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PK-5
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Dallas, TX
Students enrolled: 253
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4030 Calculus Drive
Dallas, TX 75244

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(972) 794-2500
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August 18, 2014
As a parent in the neighborhood I have been watching this school for years. The past school year (2013-2014) I have seen tremendous progress. My husband and I recently met with the principal and she was beyond impressive. There is no question that her leadership is a huge part of the new success that this school is having. We are now convinced that this school is well on it's way to being an exemplary campus and a coveted school for many parents to enroll their kids. We are going to be the first pioneers from the neighborhood to enroll one of our kids for this upcoming school year. We are so excited about the things to come for DISD and in particular for this gem of a school located in our own urban neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2014
The positive energy and the relentless understanding that all children can and must succeed is what strikes me whenever I visit Tom C. Gooch Elementary. The administration and staff are committed to an immersive learning environment that sets the expectation for excellence. I have read many less than flattering news articles about DISD mismanagement, but Gooch is an example of DISD administration at its finest...when committed educators are empowered to guide children to success.

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2014
The new courtyard garden is a great contribution to the learning of scholars. The Gooch community and Real School Gardens came together to build this wonderful instructional garden. The students are greatly engaged in learning activities like: observing the lifecycle of butterflies and growth of the caterpillars, measuring the perimeter and area of the sand boxes, personally planting and harvesting vegetables, drawing temperature trackers, reading rain gauges among other instructional dynamics. The garden has two outdoor classrooms shaded by trees and integrated into nature with tree trunk stools. Students value the outdoor reading sessions and science classes with hands on learning.

- submitted by a teacher
June 23, 2014
As a service director, I have been volunteering in the district, and sending high school students to volunteer as well, for over 20 years. Gooch has attached more than 60 of our volunteers on a consistent basis to the tune of over 2000 hours. Gooch is doing all the right things to make their students successful. Mark my words, the neighbors will be flocking to this little school in no time because it will be a DISD standout school in a very short time. The teachers are outstanding and the principal is dynamic. I am thrilled to have a front row seat to watch the transformation - as well as watch the eyes light up of the volunteers who see first hand how their time equals better scores and academic enthusiasm for the children.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2014
The teachers at Gooch always commit 110% to their students. They go beyond the call of duty to make sure that their students are reaching their fullest potential. Their community involvement is impeccable as well! I have visited this school on different capacities and I must say that each time I was impressed with the overall climate/culture exhibited at this elementary school. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2014
The teachers at Gooch focus on three main levers to drive growth on our campus: Data driven instruction (DDI), the combination of observation and feedback, and school culture. The practice of DDI allows teachers to tailor instruction to the specific needs of each individual scholar. Teachers use demonstrations of learning and a variety of assessment tools to determine the strengths and growth opportunities for each scholar, and are then able to use that data to target skills and plan instruction accordingly. Frequent observation of lessons and timely, honest feedback from instructional coaches to instructors maximize DDI by calling for reflection and growth. However, for true data analysis and reflective instruction to occur, behavior and effort expectations need to be in place and reinforced consistently. Our scholars and staff have made great strides in their abilities to persevere and display a growth mindset. They are learning to understand that intelligence, achievement, and successes are directly tied to the amount of effort, grit, and determination exhibited. It has become more than an exhibition, however, but rather a belief, a way of life, a representation of their being.

- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2014
Great teachers that are engaged with the kids and go above and beyond to show them different ways of learning.

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2014
La escuela Gooch ha sido una muy buena experiencia para mi hijo y para mi. La directora y los maestros son muy atentos y tratan muy bien a los ninos. La directora siempre esta atenta a lo que pasa y dan a poyo a los ninos que necesitan mas ayuda, les dan clases los sabados desde principio del ano. En las juntas no informan como va todo y nos preguntas nuestras sugerencias, al final de clases nos ensenaron los resultados de la escuela en unas graficas y sus resultados fueron super buenos, subieron en todas las areas y pasaron a muchisimas escuelasdel distrito.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
Yo pienso que Gooch es una excelente escuela, yo ve a siempre que la directora toda las ma anas recib a y daba la bienvenida personalmente a todos los ni os en la entrada de la escuela. Las calificaciones de los ex menes estatales STAAR subieron mucho gracias al empe o de los maestros que siempre estuvieron trabajando con ellos. Los salones de clases siempre estaban muy bien organizados y limpios. Los ni os en la escuela siempre se les ve a muy bien portados porque los maestros estaban siempre al pendiente. La apariencia general de la escuela tambien siempre me dio muy buena impresi n. Por todos esto, me siento muy agradecida por que todo el personal de la escuela siempre puso mucho empe o, tiempo y esfuerzo para que todos nuestros hijos recibieran educaci n y atenci n de calidad.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
One of our main goals at Gooch Elementary School is to establish high expectations, a growth mindset, and the belief that anything is possible. We believe that all scholars can learn and develop the academic skills necessary to graduate from high school college and career ready. We set high academic expectations and teach our scholars to show effort and perseverance in their pursuit of academic excellence. Each homeroom is designated as a college or university and the banner of that college or university hangs outside the classroom. Our morning community meeting provides an opportunity for scholars and teachers to recognize each other publicly. Teachers shout out scholars who have shown effort and perseverance and made academic progress. Scholars shout out teachers for the various ways they have helped them. This has established a strong sense of community and mutual support and positive encouragement.

