Award Year: 2018

George A Ferrell Elementary School

34 Court Street
Picture Rocks, PA, 17762-0000

(570) 584-3341

Ms. Jill Warg, Principal at time of Nomination

East Lycoming School District

School Website


In partnership with the community, East Lycoming School District is committed to excellence, and strives to inspire and empower all students to reach academic success and live with integrity.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 98%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 32%
Students are enjoying interactive projects exhibited at the Science Fair.

Students are enjoying interactive projects exhibited at the Science Fair.

Ferrell Elementary School is secured in the heart of Picture Rocks, a small community within the East Lycoming School District in rural Lycoming County, PA. Lycoming is a small district with a reputation for quality education, as well as school and class sizes that allow for a personal approach to instruction. An innovative and standards-based curriculum challenges all students to excel as thinkers and learners.

Due to the unique infrastructure of Ferrell Elementary School, one classroom per grade level, teachers build strong connections and relationships with all students. Students know very early in their school careers all the teachers in the buildings and it is not uncommon to have the fifth or sixth grade teachers address younger students by name in the hallways or on the playground. Students and teachers collaborate to make Ferrell Elementary School a very positive learning community.

Professional Learning Opportunities are available to teachers in an on-going basis. Teachers at Ferrell meet weekly to discuss data, instructional strategies and the overall culture of the elementary school in their teaming meetings. The Ferrell staff is involved in extensive data analysis throughout the school year to help shape their teaching practices.

Ferrell Elementary School was a National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence winner in 2008. Ferrell Elementary School has a long-standing proud reputation of providing a high-quality educational experience for all students. The community of learners work together to maintain this level or pride. The school has implemented and operates a Schoolwide Positive Behavior program, Science Learning Night, and many additional events and activities that promote life-long learning and a caring, positive culture.