Award Year: 2017
The commitment of Thompson Elementary is to instill a sense of lifelong learning through service, challenge, and excellence within our school community to ensure our students become responsible, productive citizens of a diverse society.
- Black/African American: 18%
- White: 40%
- Hispanic: 25%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 5%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 10%
- ELL: 3%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 58%
Thompson Elementary serves a diverse population of over 750 students in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three words capture the school's mission: Service, Challenge, and Excellence. The staff and students work hard every day to challenge themselves, live as productive citizens of the school and community, and reach high goals for excellence in all they do. The staff consistently goes above and beyond to do whatever it takes in order to reach all students, every day. Decisions using one overarching benchmark: what is best for kids?
In order to meet the needs of the varied learners in the school, teachers continue to refine their practice by engaging in sustained and embedded professional development. This allows teachers to provide rigorous and engaging lessons that promote deep learning of subject matter and skills. Student engagement is seen as a hallmark of good instruction, and teachers utilize cooperative learning structures to promote student engagement and allow all students to benefit from high quality teaching. Higher-level thinking is promoted by providing cognitively demanding tasks, and students regularly engage in metacognitive practices as they reflect on their learning. Grade level teams meet regularly to analyze data, plan instruction, and improve their teaching expertise.
Shared leadership is seen as a key strength of the school, with grade levels collaborating regularly to make decisions related to their grade level and the school leadership team working with the administrative team to promote school improvement and assist in key decision-making processes.
Thompson Elementary is a great place for kids!