Welcome to Wills Valley Elementary School!
Wills Valley Elementary School is a Kindergarten 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 consists of 41 general education classroom teachers, 4 pre-k teachers, 3 physical education teachers, 3 EL teachers, 1 librarian, 1 art teacher, 3 reading interventionists, 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 14,823. The racial majority of the population is approximately 74.4% white, 18.2% Hispanic and 3.4% black. In 2020, the median income for a household in the city was $42,200 with 24.6% of Fort Payne residents living below the poverty line. Our biggest challenge as a school involves the language barrier that exists for a large subgroup of our students.