Award Year: 2021

Rock Branch Elementary School

4616 1st Avenue
Nitro, WV, 25143-0000

(304) 755-1443

Mrs. Beth Ann Scott, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Putnam County Schools

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The mission of Rock Branch Elementary School is to be respectful, be responsible, and to be a leader determined to always do the very best.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 1%
Fifth Grade is Going to be so Fun and Bright!

Fifth Grade is Going to be so Fun and Bright!

Rock Branch Elementary School is the hidden gem located in Putnam County, West Virginia. Our school communicates to our students the importance of taking pride in everything they do, from achieving excellence in academics to providing social-emotional support for one another. Students and staff recite our Rock Branch Promise and Team Pledge each morning before we begin our day.

Students who attend our school are faced with many challenges due to their low socio-economic status. We have learned over the years that rather than using this as an excuse, we utilize these circumstances to teach our students that they do have the ability and motivation to shine and rise above in all aspects of their lives! We concentrate on the quote, "Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well," while completing everyday tasks with our students to improve student achievement.

Our Professional Learning Communities have become the fundamental undertaking of our school. We credit the sharing of ideas and experiences as a major influence in our increased assessment scores and retention of our qualified and dedicated staff. We have seen the improvement of teaching skills and the knowledge of educators increase dramatically through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue. Our PLCs are a consistent way for vertical teams of teachers to analyze data, practice new teaching strategies, and work as a collaborative team to provide a nurturing culture for our students to ensure their increased self-esteem and daily success.