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Big Ridge Elementary School opened in 1979 and is home of Buddy the Bulldog. We currently have an enrollment of approximately 500 students in grades K-5. Big Ridge Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence with a long tradition of high expectations for their students. We have an active number of involved group educators, families, community, and business members working together to provide the best learning environment for all of the children.

A variety of teaching strategies ensures that individual learning styles and abilities are addressed and the talents of all students are celebrated with the variety of teaching strategies implemented. The incorporation of cultural arts, technology, character education and extra-curricular activities representing physical and intellectual pursuits serve to enhance the academic curriculum. At Big Ridge, we continue to welcome and accept new challenges and ideas that we believe will further enrich student learning and achievement.

Special Highlights:

35 classrooms

Gym and Cafeteria 

20 acre campus

Serving Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

Media Center

Art Laboratory

Science Laboratory

Walking Track 

Enrollment of approximately 500 students

Emphasis placed on a safe and orderly environment that is academically effective and responsive to the developmental needs of young children.

Staff of approximately 40 educators including guidance, speech, gifted, music, social worker, P.E., and exceptional education.

School Colors -- Blue and Green

School Mascot – Buddy the Bulldog

Motto -- Team Up For Excellence

A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Big Ridge Elementary

Blue Ribbon School 1993-1994



Big Ridge Elementary was named as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence on May 27, 1994 by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. Big Ridge was one of 276 public and private elementary schools selected as 1993-1994 Blue Ribbon Schools. The program spotlights some of the nation’s most successful schools by honoring excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parental involvement.


A Brief History of the Program


Created by the Secretary of Education in 1982, the purpose of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program is to identify and honor America’s outstanding public and private schools, while encouraging other schools and communities to look to them for ideas and inspiration. To receive recognition, a school must first be nominated by its Chief State School Officer or the Council for American Private Education and then pass a rigorous screening and a two-day site visit. Each school is evaluated on outcome measures and condition of effective schooling, such as leadership, teaching environment, curriculum and instruction, student environment, parent and community support, and organization vitality. Recommendations on which schools best meet the Blue Ribbon criteria are made to the Secretary of Education by a national panel of distinguished educators and other prominent private citizens.


In the first year of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, 42 States and theDistrict of Columbiaparticipated. Since then, every State in the Union, theDistrict of Columbia,Puerto Rico, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools have jointed the ranks. For the first three years, the program identified only secondary schools. In 1985, the Secretary expanded the program to include primary and intermediate levels. The program now honors elementary and secondary schools in alternate years. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored over 3,000 schools.


It has been commonly noted that schools honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program represent the full diversity of American education. Some schools are large, and some are quite small; some are traditional, and some are very innovative. They exist in urban, suburban, small town, and rural communities. They serve students from a wide range of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. But while other things differ, their commitment to excellence as a singular purpose does not. This is their hallmark. Their message to American people is that with the winning combination of leadership, hard work, caring, vision, and common sense, excellence can be achieved in even the most unexpected situations.

How to Help Get Ready for School

How to Help Your Child Prepare for School


1.       Talk about school with your child. Discuss happy experiences that are waiting for him or her.

2.       Listen to your child. Discuss concerns that he or she expresses. Encourage your child and be reassuring.

3.       Establish good routines for eating and sleeping and doing school work. Agree upon a school bedtime.

4.       Provide a work and study area for your child. This area should be a private place away from distractions and siblings.

5.       Establish a communication link with the teacher so that you are always informed about your child’s progress.

6.       Become an active member of the Parents’ Association and help it to work for all the children.


What Your Child Should Know


Independence and self-reliance are important qualities for school-aged children. Your child should be able to:


1.       state his or her name and address.

2.       take off and put on his or her own clothing: shoelaces should be securely tied; buttons and zippers should be easy to use; and clothing should be comfortable and appropriate for school and the weather.

3.       recognize his or her own clothing: it is helpful if everything that will be removed (hats, gloves, coats, etc.) is labeled with the child’s name.

4.       carry a handkerchief/tissue and be able to use it appropriately and effectively.

5.       go to the toilet without help.

6.       handle objects and return them properly.

7.       follow instructions given by an adult.

8.       stay with a group of children.

9.       rely on being picked up on time by someone he or she knows.


How You Can Help


1.       Know the designated entrances and exits used by the children.

2.       Be on time for the beginning of the school day. This will help children recognize the importance of school and develop good habits of punctuality. Limit early dismissals. Valuable instruction is missed when students leave early.

3.       Be on time to pick up your child. Children who are forced to wait for pick up become anxious and unhappy (and so do the teachers on duty).

4.       Read all the notices and bulletins that are sent home by the school. Promptly return the ones that require a signature.

5.       Listen to what your child has to say about school. Do not force the conversation, but be attentive when your child is ready to share the experience.

6.       Praise the work your child brings home.