Award Year: 2022

Park Road Elementary School

50 Park Road
Pittsford, NY, 14534-3639

(585) 267-1502

Dr. Mark Balsamo, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Pittsford Central School District

School Website


The Pittsford Central School District community works collaboratively to inspire and prepare our students to be their best, do their best and make a difference in the lives of others.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 8%
Flag Day at Park Road recognizing those who have served

Flag Day at Park Road recognizing those who have served

At Park Road Elementary School we strive to ensure that students have a positive learning environment and feel connected to adults, peers and our schools. We have also been focused on social-emotional learning, but the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced this intentionality. We work hard to ensure that students have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. We have "buddy" classrooms that pair older/younger grade levels. We have 5th grade helpers who support Kindergarten and first grade students. We have a counseling curriculum that focuses on social skills and language that spirals K-5. We have "books of the month" that we use to reinforce school themes and bring our school together. Central to building our classroom communities is our commitment to classroom meetings.

We balance our SEL focus while emphasizing academic excellence and providing students the supports they need. An integral part of our day is our What I Need (WIN) block that allows for infused supports across a grade level, ensuring students receive extra supports (or challenges) in reading and math. We actively progress monitor our students to ensure that we are best meeting their needs and that their growth in continuous.

Professional learning communities and the collaboration embedded within them allow us to learn and grow as adults and to ensure that we are providing a positive academic and social/emotional learning experience for our students.