School Profile


Mission Statement

Staff, students, and families encouraging the joy of learning, the value of cooperative accomplishment, and the optimism of future success. Our goal: every student achieving high academic standards while becoming lifelong learners able to contribute to our local and global communities.

Program Description

Howard Elementary School is a technology immersion program where students and teachers integrate technology into everyday learning. Howard offers a rigorous curriculum that challenges students and prepares them with 21st century skills. We are a place where the entire school community gathers regularly to support, celebrate and honor the achievements of all our children. With the caring guidance of dedicated staff, our students make academic gains while developing persistence and personal responsibility, qualities that are the cornerstone of lifelong learning. We are committed to fostering a curiosity for learning and the skills necessary to prepare students academically and socially for the transition to middle school. Rigorous academic explorations coupled with the immersion of technology into everyday teaching and learning helps students grow into thinkers and problem solvers of the future.

School Highlights

  • Recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, Howard boasts a strong technology focus with staff and students utilizing a variety of digital tools and web-based resources to support learning.
  • Our school benefits from having a Technology Learning Team and a technology support person to assist staff with infusing technology into everyday teaching and learning. Students have 1:1 access to iPads throughout the day.
  • Students have 1:1 access to personal learning devices (iPads) throughout the school day.
  • We are able to provide targeted small-group instruction in the areas of math and reading with the support of Title I, special education and ELD specialists, as well as focusing on the needs of our Talented and Gifted (TAG) students, providing instruction at their level and rate of learning every day in the classroom and across the curriculum
  • A full-time counselor, full-year music and PE help us educate the whole child
  • Students in grades 4–5 enjoy an after-school strings program two days per week in partnership with the Eugene Springfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. 
  • Student leadership opportunities include such activities as Safety Patrol, working with the School Garden Project, Peer Mentors and News Crew.
  • Howard offers a robust after-school program that emphasizes academic instruction under the guidance of a certified teacher, daily enrichment activities led by passionate and dedicated adults, field trips and visits by guest teachers, and a healthy meal.
  • Howard opened a brand new state-of-the-art building in fall 2016. The school features energy efficiencies such as rainwater collection, solar energy production and utilization of natural light. The school design includes two courtyards, a school garden area, turf and natural grass play fields, a family resource center space and improved school security.

School Improvement Goals

Our primary school improvement goal is to increase student performance in both mathematics and reading such that ALL students are showing growth toward meeting or exceeding benchmarks.