The Petersburg Elementary district is the largest of the two elementary attendance districts in the Pike County School Corporation (corporation # 6445).  Our attendance district serves students living in the townships of Washington, Madison, Clay, Jefferson and the western position of Patoka and lies between the White and Patoka Rivers.  The three elementary schools feed into a single middle- high school located at the approximate center of the county.  Pike County School Corporation draws students from the entire county which has an area of 335 square miles and an approximate population of 12,500.  For many years the primary occupation of our residents was either mining or agriculture but they are being replaced by small businesses, service industries or industry located outside the county lines.

Our 77,130 square foot building was dedicated in August of 1992.  One of the features of our facility is the four areas specifically designed to withstand weather disasters.  This is important to us since our previous building  was destroyed by a tornado in June 1990.  Our fully carpeted  building has separate  gymnasium and cafeteria facilities and is protected by an ultra modern sprinkler system and smoke detectors.  Each classroom has a telephone to allow private conversations between classrooms  and the office.  Our classrooms are also connected with a computer network.  The 26 acre campus is located at 1415 East Alford Road in Petersburg Indiana.  Petersburg Elementary has a current enrollment of 475 Students.  We have students from preschool through grade five included in our enrollment statistics.  The majority of the families in our district are from the middle to lower economic status and live in a rural or small town environment.  Forty three percent of our students participate in the Free and Reduced lunch Program.

A staff of 33 certified and 33 non-certified professionals serves students in grade Pre-school to grade 5 and is led by Rick King, Principal.
Teachers at Petersburg Elementary are permitted to use the teaching style which fits the teachers and class best.  Visitors will find instructors using traditional instruction techniques along with cooperative learning, peer tutoring, team teaching, thematic units, learning centers and small group instruction.  We are making progress in moving into the Age of Technology.  Two fully networked computer labs are staffed by an aide and are available to students and staff.  Most classrooms have other computers available for their use.