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Welcome to Laura H. Carnell Elementary School


A successful elementary school rolling out an innovative vision for Project-Based Learning, led by dedicated students, educators, and community partners. ——– Follow us on Twitter @LHCarnell #SchoolRedesign #PBL #FutureFocused

“Welcome back families!
First day for students is Tuesday, September 3rd!”

Young Female Student Standing Aside Text Back To School Clipart


The Green Playspace Project

The Green Playspace project is a partnership that seeks to transform Carnell’s empty asphalt schoolyard at 1100 Devereaux Ave. into a more welcoming community-centric space that engages students and families in safe, accessible creative exercise. OCCCDA and school officials have worked with the Community Design Collaborative to develop conceptual plans that include a central ground mural, “language” running path, a “rock” wall for climbing, rubber play surfaces and mounds, basketball and soccer goals, and numerous other components. The plan further includes accessibility features meeting ADA standards, and utilizes green products such a recycled rubber.

Read more about Carnell’s Green Playspace project here.

Green Playspace Project picture

Points of Pride

  • Recognized as a “High Academic Growth” school that has shown significant student growth on state assessments over the most recent three years (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
  • Within six years (2012-2018) the school advanced three performance tiers in the progress domain and moved into the highest performance tier “Model,” increasing student growth on standardized assessments by 73% as measured by the District’s SPR
  • The SPR Parent Survey (2017-2018) results returned a 71% positive response for school climate rating
  • Achieved recognition as a top school for student intervention plans in the Multi-Tier Support System – Response to Intervention and Instruction in 2015 and 2016
  • Parent and Community Engagement
  • Established a partnership with the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) to create the Carnell Family Resource Center, the school’s community and family support services hub
  • Worked closely with the Community Design Collaborative to plan open space improvements and creation of an interactive outdoor learning space; helped raise $250,000 towards development
  • Engaged parents in the school life and teaching and learning opportunities through the School Advisory Council, Academic Parent Teacher Teams, and monthly five-minute learning walks
  • Featured in the School Redesign Initiative Case Study, by Operation Public Education, an organization based at the University of Pennsylvania