Award Year: 2021

A. P. Beutel Elementary School

101 Nasturtium
Lake Jackson, TX, 77566-5892

(979) 730-7165

Mrs. Laura Johnson Morris, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Brazosport Independent School District

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Mission

A.P. Beutel is committed to providing a positive and productive learning environment to help all children reach their potential by building academic success and positive self image.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 51%
  • Hispanic: 41%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Application
Kindergarten students collaborating to build a structure in STREAM Lab.

Kindergarten students collaborating to build a structure in STREAM Lab.

A.P. Beutel Elementary is located on the Texas Gulf Coast nestled in a small suburban neighborhood. The student population has changed through the years giving Beutel the qualification as a Title I school since 2014. Although the demographics have changed, the commitment to student excellence and character growth have remained constant throughout. The staff confronts the growing academic learning gaps through classroom inclusion and interventions. Staff supports one another through professional learning communities, vertical alignment, and multi-tiered support systems. Weekly staff collaboration, that is data driven, helps to identify students' areas of weakness. An hour of daily intervention is built into the schedule to provide students with small group, targeted instruction to bridge identified learning gaps as well as enrichment for those students who have already shown mastery.

Co-taught classes offer inclusion, allowing students to learn from peers as well as receive support from both their special education and classroom teacher. As the principal says, "When it comes to our special education students, our focus is not only directed on the students' deficits, but also on their strengths." This environment of inclusiveness allows all students to experience a sense of belonging while achieving their personal academic goals. It is the school's mission to prepare students for academic success while also exhibiting good citizenship and personal responsibility. By identifying and addressing the needs of the whole child, including academic and social behaviors, Beutel has found success in closing achievement gaps.