Markham Elementary K-5 School, established in 1990, is a place of discovery, learning, and high achievement. Markham has a rich heritage of educational service and community spirit. Located on a spacious 10-acre campus, the school, originally built in 1951, enjoys a history as a K-8, middle school and community gathering place. Markham now serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Students typically go on to attend Jackson Middle School and then Wells High School and/or special focus magnet programs located throughout the district.
The Markham community is a delightful blend of generational families who represent cultures from around the world. You don't have to look far to find parents and grandparents of Markham students, who attended or taught at Markham through the years. This blend of long-time families in the neighborhood with families who have newly arrived in the area, share a common bond of commitment to educational excellence and service at Markham. Our students' educational experience is greatly enhanced by the blend of families within our culturally rich learning community.
Markham is named after the American poet, Edwin Markham. Born in Oregon in 1852, Markham is best known for his spirited poetry highlighting the plight of the working poor and child laborers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Among his poetry is a poem entitled "Outwitted" which continues today to embody the spirit of the Markham Learning Community.
He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
Our Mission Statement
At Markham Elementary School, we center joyful collective partnership between the staff and the community to foster curiosity, an environment of collaboration, rich academic discourse and personal agency. Each student’s growth and achievement is celebrated and recognized in our inclusive and caring community. We promote multicultural perspectives, courageous learning and a sense of belonging, to empower students to reach and exceed their full potential as lifelong learners.
Learning Today ~ Building Tomorrow