Chamberlain’s socioeconomically and ethnically diverse student population is a wonderful microcosm of the world. We believe that neither socioeconomic nor ethnicity will determine the educational excellence of a child. To that end, the staff is well trained in “best practices” and the most effective ways to reach academic and character excellence. At Chamberlain, we identify, build upon, and publicly recognize the strengths of every student. Each child is treated as an individual with his or her own signature and as an important teammate in the larger school community.
Student Attendance, Enrollment, Diversity, and Mobility
The attendance goal of Chamberlain Elementary school is 97% or higher. Chamberlain Elementary has had an attendance rate of 95.5% or higher over the last ten years. The attendance rate for 2013-14 was 95.2%. The enrollment in Fall 2013 was 375 students with the following numbers at each grade level:
The Chamberlain student body is diverse with the following ethnic groups represented in 2013-14: 61.9% Hispanic, 29.3% White, 1.7% Multiracial, 5.9% Black, .8% Asian, and .3% Native American.
89.4% of the student population receives economic assistance, 47.2% of our students are English Language Learners, and 9.6% receive Special Education Services. Each year around 25% of the student population grades 3-5 move before or between one year’s ISTEP test to the next year’s test. 35-49% of the student body will enroll in Kindergarten and stay at Chamberlain until they graduate from fifth grade. The other 51-65% of the student population will come and go.
The Chamberlain staff believes that the above factors do not and cannot preclude children from being well-educated.
Chamberlain Elementary School is a K-5 public Title I school serving 375 students. Students are taught by 29 highly-qualified certified instructional staff members with a mix of veterans and younger teachers. Most instructional staff members have been trained in literacy, math, and best practice in teaching English Language Learners.
31 support staff are employed at Chamberlain. The office is operated by a full-time secretary and bookkeeper, one five hour nurse, one full-time Hispanic Family/ School Liaison, one 80% counselor, a full-time Principal, a full-time TOSA assistant Principal (TOSA- Teacher on Special Assignment to the Principal), and a full-time Technology Resource Coordinator (TRC). There are one Media Resource Specialist and a head custodian with 1.5 additional custodial positions. The cafeteria has a manager, a cook, and four part-time cafeteria helpers. There are two highly-qualified assistants, five Title 1 Instructors, one full-time ELL paraprofessional, and two paraprofessionals working with Special Education children. A 40% Speech and Language Pathologist, a 20% psychologist, and a part-time Schools Resource Officer complete the support staff.
All the elementary schools in the Goshen Community School district share a standard elementary handbook that is designed to help students, parents, and community members understand the procedures and programs at the elementary schools in the district. This common set of guidelines makes the school year run smoothly. Policy items and contents range from student progress and conferences to the lost and found.
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Facts & Figures
We continue to stress the importance of parental and community involvement as enrollment continues to increase at Chamberlain Elementary School.
Visit the Indiana Department of Education Website for more detailed information
School Improvement Plan
Every school, as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and Indiana’s Public Law 221, must have a school improvement plan. Each school has an improvement team comprised of staff, parents, and community members. These teams developed their initial building plan in 2001-02 and revise the plan as needed each year.
PL 221 Team-Senior Tough Club
This team is made up of parents, business leaders, and staff that meet to discuss and help formulate the future direction of Chamberlain. A yearly action plan for progress is the outcome of these meetings.