Our campus was originally opened in November 2016 as the Satellite Campus. It was a temporary overflow school to accommodate over-enrollment in LVJUSD due to a tremendous influx of elementary students to the school district during the 2016 calendar year. In consideration of students and their families, as well as changing population trends and under-utilized district assets, LVJUSD placed the campus at the site of the former Portola Elementary School. Portola Elementary was a beloved school that opened in 1962 and had a major remodel that featured the construction of a new media center in 2003. It was closed in 2009, but the site was maintained and ultimately became home to a vibrant school community once again.
These early beginnings of our school is the culmination of a large community effort and desire to keep families together in a positive learning environment. Opening a school mid-year is virtually unheard of and a testament to the school district’s Herculean efforts to always do what is best for children.
During the 2016/17 school year, the Trustees of LVJUSD decided to keep the Satellite Campus open permanently to continue the good work that was started in November. District administration and our school community immediately began making plans and executing projects toward this end, the most significant of which was the naming process for the new school. To engage our valued community of students, teachers, and families, two 5th grade Satellite Campus students, along with faculty and parent naming committee members, gathered suggestions, held votes, and presented to the Trustees three naming options. The name “Lawrence” was put forth to honor Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for its decades-long relationship with the Livermore academic and civic communities and its many contributions to the field of science. The Trustees agreed on this suggestion and on July 1, Lawrence Elementary School was officially established.
Lawrence Elementary School is a Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) focused, open-boundary school. The STEAM program is led by an incredible team of faculty and administration, supported by a unique Makerspace attached to a dynamic school library, both of which provide valuable and relevant resources to teachers at every grade level to fully round out the STEAM-powered vision for Lawrence Elementary. Our Makerspace is a 21st-century vision of what students need to explore every facet of STEAM and keeps our students inspired and challenged. Some examples of these opportunities are Lego walls, green-screen technology, robotics, coding, and rock art. In the future, we will have an outdoor learning lab and garden that will complement the Makerspace and school science lab in providing additional, hands-on opportunities for our students to learn and grow.
Our library is a focal point of our school and a place where students interact with our talented Library Media Specialist to acquire additional library resource skills, listen to inspiring and timely stories, and participate in supplemental student support and enrichment programs such as “PAWSitively Reading For Success.”
We believe our school community is our strongest asset. We are comprised of enthusiastic students, exceptional teachers, and dedicated families. We believe the bond between school and community is invaluable and allows students to achieve their best. Our students feel challenged, supported, and engaged. We are home to a before-school running club, after school activities such as Bricks-4-Kidz, robotics, Science Beginnings, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and vital opportunities and resources such as Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, and Kid Connection. We have an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that leads fundraising opportunities, teacher appreciation events, community socials, and more. Our spring School Book Fair and monthly Classroom Book Clubs allow students to expand their home libraries while providing additional resources for our classrooms and school library. Everything the Lawrence Elementary community does is designed to support our students and staff with a shared goal of academic excellence.