Award Year: 2017

Handley Elementary School

224 N. Elm Street
Saginaw, MI, 48602-2651

(989) 399-4251

Mrs. Mary Kathleen Couillard, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Saginaw City School District

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Handley School is committed to developing principled young people who become inquiring and compassionate life-long learners. Through guided inquiry, the staff is committed to providing rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum experiences that promote intercultural understanding and global-mindedness.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 27%
  • White: 47%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 45%
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The Primary Years Program at Handley School, an International Baccalaureate World School, is designed to meet the needs of academically talented, culturally diverse students grades K-5. Learning experiences through inquiry are collaboratively designed to help students find both depth and personal meaning in their studies. Learning is transdisciplinary and integrated through the units of inquiry. Teachers respect and facilitate the individual abilities, needs, and interests of young learners. These three threads -- attention to developmental stages, personal meaning, and individualization -- have been consistently woven through the fabric of a Handley education since its opening in 1981. Focus on the IB Learner Profile and attitudes helps foster a well-rounded student beyond academics.

At each grade, developmentally appropriate opportunities for choice, decision-making, and problem solving assist the students in developing a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility for their own learning. Each grade brings opportunities for greater levels of abstraction in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, technology, and physical education.

As our students grow and change in each grade, they continue to be encouraged to find real meaning in their learning, to make connections and to relate their values, beliefs and expanding experiences to what they are studying and to take action. Our students often develop real passions for certain subjects or issues. We believe that the fabric of Handley's education is constructed in such a way that our students will develop a thirst for knowledge and be well prepared for the next stage of their learning.