About Mount Olive Primary
Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grades
School Hours: 8:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
Students: 8:00 A.M.-3:15 P.M.
Faculty and Staff: 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Mount Olive Primary is located in Fort Mitchell, AL on State Highway 165 approximately two miles from Fort Benning, GA. To accommodate the growing population of primary-aged students, the school was built in 2011 as an addition to the previous school, Mount Olive Elementary. The enrollment has greatly increased since the initial opening. As of May 21, 2021, the school's population was 343 students in grades pre-kindergarten through second. With the growing student population has also come a growing faculty and staff. The instructional and operational program consists of seven to eight classes per grade level. The employee statistics are as follows: one principal, twenty-two classroom teachers, one physical education teacher, one resource teacher, one speech language pathologist, one media specialist, one counselor, one military and family life counselor (shared between two schools), one military student transition consultant (shared between four schools), four instructional assistants, one secretary, one school nurse (shared between two schools), one full-time custodian, and one half-time custodian. Mount Olive Primary is a schoolwide Title I School with 44.15% of students receiving free and reduced-priced meals. While the school is based in Russell County, the vast majority of the student population are military dependents due to many active duty soldiers purchasing homes off post and living in the Fort Mitchell community. Consequently, a unique feature or challenge the school faces is working to bridge the gap with the military community and the surrounding community without losing the focus of the Russell County School District's mission and vision.
Mount Olive Primary has been in existence for ten school years. Beginning in 2012-2013, the school reached out to the local community and Fort Benning to establish supportive and meaningful Partners-in-Education. As a result, Mount Olive Primary has developed strong relationships with WestRock, Inc., Marco's Pizza-Fort Mitchell, Subway-Fort Mitchell, Chester's Barbecue, and Mount Olive Baptist Church. Partners in Education support the school by being visible at school activities, being guest readers in classes, serving as judges for school contests such as door decorations during Red Ribbon and Read Across America Weeks, and providing financial support, materials and supplies, and human resources. The school has a parent-teacher organization called Cub Parenting Organization (C.P.O.). C.P.O. is open to all parents of students at Mount Olive Primary. The parent-teacher organization is not affiliated with any other state or national organizations. The mission of the C.P.O. is to develop closer connections between school and home by encouraging parental involvement, enhance students' educational experiences by supporting academic and enrichment activities, and improve the school environment by providing volunteer and financial support. Student achievement has steadily increased in reading and math. Two notable areas of improvement are increasing parental involvement and increasing rigor throughout the curriculum. Although the school is working hard to increase parental involvement through various activities and volunteer opportunities, there is still a need in this area. While teaching and learning at Mount Olive Primary are evident through data analysis and observations, the school is committed to providing a more rigorous approach to teaching reading and math and more exposure to the fine arts through basic music and art appreciation.
As a result of careful planning and research on healthy schools and fighting childhood obesity, the Physical Education and Health Advisory Committees at Mount Olive Primary wrote, solicited for, and received two grants to support the school's initiatives.
In their commitment to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama expanded its Be Healthy School Grant Program and awarded grants up to $10,000 to 25 schools across the state who enroll students in grades kindergarten through six grades. Mount Olive Primary was selected as one of those schools thus becoming a 2013-2014 "Be Healthy School."
The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) at the national level. FFVP can be an important catalyst for change in our efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. The program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample. Mount Olive Primary was chosen as a recipient of the FFVP for 2013-2014.
In addition, Mount Olive Primary received a grant from Lowe's in the amount of $4,600 to improve its recently remodeled playground.