As school opened in the fall of 1964, some Killeen students were without a campus to call their own. A new 30,000 square-foot, $299,000 school was in the final stages of completion, but not yet ready for use. These students were temporarily farmed out to other campuses, most at nearby Fowler Elementary School, while others were bussed to schools as far away as the town of Harker Heights.
Then, on a rainy Friday before Halloween, the "orphan" students loaded their textbooks in their 19 teachers' cars, picked up their personal supplies, and walked half a mile down Trimmier Road to their new school home an unnamed school that was referred to as Southside Elementary! Since the school was located in the Clifton Park area of Killeen, it was eventually named Clifton Park Elementary.
As Killeen continued to grow so did Clifton Park, with additions and renovations being completed in 1972, 1981, 1984, 1991 and 2000; with the bilingual program being added in 2001. Today, Clifton Park serves more than 500 Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, with a staff of over eighty.
We, at Clifton Park Elementary, view each child as having a unique value and possessing the potential for positive contributions to both our society and the world as a whole. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their abilities and we will strive to meet the individual needs of each child. This will be accomplished by fostering a positive, nurturing environment for children, creating conditions conducive to student learning through contributions made not only by teachers, but also by parents and community members as well.