Home of the Grizzlies
Walnut Grove Elementary School was established in 1990 for the purpose of preparing our children to be independent and responsible adults. To fulfill this mission, our community has always aimed for highest standards of individualized achievement. The school is designed to serve students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Our school’s program emphasizes the acquisition of fundamental skills using an aligned curriculum that provides a solid foundation for life-long learning.
Walnut Grove currently has 31 classrooms for Kindergarten through fifth grade. We offer music, physical education, art, guidance, and library. We have a differentiation coach, math coach, literacy coach, English as a Second Language teacher, and five student support teachers. Walnut Grove currently has a Dell computer lab and mobile carts with laptop computers, Think-pads, I-pads and Chromebooks.
The Walnut Grove Community is dedicated to growing well-rounded and productive students by promoting advanced learning through a collaborative, engaging environment.
On August 23, 1990, Walnut Grove split from Grassland Elementary and opened its doors to about 500 students and 27 teachers. Classes ranged from pre-school to fifth grade including pre-1st and CDC class. GES principal Bill Hurt, and many GES teachers moved to give Walnut Grove an awesome beginning. WGES had no playground at the time, so in late October of 1990 many dedicated parents had a “playground raising” and installed three play areas that were designed by a WGES dad. The library shelves were only about ¼ full the first year. There was no art or music teacher, but parent volunteers stepped to fill those roles. Many of our WGES traditions got their start in that first year… like Read-a-thon, (originally called “Prime Time”), parent donation drive, Book Fair, 5th Grade Olympics, Field Day and the Walnut Grove song written by Ms. Shirlee Bowden, a former second grade teacher from Walnut Grove.
The second year at WGES brought the Jump Rope Group, swings and basketball goals, the first 5th grade trip to Huntsville and a new music teacher, Teresa West (still here today), who was paid for by the PTA. By the third school year with our student numbers growing, a new wing was added, class t-shirts began, and the PTA hired an art teacher. Student enrollment continued to climb as Fieldstone Farms developed and by fall of 93, WGES has two portables for 3rd grade classrooms that stood where the butterfly garden is today. In August of 1995, many Walnut Grove teachers, parents and students left us to give Hunter’s Bend a great start. Our own Debbi Lanham submitted the name Hunter’s Bend, which was ultimately selected.
For the next few years Walnut Grove’s enrollment stabilized and old traditions were carried out and new ones formed. Music and Art programs grew with students participating in chorus, musicals and art shows. The PE department began to incorporate health and wellness programs. By the early 2000s enrollment began to climb again as the new subdivision Westhaven was being built. Another addition was added to WGES at the end of the Kindergarten wing. In 2010 the school reached the 800 mark and in 2011 once again teachers, students and parents left to start a new school at Pearre Creek Elementary.
In recent years, WGES has been recognized with outstanding academic achievement on a local, state, and national level. In 2016 Walnut Grove received the National Blue Ribbon School Award.
Since 1990, over 8,000 students have come through Walnut Grove Elementary. Many wonderful principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, staff members, volunteers and traditions have come and gone making Walnut Grove an awesome place for children to learn and grow.