Award Year: 2015

Lamar Elementary School

1440 East Cliff Drive
El Paso, TX, 79902-2835

(915) 236-3150

Mrs. Bertha Martinez, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

El Paso ISD

School Website


Educate children academically, physically, emotionally, and socially so they can pursue dreams and achieve goals in education, community service, friendship, and wellness in a diverse global culture.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 97%
  • Asian: 1%
  • ELL: 62%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Life at Lamar Elementary School

Life at Lamar Elementary School

Lamar Elementary School, bordered by Mexico, is in west central El Paso in El Paso County, Texas. It was built in 1962 and named in honor of Mirabeau B. Lamar, the “father of Texas education.” Mr. Lamar once stated, “A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy; it is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security that freemen desire.” Our faculty and staff follow this belief in our daily activities, cultivating the minds of all our students.

In spite of having a large population of economically disadvantaged, homeless, and limited English speaking students, our teachers and students take pride in their accomplishments. This is the reason for the many academic accolades Lamar has received in the past eight years. The Lamar community has proven time and again that all students can learn in a nurturing environment. Our students have a “Yes I Can” attitude embedded in their minds. They feel honored to represent themselves among other students from different schools and backgrounds.

Lamar Elementary provides a welcoming campus culture that promotes student success both academically and socially by involving students in continuous learning through the integration of college-readiness standards, technology, and community collaboration opportunities. Teachers work collaboratively using best practices and data to drive their instruction to increase the depth of knowledge and ensure students’ growth. Parents support amplifies students' success and the school's welcoming environment. Together, we uphold our mission to “motive each and every single student to achieve excellence and to become productive citizens.”