About Charles F. Hard Elementary

Mission Statement

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

Our Vision

The vision of Charles F. Hard Elementary School is to empower scholars to believe, achieve and succeed. 

Our Beliefs

  • Everyone is valued.
  • Everyone is capable of learning.
  • A safe environment along with a positive climate and culture impact student achievement.  
  • Scholars should be provided a variety of opportunities to demonstrate achievement. 
  • Education is a shared responsibility between the home, school and community.

History & 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.


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 the authority and rights of others.