Team Scholar

LF Smith Elementary's

Team Scholar

 PISD Merit Scholar Mentoring Program

Pasadena ISD has had numerous students achieve the ultimate academic achievement of being named a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. This elite academic award honors the top 1% of students in the nation. It has become a goal of PISD to empower and prepare our students to make the top honor of becoming the first in PISD to achieve the National Merit Scholar Honor.

In an effort to guide our youth towards this goal, LF Smith Elementary has created Team Scholar. Selcted students in grades 3-5 will meet monthly with the school counselor to review National Merit Scholar qualifications as well as plan academic and career goals. These students will be mentored  through high school in hopes that with guideance they may one day achieve their fullest potential and become a National Merit Scholar.

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The mission of Pasadena ISD, the gateway to unlimited opportunity for the youth of our culturally rich community, is to empower students to become accomplished, self-directed, and collaborative citizen-scholars who boldly contribute to an increasingly complex and evolving world by engaging in rigorous curriculum, relevant experiences, and positive relationships while embracing the uniqueness of each individual.


Our outstanding teachers and innovative programs have created an endless cycle of student achievement. With state recognized campuses, along with state and national Blue Ribbon Schools, and a history of national championships in Academic Decathlon and the National Academic Games, students in our schools thrive intellectually and socially in a dynamic learning environment.

We see the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. It's a picture of success that is created by a sound education in the Pasadena schools.


Everyone has purpose, worth, and dignity.  

Individual potential is unknown and immeasurable.  

Family dynamics profoundly influence the decisions individuals make and the people they become.

Connecting with others and building positive, meaningful relationships are essential.

Learning is instinctive, lifelong, and unique to the individual.

Communication is pervasive, essential, ever-present, and multidimensional.  

Feeling safe enhances the ability to learn.  

Diversity adds value to all areas of life.

Change is natural and continuous.

Each person is responsible and accountable in all aspects of life for the choices he or she makes