Award Year: 2013

Auburn Elementary School

221 College Street
Auburn, KY, 42206-5310

(270) 542-4181

David Ward, Principal at time of Nomination

Logan County Schools

School Website


The mission of Auburn Elementary School is to provide ALL students with the academic and social skills needed to become successful, life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Auburn School has a “We can, and we will!” attitude. That outlook drives the entire school community to consistently rise to the challenge. Simply put, the culture is so positive that it’s contagious! Teachers want to work here; therefore, many staff members drive in from surrounding counties to work here. Students want to go to school here; therefore, many members of our student population (13%) actually reside outside of the Auburn School district, and because parents want their children to go to school here, many families have chosen to move to the Auburn School district, or if they live out-of-district, they make the necessary transportation arrangements to make attendance at Auburn possible for their children. As a result, Auburn School is by far the largest Title I school in the district, with an enrollment of approximately 770 students in grades pre-school through 8th grade.

Auburn is a rural school where 54% of students are identified as economically disadvantaged, 16% receive special education services, and the mobility rate is 11%. Our county’s unemployment rate is approximately 7%, and less than 10% of our adult population holds a 4-year degree. Despite these challenges, the school is succeeding in closing achievement gaps and propelling students to proficiency and beyond. We believe this is happening because we envision being a strong school, rich in talent and community support, to better the lives of each individual who works, studies, and participates in our school, and fulfill our mission to provide ALL students with the academic and social skills needed to become successful, life-long learners who are college-and career-ready.