Principal's Message

I would like to welcome everyone to the 2019-2020 school year at Grand Lake School.   We are excited to begin this school year and can’t wait to see all of the students’ and parents’ smiling faces as we continue our educational journey on August 19th.

At Grand Lake School we are proud to support our educational values that provide our students with a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century. 

Grand Lake School sets high standards and expectations for every student in regard to academic performance, co-curricular participation, and responsible citizenship.  We encourage our faculty to become lifelong learners and pursue additional training and certifications which serves as an example for the students we teach.

We are excited to announce that Grand Lake School has earned an "A:" rating for the past 3 years and expect to continue that tradition with the release of the 2018-19 LEAP scores. GLS continues to grow with 52% of the students in grades 3-11 earning Mastery and Advanced last year. This is an increase of 2%, helping to make Cameron Parish the highest ranked district in the region (44% masters and above).

Grand Lake School has added a 14 room addition in the elementary wing. All students in K-6 will be on the elementary side of the school.

The goal of the administration, faculty, and staff is to provide a well-rounded education for all students.  We understand that academics is key; however, offering students opportunities to explore areas outside of math, ELA, science, and social studies promotes learning both inside and outside the classroom.  Elementary students are offered the core curriculum with daily physical education and recess.  Students are also offered music, computer science, computer lab, art, and library once a week. 

Students in middle school are offered Carnegie Unit classes including Art I, Algebra I, Health, IBCA, Ag I, and FACS I which are credits towards high school graduation requirements.  Grand Lake School provides students with advanced courses including DE American History, DE World History, AP English III and DE English IV, and Math 113 and Math 231 or 170.  High school students can choose to enroll in welding, carpentry, and certify in NCCER Core, as well as FACS classes that certify students with ServSafe and Customer Service credentials.

Students in grades 7th and 8th have the opportunity to participate in Jr. High sports including softball, football, basketball, and track.  High school students have the same opportunities as the Jr. High students with the addition of cross country, baseball, and indoor track.  There are also numerous opportunities for students to participate in clubs and organizations on campus including FFA, FCLA, FBLA, Student Council, BETA, National Honor Society, and 4-H to name a few.  


Robbie Gates, GLHS Principal