Award Year: 2017

North Kossuth Elementary School

203 5th Street N
Swea City, IA, 50590-0567

(515) 272-4361

Mrs. Julie Runksmeier, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

North Kossuth Community School District

School Website


"Educating for excellence: Inspiring learners for life."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 93%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 66%
North Kossuth Elementary is excited for a new year!!!!

North Kossuth Elementary is excited for a new year!!!!

At North Kossuth Elementary our students are our number one priority. We believe in providing opportunities for all students to be successful life learners. Some of these opportunities can appear challenging or rigorous but we are always responding to what the students show they need. All of this happens in a safe and caring environment with on-going collaboration amongst all employees. This vision is what roots us to the past while also propelling our students to be prepared for the world they will be entering.
The demographics of our students and families are always changing. Currently, 67% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunches. Research has shown that students who are on free and reduced lunches often can struggle with learning and academics while performing lower on standardized tests. North Kossuth Elementary does not use that statistic as an excuse but instead as an opportunity to structure teaching and learning to meet the potential of all of our students. We have had to be flexible and creative in the way we are able to support all students. We identify the current needs and allocate resources to accommodate those needs. Resources can be human, time, curriculum or other educational materials. This flexibility has allowed us to be fluid in the way we teach students and support all students no matter what their socio-economic status is.