Award Year: 2014

East Elementary School

705 East Tallman Street
Portland, IN, 47371-2099

(260) 726-9418

Mr. Andy Schemenaur, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Jay School Corp

School Website


To assist students to achieve success throughout life, East Elementary will provide the opportunities for students to become lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • White: 100%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
These students are receiving help with whole numbers.

These students are receiving help with whole numbers.

East Elementary School is an open concept facility which is rare today in our educational delivery system. It lends itself to a camaraderie between all who attend, and expectations are extended to all everyday. The school has a population of 262, with 50% of low-social economic status and a special education population of 19%.

East Elementary is known for its positive environment in which students are nurtured academically, socially, and emotionally. East's staff uses a variety of methodologies to support students in carrying out the mission of educational excellence that helps students achieve their dreams and become productive citizens of the future.

East Elementary has worked hard to move itself from a failing school to an "A" rated school multiple times. This success can be attributed to teachers using specific interventions that target students who demonstrate academic need. The school is also data-driven and sets school improvement goals that enable students to grow academically and behaviorally.

East's staff members recognize that each child's social-emotional learning is necessary before true learning can take place. Each school day begins with student-led announcement, and, being a school of Character Counts, often mini-lessons are provided to the students and a follow-up review is provided during the lunch periods. Also, East supports a local mentor program where local community members come into the school and provide support on an ongoing basis to a variety of students throughout the school day.