Award Year: 2014

John M. Clayton Elementary School

252 Clayton Avenue
Frankford, DE, 19945-9518

(302) 732-3808

Dr. Charlynne Joy Hopkins, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Indian River School District

School Website


To assure students attain the knowledge and skills needed to realize their potential, meet the challenges of their life choices, and fulfill their responsibilities.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 21%
  • White: 31%
  • Hispanic: 44%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 23%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Giselle Fernandez and Amelia Johnson happily complete a learning activity.

Giselle Fernandez and Amelia Johnson happily complete a learning activity.

Set in a rural community, John M. Clayton - formally known as Frankford Elementary School - transitioned into a new building in 2010. As an Indian River School District nationally recognized school, we promote a positive learning and working environment for all students and staff. Currently, JMC is a Title I school, which serves 526 children ranging from three year-olds in our Project Village program to fifth graders. Teachers and staff use a variety of data sources to ensure that appropriate instruction and learning are occurring in each and every classroom, leading to the exceptional progress made by John M. Clayton students in meeting state standards. Student progress is monitored regularly with interventions provided in a timely manner. Teachers, specialists, and administrators work diligently to meet the instructional needs of students using the state defined process of Response to Intervention, and within the context of Professional Learning Communities. In addition to using Learning Focused Strategies, even more supports are provided for English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Exemplary programs at JMC include Student Mentoring - over 100 volunteers work with students on a weekly basis, ExCEL - meets higher level students’ needs, and a Spanish Language Immersion Program - entering its third year and includes grades K-2. We also participate in CATCH, Take 10, and Nemours’ Healthy Habits initiative. We are a Positive Behaviors Supports school and host regular Title I Parent Information Nights. Additionally, our PTO is very active, conducting many events and fundraisers throughout the year.