Award Year: 2019

City Heights Elementary School

301 Mt. Vista Boulevard
Van Buren, AR, 72956-3341

(479) 474-6918

Mrs. Mary McCutchen, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Van Buren School District

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Mission

Our mission is to create a student-centered learning environment rich in literacy, math, technology, and character education that will prepare students for their future in an ever changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 76%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Application
Making a Difference...one student at a time.

Making a Difference...one student at a time.

City Heights Elementary is both dedicated and determined to "Make A Difference...one student at a time!" This begins by making sure each student knows how much we care about them. We strive to develop the whole child. Our goal is for every child to feel accepted, appreciated, and celebrated. We host special events and activities where staff interact informally with students thus allowing the staff to learn more about student's interests and lives. We recognize students for accomplishments during our morning assembly; by sending notes to parents; Kindness T-shirts for those exemplifying kindness in the school community, and giving out "pawsitive" office referrals. We promote special days such as Club Day; Character dress up day; National Dot Day; Walk of Good Character; and yearly back to school themes.

Our curriculum utilizes evidence based, student-centered, data- driven resources and strategies. A laser like focus on individual student's needs has led to high success in our school. Through a continuous learning cycle, we have determined assessments that best help us know where students are on a learning continuum, the exact instruction they need to be on grade level, and even to move beyond grade level expectations. Each day, students participate in a thirty minute WIN (What I Need) group where they receive small group instruction on the skills they need to be successful. We utilize classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators to make this process highly successful. When students experience success, they are more engaged in school and motivated to learn.

We believe that by combining enrichment activities with a highly engaging, student centered curriculum that our culture is one where students love to learn and enjoy coming to school.