Amelia Earhart Elementary School for International Studies opened on September 4, 2001 and was authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in February, 2005. We are very proud to be formally authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme school; we were the first public elementary school in California to acquire this authorization. In addition to the regular curriculum required by the state and district, each grade level writes six units of inquiry based on the six themes handed down by the International Baccalaureate Organisation: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves and How We Share the Planet. Portfolios of student work are kept from Kindergarten to 5th grade, and at the end of 5th grade, the students complete a personal project or Exhibition, going in depth into a subject of their choice. As an homage to the international theme of our school, we celebrate an annual Festival of Nations in May wherein each classroom becomes a specific country and students travel the world with a passport and valise in hand to collect the fun artifacts and information that the teachers have prepared.
Amelia Earhart Elementary School has an Academic Performance Index (API) of 854. It is a magnet/choice school with the student population comprised of neighborhood students as well as students from within the Desert Sands school district chosen to attend through a lottery process. Our school educates students attending Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
Our principal is Mr. Brad Fisher, who has ten years of elementary school experience, having both taught fourth and fifth grade. In addition Mr. Fisher worked as an assistant principal at La Quinta High School for two years. Our IB Coordinator is Mrs. Tracy East. The Earhart Community is a collaborative culture which continues to be guided by our mission and vision stated below:
The Amelia Earhart Community recognizes the unique value of each child while providing inquiry-based learning in a safe, supportive environment to develop life-long learners with a global perspective.
The Amelia Earhart Learning Community will model international perspectives while guiding each child toward developing the PYP profile within himself/herself. In doing, so we prepare our students for academic excellence and leadership in our global community.
Together we are: