Award Year: 2015

Whittier Elementary School

1310 2nd Avenue South
Clinton, IA, 52732-5463

(563) 243-3230

Mr. Brian Sean Kenney, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Clinton Community School District

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Our purpose is to create a supportive environment that will foster a community of independent, life-long learners who will become well-rounded, productive individuals in society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
At Whittier we collaborate to become future ready!

At Whittier we collaborate to become future ready!

Whittier Elementary School is part of the Clinton Community School District in Clinton, Iowa. Clinton is located on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa.

Whittier is known for its high expectations for academic achievement and its nurturing environment. Our teachers and staff believe all students can and will be successful, both academically and socially, if provided with proper support. We are a Professional Learning Community school that collaborates daily to determine our students’ progress and respond appropriately. We utilize a systematic Response to Intervention approach to ensure ALL students’ needs are being met, from the highest achieving child to those who struggle the most. Our primary instructional model is the Gradual Release of Responsibility, which shifts the work of learning from the teacher to the student and relies on collaborative learning and guided practice. Teachers and students alike are expected to daily utilize technology in teaching and learning.

Our parents and community volunteers are heavily involved in daily academic life at Whittier, and we include our families in traditions such as PTA Family Nights, Math Nights, and assemblies that celebrate student and staff successes.

Service to our community is also an important part of every Whittier student’s life. We give back in many ways, including canned food drives to local charitable organizations, “Brunch Boxes” to families in need, bandage drives to local hospitals for pediatric units, and random acts of kindness throughout our community.

Whittier is an excellent school filled with committed, caring adults, motivated students, and supportive parents!