New Schools in 2019-20
Though we're only a few months into the 2018-19 school year, there are several changes on the horizon for Fremont Unified I’d like to share with the community. For decades now, the magic number has been “forty-two”: 28 TK-6 elementary schools, five junior highs serving grades 7-8, five comprehensive high schools, and four alternative education centers. Next fall, those numbers will increase by adding two new elementary sites, an additional location for special education preschoolers, and two of our junior highs will reopen as grade 6-8 middle schools.
Our first brand new elementary school in over 25 years, Lila Bringhurst, is currently under construction and slated to open in South Fremont in August 2019. The home of the Blazers is on track for completion in March 2019 and its new principal and staff will be hired throughout the spring and early summer. We can’t wait for the sounds of happy children echoing through its hallways very soon!
FUSD also recently reacquired the former Marshall Elementary and is readying it for the unification of our three Spanish Dual Immersion programs currently residing at Blacow, Grimmer, and Vallejo Mill. This will be Fremont Unified’s first entirely dual immersion school in the district. The Spanish Dual Immersion Task Force has been meeting for the past two years to plan for the move and will bring recommended names and mascots for consideration to the Board in early 2019.
Glankler Early Learning Center, which educates our youngest learners in the district, has more than outgrown its space next door to Brier Elementary. We repurchased the former Timothy Rix site from the City of Fremont and will create a second site for our preschoolers with special needs. They will also share space with Transitional Kindergarten and State Preschool programs to provide natural inclusion opportunities.
Finally, thanks to the Fremont voters who rallied together to pass the $650 million dollar Measure E bond in 2014, we are well on our way to opening the first two of five middle schools in fall of 2019. Walters and Horner have been under construction for the past two years and we are looking forward to the Kennedy and Irvington Attendance Area sixth graders and teachers making their mark on their new state of the art campuses. Thornton, Centerville, and Hopkins will follow suit in the coming years.
As you can see, Fremont Unified is growing - not just in population, but in the number of schools. Please continue to check our district website and social media pages to see the latest updates on these and other exciting projects underway to inspire, educate, and challenge our students.