North Elementary lies on the northern end of Grundy County in Altamont. It is situated atop the southern portion of the Cumberland Plateau. The school was constructed in 1980 to combine two schools, Altamont and Beersheba Springs Elementary, into one to better serve the community. Three additional classrooms, a computer lab area, work room, and bathroom facilities were constructed in 1998 to accommodate the growing student population. An additional building was added in 2006 for Pre-K. The mission of North Elementary is to equip every child with the skills to become proficient or advanced on state assessment in all subject areas.
All classroom teachers now have smart boards in their classroom to help utilize technology daily, and more are being purchased to allow all teachers to use these resources. Our 3rd -8th grade students have Chromebooks to use Google classroom and other Google platforms in their daily studies. New Chromebooks have been purchased for 2nd grade and Pre-K to use. Over the past couple of years, our technology staff has greatly improved the speed and reliability of our wireless internet so that students can use Chromebooks during class without issue.
Since 2004, North Elementary School has been awarded the Lottery for Education After School Program Grant. This program works with our students in grades 1st through 8th. The after school program supports social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development for our students. It provides a safe and supportive environment for students to learn. We are proud of the collaboration the after school program has with our community and stakeholders.
Our priority is for students to feel safe and happy while at school so that they can learn at high levels. All school staff strive to build relationships with students so that they feel welcome and loved. Teachers communicate the importance of education in students’ current life and in their future and make referrals when necessary to ensure students receive any assistance needed to help them be successful. Teachers encourage students to take risks when learning and work to foster relationships among students by establishing a culture of respect.