Award Year: 2019

Unionville Elementary School

8144 E SR 45
Unionville, IN, 47468-9743

(812) 332-0175

Ms. Lily Belle Albright, Principal at time of Nomination

Monroe County Community School Corporation

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We strive to create students with respect for nature, who use technology and creativity to generate solutions, while integrating health and wellness into their lives.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Students observe a caterpillar in the Unionville Elementary outdoor amphitheater.

Students observe a caterpillar in the Unionville Elementary outdoor amphitheater.

Unionville Elementary is a small Indiana school located in rural Monroe County. The school embraces the motto: "Small AND Mighty!" and is approaching its 100th year in existence. Unionville is the only school in the broader school corporation, Monroe County Community School Corporation, that exists within a specific town (Unionville, IN). These are significant factors in the school's unique function. School community members exhibit tremendous pride in the work being done in the school and are deeply invested in its success. Members of the school community take to heart the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." The power of education is known, promoted, and celebrated widely.

Unionville Elementary School enjoys deep, mutually beneficial relationships with many community partners. These relationships have become even more meaningful in recent years, as the school has become STEM certified by the Indiana Department of Education and has worked to communicate and embody a clear vision for learning. The school is shaped by the E.A.R.T.H. framework (a focus on STEM, environmental, and outdoor education), where each letter represents a facet of the curriculum and function of the school. E=Environment, A=Art, R=Resources, T=Technology, and H=Health.

E.A.R.T.H. is a model for 21st century learning. Unionville Elementary School believes that our world needs: 1) inhabitants with a connection, respect, and appreciation for nature, 2) people who are problem solvers, experienced in using technology and creativity to generate solutions and to communicate with stakeholders, and 3) individuals who integrate health and wellness into their lives.