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Top 10 Reasons Why Garden Oaks Elementary

  1. LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
    Why go anywhere else? It sits in the middle of a beautiful setting surrounded by trees and the sounds of nature.
  2. CURRENT PROGRAMS
    Traditional Education
    Montessori Education
    Bilingual Education
    Pre-school Montessori
    Pre-school traditional
    Pre-school for children with disabilities
    Neighborhood Gifted and Talented Program
  3. TEACHERS
    Average years of experience 16. All are gifted & talented trained.
  4. ACADEMICS
    Over the past three years, test scores continue to rise. Our continued goal is to break new records each year. The school also supports a neighborhood Gifted/Talented placement program.
  5. LONGEVITY
    Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2005.
  6. ECOLOGY
    In 2003, students, parents, teachers, and community members built a Wildlife Habitat. The habitat is certified by the National Wildlife Federation and exhibits a living laboratory for learning.
  7. ACTIVITIES
    The leadership at Garden Oaks encourages and participates in art projects, music projects, parades, festivals and beautification days. The purpose is to create awareness and appreciation for being a part of something bigger than the classroom.
  8. COMMUNITY
    We have the support of local businesses, community organizations and the YMCA.
  9. VOLUNTEERS
    Parental involvement is key to all successful schools. We strive to continue our efforts in supporting our school through parents, community leaders and Garden Oaks residences.
  10. DIVERSITY
    The school is made up of a diversified group of children reflecting the make up of our inner city neighborhood and surrounding community.

Garden Oaks Elementary School is committed to fully educating all students to the best of their abilities. Our students will be prepared to succeed in their immediate and long-range futures.

Believing this, the parents, the community, and the school assume responsibility for

  • Developing the whole child: physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
  • Providing a clean, safe, and positive learning environment.
  • Preserving and enhancing student dignity and self-esteem; and
  • Teaching students to accept responsibility for their learning.

Location

Garden Oaks is nestled under the large old oaks of the Garden Oaks neighborhood located just outside the North 610 Loop between Ella and Shepherd. See map.

Demographics

Garden Oaks is uniquely diversified community composed of people with different socio- economic and educational backgrounds. The school population is 8.2% African-American, 69.4% Hispanic, 20.6% White, and 1.6% Asian. Of this total population, 17.4% or 108 students are in the Montessori program. The student body of 550 children is distributed among 30 teachers.

Special Programs

Students may participate in one or more of the following special programs.

  1. Montessori
  2. Gifted/Talented
  3. Bilingual/ESL Education
  4. PPCD
  5. Exceptional Education

The Garden Oaks Montessori Mission

Garden Oaks Elementary is home to a public Montessori program for children ages 3-10. In its 11th year on this Garden Oaks Elementary School Campus, Montessori classes integrate needed academic, social and emotional skills. This program is partially funded by the Houston Independent School District with additional funding raised through Friends of Montessori (FOM). This public elementary school Montessori program is designed to give children of all learning and language abilities the opportunity to be educated and socialized in an environment with a methodology and philosophy that reflects the world these children will soon lead. Because we are a public school, we maintain that it be available to all ethnic and socio economic levels. It provides each child with a developmentally appropriate, multi cultural, family centered education.

Go to the school's web site here.

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