Grant Elementary School teaches its students to become critical thinkers who learn how to educate themselves in a…More self-directed way. The school also instills in its students the importance of working collaboratively and being responsible citizens. Parents are encouraged to have a direct role in their child's education at Grant.
Grant classrooms are wireless. Classrooms for students in the second through the fifth grades have SMARTboards, LCD projectors, G4 iBook laptops and a wireless mobile computer lab. The school has a total of 30 computer mini-labs.
Programs include Cool Tools (a conflict-resolution program); Fifth Grade Outdoor Science School; Gifted and Talented in Education Program (GATE); Grant Homework Club; Intramural Sports Leagues; PTA After School Enrichment Program (chorus, cooking, magic, science, Spanish, sports and Wiggies—additional fee is required); the Quiet Center (lunch/recess alternative); Summer Adventure; Summer Reading; Team Gecko (Cool Tools and Character Counts!—a program adapted for 4th and 5th graders); and visual and performing arts Programs.
Students who excel are highlighted in a number of ways. Four times each year, students are recognized for their achievements in math, reading, thinking and other levels during the Grant Elementary School Awards Assemblies. The school's Caught Being Good program praises students who help their peers, voluntarily perform civic service, etc.
Each year, Grant coordinates more than 25 special events, including festivals and fund-raisers. The school also hosts community events including town hall meetings.
Beyond the Parent Teacher Association and Booster, Grant has four additional groups that involve parents: the African American Student-Parent Group; the English Language Advisory Council; the Green Geckos (eco-minded parents); and the Parent Learning Resource Network.