Welcome to Wills Valley Elementary School!
Wills Valley Elementary School is a Pre-K through Second Grade school located in Fort Payne, Alabama in DeKalb County. We currently have approximately 783 students enrolled. Our student population demographics breakdown to around 54% white, 6% black and 39% Hispanic. Our staff consist of 67 certified personnel which includes 41 general education classroom teachers, 4 pre-k teachers, 3 physical education teachers, 3 EL teachers, 1 librarian, 1 art teacher, 3 reading interventionist, 1 math coach, 1 math interventionist, 6 special education teachers, 1 counselor, 1 assistant principal and 1 principal. We also have 30 support personnel on staff. We have 12 instructional aides, 1 technology aide, 1 School Resource Officer, 3 custodians, 1 school nurse, 1 parent involvement specialist, 8 lunchroom employees, 1 after-school care aide, 1 bookkeeper, 1 secretary/translator, and 1 office aide.
The city lies in a narrow valley on Big Wills Creek in the Cumberland Plateau region immediately west of Lookout Mountain, with Sand Mountain somewhat more removed to the west. Fort Payne has a population of approximately 14,136. The racial majority of the population is approximately 66% white, 28.2% Hispanic and 3.9% black. In 2013 the median income for a household in the city was $34,814 with 25.6% of Fort Payne residents living below the poverty line. Over the past 3 years, there has been very little change in our community. Our demographics have held steady and our school demographics have not changed much over the years either. Our biggest challenge as a school involves the language barrier that exists for a large subgroup of our students.