Beulah School and Community
Beulah Elementary School, a public, rural school serving kindergarten through grade six, is located at 4747 Lee Road 270, Valley, Alabama. Enrollment is now 710+ with 33 homerooms plus two Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. In addition to 33 homeroom teachers, the instructional staff consists of three full-time Physical Education teachers and an art teacher. Students are served by one full-time interim principal, two part-time interim assistant principals, one part-time counselor, one media specialist, one full-time nurse, two secretaries, and one full-time bookkeeper. The current school calendar maintains 180 student attendance days.
Our special education department is composed of a full-time speech pathologist, five full-time special education teachers, and four full-time paraeducators. These teachers serve individual students with a variety of exceptionalities including developmental delays, intellectually disabled, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and other health impairments. One gifted-program teacher works with our gifted students.
Our media center has a full-time media specialist. The media center has a large number of books and resources for students, teachers, and parents. Parents may use the computers in the media center and may check out books, CD's, and videos for their children to read or view at home. Our media specialist coordinates our Accelerated Reader Program that has greatly motivated many of our students to enjoy independent reading.
Technology is a very important component in enhancing learning in our classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with networked, internet computers, a digital projector, a SmartBoard and a document reader. There is a computer lab located in the K-3 wing that houses thirty-five computers and another located in the 4-6 wing that houses thirty computers. Students use the computers to improve and strengthen their math and reading skills, do research, and take Accelerated Reader tests. In addition to the computers in the lab and the classrooms, the students can also use the computers in the media center, which houses twenty computers. All students can have computer time on a weekly basis to support instructional goals through technology.
Besides the school office personnel, the support staff of Beulah Elementary includes seven full-time lunchroom staff and four full-time custodians. We have sixteen school bus drivers who transport about 80% of our students to and from school daily.
Total enrollment at Beulah Elementary School is currently 710+. The student population is composed of 18.3% African-Americans, 3.1% Hispanics, <1% Native America Indians, <1% Asian-Americans and 77.9% White. Our students participate in various activities such as Robotics, Science Olympiad, and Safety Patrol. Several activities occur during the school year such as Parents' School Visitation Day, Grandparents' Day, Students of the Month lunch, Dr. Seuss Week, Field Day, Apple Festival, and Chinese New Year. Parents are involved and are supportive of our school. We have an active PTO that coordinates an annual community Harvest Carnival in the fall and Talent Show in the spring.
The school offers an Extended Day Program that serves our students before and after school during the regular school days. Parents may register their child for this program for a minimal fee. The Extended Day Program offers tutorial services as well as various activities to enhance the children's academic and physical well-being.
Beulah is an unincorporated community approximately ten miles from Opelika and twenty miles from Auburn, Alabama. It is closest to the city of Valley, Alabama in Chambers County; hence the Beulah Elementary School address is 4747 Lee Road 270, Valley, Alabama.
Beulah does not have a central business section. There are a few businesses in the area such as restaurants and convenience stores. Beulah residents travel to nearby cities for many of their consumer needs and entertainment. The community's economy is diverse. Heads of households are employed in the neighboring communities. Employment varies from blue collar jobs to highly technical careers as well those that require professional degrees. Child care is available at several local centers. School-aged children in the community are served by two public schools, Beulah Elementary School and Beulah High School.
A variety of housing facilities can be seen in the locality. Single homes as well as mobile homes in mobile home parks are available for rent or purchase. Beulah is also home to many churches of different denominations such as Baptist, Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, etc. Community recreational activities for children are sponsored by the Beulah Recreation Association that is fully operated by volunteers from the community. The Beulah Recreation Association sponsors football, baseball, softball, soccer and basketball leagues for our youth in Beulah. The schools are the hub for these activities.