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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Arcado Elementary School

Principal: Dr. Paula Thompson

5150 Arcado Road, Lilburn, GA, 30047

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School Highlights

The following school highlights showcase how Arcado Elementary School is fulfilling Gwinnett County Public School's four strategic priorities of Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness, and Excellence. Visit the School Profile Dashboard to find more detailed data on our school.

  • Arcado is designated as a No Place for Hate school for the ninth year. Students participated in several activities, including taking the No Place for Hate pledge. They engaged in lessons from the school counselors about "Being An Ally" and participated in the ever-popular Kindness Grams.
  • Arcado embraced its Title I status by hosting several well-attended Parent Nights that supported teaching and learning. Math Night and the Milestone Parent Night welcomed students and parents, providing instructional workshops that exposed families to the content their children were learning.
  • Arcado hosted three H.E.R.O.E. Program events: (Raising Hispanic Family Engagement to Heroic Levels), a successful family-outreach program for Arcado's Latino population. The program is designed to build a robust school-home partnership. Our bilingual staff delivers the program entirely in Spanish, consisting of community-building events, learning workshops, and a bilingual family reading initiative.
  • Arcado's School Council met throughout the year to learn how to support teachers and administrators and bring parents and community members into the school-based decision-making process. Council members reviewed data, understood staffing, and analyzed E.S.S. surveys. Members enjoyed visiting Play 2 Learn and classrooms as they observed Arcado's 22-23 instructional focus and differentiated small group instruction.
  • Arcado's Social Emotional Learning (SEL)  team leaders hosted after-school Wellness Wednesdays for teachers once a month. Sessions were designed to create relaxing experiences for teachers and encourage mindfulness.
  • Arcado's support staff provided SEL lessons to students through the Pawsitivity Academy. Faculty members delivered Nora Project, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) , and SEL activities to students to encourage and develop empathy.
  • Class Meetings are embedded into Arcado's daily schedule, allowing students and teachers to connect. Creating a sense of belonging for students helps to embrace the traditions and experiences of Arcado's diverse community.
  • Arcado hosts several clubs that provide opportunities for students to express themselves. Clubs offered included Percussion, Witzzle Pro, Photography, Running Club, Student Council, Strong Girls, Girl Scouts, and Chorus. Arcado's Lego Team advanced to the State Championship for the 2nd year.
  • Arcado's WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a volunteer program designed to help fathers and other father figures become involved in the school and provide positive male role models for our students. Watch D.O.G.S. select one or more days to volunteer. When they arrive on campus, Watch D.O.G.S. receives a detailed schedule which includes patrolling the campus, assisting with procedures, working in classrooms, and engaging with students. Watch D.O.G.S. also participate in school-wide events.
  • According to, Arcado is the 4th most diverse public elementary school in Georgia out of 1,335 schools. Our multicultural community includes families from 25 countries with over 31 spoken languages. Arcado's students and staff are curious about one another's cultures and strive to create a sense of belonging for everyone who enters our doors.
  • Arcado is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school. PBIS encourages positive behaviors with recognition for students who exhibit appropriate school conduct.

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