Award Year: 2016

Morris R. McBride Elementary School

700 Custer Road
Fort Benning, Georgia, DD, 31905-7402

(706) 544-9411

Mrs. Phyllis L. Parker, Principal at time of Nomination

Georgia/Alabama District, DoDEA

School Website


McBride's vision in supporting DoDEA's mission is that we will enable each student to achieve his/her personal best and inspire them to embrace lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 47%
  • Hispanic: 22%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 14%
  • ELL: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students are encouraged to innovate, create, and problem-solve.

Students are encouraged to innovate, create, and problem-solve.

Morris R. McBride Elementary School, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). McBride School serves pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students and is committed to teaching students to excel through their personal strengths. Our school motto is "We Excel," and goals for student achievement are not considered in terms of average scores; instead instruction is personalized. Teachers have developed effective professional learning teams that constantly assess students' progress toward individualized goals developed by teachers, parents, and the students themselves. Instruction is tailored to match student learning. Learning groups are fluid, and grade levels work as teams to instruct all students to master skills. McBride students comprise a diverse ethnic/racial makeup and thus represent a wide variety of learning styles and needs. The school works in partnership with the parents and the military community to provide an education that, as the McBride mission states, "enables students to achieve their personal best, become responsible and productive citizens, and embrace lifelong learning in a safe and positive environment." Instruction and learning is enhanced by the varied hands-on projects in all grade levels and by the ready use of technology for all students. Students are encouraged to innovate, create, and problem-solve in order to be successful, productive citizens. Encouraging a sense of curiosity in our children, opens doors of opportunites for them in the world. If we have instilled a love of learning, we will have succeeded in impacting the future, not only for our students, but for the world.