Award Year: 2019

Dayton Elementary School

104 2nd Street NW
Dayton, IA, 50530-7717

(515) 547-2314

Mr. Daniel F Grandfeld, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Southeast Webster Grand Community School District

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To provide students with the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to allow them to become productive and responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Dayton Elementary Opening Day Flag Ceremony.

Dayton Elementary Opening Day Flag Ceremony.

At Southeast Webster-Grand (SWG) Dayton Elementary, we are proud of the programs and practices we have established. Our Daycare, Preschool, and PreKindergarten programs follow the Iowa Early Learning Standards and implement Creative Curriculum Birth to Five. We offer a school-owned, in-house, DHS Licensed Daycare that serves children from Birth through 4th Grade. We also house a NAEYC accredited and Shared Visions funded 3-year Old Preschool program, as well as a QPPS accredited and SWVPP funded 4-year old PreKindergarten program.

In addition to our inclusive early childhood program, our building also serves 180 students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 4th Grade. Our TK supports those children who may not be ready for the more rigorous Kindergarten curriculum because of social-emotional, behavioral, and/or academic challenges. This optional program gives them an additional year, especially if they are "young" kindergarten students. Through this full-service family-oriented approach, we provide consistency, stability, and a comprehensive social, emotional, and educational program for our students (and their families). As nearly half of our student population is eligible for free/reduced lunch, the early educational opportunities we provide offer strong school-family connections, emphasizes the importance of education, provide a setting for early intervention opportunities through Iowa's Early ACCESS, and set the stage for future success. Our Early Childhood program follows EC-PBIS, while TK-4 follows PBIS and the Iowa Core. At Dayton Elementary, all students have opportunities for discovery learning, to develop social-emotional competency through a student-centered learning approach, and receive intervention support in reading, math, and social-emotional behavioral mental health.