Award Year: 2017

Sunrise Estates Elementary School

171 Sunrise Drive
Irwin, PA, 15642-8801

(724) 864-6700

Dr. Karin E. Coiner, Principal at time of Nomination

Penn-Trafford School District

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EAST: Where the SunRises - Empowering All Students Together

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 13%
Sunrise customizes learning to empower students to work collaboratively!

Sunrise customizes learning to empower students to work collaboratively!

Sunrise Estates Elementary is one of five elementary schools within the Penn-Trafford School District in Pennsylvania. Over the last five years, we have worked exceptionally hard at improving our own practice through improved teaching and learning. We have worked together to create a system that not only customizes learning for each child, but also strives to help students become well-rounded and adjusted children. We feel we have been able to meet students' needs at all levels.

Sunrise has transformed the way we educate students to put a focus on flexible grouping and individualizing education. We meet student needs through targeted interventions, a team approach, and professional learning communities focused on data driven, collaborative team planning. Our school uses flexible grouping strategies in both reading and math with a focus on common teaching time across a grade level. Not only do the teachers have time to plan with each other, they also have common time when the entire grade teaches reading and math. Students move in and out of groups frequently based skill levels and data drives the instruction and learning. We are meeting students' individual needs instead of traditional whole group instruction.

Other key initiatives at Sunrise consist of our SMILE team (SAP), which focuses on the emotional and behavioral needs of our students, 21st Century Learning utilizing creative, problem solving, and collaborative learning experiences, and weekly STEAM lessons.

This is just a snapshot of all the great work that represents the students, staff, and community of Sunrise Estates Elementary!