Award Year: 2015

Oak Trace Elementary School

16504 Oak Ridge Road
Westfield, IN, 46074-8777

(317) 867-6410

Mrs. Robin Lynch, Principal at time of Nomination

Westfield Washington Schools

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Mission

The staff and students embrace the school and district mission to be a world class learning organization focused on continuous quality growth for all.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Oak Trace fourth grade students learning about government at the Indiana State House.

Oak Trace fourth grade students learning about government at the Indiana State House.

Oak Trace Elementary School is an exciting place for learning, located north of Indianapolis, Indiana. Oak Trace serves developmental preschool through fourth grade in a safe and engaging learning environment.

Oak Trace opened in 2000 as a C.L.A.S.S. (Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students) school. Through C.L.A.S.S., the staff has connected the Indiana College and Career Readiness standards in each grade level through a year-long plan and developed a non-cognitive curriculum focused on “doing the right thing” and “treating people right." Each day begins with a live broadcast run by students with a Lifeskill Feature as a focus for the day.

Student performance, as measured by individual student growth and standardized test scores, is significant. Through differentiated instruction, students achieve well above the national average and consistently place in the top 5 percent of all students in Indiana.

Oak Trace has many traditions which make it a special place to learn and grow. Students and staff take part in community service projects such as collecting art supplies for hospitals, making blankets for the Humane Society, and sending letters to military personnel. A special year-end celebration is held on the last day of school with a year-end video. When Oak Trace students are seniors in high school, staff members serve them a celebration breakfast the week of graduation and share the video from their fourth grade year. The school community also participates in Habitat Night, Invention Convention, Grandparents Day, Walk and Bike to School Days, All Pro Dads, and Walk-A-Thon, just to name a few, to build a sense of family and community.