Award Year: 2013

Wheelersburg Elementary School

800 Pirate Drive
Wheelersburg, OH, 45694-9088

(740) 574-8130

Janeen Spradlin, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Angie Holmes, Current Principal

Wheelersburg Local School District

School Website


Our school will provide an inviting, safe environment where all children are actively engaged in the learning process.

Student Demographics
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Wheelersburg Elementary School is located in the small community of Wheelersburg, Ohio, on the Ohio River in the foothills of Appalachia. Wheelersburg is a small town of approximately 6500 residents.

Wheelersburg Elementary is a true community school. Through our Mentoring Ohio for Reading Excellence (MORE) program, partnerships have been formed with many local businesses. These companies provide release time to employees to participate in our mentoring and tutoring program. Many retired Teachers and community members volunteer at the school daily, in MORE. Community volunteers help in the lunchroom, classrooms, and volunteer during special activities such as Science Day, Book Fair and History days.

The success of our school can be contributed largely to the community and school family support. There is a shared belief that all children can learn given the right atmosphere and instruction. The character education program is a very strong part of the school climate and the emphasis of instruction in every subject is Reading.

Many sources of data are used to flexibly group students so that their individual needs are met. These groups are fluid and students move between groups as their needs change. First through third grade Reading classes are structured so that students at risk for low Reading achievement benefit from smaller classroom sizes. Co-Teaching collaborations have been created between classroom teachers and Title 1 Teachers and both are in the classroom in two sections of each grade.

Wheelersburg Elementary School has been named an “Ohio Superintendent School Of Promise” for the previous five years and has achieved the state rating of “Excellent” for the previous eight years.