Award Year: 2019

Wilbur E. Lucas Elementary School

9701 S. Jackson Road
Pharr, TX, 78577-7258

(956) 340-1700

Dr. Rosemarie Gomez, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Valley View Independent School District

School Website


The mission of Wilbur E. Lucas Elementary is to produce responsible and productive citizens who are capable of thinking critically to solve problems in an ever-changing world by providing a system of quality instruction, based on appropriate curriculum, effective instruction, community, and family support.

Student Demographics
  • Hispanic: 100%
Lucas Elementary Tigers...Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow!

Lucas Elementary Tigers...Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow!

Established in 2003, Wilbur E. Lucas Elementary is located in Hidalgo, Texas, on the U.S. - Mexican border. A core value at Lucas Elementary is that students come first. This philosophy is evident as the staff pays careful attention to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that the students bring to the classroom. With high-quality educational programs and a well-balanced curriculum, that includes modern technology, all stakeholders are committed to the academic progress and success of all students.

The staff promotes the school's motto "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." At Lucas Elementary, every student, teacher, and community member supports, values, and ultimately, believes in each other. Striving for excellence is not a means to stand out, but a way to fit in. The staff cultivates a love of learning while promoting a sense of community. Students feel welcome, safe, and supported. Because this is a small community, everyone feels like family. Family and community engagement are the essence of student success and achievement.

The secret that makes Lucas Elementary a National Blue Ribbon School is the family behind every student. Parents and guardians hold high expectations for their children and have a strong tradition of supporting the school's goals and objectives. As highly respected partners, parents work closely with school staff to support students in all school activities. This school is a welcoming place where dedicated caring people work together to establish goals, support the mission, and celebrate the success of Lucas Elementary School's tradition of excellent achievement.