School District to postpone moving all High Schools to later start times. Learn more HERE.
On May 26th, the Board will hold an Action Meeting at 4 p.m. Find materials here.
Attention K-8 Families: We want your input on childcare needs for early dismissal days next school year. Click HERE to have your needs heard!

District Resumes Universal Masking in Schools and Offices. Read more HERE. 

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Welcome to James Dobson Elementary School!

A Message from the Principal

Dear Dobson School Families:

My name is Khloé Williams-Lawani and it is with great pleasure and excitement that I am introducing myself as the newly appointed principal of the amazing James Dobson School. I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of such a wonderful school family. I am fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Szczesny to ensure a smooth transition for the 2021-2022 school year. The strong family atmosphere between students, staff and teachers is truly admirable and I look forward to continuing to inspire connectedness to ensure all school community members know that they are welcome, valued and necessary.


Click here to learn more about what to expect, including health and safety protocols for the reopening of schools during the 21-22 school year.

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Our Vision

To provide a high-quality education that develops the curiosity and talents of our students while fostering agency to make a positive impact in their community and the world around them.

Our Mission

James Dobson Elementary School is a small, inclusive school community that cultivates the foundation of lifelong learning by fostering high expectations through authentic and meaningful instruction. We value working together with our families, neighbors and partners to continuously reach higher heights in each child’s educational experience. Our school develops the individuality of the whole child through our three main pillars: Respect, Empathy, and Integrity.