Welcome to Harlean Beal Elementary, Home of the Soaring Eagles! Our school is home to about 400 students and 70 faculty members. We serve the Forest Hill Community and provide education and services to students in grades Pre-K through 5th. We service both Dual Language and Regular Program students as well as SEAS (Social Emotional Academic Support) program. Our school offers the Parent as Teachers Program for children ages pre-natal to 5 years old. If you would like more information, please click on the Families tab. We have a full gymnasium, the original school's auditorium, music, and art class, along with a fully stocked library with online media access to educational databases. Our school strives to be the best we can be to make sure every child reaches its full potential! Once again Welcome to Harlean Beal and we hope you enjoy navigating our page!
Our School History
Forest Hill Elementary School/Harlean Beal Elementary School, 5615 Forest Hill Drive, Forest Hill.
1949, c. 1957, 1978, 1990, c. 2002.
The present building had its origins as a new building constructed in 1949 to relieve overcrowded conditions in another building on the site. L. C. Cavitt designed the new 1-story, 10-classroom building in a style influenced by the International Movement. Six classrooms,designed by Robert P. Woltz, Jr., were added as a part of the 1956 Building Program. Other additions followed.
Under the 1999 Bond Program, most of the historic school was demolished. A new school, designed by Wadkins and Associates and erected by Scott and Reed, general contractor, has been constructed on the site, although the 1990 addition to the former school was retained. Due to the loss of integrity, the school is not eligible for the National Register. The school’s current namesake, Harlean Berry Beal, was the school’s first African American principal (right), a position she held from 1984 until her retirement in 1996.