Award Year: 2017

Gunter Elementary School

200 West Elm Street
Gunter, TX, 75058-0109

(903) 433-5315

Mrs. Dara Arrington, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Gunter Independent School District

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GES will empower every student to attain an exceptional education that challenges them to exceed their own expectations and provides a foundation for success in life.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 27%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 17%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 37%
Inquiry, Innovation and Service at Gunter Elementary!

Inquiry, Innovation and Service at Gunter Elementary!

Gunter Elementary School (GES) is located 50 miles north of Dallas, just 27 miles south of the Oklahoma border. Founded over 100 years ago, this traditional farming town is quickly transforming into a fast growing district in North Texas. The philosophy of GES is "all in." The staff does whatever it takes to make each child successful academically, emotionally, physically, and socially. While the classrooms are not fancy and students have not had technological devices to use throughout the day, what they do have is extremely powerful.

GES teachers love and care for their students. They show up early to prepare for their own day so that they can be fully engaged during morning tutoring. They stay late to help with Homework Club and the After-School Care program. They provide weekend backpacks filled with food for families in need and help get school supplies to every child before the school year starts. GES teachers plan together to effectively teach the state standards while setting high expectations and holding students accountable by measuring individual mastery. GES teachers also thoughtfully plan and execute intervention strategies to fill the gaps for students who are struggling by working with them in small groups during morning tutorials and in small conferencing groups throughout the day. The entire staff is committed to teaching students what it means to be part of the "AMBUSH," or family of tigers, through purposefully teaching character education daily in their classes. Most of all, they love to teach and make school fun!