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The mission of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte Elementary School is to develop the whole child by implementing a rigorous academic program where engaged and collaborative educators, students, parents and the community work together to promote mastery of grade level standards for all students by providing personalized and tiered instruction that addresses the cognitive, emotional, social and physical development and creates college prepared and career ready learners.


Slogan Be Safe, Be Respectful Be Responsible
 Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible 


Our students are committed to following
the 3 Be’s, which are a set of norms that
are expected throughout all areas of the

About Us

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The Whole Child


Each child is encouraged and educated about a healthy lifestyle. Our school culture promotes and supports health and well-being. We provide:

  • School Nurse & Psychologist
  • Assistance from LA Child Guidance
  • UNICEF and the Powerband Mission
  • Running Club
  • Physical Education Teacher & Health Instruction
  • Awarded the NFL Fuel Up to Play Grant


Each child learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults. Our school culture promotes and supports safety and responsible behavior. We provide:

  • Restorative Justice Training
  • Behavior & Motivational Assemblies
  • Effective Anti-Bullying Strategies
  • School-Wide Positive Behavior
  • Safety Leaders
  • Training of Supervision and Campus Aides
  • Academic and Behavioral Interventions


Each child is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community. Our school culture promotes and supports a range of opportunities. We provide:

  • Small Group Instruction
  • Awarded the Technology Grant for Computer-
  • Based Learning
  • Common Core Standards-Based Tasks
  • Clearly Stated Learning Objectives
  • Real-World Relationship with all Learning
  • Citizenship Awards
  • Field Trips
  • Art, Dance and Drama Programs


Each child is supported by qualified and caring adult. Our school employs the most capable and qualified candidates with a common goal of using their skill set and talents to support our students. We provide:

  • Credentialed Teachers
  • State of the Art School Library
  • College-Going Aides and Assistants
  • Capable Office, Cafeteria and Custodial Staff
  • ST Math, Lexia & Accelerated Reader
  • Use of Data to Guide Instruction, Intervention
  • & Resources


Each child is challenged . Our school is aimed at preparing students for college-readiness and participation in the global environment. 

We provide:

  • College & Career Days
  • Exposure to & Use of Advanced Technology
  • Gifted and High Achiever Program
  • High Level DOK Instruction

Who Was Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte?

Ms. Marguerite LaMotte

Ms. Marguerite LaMotte was a former teacher and principal. Ms. LaMotte was first elected to the school board in 2003. She was well-known as a passionate advocate for students in her south central district. She often called the students in her district “my babies.” Ms. LaMotte is survived by two children and four grandchildren and we’d like to think that she is also survived by all of us as the students and staff of a school that is her namesake.

Alternatives to Suspension

Restorative Justice Practices

  • Peer Mediation 
  • Campus Beautification
  • Counseling 
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Letter of Apology 
  • Parent Conference
  • Behavior Support Plan 
  • Loss of Privileges
  • Suspension from Class 
  • Contribution Plan

Parental Supervision at School
5th Grade Activities Non-Participation


Our Students

student ethnicity

89% Hispanic
9% African American
1% White
11% Students with Disabilities
58% English Learners
2% Gifted and Talented