Award Year: 2014

Sweetwater Elementary School

1304 2nd Avenue NE
Devils Lake, ND, 58301-1821

(701) 662-7630

Dr. Debra K Follman, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Devils Lake Public Schools

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To provide a learning environment where all students can acquire skills and knowledge necessary to be successful, responsible, and contributing citizens in our ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 34%
  • Two or more races: 10%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Sweetwater School Family: The Foundation for Learning

Sweetwater School Family: The Foundation for Learning

Sweetwater Elementary School is one of three public elementary schools in Devils Lake, North Dakota. It houses 250 kindergarten through fourth grade students including students mainstreamed from the North Dakota School for the Deaf.

The teachers and staff members of Sweetwater Elementary are highly skilled and deeply committed to student success, collaborating to provide engaging instruction that builds upon learners’ strengths and meets their varied needs. They go above and beyond to build relationships with children and families. There is an inherent willingness to do whatever it takes to help each child succeed, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Multi-tiered instructional supports are ongoing and intentional, based on careful analysis of formal and informal data. An extended school program before school, after school and during the summer provide additional teaching and learning opportunities for over 75% of the students.

Technology has played an important role in the education at Sweetwater. Teachers and students regularly use SMART Boards, computers, and iPads to support learning and instruction in all curricular areas. A focus on the integration of STEM education has enhanced students’ problem-solving and reasoning skills, while promoting curiosity, perseverance, and inquisitiveness. A number of volunteers including high school students, college students, retired senior citizens and school families support instruction and learning, while promoting a sense of belonging and a shared educational responsibility among the school and community members. Sweetwater Elementary promotes a positive and caring environment where the entire "school family" culture anchors the school’s success.