Award Year: 2017

James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School

1201 Riley Road
New Castle, IN, 47362-1675

(765) 521-7211

Mr. Nicholas John Middleton, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

New Castle Community School Corporation

School Website


Academic growth starts with the family and continues at Riley Elementary. Our school provides a safe, student-centered environment that enables students to be life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 43%
Students participating in Success.

Students participating in Success.

Riley Elementary has consistently produced high academic results through a committed school community that is dedicated to best educating students. Our staff works assiduously in conjunction with parents and other key stakeholders to give every student the opportunity to learn.

At Riley Elementary, we have a dedicated staff that strives to ask, "What is best for our students?" in all aspects of our decision making process. Riley Elementary engages and motivates students by incorporating a safe, student-centered environment where each child is encouraged in his or her academic pursuits as well as celebrated for achievements.

Riley Elementary has received a Four-Star Rating seven times and has earned an "A" designation from the Indiana Department of Education in eleven of the past twelve years.

Such success is the result of many factors blended together to create the best school culture possible for our students. One of these key factors is the Eight Step Process which provides a framework that allows our staff to best identify and serve each student.