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    Principal - Dr. Jessalyn Askew 
    Assistant Principal - Elizabeth Ginther  
    Enrollment* - Total Students - 440   
    Administrators - 2   |   Counselors - 1  |   Certified Staff - 41 

    Mission - At Bethlehem Elementary, we will work collaboratively to empower our students to set high expectations in a rigorous learning environment, while encouraging enthusiasm for learning that embraces diversity and uniqueness.

    Vision - The Stakeholders of Bethlehem Elementary School will provide authentic learning experiences where students are active learners, problem solvers, and risk takers, where life-long learning is fostered through creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.


    1000 Academic Parkway, Locust Grove, GA 30248   |   Main# 770.288.8571   |   Fax# 770.288.8577

    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights

    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make Bethlehem Elementary School an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.

    BES picStudent Outcomes
    At Bethlehem Elementary School, we strive to Build Exceptional Students. We are proud to report that during the 2021-2022 school year we had 70% of our students reading on grade level, and 20% of our student population qualified for gifted services.

    To celebrate the many academic accomplishments of our students and promote school-wide Bobcat Pride, we host a High Five celebration each semester. During this exciting ceremony, students who have demonstrated excellence in literacy, math, and STEM are rewarded in front of an audience of their peers. It is important that our students understand that, at BES, we honor and value their hard work. Our students embrace the notion that learning is fun, but rigorous, so they are dedicated to learning at high levels. They actively work on assignments that have been tailored to meet their personal needs and interests (like PBLs). They also take on the role of stakeholders through goal setting, student-led conferences, and data talks. These reflective practices keep students actively engaged in their academic and social progress.               
    Bethlehem understands that it has a responsibility to prepare students for the world that they will inherit. It is our goal to cultivate independent thinkers who advocate for their learning and self-initiate their own path to mastery. However, our students must first challenge themselves to reach their maximum potential. We hope that through the culmination of our collective efforts, that our students will acquire a lifelong love of learning.

    BES picStudent Opportunities
    We are cultivating civic participants who are empathetic and assertive. As members of a learning community, and future leaders in society, our students are advocates for themselves and their peers. Student opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of our students are an integral part of student success. Bethlehem affords opportunities such as the Jr. Beta Club for Fifth Grade Honor Students, Literacy Days through RESA competitions, the District Media Festival, District Spelling Bee and the District Honor Chorus.
    At the school level, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in Jr. Beta Club, Student Council, Safety Patrol, Reader of the Month and Writer of the Month. Students also participate in our Buddy Program, where upper grades students partner with other students in the school to improve content area skills and social skills. They are learning the importance of community outreach through service-learning opportunities and collaborating with the American Heart Association. Bethlehem’s weekly initiative of Tie-Tuesday (Boys) and Pearls for Girls has been more than about dressing up each Tuesday, its purpose has been to build self-confidence and leadership, creating and maintaining a standard of excellence offered here at Bethlehem Elementary School.

    BES picClimate and Culture
    Freiberg and Stein (1999) stated “The climate is the heart and soul of the school”. When you enter Bethlehem Elementary School you are more than just a student or staff member. You are the reason our school is so amazing! You are a Bethlehem Bobcat! Bethlehem is committed to creating an environment where everyone knows they belong; a place where you feel safe, supported, accepted, and engaged. We believe in instilling positive values and responsibilities into our students to help them achieve success. Our school's social and emotional learning curriculum (PBIS) is the foundation of the climate and culture within our school. Students are taught how to face real-world challenges by building positive character traits to help them be successful no matter where the world takes them. Students are recognized for their positive characteristics and positive behavior through our PAWS-itive incentives, attendance at the quarterly Bobcat Bash, and monthly Bobcat of the Month recognition.

    Our strive to be successful and involved with our community doesn’t end once your student leaves the classroom; we love having our students and parents involved. Some of our community events involve “Spirit Nights'' at a Partner in Education vendor; Fall Festival that includes a Trunk or Treat event; All Pro Dads, Doughnuts with Dad, Muffins with Mom, Career Day, Grandparent’s Day, Spring Fling, Father-Daughter Dance, and parent volunteers. One of our parents had this to say, “We care about our students and our families. We are committed to seeing the potential in every student. Your success is our success; we believe in you!””

    BES pic Extracurriculars
    Welcome to Bethlehem Elementary School where your scholar’s interests are heard! Here at Bethlehem ES we have set high expectations for all while bringing in student engagement through various extracurricular activities. Imagine having the opportunity to be a part of an elementary school that embraces your talents, gifts, and interests. Students are not only able to have Bobcat visitors and veterans read tangible books to them, but also able to use those listening skills to create unforgettable and unique literacy and media festival projects. In the midst of engaging in debates, building robots, and dressing for success, scholars take a time-out on the court to dribble, pass, and shoot. Our students take time to report the current events at our school by participating in our school news show. Known as the “Bobcat News”, our scholars keep staff and students abreast of the latest news and events in our school.
    Bethlehem has clubs that allow students to share artistic and singing abilities. Our school participates in annual art competitions and represents our school with song compilations through events like our Annual School Holiday Sing-A-Along and Dinner Theatre. Our scholars represent our reading and math skills through academic competitions like Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Challenge 24, and Robotics. Our students practice daily to prepare for academic competitions with dedicated staff members. The scholars of Bethlehem Elementary are a part of an upcoming generation that holds the key to everyone’s future, and how we grow and inspire them will go a long way in this world. “Be the Change You Want to See in This World!” 
  •  Opportunities

    At Bethlehem Elementary, we offer a variety of clubs, specials, and advanced enrollment opportunities for our students. You can find our students working together and growing through each of these experiences to be an active member of the learning community at our school.
    Physical Education Bobcat News Accelerated Math 4th Grade
    Art Buddy Program Accelerated Math 5th Grade
    Music Challenge 24  
    Media Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl  
    STEM Jr. Beta Club  
      Safety Patrol  
      Student Council  

  •  Demographic Information


    Bethlehem Elementary School’s student demographic information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes total enrollment by grade level, student composition by race/ethnicity, percent of students enrolled in exceptional student education or English language learners or the gifted program, as well as the percentage of students who are currently enrolled in classes at Impact Academy. This information can be used to better understand the student population that is served at Bethlehem Elementary.

  •  Student Outcomes


    Bethlehem Elementary School’s student outcomes information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes:

    • Georgia Student Health Survey Responses
    • Literacy Proficiency Rates

    The Georgia Student Health Survey is given to all k-12 students in Georgia in the spring of each school year. It is composed of a variety of questions that help our district better understand the student experience in our schools. The literacy information is calculated as the percentage of students reading on or above grade level determined by scores on the Milestones End-of-Grade assessments for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in English Language Arts. Each of these data components can be viewed for the previous three years. For more information about these measurements, please access the Bethlehem Elementary School website.