Award Year: 2015

Martin Petitjean Elementary School

4039 Crowley Rayne Highway
Rayne, LA, 70578-4047

(337) 334-9501

Dr. Kimberly Lynn Cummins, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Acadia Parish

School Website


Our school mission is an acrostic poem using our school initials: Martin Petitjean Elementary School:Making learning aPriorityEveryoneSucceeds and leads.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 44%
  • White: 45%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Martin Petitjean Student Leaders update class data cascading goal scoreboards!

Martin Petitjean Student Leaders update class data cascading goal scoreboards!

Martin Petitjean Elementary (MPE), a rural school located in South Louisiana, is a school of leaders. Through the Leader in Me (LIM) process, staff and students are empowered, and, as a result, they excel. These first, second, and third grade students from predominantly low-income homes are told they are exceptional, and despite any circumstances they may face outside of school, they will succeed and lead. Smiles on the faces of MPE students reflect the self-confidence and sense of self-worth they feel about themselves and their accomplishments as they meet and exceed personal goals in and outside of the classroom.

MPE students regulate their own learning. Six, seven, and eight year old students maintain Leadership Notebooks for personal data tracking and goal setting. They present at annual student-led parent conferences. These young students are responsible for many of the major school functions, including dismissal announcements, school data tracking, and media equipment set-up. Students host and direct weekly Synergy Assemblies for their peers, family members, and friends in attendance.

Something incredibly special is happening at MPE. In May 2013, Martin Petitjean received global recognition when named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, an honor bestowed upon only 157 schools world-wide. MPE is a special place, featuring exceptional students and outstanding staff who work together to consistently demonstrate superior learning and living. In putting students first, and in telling students that no matter their personal barriers, they can succeed, the staff at MPE has unleashed the learning and leading potential of every child.