Thompson Elementary is a Title I, Kindergarten through Fourth grade campus. Our teachers are certified, highly qualified, and well-trained. They work together with our skills specialists, registered nurse, diagnostician/assessment specialist, librarian, computer technologist, speech therapist, physical education and music teachers to provide a safe and productive environment for our students as they develop and use appropriate strategies while learning to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and responsible citizens. To further meet the needs of our culturally diverse student population, our Special Education Program offers support services with a strong emphasis on inclusion in the regular classroom, life skills, resource, and a pre-school program for children with disabilities (PPCD).
Our balanced literacy program focuses on helping children to become strategic readers. Math instruction at our campus emphasizes the use of effective problem solving strategies to not only analyze and solve problems related to math, but to apply what has been learned to real world situations.
Research-based instructional interventions are quickly implemented by our teachers for struggling students. In addition, intervention programs such as Extended Day, Saturday Classes, and Summer School enable students at Thompson Elementary to further their reading and math skills.
Thompson has a large Bilingual Program. By fourth grade, Bilingual students, with the exception of recent arrivals, are instructed in English with Spanish language maintenance. These students are assessed in English.
Students identified as gifted and talented are provided with lessons to enhance and deepen their understanding of academic concepts. Through various enrichment activities, the students are given the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the prescribed core curriculum.
The safety of our students during and after school is a priority. Thompson Elementary hosts the Y.M.C.A. after school program for working parents. Students are assisted with their homework, enjoy a nutritious snack and participate in various enrichment activities.
Providing services to our parents and community is highly important. To address this issue, Thompson, in collaboration with Lone Star College, offers an adult ESL (English as a Second Language) class. This class meets Monday through Thursday mornings on our campus.
Thompson partners with the University of Houston Downtown (UHD). As a partner, we provide Bilingual teachers to serve as mentors for those UHD students who aspire to become Bilingual teachers upon graduation.
Our campus supports the development of our students in becoming responsible citizens through Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We assist in their recruitment and host weekly Boy Scout meetings on our campus.
We are especially proud of our Fourth Grade Student Council. This group of students is actively involved in various campus and community activities. Some of their projects include campus and community beautification, tutoring other students, and a Watt-Watchers campaign to conserve electricity.
Our students share a common desire to improve their academic achievement throughout their on-going education and to become part of the community of life-long learners at Thompson Elementary.
The dedication of our faculty, extensive staff development and the support of our parents and business partners have enabled us to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our students. Our faculty and students’ accomplishments have been recognized by our receiving the Governor’s Educator Excellence Grant (GEEG) for the 2005, 2006, and 2007 school years. We were also awarded the Texas Educator Excellence Grant (TEEG) for 2008.