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Independent Elementary School

Principal: Patrick Hansen-Schmitt
21201 Independent School Rd.
Castro Valley, CA 94552
(510) 537-9558
Fax (510) 537-9591


Independent Elementary School, located in Castro Valley, serves students from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating an array of races, religions, languages, and socioeconomic statuses. Students come from families that range from multi-generational Castro Valley residents to recently arrived immigrants. This diversity requires teachers, staff, and administrators to respond with flexibility and grace, creating a warm and welcoming environment where parents/guardians feel comfortable providing input and donating time. The Independent community strives to create an environment that fosters the development of all students, allowing them to grow into their own unique and inspirational selves. Students leave school as emotionally literate, intellectually curious, academically capable, and socially conscious agents of change who have an appreciation and curiosity for difference and the skills necessary to create positive and long-lasting change in their community.

Principal's Message

Strategic Plan

SPSA - Single Plan for Student Achievement

Performance Data

Bell Schedule