Networks, Awards & Partnerships



New Tech Network LogoAs a New Tech Network school, we are part of a national network of over 200 school who work to inspire and engage all students in authentic learning experiences, immerse them in an empowered culture, and integrate strong technology component. New Tech Schools focus on supporting students in the development of essential skills for college, career, and civic success such as critical thinking, oral and written communication, collaboration, and academic and social emotional mindsets.

Katherine Smith School was one of the first elementary school in the New Tech Network and has been a member since 2013.


No Excuses Network We want student college bound - no excuses. The NEU Network supports us with the belief where every child is given the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. No Excuses University School strive to develop six exceptional system to ensure success. By exhibiting a culture of universal achievement and believing in every students, schools collaborate around that belief. During collaboration, they align their standards as a team. As teams align standards, they need to assess the standards and manage the data. Then, and only then, can they pursue meaningful interventions with their students.

Katherine Smith school joined No Excuses University in 2012.



Partnership for 21st Century Learning


Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar (2013)

Only handful of school each year are awarded P21 Exemplar status. Katherine Smith was recognized for our implementation of project-based learning, strong community involvement, and technology integration.


National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness


National Champion School (2014)

K. Smith School was one of three schools in California to receive a state of the art fitness center from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. We even received a visit by California Governor Brown for the ribbon cutting.


New Tech Learning Outcomes


New Tech Best in Network Project (2015)

The second grade team was awarded the Best in Network award at the annual New Tech Conference for the Diggin' for Dinos literacy project. This was the first time this award was given to an elementary school project.


New Tech Demonstration Site


New Tech Exemplary Demonstration Site (2016)

New Tech Exemplary schools are identified in the network of over 200 schools. Throughout the year, visitors come from across the globe to experience the innovative work our students do.


Buck Institute for Education


Buck Institute for Education PBL Champion School (2017)

K. Smith School was awarded the first ever PBL Champion School award for our commitment to project based learning as a model to support student development of key knowledge and success skills, for our culture of continuous improvement always trying to get better, and for the impact we have on students' lives.



Other Partnerships and Affiliations

First 5 Santa Clara County

Chinese Young Cultural Ambassadors

Second Harvest Food Bank

Boys and Girls Club
YMCA Project Cornerstone Project Access



Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
Neighborhood Safety Unit

Health Trust
EdLeader 21

City of San José Walk N' Roll