- submitted by a teacher
June 11, 2014
Aun no entiendo el porque no han actualizado los datos de esta fabulosa escuela. Hemos formado un gran equipo entre padres, maestros y alumnus, y el resultado se ha reflejado en los estudiantes. Este ciclo escolar 2013-2014 Tom C. Gooch ha superado los niveles del distrito entre un 30 o 40 % y se ha dado un vuelco en solo 18 meses con el arduo trabajo de todo el equipo. Definitivamente Tom C. Gooch es la mejor opcion educativo para nuestros hijos. I still don t understand why the data of this fabulous school has not been updated. We have formed a great team of parents, teachers and alumni whose team work has reflected on the students. This school year cycle 2013-2014, Tom C. Gooch has surpassed the district s scores by 30% to 40% and a total transformation has taken place in only 18 months with the hard work from all the team. Tom. C. Gooch is definitely the best option for our children.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
At Tom C. Gooch Elementary, faculty and staff are committed to excellence, scholar achievement, and quality instruction.

- submitted by a teacher
June 11, 2014
I've only visited the school as a participant in their exceptionally organized career day, but I was extremely impressed to learn about all of the initiatives in place to further the quality of education received by the students. And the efforts made are working! Test scores have improved, the kids are exposed on a daily basis to the concept of higher education as an attainable goal through hard work and perseverance. The leadership and staff at the school has put enormous efforts into this transformation and are clearly passionate about providing the best learning environment possible for the advancement of the students. Is it a perfect school? Not yet. But there's clear momentum forward.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2014
Over the last two years, I've been to Gooch several times as a volunteer (both to read to the 4th grade class and to help in the school garden). Each time I have visited the school, I have been greeted by well behaved, eager-to-learn students as well as friendly, intelligent teachers. Each staff member I've encountered appears dedicated and willing to "go the extra mile" to ensure these children are receiving a top education.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2012
My daughter has been attending this school since kinder and every year it has improved. Especially this past year with the new principal, she has made a lot of positive changes. One of them is recruiting community involvement and creating initiatives to help enrich student learning. She brought the AVID program and added after school enrichment clubs. She has helped the school in many ways, like applying for grants to improve the school. The community has provided donations of school supplies and beautfication projects inside and outside of the school by volunteers and the help of Lowes. I can't wait to learn about all the new programs and clubs for this upcoming year.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
The new principal has made a lot of positive changes and has added many after school enrichment clubs. She brought AVID to our school and stresses the importance of character counts. She ensures ALL students are treated with respect.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
This school has changed alot. Information is sent home at the last minute. Whenever I try to meet with the principal she is never available, when I did meet with her, she kept going off topic talking about her teachers. My daughter is always coming home telling me about bad kids. This takes away from her learning. My kids will not be returning to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
I think the teachers and staff of the special education classes are excellent . The general ed students are very inclusive with the special ed children. The teachers and ta's lead by example.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
Although it does seem to be a very good school, the students are treated with lack of respect especially the children in special education classes ,not only the teachers but by all other staff members.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
This school is a really good school. My daughter is really doing good thanks to her Pre K teacher Ms. Yanez.

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August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2006
The student-teacher ratio is very unbalanced. many of the teachers seem disinterested in the success of the students. Too much homwork for the second and third graders with assignments even myself as an adult find confusing.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
This is an outstanding school. Every year the parents are becoming more and more involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
Not very safe....as a former CPS worker, I walked the halls frequently to remove kids from school and sometimes I would not be asked where I am going or what I am doing removing a kid from school. Many times this is done without having a badge or identification on. Lots of kids bussed into this school as well.

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February 05, 2006
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June 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
Pretty good for a public school. My two daughters went there from kindergarden to 3rd grade. The number of students per class was pretty high and they gave WAY too much homework to the 2nd and 3rd graders.

- submitted by a parent
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Gooch Elementary School is committed to fostering a positive school culture of high expectations. Our goal is to produce college-bound scholars that consistently exhibit great effort and perseverance. Our faculty, staff, and scholars embrace challenges and collectively exemplify a growth mindset. Faculty and staff use data-driven instruction,frequent observation, and timely constructive feedback to create targeted and reflective lessons based on the specific needs of individual scholars.

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Tom C Gooch Elementary School
4030 Calculus Drive, Dallas, TX  75244
(972) 794-2500
Last modified Tom C Gooch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tom C Gooch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top