Award Year: 2015

Barbara Blanchard Elementary School

1829 North Sprigg Street
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701-3047

(573) 335-3030

Dr. Barbara Capshaw Kohlfeld, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Cape Girardeau 63

School Website


The mission is to create a learning environment where students can experience high levels of academic success while feeling happy and safe in their surroundings.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 18%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Fourth graders at Blanchard Elementary reading about the Great Whangdoodles.

Fourth graders at Blanchard Elementary reading about the Great Whangdoodles.

Barbara Blanchard Elementary is a pre-kindergarten through fourth grade school located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Blanchard staff cares deeply about the students, believes in their abilities, and works diligently to meet their needs. Students receive immediate and continuous feedback which encourages and empowers them to have confidence, persevere, and put forth great effort.

The staff sets high expectations to ensure that all students master the learning objectives. Continuous collaboration, data analysis, and professional development are implemented to achieve this goal. There are high levels of questioning and a variety of teaching/learning strategies. Student engagement is fostered by planning and facilitating lessons that promote a love of learning and a will to work hard. The school has cultivated a trusting atmosphere with everyone working together for a common cause.

The students are taught social skills. Social skills are essential to being able to interact with others in a positive and productive manner. These skills enable the students to succeed in school and prepare them for their future in the workplace.

Barbara Blanchard Elementary is called "The School with a Heart". The culture of the building revolves around the premise that when students experience an abundance of love in a nurturing and supportive environment that they will achieve at high levels. Everyone believes in the goodness of each other.