Award Year: 2016

Leighton Elementary School

121 Aurora Hudson Road
Aurora, OH, 44202-9236

(330) 562-2209

Mr. Paul Goodwin, Principal at time of Nomination

Aurora City School District

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To ensure that, with a nurturing environment, high expectations, and effective programs, all students reach their full potential and are prepared to become responsible, productive members of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
A typical day at Leighton Elementary School

A typical day at Leighton Elementary School

We at Leighton Elementary School believe that schools should function like a greenhouse in which our students' individual needs are assiduously nurtured over the course of their third through fifth grade education. As the final step in our students' journey, we strive to strengthen the knowledge and skills they have gained in the early elementary grades while preparing them for middle school and their future school years. As a team, we support our students academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. The staff focuses on student learning as the fundamental purpose of our school. Although high achievement is the expectation, we also recognize the need to connect with every learner at their individual level. We strive to support all students to reach their personal and academic goals. Our solid curriculum values continue to build on foundational skills that instill a future as students who are college and career ready. We create a climate to look at the whole child and offer stems and roots as our supports to level the playing field for all learners to be successful. We have developed strong Professional Learning Communities, collaboratively working on curriculum mapping along with common assessments. We have created an intervention time built into our daily schedules to make our students feel the intrinsic rewards of being problem solvers, showing responsibility, and being respectful. Everyone blooms here at Leighton in their own unique way; with all the supports in academics, interventions, gifted, extracurricular, and social arenas, we have put into place vibrant and engaging opportunities to help create a strong, well balanced individual who is continuously learning and ready for the next stages of their learning career.