Award Year: 2014

Stopher Elementary School

14417 Aiken Road
Louisville, KY, 40245-4635

(502) 485-8281

Dr. Brigitte Owens, Principal at time of Nomination

Jefferson County Public Schools

School Website


Students reach high levels of achievement in a nurturing environment where they explore creativity and develop critical-thinking and social skills to become independent, successful individuals.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Stopher students love learning about Engineering!

Stopher students love learning about Engineering!

Joseph E. Stopher Elementary School is one of 89 elementary schools in Louisville, Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public School System. We first opened our doors in August of 2007 with 510 students and are currently educating over 800 children. To accomplish our mission, Stopher strives to address the needs of all learners through a variety of programs, instructional methods and materials. High-achieving students in grades one through three can participate in the Primary Talent Pool enrichment program, to encourage their critical thinking skills. Qualified fourth and fifth graders at Stopher participate in the Advance Program, which offers an accelerated curriculum designed to challenge our proficient and distinguished learners. For students requiring extra academic assistance, we have specially designed and targeted intervention programs, including intensive small group instruction, through our state role-modeled RTI program. Stopher has a strong parental support system that goes above and beyond to support and assist our staff and students. Our PTA liberally volunteers their time and talents, even drawing in those outside our immediate Stopher community, to jump-start the fundraising needed to complete projects. Stopher follows the time-honored path of a liberal arts discipline, with all students receiving related arts instruction in physical education, technology, music, art, library, Chinese, and Latin.