Our school is named after one of the first residents of the Hazel Dell area: civic-minded pioneer Sarah Jane Anderson. Her home was a stopping place and social center for all who traveled through the area. In 1883, Mrs. Anderson donated the land for the original school.
Our purpose is to develop in every student a respect for diversity and a desire to attain his or her highest potential for academic, emotional, social and physical growth. Our school community will provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating educational environment that honors each unique individual.
Sarah J. Anderson opened its doors in February 1955 with 170 students—six classes of boys and girls—who came from the nearby one-room Hazel Dell school.
A maintenance and operations levy passed in 2000 and addressed several high-needs schools, including Anderson. The school was rebuilt and dedicated in October 2004.
Other historic moments:
September 2005 — The district’s first Dual Language programs began at Sarah. J. Anderson Elementary School.
Fall 2009 — Nine schools, including Sarah J. Anderson, received Energy Star Awards for energy efficiency from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
April 2015 — Sarah J. Anderson became a Washington Innovative School, a designation given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for achievement in closing the achievement gap.
Fall 2015 — Family-Community Resource Center opens to provide basic necessities and connect families with resources.