Malcolm X contacts:
Principal: Alexander Hunt

Secretary: Lyzanna Chairez
Home Sch. Liaison: Dawn Robinson
Curriculum: Jai Waggoner

Records: Maru Hiratzka
Phone: (510) 644-6313
Fax: (510) 644-6297

The Berkeley PTA Council



About the man:
Malcolm X official website

Why our school bears his name:
An essay by one of our third-grade teachers


Updated 10/4/13
by Kellie Whittaker




























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About Malcolm X Elementary

From kindergarten to 5th grade, students at Malcolm X School know that it is an exciting place to be! The talented teaching staff provides rigorous instruction in all content areas, enriched by the integration of the visual and performing arts into the curriculum. Our students’ success has not gone unnoticed; Malcolm X has twice been named a California Distinguished School (2006 and 2012). Our school has also received awards for Title One Academic Achievement (2009) and California Excellence in Arts, and has twice been named as a California Business for Educational Excellence Star School (2009 and 2012). The entire Malcolm X community is committed to building on this history of excellence, both in academics and in the arts.

Just by walking through the halls of Malcolm X, student art shows you what students are learning about in their reading, social studies, and science. Students receive specialized instruction in art, drama, music, and dance, and these disciplines are incorporated into students’ learning throughout the day. At every grade level, children participate in dramatic performances, and showcase their singing in a whole-school musical Chorale. Students also learn about science, life cycles, and nutrition through the cooking and garden class. Teachers at Malcolm X work together as a team, sharing their ideas and techniques to ensure that all students have access to the best possible lessons.

The Malcolm X School motto is “Together We Can” and this collaborative ethic is demonstrated by the way that parents and the school come together to help students learn and grow. Parental involvement is one of the pillars of the school’s success, and parent volunteers support student learning in a variety of ways. Our school is supported by an active PTA chapter, which plans community events and raises funds to support our school programs.

Students at Malcolm X develop an enthusiasm for learning, an appreciation for diversity, and a healthy spirit of inquiry. After school, Malcolm X offers extended learning opportunities that are linked to the academic and arts programs during the day. Students have the opportunity to continue their learning through programs such as X-Plus, Project Connect, BEARS, and a variety of PTA-sponsored classes.

Our school has also been named as an Ashoka Changemaker School (2013). Ashoka strives to make empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving (what we call changemaker skills) as valued in education as traditional academic skills, so that all students find their voices and can make a positive impact on the world. Malcolm X Elementary is now part of the Changemaker Schools Network, a national community of leading elementary schools that serve as models for cultivating these skills in students.

I am proud to be part of the Malcolm X School staff and community, and I look forward to meeting your child!


Alexander Marcos Hunt