Staff & Students

Who We Are

Welcome to Banneker at Marquette Elementary School, located in the Miller area of Gary, IN. At Banneker we specialized in nurturing the unique talents of our students.
Our program offers an environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, and fosters a love for learning. We provide differentiated instruction that addresses the individual needs of each student, allowing them to study at an appropriate pace and level that challenges them appropriately.

In addition to the core curriculum, our high-ability students engage in enriching activities that inspire innovation and creativity. Our dedicated educators create a supportive learning climate that enriches learning so these gifted learners can maximize their academic potential and develop emotionally and socially.

At Banneker at Marquette, we are committed to identifying and challenging academically talented students, helping them to become knowledgeable, confident, and responsible citizens. Join us on this exciting journey of discovery and growth.

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Our elementary school offers a high ability program designed for students who are above their grade level academically

Whether it’s through challenging coursework or inspirational and innovative learning opportunities, our program is committed to developing knowledgeable, confident, and responsible citizens. We believe in identifying and challenging academically talented students, helping them to become future leaders.

Our High Ability Program provides for the sequential development of higher-level thinking skills, allowing students to study at an appropriate pace and level. We equip our students with appropriate materials and a supportive learning environment that enriches their learning experience, enabling them to maximize their academic potential and foster emotional development.


Principal's Message

I am honored to serve as the principal of Banneker Elementary at Marquette. With roots in Gary and a background in the Gary Community School Corporation, education has always been my passion.

Following my graduation from Lew Wallace High School, I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education English from Indiana University Northwest. I gained experience through teaching positions at Bailly Junior High, Roosevelt High School, and Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, before earning a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana University Northwest. My leadership roles at Thea Bowman and West Side Leadership Academy have been marked by significant achievements in student performance and school transformation.

As principal, I am dedicated to creating a safe and respectful learning environment. My focus is on supporting teachers in implementing effective instructional strategies to drive student growth. By collaborating with our team and utilizing data-driven practices, we aim to close the achievement gap and foster academic and social development in our students. Building strong partnerships with parents and community stakeholders is also a top priority.

I welcome the opportunity to connect with each of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am excited to work together towards our shared goals.

Chaitra Wade

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After School


For Questions, contact Out of School Time Coordinator Christine Preston


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Bus Schedule


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School Contact

Location: 6401 Hemlock Ave, Gary, IN 46403

Telephone: (219)321-8545

School Hours: M-F: 7am – 4pm

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