EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Stanton-Smith Elementary School – Whitehouse, TX

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Stanton-Smith Elementary School

500 Zavala Trail
Whitehouse, TX, 75791-3124

(903) 839-5730

Mr. Sterling Dwane Haskell, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Whitehouse Independent School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 16%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 44%
 

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Fifth grade students engaged in a science lab investigation.

Fifth grade students engaged in a science lab investigation.

Summary

At Stanton-Smith Elementary the educational philosophy is "every interaction matters and every moment is an opportunity." Our success is due to a sense of urgency where strong relationships are developed between the student body, staff, and administrators. Stanton-Smith strives to reach students' hearts in order to teach their minds. When children feel valued, they have an insatiable desire to learn.

Strong leadership is key and breeds a climate conducive for learning putting a strong emphasis on the accountability of students and staff. Stanton-Smith offers a safe caring atmosphere which allows students to reach their highest potential. Teachers see their role as a calling more than a job and passionately create student-centered learning opportunities. Our positive school climate fosters social, emotional, academic, and cultural development that lays the foundation for productive lives.

Academic instruction is the key component of our success. Through a well-balanced curriculum, students become self-assured and knowledgeable young adults competent to meet the challenges of life and future needs of society. All staff members take ownership in the process of student achievement within our diverse population. By modifying and adjusting the curriculum accordingly, teachers have accomplished this goal using multiple instructional methods, interventions, and assessments.

Having respect and a shared vision bonds community, parents, staff, and students in pursuit of a successful learning environment. A positive culture and climate has been created where everyone feels valued, supported, and respected. When the school, community, and families actively work together, it creates a network of shared responsibility for student success.