Award Year: 2013

Laurel Point Elementary School

1141 Airport Road
Vandergrift, PA, 15690-6017

(724) 568-2552

Jeffrey Jackson, Principal at time of Nomination

Kiski Area School District

School Website


The Laurel Point School Community will provide quality educational experiences, preparing students to be responsible, productive, accountable and successful citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

"We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging." - Patch Adams

A sense of belonging is the key ingredient in the tremendous 10 year success of Laurel Point Elementary School. Laurel Point, which is located in Armstrong County Pennsylvania, and part of the Kiski Area School District, has had the premier distinction of being one of the, if not the number one, elementary school in Western Pennsylvania. Culture is paramount in the success of individual achievement. Laurel Point has a culture of respect, high expectations, and ownership in every facet of their educational successes. We are a school that strives in getting to know everyone and everything about their families. Technology, new initiatives, and budget constraints pay no mind when it comes to the success of our students. Our success is rooted in face to face conversation, hands-on learning, and real-world applications.

When you have a staff that consists of a water-skier, an artist, and even a rock-and-roll musician who is covered in tattoos, how can a child not want to come through the doors of our school? In addition to such an eclectic, intelligent, dedicated, and motivated group of teachers, our school prides itself on the looping premise. Grade looping is a practice where our teachers have the students for two years in a row. Research has proven looping works. How can we argue? Our achievement scores consistently score from 97% to 100% in all domains of learning for the last ten years.

Laurel Point prides itself on its individuality. There is no I in TEAM, but there is in WIN.