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Welcome to Laura H. Carnell Elementary School

Carnell Elementary School will re-open on Monday, January 13.

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