Award Year: 2015

McKelvey Elementary School

1751 Mckelvey Road
Maryland Heights, MO, 63043-2816

(314) 415-6501

Dr. Kimberly Cohen, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Parkway Schools

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Mission

To ensure all students are capable, curious and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 34%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 17%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
McKelvey is a rich community of diverse learners.

McKelvey is a rich community of diverse learners.

McKelvey is one of 18 elementary schools in the Parkway School District. McKelvey serves a diverse population of 539 students representing over 35 countries and 22 languages.

The mission of McKelvey Elementary is to ensure all students are capable, curious, and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world. We work to meet the demands of our mission through intense work in character education and data driven instruction guided by Richard DuFour’s PLC Work.
There are many key strategies used within the school that have encouraged and challenged all students to develop their full potential academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and culturally.

The following are examples from our journey. McKelvey teachers are supported by Parkway’s guaranteed and viable curriculum. Using Wiggin’s model, we unpack all units, reflect on data, make changes or adjust when necessary, and provide relevant learning experiences for all. We use a workshop approach to teaching allowing us to fully differentiate to meet the individual needs of all learners. Our intervention model includes a tiered system of instruction and support, progress monitoring, and collaborative decision making. Problem solving occurs at universal, targeted, and intensive levels with varying degrees of frequency and specificity. Our character education work began with a PBIS model which allowed us to develop universal expectations for both students and staff. We then enhanced our Character Education work through Character.Org, and Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits work. In 2014, McKelvey was named a National School of Character.