Scandia Elementary School- Travis AFB

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Installation Listings

Installation Listing Category
  • Airforce

Geographical Address

Duty Station(s)
Public Address
100 Broadway Street, Travis AFB, CA 94535
Postal Code

Contact Info

(707) 437-4691 / Fax (707) 366-0973
Operating Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Scandia serves approximately 570 students in Kindergarten - Sixth Grade.  There are 30 teachers on staff and 15+ support personnel.  Scandia offers Speech Therapy, Psychology, Band, Math Coaching, PE, and intervention services.

The name "Scandia" is part of the cultural landscape of Solano County, California.  It means "Little Norway," and refers to the Scandinavian pioneers who settled the area around present day Fairfield.  In 1852, three Norwegian seafarers - Carl H. Thompson and his brother Dan, and Steve Larsen - purchased a small sailboat in San Francisco and headed up the Sacramento River.  Their destination was the goldfields of the Mother Lode region; however they missed the main channel of the river and found themselves in Montezuma Slough which is located a few miles south of present day Travis Air Force Base.  They abandoned their boat and walked inland to Calaveras County. (Wichels, 1964)

After two years of work, and finding little gold, the three Norwegians returned to Montezuma Slough, built a small house, and raised sheep and cattle.  Gradually other Scandinavians took up farming in the area, and "Little Norway" (Scandia) became the accepted name of the area east and south of Denverton.  Today, the Western Railway Museum is located in Denverton (Highway 12, southeast of TAFB.) (Wichels, 1964)

When construction began on the Army airfield that would become Travis AFB, the area was still referred to as Scandia as can be seen in an article in the Solano Rebulican.  The first article on construction was on July 2, 1942, four days before bulldozers broke ground for the new airstrip.  The following week, the Republican  reported that "the great 1,600 acre areas sic miles east of Fairfield in the Scandia Section is today teaming with activity as men and machines move in to prepare the foundations for a great flying field."  (Goerke-Shrode, 2007)

  • Our Mission Statement
    Scandia Elementary is committed to providing a comprehensive educational program in a safe learning environment.
    Our mission is to have all students know, understand, and be able to demonstrate proficiency of the grade level standards set forth by the State of California and adopted by Travis Unified School District.
    The school strives to enhance children's self-esteem, promote cooperation among the children and adults, and build conflict resolution skills.
    Vision Statement
    Scandia  Elementary School exemplifies a community of learners where staff and parents continue to learn along with our students.
    As a staff, we strive for a positive learning environment with teamwork as a foundational tenant. With student demographics reflecting nearly 100% military students, Scandia Elementary school strives to support students and families through the transition process socially, emotionally, and academically.
    Smiling faces and supportive comments are the norm with students. Staff and parents interact with each other with respect, and work together as a team to help children achieve success.

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