Award Year: 2018

St. Paul Elementary School

3200 Deacon Drive
St Paul, VA, 24283-1067

(276) 762-5941

Dr. Karen N. Dickenson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Wise County Public Schools

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Mission

To prepare each individual student to be a productive citizen, to be an informed, responsible decision maker, and to be a lifelong learner.

Student Demographics
  • White: 100%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 71%
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SPE

St. Paul Elementary School (SPE) is nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, beside the pristine Clinch River. The faculty and staff work to prepare each individual student to be a productive, informed citizen that is a responsible decision maker, and a lifelong learner. Students come from high poverty homes and work hard to overcome the vicious cycle of underachievement. The faculty, staff, and administrators foster learning though building relationships and focusing on each child as an individual.

St. Paul Elementary has a climate of failure is not an option. Extensive remediation, differentiated lessons, and explicit instruction are some of the many strong suits of SPE teachers. Through exceptionally effective collaborative teaching, SPE has found success in closing the achievement gap between regular education students and students with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged students.

The faculty and staff at SPE tries to prepare all students for career and college readiness. The Town of St. Paul has partnered with St. Paul Elementary and provides a STEM coordinator for one block a day. All students are given opportunity to explore science through investigation. Students are exposed to a variety of careers and visit the local colleges starting in PreK, and students are provided with current technologies such as Chrome books, Smart panels, reading and math programs, and labs.

The success for St. Paull Elementary is due to the hard work and dedication of the faculty, staff, and parents. We put a lot of time and effort in listening to students' and parents' concerns and work as a team to provide the best education possible for our students.