About Arcado Elementary School

“Where the keys to learning come to life.”

Vision, Mission, and Goals

Arcado Elementary School will Achieve Excellence Schoolwide.

The mission of Arcado Elementary School is to pursue academic and behavioral excellence in an environment that fosters the joy of teaching and learning resulting in measured continuous improvement.


1. Arcado Elementary will ensure a world-class education for all students by focusing on teaching and learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.

2. Arcado Elementary will ensure a safe learning environment for all.

3. Arcado Elementary will optimize student achievement through responsible stewardship of all financial and human resources necessary to meet current and future demands.

4. Arcado Elementary will meet the demand for essential information through technology that supports effective performance.

5. Arcado Elementary will implement continuous quality improvement strategies.

6. Arcado Elementary will align curriculum and instruction with assessment.

7. Arcado Elementary will build school wide communication will all stakeholders.

Fast Facts

  • Official School Mascot: Astros
  • Unofficial School Mascot: Pandas
  • School Colors: Royal Blue and Gold
  • School Motto: “Where the Keys to Learning Come to Life
  • Principals:
    • Norma Jean Murphy (1981–1993)
    • Linda Anderson (1993–2004)
    • Joe Ahrens (2004–2010)
    • Penny Palmer Young (2010–Present)

School History

In the late 1970s, the population in Gwinnett County was booming. Due to the rapid growth in the Lilburn area, a 1979 Gwinnett County bond referendum funded the construction of Arcado Elementary as a ‘relief’ school.

Arcado's Oak Tree

In February of 1980, Willie and Mae Moon sold a 15-acre tract of their farm to the school system. The school, which was nestled in a pastoral setting overlooking pasture and cornfields, was completed in August of 1981. Mr. and Mrs. Moon had only two requests:

  1. The big oak tree be left standing, and
  2. A fence separate the children from the cow pasture adjoining the land

Once filled with cows and cornfields, the pastures, are now filled with houses. However, the Moon’s requests have been honored: A fence still separates the school from the original pasture land, and the big oak tree still provides shade for students.

The Name

Arcado’s name was taken from the name of the road that leads to the school. When the road was first graded and paved, it was named for three Gwinnett County commissioners who were serving at that time: Weldon Archer, O. D. Cain, and Paul Dover. The first two letters from each last name were combined to form the name Arcado.


Arcado Elementary School opened its doors to learning in August 1981. More than thirty years later our school continues to work toward its mission to provide an environment where each student can reach their full academic potential.

Currently, Arcado Elementary School is the home school to over 1,200 students. Our student enrollment continues to grow as Arcado is the “school of choice” for new families moving to the Lilburn area. We also have parents who attended Arcado when they were in elementary school that have moved back to the area specifically for their own children to attend Arcado.