Blackwell’s public school system is rated among the top award-winning systems in the state. Facilities include a modern campus-style high school for grades nine through twelve, a middle school for grades six through eight, a new elementary school for grades one through five, and an early childhood center for students four years old and kindergarten age.
Blackwell Public Schools, a recent award-wining Best Practices School, is linked closely to the 21st-century through the innovative use of technology to provide integrated learning opportunities for all students. Communication and a spirit of teamwork between the home and school are vital for student success. Through the use of an Internet-based student information system, parents have instant access to student grades, attendance, and discipline data.
Blackwell Public Schools have an enrollment of 1,500 students on the four different school sites. Innovative programs to accelerate learning at all age levels include tools such as Leap Track Learning Systems, Waterford, and Reader & Math Rabbit for early childhood; Star math/reading, focus on Reading and Renaissance software in the elementary and middle schools; and Skills Bank, A+ and Work Keys are used at the high school level. Through the use of interactive SmartBoard technology at all levels, learners are actively engaged in higher order thinking processes. Student learning and teacher instruction have become intertwined as a prescriptive process whereby student data is used to identify individual areas of need.
Blackwell Schools implement a research-based forward-thinking strategy for the best delivery of education. Blackwell Public Schools, a 21st Century Grant recipient, offers an after school and summer academic program (Student Outreach & Academic Recovery - SOAR) for all middle school and high school students. Through SOAR, students may enroll in interest focused school clubs, receive academic tutoring, and summer academic coursework for credit. Recent facility improvements include a new Field House; a new state-of-the-art sound system in the auditorium that has improved vocal/instrumental theater enhancement, and a new elementary school. Community involvement and support have long been recognized as staples for the Blackwell Public Schools. The Blackwell Public School Foundation has collected more than $750,000 in funds used for grants to teachers. The foundation’s generosity and vision has created a protected endowment with gifts to the foundation becoming perpetual.
While Blackwell Public Schools is proud of the recognition it has received for its many accomplishments and commitment to higher student achievement levels, the most important and rewarding feature of our schools is that we truly care about each student and are committed to their personal success and well being.