Award Year: 2014

Oatville Elementary School

4335 South Hoover
Wichita, KS, 67215-9338

(316) 554-2290

Mr. Shane Palmer Dent, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

USD 261 Haysville

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Oatville’s Mission Statement: "Today’s Learners...Tomorrow’s Leaders"

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 33%
  • ELL: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Oatville teacher working with small group.

Oatville teacher working with small group.

Oatville Elementary is one of six elementary schools in the Haysville, Kansas school district. Established in 1874, it serves neighborhood families, as well as families outside the district boundaries who are drawn to Oatville because of its high academic standards and community atmosphere.

Oatville Elementary’s expectations for student achievement are rigorous, with curriculum development and implementation supported by research-based content standards. Differentiation is part of everyday instruction in the school. It begins with assessment data, which is used to drive instruction. This diagnostic approach allows the implementation of a tiered intervention system, supporting the academic needs of all of students. A rich, inquiry-based curriculum provides meaningful instruction, authentic learning opportunities, and a deeper understanding and application of real world experiences.

Successful students feel safe, nurtured, and valued. Oatville’s focus is not solely on academics, but to meet the emotional and social needs of students, as well. Relationships based on respect and trust are evident in the hallways and classrooms. The staff understands the importance of modeling these life-enriching skills, with the goal of fostering healthy emotional and socially successful students. Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Capturing Kids’ HeartTM are two successful programs executed at Oatville. These programs have resulted in dramatic reductions in disciplinary intervention, positively impacting academic achievement.
Oatville Elementary School, through the daily efforts of its staff and students, is truly worthy of Blue Ribbon status.