Pre-Geneva Association (formerly Pre-Lee Association) provides a forum for expectant parents and families with children ages 0-5 who reside in the Geneva Heights Elementary (formerly Robert E. Lee Elementary) attendance zone, to get to know one another and the school. Our primary mission is to cultivate relationships between neighbors and our children as we navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood – especially as it relates to education options in our neighborhood. We facilitate this through member-sponsored activities, including play groups, parents’ nights out, educational forums about the school and its programs, and more. We provide support to Geneva Heights Elementary and encourage our neighbors to choose our local public school for their children, but membership in the Pre-Geneva Association is not contingent on school selection, as that decision is likely still under consideration for many families.
Pre-Geneva Association is the brainchild of Wendy Hatchell (Lakewood Heights) and finally came to fruition after a year of grass roots efforts to educate neighbors and mobilize parents to choose the local, public option for their children's education rather than fleeing to the suburbs or private institutions. We love our neighborhoods and believe in building a strong community of families who support an exceptional school. Pre-Geneva Association now has a Board of Directors in place, and we've been busy with plans for a new website, newsletter, play groups, parent events, and special programs in conjunction with the school this fall.
Geneva Heights Elementary School (formerly Robert E. Lee Elementary School) was established in 1927, when school was held in a smaller school building facing Matilda. School started in the current two- story building in September of 1931 and the original school house was eventually demolished. Located at 2911 Delmar Avenue between Vanderbilt and Goodwin, the school feeds into J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Geneva Heights is one of only two elementary schools in DISD with a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (both J.L. Long and Woodrow Wilson are also IB schools), and Geneva Heights also offers a Dual Language program. In 2016, Principal Bert Hart was enthusiastically welcomed to lead Geneva Heights. Mr. Hart is very familiar with our neighborhood schools, having taught and/or led at JFK Learning Center, Stonewall Jackson, and Lakewood, and is extremely interested in working with Pre-Geneva and other community partners to build stronger relationships with the school's neighbors.
Feature story in the Lakewood Advocate.