Award Year: 2017

Rich Pond Elementary School

530 Richpond Road
Bowling Green, KY, 42104-8716

(270) 781-9627

Dr. Dan Costellow, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Warren County School District

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Learning, Leading, and Succeeding.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 43%
First grade class at Rich Pond Elementary.

First grade class at Rich Pond Elementary.

Rich Pond has been recognized for years as having a family-like atmosphere, supportive parents, and strong teachers. The entire staff has a "can-do" attitude and believes that the key to our school's success is a supportive and caring environment. Every child should have an opportunity to be successful in some way, and we offer a variety of clubs and special curriculum areas to help them thrive. Our mission is "Learning, Leading, and Succeeding."

When it comes to instruction our teachers are known for their ability to meet the needs of students where they are. We became a Title I school in 2015-16, which allows us to provide additional support to students with academic challenges. Teachers differentiate instruction for both struggling and strong academic students. Despite the challenge of an enrollment which has increased more than 79% over the past three years, Rich Pond is regularly among the district's top elementary schools in reading and math, and was named a 2016 Distinguished/Progressing School of Distinction, ranking 50th out of 709 Kentucky Elementary Schools.

Communication with parents regarding school and community events helps provide students varied opportunities to be successful. Weekly interaction with parents from classroom teachers is important for building positive relationships with families and keeping them engaged in the academic process. Increasing the availability and training for technology to be used in classrooms has provided more engaging opportunities for students to learn.

We are proud of our students and the respect and compassion they exhibit each day at "The Pond!"