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Principal's Message

Welcome to James H. Cox Elementary School! 


This is a very special year for Cox Elementary School as we celebrate our 50th Year Anniversary. In 1970, James H. Cox Elementary was established in honor of Mr. Cox and his wife who were key founding community leaders in Fountain Valley during the 1900s.  They operated a 10 acre farm but also brought the community together through their horse and buggy, mail delivery service.  I am excited to announce that this current, 2019-2020 school year is the 50th anniversary of instructional excellence!


The current Cox staff is dedicated to working together in a respectful inclusive environment to ensure ALL students achieve academic excellence.  We firmly believe that through collaborative teamwork, we can continually create an exceptional educational experience for our students here at Cox Elementary.  We based our instruction and decision making on our following CORE VALUES:


  • Commitment to our students & community
  • Continuous learning
  • Collaborative practice
  • Consistency in our practice
  • Comprehensive coverage of skills & standards


Our team of dedicated teachers used the California State Standards to guide our instruction during the early 2010s.  During the California State Testing (CSTs) years, Cox Elementary School peaked with an API of 914, an increase of 100 API points with 81% of all students scoring proficient or advanced in ELA and Math. 

As we transitioned to the new Common Core (SBAC) assessments, from 2014-2018, Cox experienced a 7% increase in ELA and 18% increase in Math, exceeding district, county, and state growth during that span. 

Our goal is for all students at Cox to perform at the Proficient level in both ELA and Math.  With collaborative teamwork, we can achieve that goal!!!

Welcome once again to the 50th Anniversary year.

Please take a moment to locate and review our Student/Parent Handbook.  Under the “Parents” heading, click and read the Parent/Student Handbook for 2019-2020.

Thank  you

Patrick Ham, Principal

Cox Elementary School 

Mission Statement:

Cox provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and consistent education, focusing on high academic achievement.  We are a collaborative community of respectful and responsible learners.

Student & Staff Pledge:

Cox is an excellent school.  We are respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.