Award Year: 2021

Atlanta Elementary School

902 ABC Lane
Atlanta, TX, 75551-2299

(903) 796-7164

Mrs. Dena McCord, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Atlanta Independent School District

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The mission of Atlanta Elementary is to provide an exceptional education for all students in a safe and nurturing learning environment that encourages them to become productive citizens no matter their destination after graduation. The vision is to create and nurture a 21st century classroom environment that enables all learners to be successful in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 30%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Atlanta Elementary Students Work Hard and Dream Big

Atlanta Elementary Students "Work Hard and Dream Big"

The greatest achievement of Atlanta Elementary School (AES) is the ability to close achievement gaps by cultivating relationships with students and families that last far beyond the elementary school experience. School leaders and staff instill a love of learning through connected relationships, powerful instruction, and strong support systems. The climate and culture at Atlanta Elementary School is one of Grace, Growth, and Grit. These "three Gs" are manifested in the belief that strong relationships provide the roadmap to this school's success. The AES staff taps into the elements of learning that motivate and inspire students by building competence, providing choice, cultivating interest, and altering perceptions of their abilities.

Academic excellence is not only highly promoted and valued, it is the very fiber by which all standards of teaching and learning are set. AES utilizes innovative methods of instruction such as blended and personalized learning, infusion of gifted education into every classroom, and student-centric collaboration to ensure every student is able to meet both personal and corporate goals. These learning strategies enable students to embrace challenges as part of the learning process, while building confidence and resilience.

AES is synonymous with celebration. Every success of every student is celebrated every day. The school-wide mantra, "Work Hard and Dream Big," is exemplified daily in the hearts and lives of the entire school - students and staff BELIEVE in their dreams and convert those dreams into actions without fear of failure. This is the fuel by which the school continues to excel.