748 Spicewood Drive
Building Open to Students
Student Instructional Day
9:00 am to 3:35 pm
Parkwood Elementary School (PES) houses pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and has an enrollment of approximately 500 students. The mission of PES is to work together to ensure academic success for all students. The vision at PES is that it will be a place where students are excited to come, all students are challenged, students and staff learn from their mistakes, and students are not afraid to try new things. The staff is positive in their interactions and students know what their strengths are, and the teachers build on those strengths. Parents are involved in classrooms that are warm and inviting. The various learning styles of students are recognized and valued, and students are engaged in a variety of learning experiences. Both students and teachers use technology on a daily basis. Parent survey data indicates that 94 percent of our parents believe that their child is getting a quality education at Parkwood Elementary School.
PES is a Title I school. Title I schools receive additional funds that are used to provide additional services for students in reading and mathematics. All teachers and para educators in Title I schools are highly qualified and meet the requirements for Indiana’s High Objective Uniform State Standard Evaluation (HOUSSE). Teachers participate in on-going professional development. Parkwood was a Reading First School for (6) years. Through Reading First teachers in kindergarten through grade three received comprehensive professional development and training in the five components of reading. Fourth and fifth grade teachers also participated in training and professional development related to the teaching of reading. Teachers in grades kindergarten through five have participated in professional development in Balanced Math and writing. In addition to the prescribed curriculum, many enrichment programs are offered. The Parent Teacher Organization sponsors enrichment clubs related to a variety of topics in an afterschool program. There are also several teacher sponsored clubs that meet afterschool during the course of the year (newspaper club, computer club, student council, and nature club). Students also participate in GCCS academic competition.
“A” rated school by the state of Indiana
13 percent increase in English/Language Arts ISTEP+ test scores over the past three years
19 percent increase in Math ISTEP+ test scores over the past three years
Partners with Communities in Schools Clark County
Received comprehensive school reform grant totaling over $250,000 (2003-2006)
Reading First grant (2003-2010)
School improvement grant totaling $300,000 (2008-2009)
Early Literacy Intervention Grant (2011- 2013)