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History


Lamar Elementary was built in 1924. Originally an 8-room schoolhouse, Lamar Elementary underwent construction in 2004, removing portables in order to build an addition to the original school structure.

Despite Lamar being a high-performing school and having a positive reputation in the community, attendance trends over the past decade had been troubling. A steady decline in enrollment could be attributed primarily to an evolving Broadway corridor. Its revitalization has diminished affordable housing options for Lamar families. Old apartment complexes have been replaced by new condominiums. Rent is steadily increasing, making it difficult for families to afford to remain in the neighborhood.

Fortunately, Lamar has already begun to reverse its recent enrollment decline. SAISD and Lamar entered into a formal Professional Development School agreement with Trinity University in May 2013. In the first 4 years of the partnership, the school increased enrollment by 75 percent. This increase is partially attributable to Lamar’s increased visibility both within and outside of the school district through its partnership with Trinity. We currently enroll 370 students.

The Lamar-Trinity partnership focuses on 4 core goals:

  • prepare outstanding teacher candidates;

  • develop outstanding instructional practices;

  • use inquiry as a tool to drive school transformation; and

  • improve student learning.

Our partnership rests on the commitment to make the school a strong place for everyone’s learning, including teachers as well as children. We have attracted educators from across the city to join us. With a thriving professional learning community and visionary teachers, Lamar is well-positioned to become a nationally recognized leader in elementary education.

From 2013-16, Lamar engaged families, staff, and community members in a visioning process. This included annual community-wide events both to elicit multiple stakeholders ideas and to garner feedback on the emerging vision. In December 2016, the San Antonio ISD school board approved Lamar's in-district charter application, and in Spring 2017 the Texas Education Agency approved $800,000 of start-up grant funds.

Lamar officially launched as both a neighborhood and district choice school in August 2017. Check out the "What makes Lamar unique?" tab to learn more about Lamar's specific curricular initiatives.


 


Lamar Teachers of the Year

Every year, Lamar faculty selects a campus Teacher of the Year who exemplifies exceptional teaching practices and campus leadership. This person is recognized along with other campus Teachers of the Year throughout SAISD. Below is a list of Lamar's recent winners.

2018

2017 Andrea Lucas*

2016 Isabel Nava

2015 Lupita Martinez

2014 Adrianna Ernst

*We are proud to share that Ms. Lucas was selected as the SAISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. She then earned the distinction of Region 20 Teacher of the Year and went on to become one of three state finalists.





Historia


Lamar Elementary se construyó en 1924. Originalmente era una escuela de ocho cuartos que sobrevivió un cierre temporal y más recientemente, la posibilidad de un cierre permanente debido a preocupaciones con los bajos números de estudiantes. En el 2004, hubo construcción en Lamar Elementary para remover los salones portátiles y construir una adición a la estructura original de la escuela.


A pesar de que Lamar es una escuela exitosa y tiene buena reputación en la comunidad, los patrones de asistencia durante la última década ha sido problemática. Recientemente, los números bajos de asistencia se pueden atribuir al desarrollo del corredor de Broadway. Su renovación ha disminuído las opciones de vivienda a precios bajos para las familias de Lamar. Los complejos de apartamentos viejos han sido remplazados por condominios nuevos. Las rentas siguen subiendo y esto dificulta el que las familias puedan quedarse en el vecindario.

Afortunadamente, Lamar ya ha comenzado a mejorar los recientes problemas con su asistencia. SAISD y Lamar tienen un acuerdo formal de Escuela de Desarrollo Profesional/Professional Development School con Trinity University desde mayo del 2013. En los primeros 3 años de la colaboración, la escuela incrementó sus asistencia por el 50 por ciento. Este incremento se debe parcialmente a que los estudiantes de pre-k de la Academia Hawthorne cambiaron a la zona de Lamar, pero también al aumento de visibilidad de Lamar dentro y fuera del distrito escolar a través de su colaboración con Trinity. Actualmente tenemos 326 estudiantes y tenemos capacidad para  400.

Por los últimos tres años, la colaboración de Lamar-Trinity se ha enfocado en cuatro metas principales:

  • preparar excelentes candidatos para maestros/as;

  • desarrollar excelentes prácticas de enseñanza;

  • usar la investigación como herramienta para guiar la transformación de la escuela; y

  • mejorar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.

Nuestra colaboración se enfoca en fortalecer la escuela para que sea un lugar de aprendizaje para todos, incluyendo los maestros y niños. Hemos atraído educadores de toda la ciudad para que se nos unan. Con una comunidad de aprendizaje floreciente y maestros visionarios, Lamar está bien posicionado para asumir la responsabilidad de escuela charter (subvencionada o de opción) del distrito.

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