We’re going places!

Downtown School, located in the heart of Bakersfield’s downtown business corridor, is the newest of the Bakersfield City School District campuses. This innovative school was designed to support families of the employees working in the downtown area. Serving K-8 grade students, the school’s enrollment is 300 students.

The school provides a full before and after school child care program from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. each day for all enrolled students wishing to participate. Funded exclusively through parent-paid fees, the after-school program provides homework assistance, enrichment in the arts, and physical education. As this is an open enrollment school with no neighborhood boundaries, all students are transported to and from school under the care and direction of their families.

What’s Happening at Downtown School!

Our Mission Statement

Downtown School is COMMITTED to promoting ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE learners who are EMPOWERED in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Our Pledge
At Downtown School…
We C.A.R.E.
We are COMMITTED
We are ACCOUNTABLE
We are RESPONSIBLE
We are EMPOWERED

Our Vision

We, the faculty and staff at Downtown School, are dedicated to raising the ìwhole childî in partnership with the family and the community. We envision a school where all students know they are valued for their individuality and are supported to grow in a manner that best reflects their individual strengths and talents. It is our mission to assist each child in becoming a contributing member of a multicultural society by creating an environment that nurtures each childís love of learning, promotes academic excellence, cultivates social consciousness, develops physical prowess and ensures emotional well-being.

Downtown Elementary School


Downtown Elementary
2021 M Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone (661) 631-5920
Fax (661) 321-0034

Noreen Barthelmes
Principal
barthelmesn@bcsd.com