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Mission Statement

We at Crumly Chapel Elementary, are dedicated to developing life long learners by creating a safe and pleasant environment, setting high expectations, and implementing a variety of learning opportunities for students, parents, and staff.


Crumly Chapel Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Jefferson County. Crumly Chapel Elementary began in 1859 with classes in a church. By 1870, the people saw a great need for a new church as this community was growing rapidly. When a new church was finished, the log church was used for the school building.

The log school was not sufficient to accommodate the children. The school had to be enlarged so it was then moved to a better location. Mr. A.W. Varnon donated one acre of land for the school. The money to build the school was raised by the people in the community.

In 1913, the school was opened while J. W. McAdory was county superintendent of education. J. W. Hanchey became the first principal of the new school.

In 1937, part of the school was destroyed by fire. The county board wanted to do away with the school at this time. The people of the community objected and the building was repaired. Two new rooms were added in 1957. Plans were then drawn for a new school to replace the wooden structure.

In 1961, the county board of education bought 20 acres of land to build a new, more modern facility. Work was soon started and in the fall of 1963, four new classrooms were ready for use. Enrollment continued to increase and with it, need for more room. In 1965, six rooms, a lunchroom, and office space were added. 1968 saw still another addition including a library. Another building was added in 1971 and a gym in 1978. The final addition to the building added new classrooms in 1995, completing the present facility.

Since 1913, twelve different principals have served the school. August, 2001 grade restructuring throughout the Minor zone caused the 6th grade move to Bottenfield, making Crumly Chapel a Kindergarten – 5th grade school with approximately 350 students. In 2015, Crumly Chapel was chosen to participate in the new PreK program. That year began with one PreK class, and in 2016 another class was added.

The Crumly Chapel tradition is as vital today as it has ever been. A caring faculty and staff, working “Hand in Hand” with the students and community, continue the tradition of excellence begun over 100 years ago. Currently, Crumly Chapel provides instruction by a highly qualified teaching staff which has implemented the Alabama Reading Initiative and the Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative. We continue toprovide professional development for our faculty in order to enrich each student’s educational journey.

School Philosophy

Crumly Chapel Elementary School’s staff is dedicated to the needs of the whole child, preparing students to reach their maximum potential in a never-changing society. Each student is guided to be the best person he/she can be physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and aesthetically. The staff strives to be a positive role model in all areas of the school in order to assist and guide students to become valued members of our democratic society.

The staff believes the school should be a safe environment, a place where students feel secure enough to take risks, to ask questions, and to learn to love learning. The staff recognizes the uniqueness and different contributions of each student. Efforts are made to create anatmosphere of tolerance and respect for one another in order to build each student’s self-concept to the highest possible level.

In recognizing the differences in students, many strategies are used in the classrooms to meet the needs of each student including the use of computer technology and 4-Mat training (learning styles) for teachers. Differentiation of the curriculum is used as well as cooperative learning, peer tutoring, individual conferencing, small groups, learning centers, and by utilizing AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative) many “hands-on” experiences. The strategies of team teaching and looping are also used to strengthen our instruction. The staff works together to find an area in which every student can be successful.

Crumly Chapel Elementary School provides a curriculum designed to assist each student in developing a system of values, higher-level thinking skills, a healthy respect for one’s own body, the ability to work cooperatively with others in a multi-cultural society, as well as basic skills needed to function in today’s society. The instructional program, which is based on the State of Alabama’s College and Career Readiness Standards, is evaluated frequently to monitor its effectiveness in meeting the needs of our students.