John Bidwell
Elementary School

Contact: (916) 395-4610

Grades: K-6

Enrollment: 350

Mascot: Bear

School colors: Grass green and yellow

Uniform: Khaki or dark blue bottoms and white tops or Bidwell shirts

Special programs: GATE cluster; full-day kindergarten

Signature field trips: Sly Park and Raging Waters

After-school: ASES program

John Bidwell students learn valuable skills to live and work in a technological society by concentrating on problem-solving, critical thinking and strong math and literacy skills.  The school program is built around these major areas of emphasis: language arts, mathematics and positive self-esteem.

Language arts includes mastery of specific reading and comprehension skills, daily exposure to our core literature program, writing across the curriculum, daily journal writing and daily reading for enjoyment.  Extracurricular activities include after-school tutoring, MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement), recreation flag football and basketball and the Bidwell Singing Team performs at school and community events.  The school has partnered with California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and UC Davis. 

Our school also benefits from LAM (“Look at Me”), a unique character development program, a school-wide social skills program, math/science all-stars, sustained silent reading in all classrooms and computer literacy for all students.  Programs include:  special education, day care center with before- and after-school child care and Head Start preschool.  Parents are encouraged to become involved.  We have a strong Parents Together For Achievement organization.