Atwater S.T.E.A.M. Elementary School

About Atwater

Welcome to Atwater Avenue Elementary School

Atwater Avenue is a Kindergarten through 6th grade Title 1 elementary school in the heart of Atwater Village. Our student body is made of rich diversity, including the different religions, cultures, languages, races, economical and social realities. We, the Atwater Family, are proud of the many successes.

Our School…
·        A high API of 809 in 2013 - grown over 300+ points over the last twelve years
·        Culturally diverse faculty student body
·        On-campus Parent Volunteer Center
·        Free instrumental music program
·        Arts Prototype School featuring visual arts, theatre, and dance
·        Curriculum-based field trips
·        Free supervised after school playground with organized team sports
·        Early Intervention Program
·        Extended Learning Program
·        Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Attendance Counselor, and Nurse on staff
·        Spring GATE After-school Enrichment Program
·        PEP-Physical Education Program
·        Marshall High School Volunteer/Tutorial Partnership Program
·        Departmentalized Team-Teaching
·        Handicap Accessible
·        Mobile Computer Lab
·        Low Teacher Turnover
 
On any given day, if you visit Atwater Avenue Elementary School, you will see amazing things happening in every classroom. You might see students dramatizing one of their stories. Students might be using technology equipment or dissecting animal parts. They might be on the yard playing volleyball or sitting on the field reading a good book. Looking further, you could see student volunteers from Marshall High School or supportive parents working hard. You might also visit on a day when we are having one of our many assemblies for Student of the Month, Perfect Attendance, or Special Presentations. You wouldn’t want to miss our In-N-Out Back to School Fundraiser, Halloween Parade, Winter Holiday Program, Winter Music Concert, Spring Art Show, Annual Spelling Bee, or our special donor giveaways. If you visit our campus after school, you will see students reading in Book Club, studying in extended learning intervention classes, doing enrichment activities with Learning for Life or playing with our Youth Services coaches. We hope you visit during Student-Led Conference week when you will see the best of student-teacher-parent collaboration. On any given day, if you visit Atwater Avenue Elementary School, you will always see teachers teaching and students learning.
 
Our Events…
·        Chess Club
·        Spring Art Fair Exhibit
·        Spring Dance Show Open House
·        Community Service Programs, Donated $1,618.57 to Haiti Relief
·        Fall Spring Book Fair
·        School Spirit Fridays
·        Enrichment Activities
·        Student Led Parent Conferences
 
Our GATE program…
A Ravens test is administered annually at Atwater Avenue to formally identify students for the Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E) program. Candidates for “intellectual testing” are customarily identified by the end of grade 2. Parents are welcome to discuss test application/request with the teacher and/or GATE coordinator.
 
Students may also be identified “gifted” by demonstrating consistent advanced level performance as evidenced by standardized test scores (CSTs) in both subjects over 2 consecutive years. Whether by the results of the Raven’s test (intellectual) or by the results of CSTs (high ability), Atwater is proactive in our approach to identify academically talented students. In fact, Atwater staff members are proactive in recognizing potentially gifted students in both kindergarten and 1st grade.
 
·        Spring GATE After-School Program
·        Ongoing Enrichment Extracurricular Clubs
·        Quarterly Informational Meetings
·        Instrumental Music Program
·        Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts
·        Curriculum Field Trips
 
Our Parent Involvement…
At Atwater Avenue Elementary School, we have always encouraged parent involvement. Volunteering in classrooms and in school government are widely advertised and supported. Speakers are provided at monthly advisory council meetings on subjects specifically requested by the parents. This year, we have a new parent organization referred to as, “The Friends of Atwater Elementary”. We are working collaboratively with our parent organization in sponsoring monthly activities, such as family game nights, movie nights, book club meetings, and book fairs, just to name a few. These activities are already showing an increase in parental involvement. Our goal is to continue to educate and empower our parents for our students’ ultimate benefit.
 
·        School Site Council
·        ELAC Advisory Council
·        CEAC Advisory Council
·        Parent Volunteer Center
·        Parent Conferences and Trainings
·        Friends of Atwater Elementary