The largest and most recently built elementary school in Decatur County, West Bainbridge Elementary features over 90 thousand square feet and is seated on 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The school system’s reorganization in 2009, marked a historical period as Lillian E. Williams Elementary School, located in Attapulgus, Georgia, closed and merged Pre-K through 4th grade students and faculty members with West Bainbridge Elementary School. As a united team, the tradition of both schools to provide quality instruction and student engagement continues by setting high expectations and achievable goals.
Faculty and staff at West Bainbridge Elementary are lifelong learners, as evidenced in the professional levels of education that include: 39 Bachelor Degrees, 25 Master Degrees, 10 Specialist Degrees, and 2 Doctorate Degrees. West Bainbridge Elementary meets the academic needs of students with thirty-one certified educators and sixteen support personnel, all who are highly qualified. In addition to HQ certified teaching personnel and paraprofessionals, WBE faculty/staff includes: one principal, one assistant principal, one secretary, one bookkeeper, one counselor, one lead teacher, a media specialist and media clerk, one migrant liaison, one nurse, six custodians, and six nutritional workers. Additional support from Decatur Country's Instructional Coaches include: one reading coach, one math coach, and one science coach.
West Bainbridge Elementary curriculum presents instructional programs in Pre-K through 4th grade to a diverse student population of 568 through regular and gifted educational opportunities. High performance is achieved by engaging students in rigorous standards, analyzing data, assessing instructional tools, and implementing differentiated instruction based on a student’s remediation or acceleration needs. Through the implementation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS), West Bainbridge Elementary offers equitable opportunities to all stakeholders including the instructional needs of English Language Learners, students with visual or hearing needs, and students needing additional services. Educational experiences are offered through 21st Century learning techniques and programs such as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative and the implementation of Robotics.
Students at West Bainbridge Elementary demonstrate success on local assessments, high stake standardized tests, and daily application skills. All stakeholders maintain a culture of high standards and expectations by establishing a trend of growth in student achievement that clearly identifies strengths and weaknesses in academic performance. Instructional techniques and available resources are implemented to maximize academic success. During regular school hours, support personnel provide instructional assistance in classrooms throughout the school to enhance student learning. Students receive quality nutritional and health instruction by participating in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Instruction includes the use of sensory techniques as students are introduced to a vast array of fruits and vegetables. Community partnerships are formed to extend the educational experience to the families of students. West Bainbridge Elementary believes students should be physically fit and provides extra physical activities through the Georgia SHAPE School Grant Program.
In addition to the regular school day program, West Bainbridge Elementary is a participant in the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) and offers continuous improvement strategies to remediate and/or preview the CCGPS before and after normal school hours. English Language (EL) learners, as well as the Migrant population, are provided an opportunity to receive supplementary instruction in a Before School Tutorial Program. These programs assist in the ongoing implementation of the West Bainbridge Elementary Action Plans through the analysis of assessment data provided through the School Wide Plan and the State Longitudinal Data System.
Recognition of student academic achievement and positive character traits is provided through the partnership of committed parents and community volunteers. Stakeholders celebrate student success by offering opportunities such as PAW Student of the Week and monthly PAW Breakfast Celebrations (Good Citizenship Winners); 225 Club Recognitions (School Wide Academic and Behavioral Incentive Program); and Nancy Barineau WILDCAT Student of the Month Celebrations. Academic celebrations include the presentation of awards and incentives; motivational assemblies; ice cream and pizza events; and student appearances on the WBE News show. Commendable support is provided to students and faculty through WBE’s active School Council, Parent Teacher Organization, and Partners in Education. Trained parent volunteers have impacted West Bainbridge Elementary in a positive, exciting manner. These dedicated volunteers spend countless hours working in the Parent Resource Room, planning school wide events, and mentoring in classrooms.
West Bainbridge Elementary School’s stakeholders show pride in the receipt of the following awards: Georgia Distinguished Title 1 School for seven consecutive years; Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Award for nine consecutive years; Accredited with Quality (Education Program) given by the Georgia Accrediting Commission; Team Nutrition School; Georgia SHAPE School Grant; Certificates of Accomplishment to the School Nutritional Program (breakfast and lunch high participation rate) given by the Ga. Department of Education; Heart Safe School (implementation and training of methods to establish a heart-safe school environment); Goldenrod Research Youth Touch Grant Recipient, Reading Renaissance Model School and Media Center Recipient, Project Learning Tree Green Works Recipient, Weyerhaeuser Excellence School Recipient, and numerous certificates/honors for financial and service participation in the local Relay for Life events.