About W.G. Pearson Elementary

  • PrincipalChristy Boykin
    Address: 3501 Fayetteville Street Durham NC 27701
    Phone: 919-560-3988
    Hours of Operation: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
    Enrollment: 550

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    Welcome to a 21st Century Learning School

    WG Pearson Elementary prepares every student for a bright future, using Project Based Learning and the latest tools in educational technology. 

    As a Gifted and Talented/ S.T.E.A.M. Magnet, we challenge students to achieve at high levels and support them as they undertake new learning activities. Our curriculum focus is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and our students use iPads daily to master the NC Common Core curriculum through discovery-based learning. 


    Why have a STEAM focus?

    In our global economy, careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are among the most valuable, personally and professionally. In addition, the Arts continue to be an important foundational facet of our educational community as well. We work to ensure that all children are prepared to pursue these opportunities, by breaking down barriers between school subjects and incorporating STEM-based skills into all of the projects that our students are assigned.

    What kinds of students would thrive here?

    • Students who are natural explorers
    • Students who love hands-on learning activities
    • Students who enjoy working with others
    • Students who challenge themselves to excel


    What makes WG Pearson GT/S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Elementary School different?
    WG Pearson Elementary believes in developing the whole child. We celebrate the natural curiosity of children, and we design instruction to engage each student in academic achievement, personal growth, and social development. We use iPads and the latest educational technology to create a unique opportunity for students to experience the wonders of our modern world. This emphasis on technology, along with Project Based Learning and our STEM curriculum focus, prepares our students for success.


    What is a Gifted and Talented Magnet?

    We begin with a belief that all children are gifted. In addition, many of our students are academically or intellectually gifted and qualify for differentiated education plans that provide for enrichment beyond the standard curriculum. We have teachers who specialize in meeting the needs of AIG students, and all work is differentiated to encourage individual student achievement. Our students also have access to elective options that further support their academic growth.


    What is Project Based Learning?

    Project Based Learning is an instructional approach built on real-life learning activities that keep students interested and motivated. They learn how to listen to others and clearly present their own ideas, read a variety of materials, write expressively, and create effective presentations. These skills – critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication are commonly seen as prerequisites for success in the 21st century workplace.

    My child is not gifted...is STEAM for him/her?

    All students benefit from integrated STEAM education; it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore subjects in greater depth. The hands-on nature of STEAM instruction increases the likelihood of success among students of all learning styles and abilities.


    What does the program require of parents and students?

    Parents are expected to:

    • Be involved in their child’s education & school activities
    • Uphold the program’s standards & expectations
    • Support regular and timely attendance
    • Communicate regularly with teachers

    Students are expected to:

    • Interact respectfully with all teachers and  students
    • Give 100% effort on all assignments
    • Follow the Durham Public Schools Code of  Conduct
    • Use technology appropriately and responsibly