George Shirakawa Sr. School is located across from the District offices, in the central part of the Franklin-McKinley School District. We serve a student population that is approximately 45% Hispanic or Latino, 42% Asian, 6% White and 7% other. As of September 2016, 76% of all students participate in the free/reduced lunch program.
Shirakawa’s teachers are committed to meeting the instructional needs of all students by using a data-driven, schoolwide system for increasing student learning, improving instructional and management processes, and increasing the satisfaction of all stakeholders – students, parents, staff and community.
We offer a coordinated instructional program for all grade levels. All students learn and build on basic skills and concepts through a rich and engaging curriculum. Teachers meet regularly for grade-level planning and curriculum mapping. Teachers at Shirakawa School are currently focused on perfecting the use of progressive and innovative instructional strategies that will fully engage students in a highly interactive academic experience. Additionally, they have been focusing on professional development in the areas of: Guided Reading, Close Reading, Thinking Maps, Writers' Workshop, and the utilization of iPads in the classroom for eSpark (Math), Lexia (Reading), and other research-focused projects. The addition of eight new iPad carts allows teachers to meet students' individual learning needs.
We, the George Shirakawa School community, are a diverse group of caring, energetic, and motivated individuals. We are here to provide a safe environment, support each other, and foster a love of learning through our A, B, C's: Academic excellence for all students, Building culture and community, and Collaboration.
Shirakawa, along with a strong partnership with parents and community, will provide a coordinated instructional program for all grade levels, where students learn and build on basic skills and concepts through a rich and engaging curriculum. We will encourage students to think critically, creatively and independently; to work collaboratively; and to explore learning beyond the classroom. We will teach them to understand and appreciate human and cultural diversity. We will increasingly engage them in their community as citizens, neighbors and stewards of our natural environment. We expect all members of our school community to practice civility, respect and tolerance toward each other.