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Niles School
 
 
Niles Elementary School is unique.  The historic Spanish adobe buildings create an ideal learning environment for our students.  Nestled between the legendary downtown district, the picturesque foothills, and an aquatic park, it is easy to forget that we are located in a city in excess of 200,000 people. Since 1875 our school has been an integral part of the Niles Township Community, a community that values its historical roots, treasures its small-town lifestyle, and cherishes its hundred-year partnership with Niles School.
 
Similar to most small towns, the school is the heartbeat of the community.  Community members understand that children are our most precious resource, that education is the foundation for success, and that staff, parents, and children must work harmoniously to ensure success for all.
 
Part of the tradition as well as part of Niles future is the continuing partnership between home and school. Our school is an active community of staff, students, and parents. Parents are welcomed at the school and can be seen volunteering in the classroom, teaching music and art lessons, and coordinating schoolwide community events such as the Halloween Carnival, Bulldog Jog, and Founders Day. Six thousand volunteer hours are evidence that our home school partnership is thriving.

We are a school with diversity in ethnicity and socioeconomic levels that matches Californias suburban areas. Our 500 students thrive shown by our high test scores on state and district assessments. In fact, our schools Academic Performance Index (API) has increased 50 points during the past three years! Our continued success is built on our commitment to our students.

While we focus our instruction on high academic standards, the staff is aware that our goal is to develop the whole child. We strive to develop well-rounded, intellectually curious, lifelong learners who will become productive members of society. Students experience the joy of art and music through instruction in visual and performing arts, learn about environmental studies through hands-on experiences in the science lab and classroom experiences, and become socially conscious, respectful individuals based on strategies learned through the Tribes curriculum aimed at creating a positive school environment. 
 
At Niles School we are successfully educating our children.  We are continuing a tradition that began 132 years ago when the original school opened with Miss Watkins as the teachera tradition where every child is treated as an individual, where every child is respected, and where every childs success is guaranteed by compassionate adults who are committed to helping them flourish.  Indeed, Niles Elementary School is unique.
 
Mr. Hough
 
JIM HOUGH, PRINCIPAL