Lane, which had been 100-125 students over capacity.
Some 200 Hathaway residents had signed a petition back on Feb 11 to keep Country Lane as their neighborhood school. At the board meeting, at least 8 residents spoke in favor of making Latimer anopen enrollment school. The issue with a purely open enrollment school was that Latimer needs to be at full capacity to relieve the overcrowding at other schools. Thus, the school district hired Dolinka Group, a facilities planning firm to lay out possible boundary scenarios.
If your house is situated within the new Latimer boundaries, your child may be grandfathered in to their existing school
If your child was enrolled in grades Transitional Kindergarten – 4th grade, as of December 10, 2013, your child may be grandfathered in to their existing school when requested by the parents. Siblings may be grandfathered in if their older sibling are in grades Transitional Kindergarten – 4th grade at the same school.