Outside view of front door and stairs at Southwest Elementary


Southwest Elementary School is located at 1500 Woodland St.  We proudly serve approximately 510 students in grades kindergarten (4 year-olds) through 5th grade.  The mission of Southwest Elementary is to prepare all students with the fundamental education to have success in middle school and high school, so they can ultimately attend college.


Students in all grades receive clear messages about the importance of safe schools, developing appropriate social skills, learning academic skills and content, and attending school on time each school day.

Student academic progress is regularly monitored.  Ongoing assessments, progress monitoring, and intervention programs, in addition to standardized tests, provide teachers with the data needed to make appropriate decisions for students.  The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) are two assessments administered to students to determine their skill level and create differentiate lesson plans for rigorous instruction.

The Southwest Cstudents-sw2011ontinuous School Improvement Team meets regularly to review data and to strategically plan for the current school year as well as to establish goals for the coming school years.  This Team also focuses on developing solutions to student needs, such as curricular/instructional improvements, safety, health, positive behavior support, and other education-related priorities.

A school-wide, positive approach to behavior support helps students as they develop appropriate decision-making skills.  The Positive Behavior Support Team collaborates to support proactive programs that directly teach social skills to students and that restoratively coach students who need intervention.

Community involvement is a powerful service that supports the academic and social progress of students at Southwest Elementary School –- we welcome and appreciate your participation! Community members are encouraged to participate in the Southwest Parent Faculty Organization (PFO), and other family-based activities that are listed on the District Calendar, such as Family Night Out.  Community members may also volunteer in academic settings, conferences, fundraising, and many other supportive activities that strengthen the educational program of the Southwest Learning Community.  Please contact the Parent Faculty Organization (PFO), or the Southwest Elementary Office, to obtain information on becoming a volunteer!

Please contact the Southwest Office (717.675.2173) if we can provide any further assistance, especially as it involves your partnership in supporting students at Southwest Elementary School.

Craig Coletti – Principal, Southwest Elementary School

Our Goals:

To enhance achievement for all students through the design of a rigorous curriculum aligned with state standards, content and assessments.

To provide professional learning opportunities that support teachers in implementing instruction that is differentiated, challenging and standards based.

To understand and appreciate diversity in our school community.

To create meaningful parent and community involvement opportunities