About Us


Kings Mountain Elementary School, part of Cabrillo Unified School District, is located eight and one-half miles south of Highway 92, off of Highway 35. The school has three combination classrooms serving approximately 70 children, kindergarten through fifth grade.

The school takes pride in their ability to foster the development of creative, courageous, compassionate human beings who are committed to realizing their full potential, while supporting others to do the same.

The school promotes a powerful, cohesive partnership that actively involves students, parents, teachers, other school personnel, and the community in accomplishing our mission.

Students are provided a safe and nurturing learning environment and receive an appropriate, academically challenging curriculum; develop a sense of personal responsibility, respect all others and practice good citizenship.

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A Brief History and Overview

The following excerpt was taken from the California Distinguished Schools application, with exception of the classroom configurations.

Kings Mountain Elementary School

An alternative choice within the four elementary schools of the Cabrillo Unified School District, KMES stands alone on a mountaintop in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. Since 1952, KMES has taught generations of Mountain and Coastside children. The woodsy school boasts three classrooms-much more than the one-room schoolhouses of its rich California logging history. With roots firmly planted, the school provides the future vision for the Mountain, much spirit with its presence, and a voice for the youth of today.

Classes are combined offering integrated learning, with a full kindergarten, K/1, 2/3, and 4/5 classes. Students are accountable for all aspects of their education and learn to respect one another. To accommodate parents, teachers and administrators honor an Open Door Policy. By the second week of school, it is not uncommon for students, teachers, staff, and parents to know everyone and their siblings by name; the color of everyone's backpack; and the owner of the missing jacket in the lost and found box.

Recognized by the state as a Top Ten San Mateo County School and a Scholar School designation, KMES continues to strive for high achievement from its approximately 70 students. All teachers are CLAD certified and credentialed. Students celebrate academic challenges, diversity, an appreciation for our natural environment, and lessons in good citizenship. Caring parents, approachable teachers, and strong community involvement is a cornerstone of the school's success.

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