Award Year: 2021

Rosa Parks Elementary School

1251 Beaumont Centre Lane
Lexington, KY, 40513-1755

(859) 381-3132

Mrs. Claudine Barrow, Principal at time of Nomination

Fayette County School District

School Website


Knowing all students can achieve and succeed, the staff of Rosa Parks Elementary (RPE) shares the responsibility to educate all students in a positive, safe, and challenging learning environment in order to develop life-long learners who appreciate and respect individual differences.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 26%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Researching and presenting famous Americans in a living timeline.

Researching and presenting famous Americans in a living timeline.

Rosa Parks Elementary (RPE) is a diverse, neighborhood school in Lexington, Kentucky. Our families speak 27 different languages at home, yet we all come together at RPE as one learning community. The diversity in our classrooms mirrors the world. Students learn to understand, celebrate, and appreciate different cultures through their daily interactions, a curriculum that celebrates diversity, and events like International Night. The diversity of RPE provides students with learning opportunities that go beyond the engaging lessons being implemented by the RPE teachers.

From the moment people enter our school building, they can see that Rosa Parks Elementary is an enjoyable place to be for students and staff alike. A positive school climate is crucial to our success. All of our teachers provide students with a positive and loving environment that fosters academic, social, and emotional growth, while providing rigorous learning opportunities. Student engagement is a top priority for Rosa Parks Elementary. The teachers make learning fun with hands-on activities, real-life experiences, movement, and incorporation of the arts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RPE had a 97% attendance rate during virtual learning which is attributed to the connection that teachers and staff made with families. RPE students were able to thrive during more than 100 days of virtual learning due to the staff's emphasis on student engagement, the staff's connection and support of families, and the positive school culture that makes RPE a fun place to spend each day.