EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Flemington Elementary School – Flemington, WV

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Flemington Elementary School

824 Simpson Road
Flemington, WV, 26347-6207

(304) 739-4749

Ms. Jeanne Gren, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Taylor County School District

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Student Demographics

  • White: 98%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 81%
 

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Students help each other with a research project.

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Summary

Nestled in the hills of West Virginia, Flemington Elementary is a small school with big expectations. It is indeed "Almost Heaven," as the school is located on one of those beautiful country roads that John Denver made famous. Despite the fact that the building, built in 1939, only holds 130 students in preschool through fourth grade, for most of our students, it is still the most beautiful, exciting, and caring place in the world.

The school remains at the center of this rural community. Many of our parents and grandparents went to this school as children. Their trust, support, and involvement are an important part of our success. Several of our teachers went to this school as children and remain dedicated to this community. Their knowledge, experience, and ambitious instruction are crucial to our success. In 2016, Flemington Elementary was named a West Virginia School of Excellence and a National Title I Distinguished School.

Typically, there is only one class per grade level. This forces an unusually high level of accountability. When students go into the next grade, the teacher knows who had them before. Teachers feel responsible to move their students as far as they can each year. They share challenges, successes, and strategies at lunch or at recess. The history, location, and size of our school have encouraged the development of a strong culture, expressed in our belief statements: We are family. We help each other learn and grow. With hard work, anything is possible.