2005 Award Winners
Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards
Science Achievement
Phelps Elementary School

Phelps Elementary School,
Phelps, Ky.

School Statistics
Total Enrollment: 378
Type of School: Public
Location/Size of School: Rural, Outside MSA School
Receive Free/Reduced Lunch: 75%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 15:1

The No. 1 priority for improving scientific achievement in this poor, rural community was to change the beliefs and attitudes about the subject of science. Events like Mad Scientist Night, Science Fair, Coal Fair, and NASA Day help. Phelps students have already begun proving their science expertise, scoring an amazing 124 index in the 2003–04 Kentucky state standards in science—24 points above state requirements. In 2004, Phelps was selected as a NASA Explorer School and received professional development and resources in science, math, and technology.