Arcado Elementary School, founded in 1981, is home to the 960 Astros, the school's nickname. A Parkview cluster…More school (students move on to Trickum Middle School, then to Parkview High School), Arcado opened to relieve enrollment pressure on Camp Creek, Knight and Lilburn elementary schools during a time of tremendous population growth in south Gwinnett County.
The school sits on 15 acres purchased from Willie and Mae Moon, a local farming family that insisted in their agreement with Gwinnett County that an old oak tree would be left undisturbed. The sprawling tree still stands on the north side of the school. The school was named after Arcado Road, which got its name from the combination of the last names of three prominent county commissioners: Weldon Archer, O.D. Cain and Paul Dover.
Arcado scores excellent on Annual Yearly Progress reports, meeting or exceeding all of the state's academic, testing and attendance standards, and scoring above system averages in Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) results in Reading, Mathematics, English/Language Arts and Science/Social Studies.
The school has a reputation for its recycling efforts. In 2007-08, the school recycled 21 tons of paper, the most in the school system.