Elementary School Services

Kanawha County has forty-two elementary schools, serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Elementary education focuses on developing students who are proficient in literacy and math, and who have a solid foundation in the areas of science, social studies, the arts, health and wellness. Students should have experiences using the thinking skills and technology tools that will prepare them for life in the 21st century.

Reading instruction is research-based, and Scott-Foresman's Reading Street is used as the core reading program. K-2 classrooms also use Saxon Phonics to provide additional phonics instruction.

Mathematics instruction is a standards-based approach, using the Everyday Math program. Students are encouraged to find multiple ways to solve a problem, and to explain their thinking as they share solutions. Students are actively engaged using hands-on materials and often are working cooperatively in groups during math class.

Free, public preschool programs are offered in thirty-five elementary schools and almost 20 community-based sites. Kanawha County Schools also works collaboratively with child-care facilities and faith-based programs to provide preschool at seventeen additional sites located throughout our community. Children must be four years old before July 1 to be eligible for preschool. A birth certificate from the State Department of Vital Statistics and current immunization records are required prior to enrollment. To find out more about enrolling in preschool, please contact Johhny Ferrara at 766-0397.