East Millsboro Elementary School – Millsboro, DE

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

East Millsboro Elementary School

29346 Iron Branch Road
Millsboro, DE, 19966-1199

(302) 934-3222

Ms. Kelly Dorman, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Indian River School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 14%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 57%


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5th graders were working together to figure out to ship 12 baseballs.

5th graders were working together to figure out to ship 12 baseballs.


East Millsboro is located in a small rural town in Millsboro, Delaware. Our school and community embraces the goal of ensuring that all 825 of our students reach their fullest potential. East Millsboro works to maintain a positive atmosphere by having an open door policy where all members of the school community feel comfortable and welcome.

Our PTO is actively involved and supports school initiatives and helps to make decisions that will not only help to improve student learning but also celebrate student successes. At East Millsboro, we have worked to strengthen our Professional Learning Communities in order to meet the needs of all students.

PLC's are focused on data through a Data Process approach where common assessments are scored together as grade-level teams. This ensures that all students are assessed and scored with the same criteria and expectations as other students within the grade-level. Teachers are seen collaborating to analyze the data in order to make informed instructional decisions that meet the needs of all learners, helping all students to learn and grow. The data is then used to plan for the "Re-Teach" opportunities, allowing for the needs of students to be addressed whether the students are on, above, or below grade-level.

The "Big Ideas" of this approach to data analysis is having a focus on learning as well as a collaborative culture among teachers where all teachers are focused on results. This approach has helped move teachers from being isolated within their own classroom to a community of collaborative learners, planning and working together for the benefit of all students.