Award Year: 2022

Michigan Avenue Elementary School

188 Michigan Avenue School Road Northeast
Cleveland, TN, 37323-5408

(423) 478-8807

Ms. Ruthie Panni, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Bradley County Schools

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As supporters of lifelong learning, the Michigan Avenue School is dedicated to providing a challenging, nurturing environment where students excel.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Michigan Avenue staff celebrating the completion of a great year.

Michigan Avenue staff celebrating the completion of a great year.

Located in the hills of Southeast, TN, Michigan Avenue School is a well-established, high performing Title I school. Michigan Avenue is long-time treasure in the community and is known throughout the region and state as a school committed to the core values displayed in our logo: Honor, Integrity, and Excellence. We believe each student is valuable and deserves a high-quality education provided by well-trained and loving teachers. At Michigan Avenue School, we view success not only by the level of proficient learners, but also by the engagement, smiles, and joy displayed during the learning day in our classrooms.

The uniqueness of Michigan Avenue lies in the beautiful economic diversity of our student population. We have homeless students, and we have students who live in million-dollar houses. For some schools, this variance in the economic status of students might prove to be problematic. For Michigan Avenue, it is the foundation of our strength and reveals the lifeblood of the school.

At MAS, all really means all. Regardless of our students' zip code or their household income, each child is respected, encouraged, challenged, and supported each day. The standards-based curricula, strong administration, master teachers at every grade level, and a hard-working, supportive parent organization are key components to our success. However, none of those things in isolation could create the success we have experienced. It is all of our staff and parents working together, each day, to ensure that each day is better than the last and that all children are thriving and well.