Award Year: 2017
Our district and campus mission is to graduate every student prepared for success beyond high school.
- Black/African American: 10%
- White: 12%
- Hispanic: 72%
- Asian: 4%
- Two or more races: 2%
- ELL: 42%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 92%
Whittier Elementary, Amarillo Independent School District, Region 16
Whittier Elementary is an incredible place for teachers and students to grow in their learning! The school's mission is to prepare every student for success beyond high school with all members of the learning community sharing the campus vision of growth for students as well as staff. Having a shared vision has created a culture of accountability for parents, students, and staff. Parents hold their students and staff accountable for their teaching and learning. The students understand their role in their learning and in turn, hold parents and staff accountable for their respective roles within the learning community. Staff accountability involves parents and students, but they also hold each staff member accountable with curriculum, assessment and instruction.
Student outcomes are a reflection of intentional planning with the goal of accelerating the learning for all students. Students are provided strong Tier 1 instruction in all core subjects. Tier 1 instruction is focused on students developing the capacity to improve the thinking required for grade level mastery and college readiness. It is important to recognize when students are struggling and promptly integrate a system of interventions that will meet the student's needs. The interventions are implemented with fidelity and are continued throughout the year. In order to reach this level of achievement, Whittier has built a culture of transparency and accountability tied to data. Staff members assume ownership of their data and look for solutions to improve student outcomes. A campus has the potential to replicate high achievement by acknowledging strengths and weaknesses within their data, staff, and Tier 1 instruction.