About John Muir

John Muir Elementary is a vibrant school community; socially, economically, and ethnically diverse. The many languages spoken at Muir represent cultures from all over the world. English, Spanish, Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian, Thai, Tagalog, Chinese, Portuguese, Farsi and Russian are examples of the many native languages spoken by families in our school community. It is the diversity and high academic expectations which so many students, families, and staff members consider to be the most positive characteristics of our school.

The original school was built in 1970 and was named after John Muir, the famous naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club. Muir was active in creating several US National Parks in collaboration with the 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt. John Muir’s efforts to protect and preserve nature and the environment is as relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. 

Construction of a new school began in 2010 and was opened in the fall of 2012. The new building was built “green” reflecting the beliefs of John Muir. The school’s shared learning spaces are named after US National Parks to recognize protected wild areas in the US; Mt. Rainer, Yosemite, Sierras, and Redwoods.  Our school serves students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

"Let children walk with nature...as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star..."
John Muir

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