History

Hutchison Beach Elementary School rests on a ten acre tract of land donated by its namesake Judge Ira Hutchison. Opening in 1956, the school plan consisted of three permanent classrooms that were financed and built by the Beach Business Men's club. The Bay County School Board provided the lunchroom and three portable classrooms. First year enrollment was one hundred eighty students in grades one through six. Six teachers comprised the instructional staff.

Today, Beach Elementary is comprised of an administrative suite, 36 permanent classrooms, a media center, three computer labs, a free standing gymnasium with a track and basketball court, a music building, and a cafeteria/auditorium complex.

Student enrollment is 550+ students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. Beach Elementary is a Title I school. Seventy-three percent of our students are on free or reduced lunch.  With Title I funds, we are able to employee a parent liaison and paraprofessionals to work with students. Each year host a total of eight Title I curriculum workshops in the evenings for parents and students.  We offer afterschool tutoring two days a week.


We have a full-time varying exceptionalities classrooms, music, art, and physical education. We have thirty-five regular education classrooms with one teacher per classroom.  In addition, we have a media specialist, two speech pathologists, and four ESE teachers who push-in regular classrooms.  

We have implemented two major school-wide initiatives: The Leader in Me and Kagan.

Each classroom has interactive technology including, interactive white boards, document cameras, microphones, and SMART responders.

Beach Elementary is dedicated to increasing community involvement in education.  Over the past three years, we have developed a working relationship with the local military base to provide mentors to students, a local church who provides backpacks of food weekly for needy students, a local merchant to provide new shoes for students, and the city fire department to mentor students.  In addition, St. Joe Community Foundation has donated $15,000 to our fifth grade students to support their trip to Washington D.C.