December 14, 1950: Muroc School District Elementary School

  • Published
  • Air Force Flight Test Center

Air Force Flight Test Center commander General Al Boyd completed the application for construction of an elementary school at Edwards AFB. Action was also taken to lease 20 acres of land to the California State Department of Education for the elementary school.

Branch School is dedicated to the memory of “Colonel Irving. L. Branch”

School Mascot: “Mustang”

School Motto: “Achievement for “Branch “Children

School Colors: Blue and W

Irving L. Branch Elementary School serves Kindergarten through 6th grade students on Edwards Air Force Base, and is one of four schools in the Muroc Joint Unified School District. Branch School has approximately 750 students, 32 home room teachers, 3 full-time special education teachers, instructional aides, a librarian, a computer lab instructional aide, speech specialist, office personnel, a principal, and a assistant principal. Our present class size average is 20 students in Kindergarten through 3rd grades and 31 students in fourth through sixth grades. Our students are also served by district personnel on an appointment and limited scheduled basis.


Our students will be prepared to meet the challenges of the future, adapt to change, and exercise critical judgement, becoming global citizens capable of utilizing tomorrow’s resources and technology responsibly.

Mission Statement

As Irving L. Branch Elementary School enters the new millennium, we are endeavoring to incorporate new experiences and challenges, meeting every student’s need for success by developing the whole child and preparing them for the challenges of the future.

These experiences are provided to foster aptitude, attitude, accountability, effective thinking and problem solving through encouraging life-long learning. Branch Elementary is committed to providing opportunities for growth that lead to productive, confident, civic-minded workers who are creative and self-motivated team players.

Belief Statement

We believe that:

  • higher expectations and clear student behavior standards result in greater learning and self-esteem for all students.
  • all students and staff have the right to and responsibility of maintaining a safe, secure, and comfortable environment.
  • all children are unique and deserve every possible opportunity for success.
  • the collaboration of every employee, parent and member of the community contributes to the education of students through instruction and by example.
  • children will be successful in the pursuit of life-long learning equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviors which allow them to participate as a productive member of society.


The educational community of Irving L. Branch embraces and identifies the following goals……

  • to provide a comprehensive child-centered learning environment that fosters opportunities for every child to succeed
  • to maintain a safe and secure academic setting, freeing staff and students to pursue educational endeavors
  • to nurture a spirit of cohesiveness, tolerance, cooperation and flexibility

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