Award Year: 2013

Bart-Colerain Elementary School

1336 Noble Road
Christiana, PA, 17509-9768

(717) 529-2181

Sandra Haines, Principal at time of Nomination

Solanco School District

School Website


To develop responsible citizens and life-long learners by providing opportunities to maximize student academic performance in a safe and secure environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

The culture of Bart-Colerain Elementary is one of high expectations for all students—no excuses. An important component of this culture is the prevalence of cooperative learning strategies used in classrooms. Students, with the support of teachers, administration and staff, develop the attitude that they are “in this together” and hold themselves and their classmates to high standards of behavior and achievement. All employees consistently model cooperative teamwork.

Teachers spend time establishing classroom expectations for social interactions. Our school district has established a Solanco Statement of Expectations: “We, the students, staff, parents and administrators of the Solanco School District, as a part of the greater Solanco Community, seek to build and support that community through words and actions that display Respect, Responsibility, Courage, and Kindness. Therefore, we expect all members of the Solanco School District to: Treat themselves and others with Respect; Act Responsibly and take Responsibility for their actions; Act with Courage every day; and Act with Kindness when dealing with others.” Bart-Colerain’s teachers make sure that each student understands what this statement looks like and sounds like in action. Morning announcements include the reading of the Solanco Expectations along with examples of behaviors witnessed at Bart-Colerain that reflect these expectations. The school-wide behavior challenge rewards students for exemplifying these expectations.

Parent involvement at Bart-Colerain is also a key to student success. The PTO is an inclusive organization that welcomes new families and strives to get them involved right away. A Parent Involvement Committee, made up of teachers, the principal and parents, meets frequently to plan for events and activities that will allow parents to truly be partners in their children’s education.