Empire Gardens Elementary
Empire Gardens Elementary
School Assembly

School Information

At Empire Gardens Elementary, we elevate opportunities for all by working as a professional learning community. Classroom instruction is differentiated, fluid, versatile, and guided by the principles of San José Unified’s strategic plan.

Immediate and appropriate supports are available during and after school for students who need extra time or specialized instruction. We have two computer labs and six mobile labs. All students use adaptive literacy and mathematics computer programs, providing each student an individualized educational experience.

Our faculty recognizes that growth in academics is impossible without a safe and nurturing environment, which we foster through the Dragon Code: Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Safe.


Contact and Directions

Empire Gardens Elementary
1060 E Empire Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Directions to School

Main phone:  408-535-6221

Office Staff

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Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP)

California Education Code 32280-32289.5 outlines the requirements and information required for the CSSP, which is required to be reviewed and updated each year by all California public schools. The CSSP is a public document reviewed and updated each year by the Schoolsite Council (SSC). Many components of the CSSP are developed and updated by San José Unified district staff, who coordinate responses to safety-related issues across each of San José Unified’s schools, in consultation with other agencies, including the San José Police Department and San José Fire Department. These components are shared in the CSSP template provided to schools for their completion.

The CSSP contains an overview of the school’s holistic approach to safety, including emergency responses. This plan explains the San José Unified emergency protocols and the steps that should be taken in a variety of emergency situations.

Empire Gardens Elementary Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP)


Our Mission & Vision

Empire gardens is part of San José Unified an innovative urban school district that is reinventing the education system by bringing together teachers and staff with parents and students, inspiring each to discover their own greatness.

Our vision
Preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.

Our mission
Uniting as one community, we elevate opportunities for all.

San José Unified School District plan
Read our road map for 2017-2020.

Want to learn more? Get involved at our school.


School Policies

Drop off and pick up safety procedures

In order to keep everyone safe and keep traffic flowing, please follow these procedures:

  • Pull all the way forward to the front of the drop off/pick up loop rather than stopping when you see your child.
  • If your child is not present by the time you reach the front of the line, you will need to circle around and come back through the line in order to keep traffic flowing.
  • There is no parking in the drop off/pick up loop.  If your children are not there, you will need to drive around the block and come back.
  • Drivers must remain in their cars.
  • If you have students in both lower and upper grades, we recommend parking your car at Watson Park or in our parking lot and walking over to meet your children.
  • Be aware of marked red zones; they are No Parking zones by law.
  • The coned area in front of the school is for buses only and is not a drop off/pick up area.
  • Keep the crosswalk clear of cars.
  • Use the crosswalk when walking to the park rather than cutting across the drop off/pick up loop.
  • Children need to exit and enter cars at the sidewalk at the front of the drop off/pick up loop rather than walking between cars or buses.
  • Parking Compliance and/or Police may cite you if you violate these safety procedures.

Thank you for helping to keep everyone’s children safe!


The Empire Gardens campus is embedded in our community. For your own safety and out of respect for our neighbors, please:

  • Do not double-park on the street or block neighborhood driveways;
  • Do not park or idle in bus loading zones;
  • Do not leave cars unattended when picking up or dropping off; and
  • Do not park in areas where orange cones signify a dangerous area.
Lost and Found

Items that have the student’s name written on them are immediately returned to the child. Other items are placed in a barrel in the Cafeteria. Students have an opportunity to view these items on a regular basis.

Any items remaining in the Lost and Found barrel at the end of each month will be donated to charity.

Picking up students during the school day

Parents must come to the office and sign their child out before they will be excused from class. To release a student to a person other than the parents, that person must be listed on the student’s Emergency Contact Form. Please see the school secretary to update this information.

Parent Visitations at School

San José Unified School District welcomes parents and members of the community to visit our schools. Classroom visits must be pre-arranged. We do ask that visitors please park in designated parking areas when provided.

All visitors must go to the school office to register their presence on campus and to obtain a visitor’s pass.

For purposes of safety, state law requires schools to register all outsiders who enter upon school property. Unauthorized persons are prohibited from entering or remaining on school grounds. If court-restraining orders exist which limit a parent’s access to visiting his/her child or in receiving information about the child’s school progress, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school principal with a copy of such an order.

Only those persons listed on the student’s data record card are permitted to pick up a child without specific further parental permission.

The school grounds are open for community use during daylight hours when school is not in session. Permits are issued for group use. The following are prohibited: alcoholic beverages, golf practice, illegal drugs, model airplanes, unauthorized vehicles, archery, skateboards, smoking, firearms, skating, rockets, animals, climbing on roof or covered walkways, parking in unauthorized areas. All Board of Education policies, EC 32210, PC 626.8, and California Vehicle Code 21113, are enforced.

More information can also be found in California Education Code 51101.(a)(1)

Update Contact Information

Please report changes in address, phone number/s, and the names of those who can pick up your child in case of an emergency to the school office as soon as possible. It is extremely important that we are able to reach parents quickly in the event of an emergency.


School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

Public schools in California are required to provide information to the community in the form of an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). SARCs provide data about a school’s student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics. Your principal can answer any questions regarding your school’s SARC. Parents or guardians may request a hard copy of the School Accountability Report Card at each respective school office.

How to access your school’s SARC:

  1. Go to sarconline.org.
  2. Enter the school or city name in the search box at the upper right hand side of the page.
  3. Click on the “View SARC” icon to review the school’s information.
  4. To translate, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu entitled “Select Language”.

School Plan for Student Achievement

Every year, each school in San José Unified develops a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). This plan includes the academic goals the school will be working on during the year and shows how the school will be using funds allocated to the site by the district and state.

The SPSA is written with the help of the School Site Council, which then approves the final document and forwards it to the Board of Education for their approval.

Click here to review the Empire Gardens SPSA


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