Award Year: 2015

Canaan Elementary School

31 School Street
Canaan, NH, 03741-0018

(603) 523-4312

Ms. Amanda Isabelle, Principal at time of Nomination

Mascoma Valley Regional School District

School Website


Motto: Excellence...The Spirit of CanaanMission Statement: In partnership with parents and the community, Canaan Elementary School challenges our students to excel in learning.

Student Demographics
  • White: 96%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Grade 4 students measuring and graphing results in math class

Grade 4 students measuring and graphing results in math class

Tucked between the Connecticut River and the peaks of Mt. Cardigan, the Canaan Elementary School is located in a rural setting, serving students in grades PK-4 from the communities of Canaan, Dorchester, Grafton, and Orange, NH. We are a family- and community-oriented school with a marvelous blend of veteran and new staff, all working together to support each other and to ensure success for each student academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. With a strong focus on respect, responsibility, and safety, CES students are fully engaged participants in their learning, and we are proud of the accomplishments they have made over the past several years, as shown by our consistently high scores in the NH State assessments. Teachers at CES have worked diligently to align curriculum with Common Core Standards and have designed and implemented formative assessments that help us discover gaps in student learning so they may be addressed. Our students love being tested, so they can show us what they know! They are proud of each step in their progress, celebrating not only their own growth, but the growth of each of their peers. Teachers have also become strong school and district leaders, and have opened up their classrooms to each other, seeking feedback that will help them grow as well. Meeting as grade-level teams on a regular basis, our staff have truly become a professional learning community. Parents and community members support the school in many ways, and we are proud of the relationships we have built.