Award Year: 2014

James F. Bay Elementary School

1502 Bayport Boulevard
Seabrook, TX, 77586-3525

(281) 284-4600

Mrs. Erin C Tite, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Clear Creek ISD

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Mission

We equip students with the interpersonal skills and knowledge base to excel in our diverse community while nurturing them to achieve personal maximum potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 66%
  • Hispanic: 21%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 10%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Second grade scientists observed kiwi using their five senses.

Second grade scientists observed kiwi using their five senses.

On any given day, you can walk into Bay Elementary in Seabrook, Texas and feel the energy, hear the humming of teaching and learning in every classroom, and witness the power of parents, teachers and community members working to create a better tomorrow for all children. This did not happen by chance, but by choice.

In 2008, Hurricane Ike destroyed the homes of hundreds of Bay Elementary families and many staff members. Fatefully, Bay Elementary was virtually untouched by the category 4 storm. Within hours of the storm passing and moments after the principal saw her students in the streets with all of their belongings on the curb, the school opened for families. The staff recognized they needed to work on the physical and emotional needs of students before they could move forward with the curriculum. It was that choice that makes this Title I school a life-changer for children.

Today, students at Bay Elementary outperform their statewide and national peers in all student groups. The key to student success lies in the heart of its teachers and the unwavering support of its community. To replicate Bay’s success is to realize the only way to a child’s mind is through his or her heart. Instructional strategies include built-in professional development time, a focus on crafting questions to prompt higher-level thinking and moving teachers to create strong, well-balanced teams.

Bay’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment which fosters students to achieve their personal potential and serve their community.