Award Year: 2014

Jackson Township Elementary School

1860 East County Road 600 North
Brazil, IN, 47834-9121

(812) 986-2177

Mr. Bradford C. Ennen, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Jeffrey Fritz, Current Principal

Clay Community Schools

School Website


To inspire students to do their best and guide them in a safe and nurturing environment in becoming responsible and productive citizens.

Student Demographics
  • White: 97%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
First grade students discussing new phonics skill.

First grade students discussing new phonics skill.

Jackson Township Elementary (JTE), located in Clay County, Indiana near the city of Brazil, is one of seven elementary schools in the Clay Community School Corporation. The community is primarily rural with much of its land dedicated to farming. The school serves 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade: 96% Caucasian, 4% multi-racial or Asian; 44% on free and reduced lunch. The school has high expectations in place for all students, families, faculty, and staff.

In 2012 and 2013, JTE received Indiana’s highest commendation: the Four-Star School Award. Ninety-five percent of students excelled in language arts and mathematics when tested on the state’s standardized test (ISTEP+). Student attendance rate is 98%. For the last five years, the school has received an "A" rating from the Indiana Department of Education and has met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) each year since its inception.

Character Education is one of the core components of JTE's success. The goal of the program is to introduce students to basic positive character qualities which reinforce and enhance the character development already taking place in the home.

JTE is the cornerstone of the community. The school believes the success of every student is directly related to family and community support. Many events are scheduled throughout the school year which the community is welcome to attend.

Jackson Township endeavors to serve the educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of each student. The school strives to ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet his or her full potential.