Award Year: 2015

Falling Water Elementary School

715 Roberts Mill Road
Hixson, TN, 37343-1932

(423) 843-4711

Mrs. Lea Ann Burk, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Hamilton County

School Website

Mission

Falling Water is a small community school that offers an enriching, nurturing, and safe environment resulting in learners that are proficient or advanced in all core academic subjects.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
First Grade Math Instruction

First Grade Math Instruction

Falling Water is a small community school that recently celebrated its one hundredth year milestone for educating children. Because of its longevity, present-day parents and other community members have a strong interest in the prosperity of the school. This interest, being passed down through several generations, continues to strengthen the enthusiasm for growing and learning at Falling Water.

The philosophy at Falling Water Elementary is to have an enriching, nurturing, and safe environment that encourages academic achievement for all students. As a result, the majority of students are proficient or advanced in all core academic subjects, and there are productive relationships and mutual respect among the principal, teachers, and students. The goal is to meet the needs of students while instilling a lifelong love of learning.

Teachers use both the Tennessee state standards and the Common Core State Standards to develop, adjust, and assess delivery of instruction in grades K-5. New and on-going support for teachers is provided by district and school level professional development. Job-embedded professional development is provided through weekly grade level meetings, as well as best practices for planning effective lessons. Each team meets with the principal weekly to review and discuss academic data, instruction and children.

Students in the school are given many opportunities to enrich and stretch academically. Drama club, 4-H, Lego Robotics, and Science Olympiad are a few of the many choices available. The positive attitudes of the principal, staff, students, and community promote and increase academic motivation to learn.