Helen Steiner Rice Elementary

Welcome to Helen Steiner Rice Elementary

School Profile

At Helen Steiner Rice Elementary (HSR), we inspire, challenge, and empower scholars through the love of learning by mastering the basics as they develop their own skills and interests. Serving scholars in grades PreK–5, we promote high expectations while working together with parents and the community to develop scholars to their full potential.

HSR Highlights:
  • All Day Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Comprehensive Services for Scholars Who Are Identified as Gifted
  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Scholars
  • Free Shuttle to Mercy School Based Health Clinic
  • Innovative and Responsive Methods for Teaching and Learning Scholars of All Abilities
  • Near 1:1 Access to Technology in grades 3-5
  • Regular Celebrations of Scholar Achievements and Incentives for Regular Attendance
  • Restorative Practice Approaches to Social Emotional Learning
  • Special Education Services for Scholars Across All Disabilities
  • Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education
2018-2019 Enrollment: 290

What's in a Name?

Helen Steiner Rice Elementary opened in August of 2007 and is named after Helen Steiner Rice, a Lorain native and Poet Laureate of the United States. Born and raised in Lorain, Helen was graduated from Lorain High School in January 1918, and went on to be a celebrated poet and an early leader for equal rights for women. She was awarded the title of Poet Laureate of the United States for her inspirational verses still being published by American Greetings. Before her death, she created the Helen Steiner Rice Foundation. She is buried in Lorain’s Elmwood Cemetery.  Read one of her poems below:
Each time you smile,
you’ll find that it’s true,
Somebody, somewhere
will smile back at you.
And nothing on earth can make
life more worthwhile
Than the sunshine and warmth
of a beautiful smile.


Helen Steiner Rice Elementary School
4500 Tacoma Avenue 
Lorain, Ohio 44055


Assistant Principal

Special Education Supervisor

Social Worker

Health Professional


School Hours
Main Office 
Phone (440) 830-4160*
Ext. 64000
Fax (440) 240-1221
Español Linea
(440) 830-4088

Technology Hotline
(440) 830-HELP (4357)

Mercy School Based Health Clinic
Schedule a virtual visit: (440) 370-5446
Certified Nurse Practitioner: Katie Malear, CNP
*To report an absence or to reach a particular person please listen for options
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