KiDs Beach Club® enjoys telling great stories about what is happening in Beach Clubs across the country and we are thrilled to be able to recognize a school that we have been a part of for 12 years. Carroll Elementary in Southlake, Texas was recently ranked the No. 1 Best Public Elementary School in the state of Texas by Niche.com, a company out of Pittsburgh, Pa. that annually analyzes public data to form its rankings.
“It’s certainly a great honor and quite a surprise, but a happy surprise,” Stacy Wagnon, the school’s long-time principal said. “What it tells me is that our staff, students and parents are all hard workers. We’re going to do whatever it takes to stay No. 1.”
The data team at Niche.com combines national algorithms and statistical categories to compare, score and connect millions of data points that analyze U.S. schools and neighborhoods. Test results indicated that 97 percent of students at Carroll Elementary are proficient in both reading and math, but Wagnon believes her school has a tremendous sense of togetherness and community and credits having a Beach Club there as a major reason for that.
“Right now, I think we’re at an all-time high with 150-plus students that are attending,” she said. “Beach Club gives them an opportunity to connect with others outside school hours and I know that friendships have been birthed, not just with our students, but our parents as well. It just shows them another group of people who can love and teach them and who can be in their corner.”
Another reason Wagnon says she loves having Beach Club on here top-rated campus is for the character education that they get in each and every lesson throughout the school year and how it supplements the character education program they teach during school hours.
“I think what’s really cool is that I see it transferred into their daily lives,” she said. “We’re seeing a decrease in bullying and some of our discipline opportunities that we’ve had in the past. I think that’s definitely transferred into their daily school day.”
Seeing that type of behavioral change makes Carroll co-club leader Ashley Nadeau’s heart, proud.
“Absolutely, that’s the most important thing,” Nadeau said. “We are witnesses to Jesus no matter where we go, so we absolutely expect the kids to take what they learn out into the real world whether it is at school or at home. We definitely talk about it all the time – that we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus – and if the kids are doing that, it couldn’t get any better.”
Teaching kids to be the light in a dark world, using the character of Christ as the standard, is exactly why Angelique Schlosser loves being part of this after-school Bible club.
“I think that there’s a stigma about teaching the Bible in a public school, even though it’s after-school, and I’m not really sure why, but in this school, there’s absolutely no stigma,” Schlosser said. “It’s very warmly received we have over 150 children and this isn’t a very big school, so about a quarter of the kids in the entire school come to Beach Club.”
Schlosser has a small group of boys that she leads in Surf Team time each week.
“I think it’s extremely gratifying to be a surf team leader because you get to lead an active role in these children’s lives and you’re introducing the word of God into their lives,” she continued. “You’re providing a safe environment, a community for these children and they can open up to you about things they might not otherwise feel comfortable doing. That gives you the chance to pray over them; you can help protect them and you’re guarding their sweet hearts and I think that that’s really important for them socially and emotionally. The word of God just loves you and protects you here.”
A fact not lost on the school’s principal.
“I’m thankful for 121 Community Church which sponsors us,” Wagnon said. “I’m thankful for our parents, our volunteers and our staff who are all here to love on our kids.”
Published on Nov 15 @ 10:54 AM CDT