Gocio Elementary School

County: Sarasota
Number of Students: 760

3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota, Fl 34232
Phone: (941)361-6405
Fax: (941)361-6793
Website: www.sarasota.k12.fl.us/gocio

Principal: Dr. Pam Buchanan

Superintendent: Lori White
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (941)927-9000

Students served:

21 % Black
33 % White
38 % Hispanic
8 % Other

For more school information, please visit: www.sarasota.k12.fl.us/gocio

Our Arts Teaching Team includes:

1 % Visual Art
1 % Music
1 % Theatre
1 % Dance

A Visit to Our School:
Welcome to Gocio! Built in 1966, we celebrated our 40th birthday in December 2006. During our forty plus years the school has grown from one building to five and is now home to more than 750 students. Buildings one and two were completely remodeled in the summer of 2007 and building three was freshly painted and re-carpeted in July 2008. Our school is nestled in a quiet residential area off Lockwood Ridge Road between University Parkway and 17th Street.

Our primary goal is to ensure that all students are learning and achieving. Gocio is a safe, respectful learning community of students, staff and parents encouraging consistent attendance, positive attitudes, and high expectations for academic achievement. Mandatory school uniforms (pairing navy, red, and royal blue collared shirts embroidered with the Gocio logo and coordinating khaki or navy bottoms) help promote a learning environment that is conducive to academic success for ALL!.

To accomplish our goal that all students are learning and achieving, staff members consistently participate in ongoing professional development activities that keep them abreast of the most effective ways students learn. Many of these activities and workshops are offered right here on campus.

Our Pride:
At the present time, we are the only elementary school in Sarasota to offer music, visual art, dance and drama. Our school received the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network's 2006-07 Creative Ticket National Schools of Distinction Award. The award recognizes schools that have done an outstanding job of making the arts an essential part of the education of their students. Gocio is one of five schools in the nation to receive this award!

We are committed to establishing and maintaining a warm, welcoming environment in which all members of the overall school community feel valued. Come visit us and see first-hand why Gocio Elementary School is the shining beacon in north Sarasota County.

Dr. Pam Buchanan

Welcome! I have had the privilege of teaching 5th  grade at Gocio for three years now. Before I joined the Gocio family I taught fourth grade in Manatee County.  I love Gocio because of the unique and special arts programs we provide for our students and of course the staff and students are amazing! I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Elementary Education, go bulls! I love teaching and finding new ideas that I can incorporate in my classroom.

Jessica Gardner, AW

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