Arcado Elementary School

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    School Hours           8:15am – 2:45pm

     Office Hours           7:30am – 4:00pm

    To optimize instructional time our bell system is as follows:

    7:45am                 Student arrival begins
    8:05am                 Morning Announcements
    8:10am                 5 minutes before Instructional Day begins
    8:15am                 Tardy Bell, Instructional Day begins
    2:00pm                 No check outs allowed after 2:00pm
    2:40pm                 Teachers/Students prepare for dismissal
    2:45pm                 Dismissal

    *Students will not be allowed to enter the building before 7:45am. Do not drop off students early and have them wait outside. This is for your child’s safety.

  • Dr. Paula Thompson

    Meet Our Principal


    Dear Arcado Families, 

    I am extremely excited to be the new principal at Arcado Elementary. It is an honor to be part of a wonderfully diverse community where cultures are celebrated. I remain dedicated to valuing each student's rich history, tradition, experiences, and providing an environment where students and families feel a sense of belonging. I have been in education for over 20 years. Before transitioning to the principal role at Arcado, I was an Assistant Principal at Harbins Elementary for 10 years. Prior to that, I was a 5th grade classroom teacher, gifted teacher, gifted instructor, and professional development facilitator for the district.

    As your new principaI, I am committed to student and teacher safety, ongoing clear communication, and valuing different opinions. I pledge to build relationships with you and develop a partnership that ensures the success of our students and the school community.  As we navigate unprecedented times, I will continue to focus on Gwinnett County Public School’s core business, teaching, and learning, with a strong emphasis on learning. Education is indeed the great equalizer and all students at Arcado will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

    I look forward to meeting each of you soon. 

    Paula Thompson


    Arcado Elementary


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