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Welcome to Henry Ford School
"Home of the Mustangs"
Theatre Works

Teaching artist Kyle Payne leads the students at the Henry Ford fifth grade “Playing with Science” TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley Open Workshop performance in the MUB.


Hello and welcome to Henry Ford! My name is Lynne Griffiths. I am the principal at Henry Ford Elementary School. We are very proud of the Home of the Mustangs and we would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  We are unique in the Redwood City School District, a true neighborhood school that celebrates the diversity of its kindergarten through fifth grade students.  We strive to create an atmosphere of academic excellence in a safe and nurturing environment for all students.  Our staff has created a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that focuses on learning, collaboration and results.  Our teachers are well trained and experienced in differentiating instruction so that all students have the knowledge and skills to reach their potential. We believe that the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and compute are the keys to achievement in future pursuits. Our commitment is to meet the needs of all students by providing the academic, social, and emotional successes that are essential to the development of a child's potential. Together, home, school and community, we will raise our children to be equipped to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century.


Our academic performance speaks for itself as the school was able to exit Program Improvement (PI) based on making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) for the second consecutive year in 2010.  Since 2005, Henry Ford's student achievement has seen a steady trend of increase, going from 35% of students attaining proficient or advanced scores in 2005, to 58% in 2012 in English Language Arts, and from 49% in 2005 to 74% in 2012 in Math. Our growth Academic Performance Index (API) n 2012 is 833.  An API of 800 and above is considered proficient by the state of California.


Mustang students not only work hard, they play hard as well.  Our students enjoy weekly Physical Education classes, Character Education, Art in Action, classroom music programs in all grades, a well stocked library and computer lab.  We have a school garden and are working hard to "go green".  School events include our annual Fall Fiesta, Field Day, Game Nights and our fabulous end of the year Pasta Dinner.  We liaison with private enterprise and our own staff to bring after school programs such as art, chess, individual music lessons and Police Activity League (PAL) sports to our students, as well as Redwood City Park and Recreation Services and our Child Development Center (CDC) on site.


Please feel free to contact us and explore our website for further information about our school.

Headlines & Features

  • Kindergarten Information NIght will be October 23

    The Redwood City School District will hold a Kindergarten Information Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 at the MIT Auditorium, 400 Duane Street, Redwood City. To read more, please click on headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Redwood City School District Is Awarded $1.06 Million From Startup:Education

    Startup:Education, the philanthropic organization founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, has awarded a grant of $1.06 million to the Redwood City School District for a technology integration project at Hoover and Taft Schools, and to provide support to an effort to revitalize John Gill School. To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Save October 4 for OktobeRun!

    Runners of all abilities will want to know that OktobeRun returns for its 4th season this October 4, 2014. Proceeds from OktobeRun benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Survey of Parents, Staff and Students is Overwhelmingly Positive

    Results from a recent survey of Redwood City School District parents, staff and students that measured perception of the schools’ academic strengths and weaknesses, and overall satisfaction with the district indicate that parent, staff and students are very satisfied with academics, safety and the atmosphere at each school. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • KIPP and Rocketship Charter Petitions Approved by the Board

    On June 25, 2014, the School Board conditionally approved petitions from two charter schools, KIPP and Rocketship. KIPP and Rocketship will operate independently of the Redwood City School District, but the school district will have legal oversight of the two schools. The schools will open in the fall of 2015 if the details describing the working relationship between the charters and the District can be worked out in Memorandums of Understanding. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Hoover School Featured in Sobrato Video

    Our own Hoover School was the pilot for the SEAL program - a major initiative by the Sobrato Family Foundation that is helping English learner students throughout the Bay Area excel in school. Results at Hoover have been outstanding! Our students and staff are featured in this inspiring video.

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  • Redwood City School District And Redwood City Teachers Association Reach Tentative Contract Agreement: Total compensation increases by 3.5%

    On June 2, 2014, the Redwood City School District reached a tentative agreement with the Redwood City Teachers Association (RCTA), resolving negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year. Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will receive a total increase of 3.5%, of which 2% will be retroactive to July 1, 2013 and the remaining 1.5% will be effective today, June 2, 2014. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • 2014-15 Instructional Calendar Approved

    To view the 2014-15 instructional calendar, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • RCSD Benefits from $120 million Zuckerberg Pledge

    RCSD is one of the districts that will benefit from the $120 million pledge recently made by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • KIPP and Rocketship Submitted Charter School Petitions to RCSD

    KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) and Rocketship – have submitted petitions to the board to locate in Redwood City. The May 14 school board meeting included public hearings on each of the petitions. To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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