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About This School

Lamar Elementary School is a public elementary school in The Woodlands. The principal of Lamar Elementary School is Ms Mary Jane Kirbo, who can be contacted at 705 students attend Lamar Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 8% of the Lamar Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 28% of the 705 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 36% have subsidized lunches.The class size at Lamar Elementary School is 2, and the ratio of students to teachers is 16:1. The Children's Courtyard is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 7%
Asian 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 62%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 27% 28%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 32%
Limited English proficiency 8% 11%
Economically disadvantaged 28% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The teachers and staff at Lamar are quite friendly and the school does well with discipline. They also have great test scores and parent involvement in the PTO. Coming from another school last year I do find a few things lacking. Some teacher websites have not been updated from last year or are blank. Others have a bare minimum and are rarely added to. They should be used as a weekly or monthly newsletter to help inform parents what students are learning. When serious illnesses go around a class you find out about it when your child starts to mention the number of absences or comes home ill. No notes get sent to inform or warn you. Parents are also very under utilized in classrooms. They are not asked to help with math or reading groups but only to photocopy or be class moms. My son's teacher sent out a form requesting volunteers and I am told none have been contacted as to when they can begin. The school is good but a few small changes can make it great.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son attends Lamar this year and we could not be happier with the teachers and administration at this school. Every single staff member is very caring and they make sure the kiddos have the best possible school experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved to this school from a wonderful school system in another state. It has been an excellent transition for my other children who attend other schools however Lamar has been much more difficult. The faculty punish students for poor benchmark performance and give detention to students who do not perform well. The also give soda and candy to those who do well on practice STARR tests and ridicule those who do not. It's academically a good school but they test and prepare for the standardized testing so much that they lose focus and site of what is important.

  • (1 year ago)

    LAMAR truly IS a great school. My husband and I are so happy with Lamar. My son loves Lamar and is doing very well there. All of the other parents in my neighborhood really love Lamar too. I know that because (before enrolling my son)--- I would ask neighborhood parents and their children "Do ypu like Lamar?". The answer was always an enthusiastic " We love Lamar!!!!" It's a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children attending Lamar one entering second grade and one entering first grade. I have had very positive experiences with the teachers the principal and the staff. It is a caring environment for the students but academically challenging as well. My kids are happy and secure at Lamar and I am very pleased.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter loves her school and Miss Murphy is a great teacher ! She has helped her a lot with her transition from an out of country school to an american school. The principal was very nice with us as well as her staff . So Thanks Lamar!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son went here for kindergarten last year and I was not impressed. The teachers and administration for the most part were unfriendly and didn't seem as if they enjoyed their jobs very much. The principal and a few teachers can also be found across the street at the gas station during the school day smoking. I drove by one day and was shocked. What a poor example for children. The teacher complained about my son non-stop because he couldn't sit still very long. Go figure. He had just turned 5 right before school started. If you can avoid it I think there are better schools!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son attended Lamar in 4th grade. A situation involving bullying which led to an assault on my son and his friends was not reported to the parents. When the parents confronted the principle the bully was forced to sit in the principle's office for a week then returned to class. I find it alarming that I did not receive a phone call when my son was punched but the principle did find time to fit in her schedule a phone call to me when my son was sick on a TASK test day. I am one of three families that has pulled our children out of Lamar.

  • (3 years ago)

    Lamar is an excellent school in most aspects. The school is well-organized and safe. The teachers seem to genuinely enjoy children and stay for many many years. The weak link in this school is the gifted program. Once a child qualifies for GT they are placed in a class with other GT children but there are only 5 -7 GT kids in a class of 22. This means the curriculum is aimed at the majority which are average students. When asked what my child would be doing differently as a GT student the teachers could not give One example of Anything she would be doing differently from the average students.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 3 children & thank god for leading me to Lamar. My 7 year old failed 1st grade at his old school I was even told he needed medication and that he was out of control. Long story short my son passed 1st grade at Lamar with an excellent report card. My preschooler has advanced tremendously and is interacting with children something she would not do before. My oldest son was an honor roll student at his other school. Yet I saw he was challenged and kept on his toes year round. I have all the faith in Lamar and think they succeed because they truly care. Kudos to Lamar !

  • (5 years ago)

    My child was not challenged enough and the teacher has ignored my requests of giving her harder assignments because she was way above level. Also too much concentration on reading/writing leaves no room for math exploration and advancement. I believe the classroom dynamics were set to favor the weaker students (which is great) but the stronger students were left behind.

  • (6 years ago)

    The individuals that work at this establishment are totally dedicated to children. This is what makes them stand apart from other schools in the area. THEY CARE!

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter goes to 3rd grade at Lamar. We've moved around alot and have other schools to compare Lamar to. Lamar stands out as the best of the best. The teachers are wonderful and care very much for the children.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son came from other country his was at Powell School but they didnt have a ESL program. So we transfer him over Lamar and He had been really happy and his english had been improved a lot. His teacher Miss Machos is amazing. He feels capable and with the desire to study every day!

  • (8 years ago)

    Principal Lisa Garrison is a gem. ESL program attracts many foreigners making this school more diverse and interesting than others in The Woodlands.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is very student oriented. Their academic achievments speak for themselves. The teachers and other staff take a true interest in the children. My son's teacher was wonderful about communicating with me and listening to my input. The school also heavily promotes parent involvement. I am definitely happy with my son's experience at Lamar.

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