Award Year: 2021

Kiski Area South Primary School

230 Mamont Drive
Export, PA, 15632-9802

(724) 327-4057

Dr. Brian Kutchak, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Kiski Area School District

School Website


Our mission is to ensure that every student receives a guaranteed and viable curriculum which will help us raise the bar and close the gap of achievement for all students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
Kiski Area South Primary Staff

Kiski Area South Primary Staff

At Kiski Area South Primary, the one practice that has been most influential to our school's continued success in educating and supporting students is our professional learning communities. PLCs are a continual process that affect adult learning, student learning, and school culture. Our PLC members continuously work to clarify what we want students to learn, monitor their learning, provide systematic interventions for struggling students, and extend and enrich learning for those who have mastered the outcomes. Throughout our daily PLC meetings, our teams unpack standards, create learning targets, develop formative assessments, analyze student data, and scrutinize best teaching practices.

Our PLCs affect every decision in our building. At its most basic level, our PLCs can be categorized as applying a new way of thinking for every aspect of our building culture. We were able to build on the natural strengths of our teachers and school by reorganizing our resources effectively. Our teams became greater than the sum of the individual members to remove isolation and create collective ownership of our students' learning. Through this PLC process, we have now developed teacher led professional development. Our teachers research best practices, provide resources for one another, and use action research to improve their own teaching. Through our collective leadership, shared vision, and job-embedded professional learning, we are able to help our students thrive!