Award Year: 2019

Grandin Court Elementary School

2815 Spessard Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA, 24015-4215

(540) 853-2867

Mrs. Theresa Pritchard, Principal at time of Nomination

Roanoke City Public School District

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Our mission is to prepare our students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century by providing a safe, nurturing, and academically challenging environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Grandin Court Elementary students illustrating a well rounded education

Grandin Court Elementary students illustrating a well rounded education

"Grandin Court is a special part of my life. When I come in in the morning, everyone is so happy and grateful." "I just want to stay here. Can we change the grades to 1-15?" -GCES students

Grandin Court Elementary School (GCES) implements new technology and methodology while continuing to preserve the fundamentals of learning. Our goal is to cultivate enthusiastic learners equipped with life skills for our ever-changing world. Collaboration between students, grade levels, staff members, parents, and community creates an inclusive, nurturing environment with high, consistent expectations. Our students' use of leading-edge technology facilitates engagement, promotes problem solving, and develops critical thinking skills necessary for their future endeavors and continued pursuit of knowledge.

Volunteers are a vital component to GCES's achievements with over 2,000 hours of service annually. They read with students, attend field trips, assist with clerical work, and build positive relationships. The PTA supports our mission by planning events that promote a sense of community, including student performances, festivals, fundraisers, family dinner nights, and skate days. They are instrumental in providing resources that enhance the academic and social experiences of our students. Playground equipment, STEM materials, field trip support, and consumable classroom materials are examples of their many contributions that enable us to soar to success.

"The teachers will take the time to learn what motivates your child and then harness that motivation to foster learning." "They reward, nurture, and teach the whole child. Grandin Court is a hidden jewel amongst all other schools." -GCES parents