nickname: To be announced in late 2001
406 N. Zenith St.
Lubbock, TX 79403
Phone: (806) 766-1811
Principal: Shana Underwood
Feeds: Alderson Academy
Excellence Indicator Report
Constructed in 1962, Parkway Elementary School
became Parkway Primary Academy in 2001 under a campus reorganization plan approved
by Lubbock school trustees. However, much more than the name was changed. Every
classroom and hall was repainted and new landscaping was installed to beautify
The school was reconfigured to include a dozen regular classrooms,
a pre-kindergarten room, a library and a music and art room. School officials
boast of the academy being the Lubbock Independent School District's first e-school.
In addition to a 24-unit computer lab, there are at least five student computers
and a teacher's computer workstation and printer in every classroom. All of the
computers in the buildings are networked, allowing for electronic correspondence
among teachers and administrators.
Learning takes place outside as well
as in traditional classrooms at Parkway. There is a rose garden and a wildlife
sanctuary, where native grasses and trees draw insects and critters of all types
for student obervations and activities. Picnic tables have been installed for
students and the community to have a place to enjoy the campus.
ceremony opens each new day at Parkway. Students gather for integrated art and
music lessons and instruction in patriotism and character-building before going
to individual classrooms. The library also is different because the instructional
emphasis has been placed on conducting research. The library has been transformed
into a research laboratory, where students learn how to read and explore intellectual
Programs offered to students include Reading Recovery, Early
Literacy Framework, Structure of Intellect -- Bridges, and mentoring programs.
Reading Recovery is a literacy program, while Early Literacy Framework is a reading
and writing workshop. Structure of Intellect -- Bridges is an IQ-building program
using 26 sensory skill measures in a balanced approach to learning. Community
and high school mentors work on a one-on-one basis with students.
is not just a school for students. The school is designed to meet the needs of
parents and other members of the community. A full-time home liason is on staff
to make a connection between the school and the homes of the students served.
Also, Parkway has a Community in the Schools program that is designed to bring
parents and professionals into classrooms. Parents can receive guidance and instruction
in everything from improving parenting skills to earning a GED. Parents and teachers
may join the Academy PTA, which serves Parkway, Bozeman and Alderson academies.
the state report card for Parkway Primary Academy.