Award Year: 2017

Gardner Elementary School

218 East Shawnee
Gardner, KS, 66030-1394

(913) 856-3300

Mr. Jason J. Watkins, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Gardner Edgerton School District

School Website


At Gardner Elementary we will tenaciously pursue growth in all children no matter who they are or what thier situation may be.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 61%
Small group instruction and hands-on learning are vital to student success.

Small group instruction and hands-on learning are vital to student success.

What makes Gardner Elementary exceptional is the fact that we emphasize daily to teach the "whole child". We understand that academics are just one part of a big puzzle in student success. Many of our students come to school with a variety of immediate needs, most of them are non-academic. That is why we focus on student needs beyond reading and math.

We are all driven by the following mission statement: "We will tenaciously pursue academic, social, and emotional growth with every student we work with no matter who they are or what their situation may be." We truly believe this and it drives our actions daily. Everyone at Gardner understands that once they cross the threshold of the school doors they immediately focus on serving the students and the families of our school.

Gardner Elementary is focused on helping every student become a lifelong learner. That is why we put forth great effort to instill in each child the growth mindset and prescriptive goal setting beliefs. The progression of these beliefs is monitored as students grow academically, socially, and emotionally from year to year. Our school's overall goal is for students to transition to middle school as confident students who truly believe that "struggle is growing and mistakes mean they are learning." From support staff to administration we believe instilling the growth mindset in students as they continue their educational journey and into adulthood, will serve them well no matter what lies ahead in their future.