Conestoga Elementary School opened its doors in the fall of 1982, a brand new school in a brand new subdivision. It was built in response to the coal and oil boom of the time, and has been an active part of Gillette ever since. During the early 1980s, Conestoga had as many as four and five sections per grade level, but now has steadied to three sections per grade level and approximately 425 students.
Conestoga has a history of academic excellence. The PAWS state testing results for the 2011-2012 school year show that in math the overall average for grades 3-6 is 87% at the proficient or advanced level. In reading, Conestoga students, grades 3-6 scored overall 81% at the proficient or advanced level. This success is shared by our students and staff, of course, but Conestoga is very fortunate to have a parent community that works closely with our staff and students. Our school has a very active parent council and volunteers who offer their support, time, and energy to make Conestoga a great place to educate our children.