Award Year: 2017
Zionsville Pleasant View Elementary School
4700 South 975 East
Zionsville, IN, 46077-9599
Mr. Chad Smith, Principal at time of Nomination
Mrs. Stacy Smith, Current Principal
Zionsville Community School District
We collaborate to provide a nurturing environment for each child's intellectual, physical, and social growth by fostering a sense of responsibility, respect, and self-motivation.
- White: 90%
- Hispanic: 3%
- Asian: 2%
- Two or more races: 5%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 2%
Student agency and empowerment in action at Pleasant View Elementary
Pleasant View Elementary is located in Zionsville, Indiana, a community well known for its safety and great schools. Pleasant View has a reputation of being an incubator of ideas among professionals. There is a culture of ongoing professional growth and inquiry that is fostered through autonomy for educators to research and implement new ideas that are grounded in best practice. The staff does not ascribe to any one-size-fits-all ways of instruction, just as our students are not one-size-fits-all learners. In honoring teacher voice and autonomy, student agency and empowerment is fostered.
Collective shared ownership is evidenced by the many projects inspired by students on campus. A group of students wrote and received a grant for thousands of dollars to create a bike path that runs through campus for the community to use. The playground was designed by families and students, and built by the community. It is a one-of-a-kind structure that the community views as an integral part of Zionsville. Students start their own clubs and organizations within the building to connect on a deeper level with students of similar interests and passions.
Families have come to expect that students lead the charge when it comes to learning experiences. As a result, students are highly engaged in the learning opportunities because they helped build them. Their level of understanding deepens because they are invested in the success of the experience, and they are real-world applications with which they can connect. Pleasant View Elementary grows all people big and small by supporting meaningful learning experiences and opportunities.