Award Year: 2017
The mission of Kipling Elementary School is to Inspire Learners to Be Leaders Every Day
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 84%
- Hispanic: 5%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 5%
- Two or more races: 4%
- ELL: 3%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 16%
Kipling Elementary School in Deerfield, Illinois, a Leader in Me school, provides a culture of caring and collaboration that supports staff and students as they learn, grow and contribute to the local and global community.
The facilities themselves encourage that culture. In Kipling's SMARTLa, made possible by generous funding from District 109 and the Kipling Parent Teacher Organization, students collaborate on projects that utilize computers, electric circuitry, coding and engineering materials. Students enhance problem-solving skills and creativity in this 21st century environment. During "buddy time," older students work with younger students in the lab to introduce them to exciting learning opportunities and caring friendships.
Kipling proudly continues traditions that began decades ago, which welcome the greater community and reinforce a sense of togetherness. Much anticipated events including PumpkinFest, Pancake Breakfast, Someone Special Day and Field Day, as well as the school's many philanthropic initiatives, bring together the Kipling community with purpose and pride.
Teachers at Kipling arrive in District 109 and stay. The support, curricular freedom, respect for professional knowledge, and encouragement allows teachers to grow, innovate, experiment and collaborate. The average class size at Kipling is 22, allowing teachers to get to know their students and their families. The freedom that teachers have at Kipling to engage students at their own level allows for inquiry, increased differentiation, rigor, and student choice throughout the school day.
The Kipling community is proud to honor the history of the school, celebrate its current success, and look ahead to its great future.