Award Year: 2015

Medora Elementary School

124 South Elm Street
Medora, IL, 62063-0178

(618) 729-3231

Mrs. Diane Milner, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Southwestern School District #9

School Website


The staff at Medora Elementary along with the community strive to create a positive environment that encourages life-long learning, tolerance, respect, and responsibility.

Student Demographics
  • White: 99%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Medora Elementary School

Medora Elementary School

Medora Elementary School is located in the Southwestern School District of central Illinois. This small rural school serves approximately 160 students in grades Pre-K to 6th. The students and staff of Medora Elementary have overcome many obstacles to achieve a high level of academic success that has continued over many years.
Some of the challenges for this particular community have been severe financial cuts made in education, the high poverty level of the town and surrounding county, and the diverse needs of many students and their families. Teachers and staff overcome these challenges by continually fostering a positive, pro-active attitude and holding all students to high expectations for behavior and academics.

The entire staff of Medora Elementary, both certified and non-certified, is totally committed to meeting the needs of all students, to ensure that they reach their full potential as students and citizens. While promoting an environment of high standards, teachers make accommodations for individual circumstances and allow for flexibility. Professional development, particularly in the areas of reading, math, and social-emotional learning, is a priority in the school. Students supports, including counseling services, research-based academic interventions, and implementation of the PBIS program promote a family atmosphere in a high-quality, safe learning environment. For many students at Medora, school is the best and most supportive part of their lives. No significant learning takes place without a significant relationship, and the teachers and principal at Medora Elementary are committed to teaching every child, connecting with families, and using innovative approaches to instruction.