Front view of Back Elementary School

James McGoffin Back Elementary School

Address: 7300 Bluebonnet Drive, Rowlett, TX 75089
Email: a140@garlandisd.net
Phone: 972-475-1884
Fax: 972-412-5245
Year opened: 1985
Grades:  Pre-K to 5th grade
Enrollment: 415 

School hours

8:10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Carolyn Lee, Principal
Annette Medina, Assistant Principal

Ratings & reports

For the most current ratings, reports, and performance planning, visit our school profile page on the district website.

Mission statement 

The mission of Back Elementary School is to provide a quality education for all students emphasizing high expectations and strong work habits within a safe environment for learning.

Each student will be empowered for a lifetime of learning, responsible citizenship and productive employment in the modern world.


A rating for Back Elementary School

Back Elementary School has earned an A rating! In December of 2022, Back Elementary School presented a gold pin to 2021-2022 staff members for their achievements in the 2022 STAAR. Back Elementary School earned distinction designations in the following areas:  

  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics 
  • Academic Achievement in Science 
  • Top 25% in Comparative Academic Growth 
  • Top 25% in Comparative Closing the Gaps 
  • Postsecondary Readiness  

Leading the way

Back Elementary is a small residential school with a family friendly feel and a positive environment for student learning and growing.  We provide the rigor in teaching that is so important today with caring, respect and tenderness towards our students.  

  • We are an AVID school.

  • Each grade participates in field trips every year.

  • We offer bilingual, One-Way Dual Language classes in grades Kinder through 5th grade.

  • For students learning English as a second language we offer ESL (English as a Second Language) and Sheltered Instruction.

  • Our Special Education Department consists of ABC, Inclusion, Resource, and Speech.

  • Our iTeam provides intervention for students who need RTI support.

  • Tutoring is available before or after school and will be arranged by your child's teacher.

  • Technology is used daily in classrooms.  We have 2 computer labs which hold 60 computers and all grade levels have devices available in the classroom with programs for all grades such as ReadyHub.

  • Back Elementary participates in UIL (University Interscholastic League) to provide students opportunities to compete with other elementary schools in a variety of topics and subjects.  

  • School activities and programs are planned regularly for fun and socializing like Field Day, College Week, Red Ribbon Week, Library Week, art and music programs, activities and events sponsored by the Back PTA and our beginning of the year Porch Party.  

  • Back Elementary offers a variety of clubs and organizations to promote leadership, physical fitness, and the arts.

  • Safety is a key concern at Back Elementary.  Mandatory fire drills, tornado drills and lock down practices are held to ensure all staff and students are familiar with GISD procedures.  Additionally, all visitors must check in through the GISD Raptor system to enter school.