Daniel Lairon Elementary School is one of 16 schools in the Franklin-McKinley School District. Our school name changed this academic year 2010-2011 in recognition of our former principal, Daniel Lairon, who was a great contributor to our school and local community. The school has a diverse ethnic population of approximately 550 (K-6) students. Of the total population, 70% have been identified as English Language Learners. Over 94% of Lairon Elementary families participate in the Free or Reduced - Price Lunch Program.
Built over 44 years ago, Daniel Lairon Elementary was modernized in 2000. Each classroom was refurbished, the office was renovated, and the cafeteria facilities were updated. Currently, our school site is once again being updated as part of the upcoming transition into Daniel Lairon College Prep Academy, Lairon Elementary has 22 classroom teachers (including two Special Day Classes). The support staff includes a school Principal, a Project Specialist, two part-time speech therapists, and an RSP teacher. The staff also consists of: four Special Education Para Professionals, and one Categorical Para Professional that supports the school curriculum. We have an Academic Dean who assists with the implementation of the California Common Core Standards.
Dr. Maria Dehghanfard is the new principal at Daniel Lairon. She brings extensive knowledge in the area of English Language Development, School Restructuring, Restorative Justice, and Categorical Program implementation. Dr. Dehghanfard has taught all grade levels including pre-Kindergarten and Teacher Preparation classes. She has been a school administrator for the past 18 years. Dr. Dehghanfard's main thrust is to transition the elementary school into a 4th-8th Grade College Prep Academy, part of the pipeline design with Los Arboles Elementary School, while raising the scores for all students.
Our school is implementing BEST practices as a means to change the tone and culture of the school into a positive one where students are rewarded for following norms. As a community school, we welcome community partners and parents in assisting us to teach our students to the highest potential.
Franklin-McKinley School District policies support and ensure that all Daniel Lairon Elementary School students will succeed.