Award Year: 2020

Windthorst Elementary School

100 St. Mary's Drive
Windthorst, TX, 76389-0789

(940) 423-6679

Mrs. Ann Armendarez, Principal at time of Nomination


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The mission of Windthorst Elementary is to provide an exemplary education that encourages each student to realize his or her potential.

Student Demographics
  • White: 71%
  • Hispanic: 28%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
Collaborative critical thinking challenge

Collaborative critical thinking challenge

Windthorst Elementary is a part of the Windthorst Independent School District in Windthorst, Texas. Located thirty miles from the Oklahoma border, Windthorst Elementary currently serves 213 students in a rural setting. Because of a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, Windthorst Elementary is a Title I school.

Windthorst Elementary has always met state accountability standards often achieving averages above the region and the state. In 2015, Windthorst Elementary shifted focus from meeting accountability standards to the mastery level following the motto "making a good school great." Using Robert Marzano's High Reliability Schools model, Windthorst Elementary has put into practice strategies to increase student achievement and success, resulting in more students achieving at the mastery levels in state assessment. The creation of an instructional model gives teachers the freedom to use many methods of research based educational strategies. Professional learning communities, instructional rounds, and multi-tiered systems of support ensure better instruction targeted on student needs.

Parent and family engagement is also an important factor in the success at Windthorst Elementary. Students are given every opportunity for success though the development and enhancement of the home-school partnership.

Student performance results on the state assessments have increased. Results from the 2018-2019 state accountability show Windthorst Elementary Met Standard and received Distinction Designations in six of the possible six areas.