Valley Oak Elementary School

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1400 E. 8th Street
one of the Schools in the DJUSD

Valley Oak Elementary is a school in East Davis on East Eighth Street. It has many murals that have been created over the years by generations of students. The presence of the school brings a stop-light-controlled pedestrian crossing that is an annoyance to cyclists. All vehicle operators would be wise to take an alternate route during times when school is commencing or letting out.

Quoting from the School Accountability Report Card, "Valley Oak Elementary School opened as East Davis School in 1953 with 130 students. Our student enrollment has increased to about 650 students from ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse backgrounds." The School Accountability Report Card is available from the DJUSD website, here: [WWW]


On June 26, 2006, the Best Uses of Schools Advisory Task Force recommended the Board of Education to close down the school due to falling enrollment, particularly with the opening of Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School. On February 22, 2007 the Task Force officially voted 6-1 in favor of closing Valley Oak Elementary and will present its final recommendations to the School Board on March 1. Davis OPEN is a group dedicated to keeping neighborhood schools open in Davis.

valley_oak_march.jpg3/19/07 students and parents marched protesting the closure of the school


Today, the school is a combined campus containing Da Vinci and a children's center. There was talk in 2007 of turning Valley Oak into a charter school.




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Go Dragons! Sixth grade for life. - KenNeville

they have really dangerous roofs, i no from experiance -SeanReedy

2006-12-31 23:11:51   This is the LAST elementary school that Davis should close. —ChebaccoThirty

2007-01-01 14:12:08   Why is that? —ElisaHough

2007-02-24 20:17:52   Why no mention of Dweezil being the world's scariest school mascot? —KokoSorensen

2007-02-25 11:40:56   Because you haven't added any mention. Who is Dweezil? It would be neat if you could add some information about him to this entry. —JabberWokky

2007-03-20 11:48:39   it is a shame that they build a new school in a wealthier whiter neighborhood and close down this wonderfull diverse school that has some of the best English Learner programs in the United states. The school has also spent large sums of money on brand new renovations in the past few years. It seems like a waste to close the school right after spending so much money —MattHh

2007-03-21 23:48:32   *waahhh* They're talking about shutting down MY elementary school! I remember Jason Aller playing chess in second grade, and when the school picked the dragon as its mascot (although I didn't think brown was a "cool" color)! Oh, well... Nothing is forever. :-( —CentralDavisite

2007-11-06 14:00:30   I am disappointed at the closing of this school because my niece attends there and she loves it. She is an immigrant of two years and during this time I have seen her go from no english to conversational english. The location is very convinient for her, and I'm not sure where she'll go instead. —drpottsiv

2008-06-03 17:13:48   ok Dweezil the dragon stands in front of the school and hugs poor little children while singing at least once a week. It's creepy. let's just say that 90% of the kids that go there are afraid of him or hate him (or her, nobody knows for sure)! —smiley221

2008-06-18 03:16:24   closing it? Lame —StevenDaubert

2008-06-26 15:44:43   So basically this is the school that they chose to close because this is the poor area, right? —BrentLaabs

2008-09-05 14:28:58   There goes the most interesting looking elementary school in Davis. —thelonepiper555

2010-01-18 16:41:25   valley oak was my favorite school ever. and yeah, dweezil was wierd, but i just avoided her(it was a her) when she was hugging people. —katethegreat

2010-01-18 16:44:26   i think it was just a stupid idea to build korematsu in the first place. the builders who promised it to the people who moved into that neighborhood were not thinking. —katethegreat

2010-10-04 18:22:57   I only went to this elementary school for one year but I think it was a really good school and i'm sad they closed it. It really helped me get used to being new in town and make a bunch of friends.And I don't think Dweezel is weird at all, i know the woman who dressed up in the costume and she's actually very nice and not creepy or stalker-ish. —ViviS

2012-01-29 09:33:08   Favorite teachers: Mr. Millie, Ms. Krueger 6th grade, Mr. kelleher and his snake gabby 3rd grade, ms. payne pre-k. anybody remember the "big cheese slide" they took out? or the 6th grade trips to walker creek or sly park? or am I the only one with the memory of an elephant here? —ChristopherFoote

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