“We Are Better Together!” is the
theme of Overlook Elementary School, one of seven elementary schools in Abington School District in suburban Abington, near Philadelphia, PA. Overlook Elementary is a dynamic and vibrant learning environment that maintains a standard of excellence in education. Through the contributions of its dedicated and innovative staff and the enthusiasm of the diverse student population it serves. Overlook demonstrates the importance of forming partnerships with families and the surrounding community to enable students to become energetic and life-long learners. The concept of school pride inherent in the Overlook motto has assumed new and greater significance over recent years.
Overlook Elementary School’s student body is a blend of children from a variety of neighborhoods, parental backgrounds and cultural influences. Overlook views this diversity as an opportunity to promote educational equality among all of its students, through a wide array of creative, relevant and unique social and academic activities. Included are programs such as CSSP, RTI (Response to Intervention) and Mentoring by Abington Senior High School students. Notably, Overlook was selected as one of seven RTI Pilot Schools for Pennsylvania. Most recently Overlook was invited to present our RTI model at the Pennsylvania Department of Education conference. Our systemic implementation of RTI and marked improvement in literacy were highlighted as providing effective interventions meeting the needs of all students.
Overlook Elementary is the epitome of the neighborhood school. Originally constructed in 1926 and rebuilt in 2005. Overlook is a state of the art, two story structure containing 24 classrooms each equipped with LCD projectors and computer technology. The new Overlook also features 8 small group instruction rooms, a fully equipped computer lab with a “smart board” and a media center/library.
Our school building belongs to our students, their families and staff. It reflects the care we demonstrate and the value we place on our accomplishments within the building. Overlook school is centrally located within a solidly middle-class community, although bordering neighborhoods reflect the extremes of socioeconomic status. The school is surrounded by single-family homes with many children. The playgrounds, gymnasium and athletic fields are alive with students and their families, as well as community organizations such as Boy Scouts and the Abington Raiders football team.
Overlook has made great strides in the past five years. We are committed to continuing our search for excellence in education. We believe that such excellence will result from continued clarity in our ideas and firmness in our belief that all children can and want to learn. Simply put, we expect our students to succeed. Toward this goal, we have developed a vision statement that guides our work: “We will prepare our students to become productive citizens by meeting students’ needs through a challenging, flexible, and interactive curriculum.