During the past few years, Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School has implemented the Institute for Learning model of instruction, which includes the Principles of Learning and learning walks. The use of these research-based practices has resulted in increased student achievement and performance. The school has seen its Academic Excellence Indicator System rating improve from academically acceptable to recognized for two consecutive years. These practices also provide for more academic rigor in the classroom and collaboration among teachers.
The school hosts many activities that serve as a connection with parents and the community and help to enhance student success. Parents are valued partners in education and are encouraged to participate in school activities. Parent involvement includes assisting in the classrooms, participation in the PTA and on the Site-Based Decision Making committee as well as other various activities. The school also hosts frequent parent workshops, such as conversation groups, that assist parents in learning conversational English.