Award Year: 2019

Rural Retreat Elementary School

100 Martha Debord Way
Rural Retreat, VA, 24368-3214

(276) 686-4125

Mr. Charles Alan Rouse, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Wythe County Public Schools District

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The mission of Rural Retreat Elementary School is to educate and support our students so that they may become confident, life-long learners and productive citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
One town, one family, one team.

One town, one family, one team.

Located in the picturesque mountains of Southwestern Virginia, Rural Retreat Elementary School serves the town of Rural Retreat and its surrounding communities as part of the Wythe County Public School District. Our mission is to educate and support our students so that they may become confident life-long learners and productive citizens. The faculty and staff recognize the importance of building individual relationships with students and their families so that learning can flourish throughout our great community.

We strive to offer something for everyone through our instructional program with multiple opportunities for student success. We offer student clubs that provide exploration, participation in STEM activities, and enrichment opportunities that extend learning beyond the classroom. Our staff places a great deal of emphasis on the overall growth of each individual student as we strive to equip our children with tools and habits, such as maintaining good school attendance and test taking skills that lead to success beyond elementary school.

The faculty and staff share a tremendous sense of ownership in the success of our students as they employ explicit instruction, differentiated instruction, classroom technology, small group instruction, and multiple intervention strategies in effort to reach a wide range of learning styles. Remedial opportunities occur before, during, and after school hours while multiple forms of student assessment drive our intervention strategies and remedial groups. Above all, we want our students to know that they are loved, valued, and cared for so that true learning can take place.