About our School

  • Named for famed African-American educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, the school is a warm and caring place that invites learning and cooperative teaching. Students are encouraged to excel in everything that they do. Bethune embraces the community and enjoys a strict tradition of parent involvement and community volunteers.


    Students and teachers live the school motto, “Bethune Panthers...On the Prowl for Excellence!” Students, parents, and community enjoy many school traditions including a Block Party, Fall Festival, Mother Daughter Breakfast, Father Son Breakfast, Grandparent's Celebration, Breakfast with a Super Citizen,and many other family oriented activities. Volunteers and staff have coordinated numerous events to increase student awareness of the arts and to enhance/enrich the curriculum. Traditions like these make this school a family affair.


    A school wide focus on technology has brought new equipment and software programs. With over new computers, Bethune has been able to equip each classroom, a science lab and two computer labs. The school has eighteen “ActivBoard” these interactive boards are distributed in classrooms and labs around the building. Our School Technology Specialist introduces new software and hardware to staff and students, assists teachers and students who are eager to utilize the Internet, and provides technical support.


    There is a strong tradition of parent and community support for Bethune. We would like to continue building that foundation with Bethune’s community, business partners and business friends.  They have been actively involved in programs that emphasize family and community involvement and we appreciate everything that you do.

     “On the Prowl for Excellence!”

School Data


    Grades: PK-5th Grade

    School Hours: 7am-2:40pm

    School Building opens: 7:00 a.m.

    Breakfast and Lunch are free for all students

    Breakfast:  7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

    Early Dismissal Time Ends: 1:20 p.m.

    School Ends: 2:40 p.m. 

    Royal Blue and Gold

    Paw the Panther


    Average Enrollment: 600


World Languages

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    • English

Awards and Accolades

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    • 4 Star Climate on CCRPI

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Bethune Elementary School

Cluster Information

  • Learning Community: South Learning Community

    Feeder Schools:

    • Ronald McNair Middle School 
    • Woodland Middle School 
    • Banneker High School
    • Creekside High School
    • Tri-CitiesHigh School

    School Board Member: Kimberly Dove

School Contact Information

  • Mary M. Bethune Elementary School

    5925 Old Carriage Drive

    College Park, GA 30349


    Phone: (470) 254-7940

    Fax: (470) 254-7945

    School Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.


Special Programs

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    • Pre-K
    • Jr. Beta
    • Safety Patrol
    • PBIS Basketball Team
    • Playworks

School History

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