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About Our Title I School

Garnet Elementary School

Welcome to Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School! We are a small school in the town of Chestertown with approximately 264 students. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, and many of them live right here in Chestertown. We are a Title I school with Tiger pride!
HHGES Mission Statement
The mission of Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School is to provide a safe and productive learning environment, using rigorous academic experiences that all students can become lifelong learners and responsible citizens
HHGES Vision Statement
Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School Community envisions our school as a place that offers a safe, warm, and welcoming climate that promotes active engagement and responsible risk-taking. This community communicates and collaborates to differentiate learning to meet the needs of all learners.
At Garnet, our teachers have committed to:
• Daily lessons that align to the Maryland College and Career Readiness standards
• Analyze student work and track data to make sure that each student is having his or her needs met
• Active involvement in school and district-wide Professional Learning Communities
• Use manipulatives regularly in math class to build conceptual understanding of big topics
• Communicate with parents and community groups in multiple ways
Located in the heart of historic Chestertown, the name of our school honors Henry Highland Garnet — an abolitionist, educator and orator. As you walk in the front doors of our school, you will see a plaque with his likeness and information about his life. Buzz the door and come into the office to sign in and get welcomed with a smile!

We are very lucky at Garnet Elementary School with the amount of technology we are able to access. Students in grades three to five have a 1:1 ratio of students to devices. Pre-K to second grade is fast approaching that ratio; there are many individual devices and a computer lab in the media center. Students use these devices to access Discovery Education, ConnectEd, Google Docs and several other academic applications. We strive to use our technology wisely, encouraging students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in our society.
Our PTA is an integral part of our school culture. We encourage all parents to attend meetings — it’s a great way to stay involved! Call 410-778-6890 to hear about our next meeting!

Let’s have a great year, Tigers!

Title I Information

School Improvement Plan
School Improvement Plans (SIP) are developed at each of Kent County Public Schools' Schoolwide Title I schools. Input at each of these schools is gathered from stakeholders including educators, parents and community members, all of whom are members of each school’s Improvement Team. New members are welcome to attend monthly meetings and become a part of their school’s team.
Improvement Plans are reviewed and updated annually and are amended as needs arise and new data on student achievement becomes available during the year. Each plan includes four components including one that calls for improving academic achievement for all students through maintaining a strong commitment to involving and engaging parents and the greater school community. Families can request a copy of the HHGES SIP from the school office or click here to download a copy.

Annual Meeting

Screenshot of the Welcome slide for the 2023-24 annual Title I meeting.

All Title I schools are required to hold an annual Title I meeting at the beginning of each school year to inform parents/guardians about Title I and share how they can become involved and participate in the Title I program. Click here to view the 2023-24 annual Title I meeting presentation.  

School-Family Compact
A School-Family Compact is an agreement that parents, students and teachers agree on together. It explains how parents and teachers work jointly to make sure all students get the individual support they need in order to meet and exceed grade level standards. Review the responsibilities, sign and then return to school with your child to be kept on file for future use.