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  Mission Statement  

The mission of Charles F. Hard School is to provide students with a safe, secure environment and learning opportunities that nurture the academic growth of the whole child in preparation for tomorrow's world.

  About The School  

History and Philosophy


Charles F. Hard Elementary and Middle School, named for the second mayor of Bessemer, was constructed in 1894. The original buildings were destroyed by fire in 1958 and replaced with four modern structures on its present thirteen acre site in 1959. In 1988 the Bessemer City School System underwent reconstruction and Charles F. Hard's entire campus became an elementary school, with grades K-6.


The faculty and staff of Charles F. Hard Elementary School have a shared vision: "Hunger for excellence and passion to achieve it." To do this in the most effective manner, we evaluate what we have, determine what we can do to improve, and identify what we need to make those improvements. Our school is a community where people offer strength and support for each other. By combining our resources as educators, parents, and students, we will be able to create the best possible academic environment. Each student is given an opportunity to reach his.her potential through professional assistance.

Therefore, the staff will strive to:

  • Assess each child's level of academic achievement;
  • Provide suitable instructional materials & activities;
  • Provide an orderly and safe environment;
  • Guide in developing problem-solving, decision-making and creative thinking skills; and
  • Promote good citizenship through teaching respect for authority and rights of others.