R. C. Hemphill Elementary School, is a first class progressive, innovative public school and the winner of the Title I Distinguished School Award embarked upon the task of defining its mission and vision by engaging collaboratively with stakeholders in a comprehensive, consensus building process that involved students, parent, community partners, support staff, teachers, and administrators. Hemphill's School Based Leadership and Accountability Team (SBLAT) is charged with providing guidance for the coordination of our mission.
The History of R. C. Hemphill dates back to the early 1870's. In 1871, a small frame school building was constructed on a 25'x45' lot. The build was later moved to Cotton Avenue and replaced with a three-room wooden schoolhouse. In 1902, a two story block building was constructed with J.L. Lyles appointed as the first principal. This was the first unit of West End School. The mayor of West End, Robert Hemphill, later procured funds to complete the building, which was later re-named in his honor. The West End community was annexed by the City of Birmingham and R.C. Hemphill Elementary joined the Birmingham Public School System in 1910.
R. C. Hemphill Elementary School is a Pre-K through 5th grade public Title I school. We are a proud school that embraces our community, our students, and our parents. There are 24 classes from Pre-K through fifth grades. Our Pre-K service special need students who spend 3 hours a day learning social skills. Our Gifted and Talented Enrichment (GATE) students receive accelerated instruction through E.P.I.C. our neighboring school one day a week.
The faculty in our school are certified highly qualified teachers. We have 1 support staff members. In addition, our itinerant staff includes instructors in Art, Speech, Music Technology and Special Education. We have a full time Instructional Coach that provides professional development and resources for our classroom teachers.
The Librarian supports literacy providing a wide variety of resources and materials, Our Physical Education teachers provides a program that focuses on life fitness skills. Our Specific Learning Disabled teachers are on staff full time. The school has an Administrator, Assistant Principal and a full-time Counselor. Our Para-educators assist with our specially challenged students giving them one-on-one assistance. We have intervention teachers from AmeriCorps and University tutors who works with our At-risk population. These teachers are retired and or hold valid teaching certificates. We have one National Board Certified teachers on our staff. Teachers and Administrators are actively promoting programs the encourage academic achievement as well as high self esteem.
Our school provides a wide range of support to our students through Academic, Character Development, Extended School Day, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Book Club, Grace In Motion, Science Lab and our state recognized Outdoor Classroom are some of our engaging learning opportunities along with technology. Each classroom has 2 computers with internet access, Promethean board, and an Elmo presenter. There is also two computer labs in addition to our READ 180 lab. We are constantly seeking initiatives to promote a balanced and accelerated school-wide curriculum.