Award Year: 2021

Hugh Goodwin Elementary School

201 East 5th Street
El Dorado, AR, 71730-3823

(870) 864-5071

Mrs. Jesica Collins, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

El Dorado School District

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At Hugh Goodwin, students are our first priority. We believe every child can learn, wants to learn, and deserves to learn. We will do whatever it takes to achieve academic excellence while providing each student a safe and loving environment. The core concepts of Reading, Writing, Math, and Science will remain the focus of our curriculum.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 33%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Hugh Goodwin Annual Veteran's Parade

Hugh Goodwin Annual Veteran's Parade

Hugh Goodwin Elementary, established more than 50 years ago, has stood the test of time. We remain a constant in our community yet have managed to adapt to the ever changing needs of our students. Between the 2018 and 2019 year, our staff decided that we would rely on our vision statement to drive our plans for the future. We wholeheartedly adopted the phrase "whatever it takes" and used it to motivate not only the staff, but also the students. According to the Arkansas Department of Education's Report Cards, in 2019 we reached the highest level of achievement with an "A" rating.

Our teachers are dedicated to educating the WHOLE child. We want to produce students who have a strong understanding of the curriculum, but we also want our students to have an appreciation for the arts, a strong sense of connection with our community, and to harbor a sense of self-worth. Developing our students where they currently are, encouraging them to rise to new levels of achievement, all the while equipping them for their futures is the mark of a truly successful program.

Each year our school chooses a theme that drives our planning, our instruction, and our relationships with each other, our students, and our community. Last year's theme was "Cultivating tomorrow's leaders...Growing stronger together!" Not only was this a nod to our affiliation with the Farm to School network, but it served as a reminder that while students are only in our care for a small amount of time, the impact that we have on them prepares them for the rest of their lives.