Award Year: 2017

Burlington Elementary School

109 School Avenue
Burlington, WY, 82411-0009

(307) 762-3334

Mr. Matthew Davidson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Big Horn County School District #1

School Website


Burlington Elementary School's mission is to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success.

Student Demographics
  • White: 96%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 55%
Burlington Elementary Students enjoying a visit from an author.

Burlington Elementary Students enjoying a visit from an author.

Burlington Elementary School is a small rural school located at the heart of the Big Horn Basin in northern Wyoming serving the communities of Otto and Burlington. Strong homes, committed learners, and dedicated educators form an educational team that works to achieve excellence. A nurturing learning environment with strong expectations encourages growth for all students. We have prioritized literacy and math and protect instructional time for these two areas. Flexible grouping for intervention and extension based on data has played an important role in our success. We schedule creatively to maximize the staff available.

Our district has committed resources to maintaining a preschool which has improved student readiness for kindergarten. Wyoming's commitment to education has provided our students and teachers access to technology tools such as iPads, computer labs, projectors, and interactive whiteboards. Such tools facilitate skill development and learning extensions. Another difference maker has been our ability to have an instructional facilitator who has coached, modeled, collaborated, coordinated data gathering and review, and led grade level meetings. We also have had an effective school improvement team which has established goals, implemented plans, and monitored progress on a continual basis.

The Code of the West has been utilized to emphasize character and social development. Our leadership teams promote excellence and seek ways to celebrate it in a variety of ways throughout each school year. Our hope is that each young person will be provided the needed opportunities to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.