A Message From Our Principal

Welcome to Grimmway Academy, and to another year of achieving educational success together!

At Grimmway Academy, we are guided by four strong beliefs:

Every child can have a bright future

Our focus is to support our students in their growth, both academically and individually. We maintain small class size, and our unique blended learning model allows for learning across a range of environments and experiences – in the classroom, in the Learning Lab, in the garden, and through enrichment programs. We are continually reinterpreting the learning experience, so that every child at Grimmway Academy is engaged, happy, and successful.

Every parent can be engaged

We could not do what we do without the support of our students’ families. We rely on our involved, informed parents to advance our principles of academic achievement and wellness at home, and in the Arvin community. We hold high expectations of our parents, so that they are empowered to expect the same level of commitment from our school, teachers, and community leaders.

Every teacher can be successful

Our strong academic performance is directly tied to our talented and committed team of teachers, administrators, and staff. What we are doing is critically important – with a direct impact on Kern County and powerful implications for rural communities across the U.S. We also want learning to be fun! We strive to create a vibrant, supportive professional environment so that staff and students thrive as part of the Grimmway Academy model.

Every community can flourish

Since 2011, we have demonstrated that high achievement is possible among students from rural areas who have often been overlooked by education reform efforts. Grimmway Academy is a source of pride for the community of Arvin and everyone involved in the effort.

It is amazing and heartening to see what has been accomplished in just four short years. It is even more exciting to think of the bright futures of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community over the long-term.

It is our honor to serve our students and our community, and we are looking forward to another wonderful and productive school year!

In thanks and appreciation,



Joanna Kendrick