Roberts Elementary School was built in 1936 and named for Texas Governor Oran Milo Roberts, 1815-1898. The South Carolina native served as a district judge from 1846 through 1851. In 1857 he was elected associate justice for the Texas Supreme Court. After the Civil War he was elected to the United States Senate, but was not allowed to serve. He was elected Governor in 1878 and reelected in 1880. The University of Texas opened in 1883 during his administration. After he left office, Governor Roberts taught law at the University of Texas for 10 years. He believed that education was the pinnacle of a person's aspirations. He died on May 19, 1898 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetary in Austin.
Roberts Elementary tries to live up to Governor Roberts' expectation of what education should be. The school strives to provide students with the best possible teachers and curriculum. Roberts has been under nine principals since it opened: Miss. Helene Wilson (1936-1944), Mrs. Carrie Lou Smith (1944-1971), Mrs. Alice O. Griffin (1971-1973), Mr. Max Callon (1973-1988), Ms. Charlotte Haynes (1988-1995), Mr. Gifford Lockley (1995-2001), Mr. Samuel Sarabia (2001-2006), Mrs. Linda Smith (2006-2009) Mrs. Rita Graves (2009-2015), and Ms. Trealla Epps (2015-present).
Roberts Elementary School operates as part of the Lamar High School feeder pattern in the Central Region of HISD. The mission of Roberts Elementary is to provide a rigorous academic curriculum for all students that is relevant, allowing for different ways in which students can demonstrate mastery and be challenged in making connections to "real-world" applications. Roberts also cultivates relationships based on trust and respect.
Roberts has implemented the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB/PYP) philosophy for many years. We are one of the oldest IB/PYP schools in Houston. The school received its formal authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization in the spring of 2005.
A variety of instructional and enrichment opportunities are used to meet the needs of our school children. Students participate in a range of enrichment opportunities, with an emphasis in Fine Arts, during the regular school hours. These include art, dance, digital skills lab, music, science, and physical education. After-school clubs include hip-hop, art, Memory Book, chess and gymnastics, among many others. Each year students in the third through fifth grades have the opportunity to participate in grade level musicals, performed on stage in front of a live audience. In the 2015-2016 school year, the third grade performed "We Haz Jazz," the fourth grade performed "The Music Man," and the fifth graders performed "The Lion King."