|About our program|
Where learning is active through strong community partnerships
Mirabeau B. Lamar Elementary School takes pride in its heritage, having served the Mahncke Park community and portions of the Bel Meade neighborhood for more than 70 years. Surrounded by splendid oak trees, our red-bricked school blends historic beauty and charm with modern spaces equipped to provide our students with a 21st-century education.
We are uniquely located within walking distance of top-notch educational centers, such as Brackenridge Park, Inspire Community Fine Art Center, San Antonio Botanical Garden and The Witte Museum, and strong partnerships with those organizations give our students hands-on learning opportunities. We believe students learn best when they apply skills and concepts learned in the classroom to real-life situations. It’s an approach that has worked for us: We have consistently earned the highest state ratings of exemplary or recognized.
Small class sizes allow for one-on-one student attention, as well as help contribute to the sense of community among our students, faculty and staff.
Strong learning partnerships
• Brackenridge Park Conservancy – Students in 3rd and 4th grades are selected to participate in the conservancy's Archaeological Exploration! Program, which includes archeological digs and a visit to the UTSA Center for Archeology.
• Inspire Community Fine Art Center – Students walk to the nearby art center monthly for lessons taught by local artists.
• San Antonio Botanical Garden – A lesson in plant life is just down the road! Students learn from family Science Nights, master gardeners, a pond full of organisms and a variety of flowers and plants.
• Slow Food – The organization helps our school maintain a garden on campus and provides instructors to teach our students science-infused lessons, many of them outdoors.
• The Witte Museum – Lamar students visit museum exhibits, participate in lessons by Witte staff and are the first to be exposed to the museum’s latest, most innovative educational curriculum. Teachers also benefit from professional development offered by the museum.
• Small class sizes – This allows teachers to dedicate more individual attention to students.
• Focus on interactive learning – Students become engaged more and better retain information when they can apply skills and concepts to real-life situations.
• Strong science focus – Students learn in a fully equipped science lab and master concepts through an Internal Science Field Trip held on campus. In addition, professionals from various science fields impart their expertise through lessons.
• Field trips – In addition to trips to our partner sites, students have taken field trips to The Magik Theater, San Antonio Children’s Museum, local universities and the University of Texas at Austin.
• Open House & Wellness Fair – Open House night at a new level! Healthy food tastings, blood pressure and weight checks, Zumba lessons and much more
• Parent Coffee – Monthly event featuring guest speakers and school updates
• STAAR Nights – A family affair of learning, with a special focus on math and science, as students gear up for the state assessment
• Fall Festival at Kiddie Park – Great family fun at the nearby children’s amusement park
• ESL (English as a Second Language) & GED classes – Free classes held twice a week at the school