The Bond Legacy Continues: 1935 - Present
In 1935, Bond Elementary was started as a private school for kindergartners by Mrs. Sweet Upson on Saxon Street. In 1938, the Bond community raised money to expand the school to include grades Kindergarten - third grade. In 1940, grades 4-6 were added and from 1942- 1951 the school served as an elementary, junior-high school. In 1958, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades were moved to Nims Middle School, the 6th grade students were moved a short time later.
After several years of debate concerning a new school on the Southside, the decision to merge two schools into a new home was made in 2002. In December of 2004 Bond students and staff were relocated to the Wesson campus where the school operated separately from Wesson. Construction on the new Bond Elementary began in the spring of 2005 and was completed and ready for occupancy on August 2006. Bond Elementary School opened its doors in August of 2006 nestled in the heart of Tallahassee's Bond Community. Bond Elementary School is a staple of this historic neighborhood and community.
pictured above: Bond School - Social Studies class with teacher A. E. McLin, 1955, courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/259869 FAMU Rattlers football team visits Bond Elementary, 2014.
The mission of Bond Elementary School is to provide learning opportunities that meet the unique needs of our students in a safe, nurturing environment and produce responsible citizens who respect all people. The teachers and staff at Bond Elementary School envision a school that is a community of stakeholders who are: Building relationships, Offering quality learning experiences, Nurturing the whole child, and Demonstrating a personal commitment to academic success. Bond Elementary School embodies its purpose, vision and mission by building strong parental partnerships; maintaining communication with all stakeholders; and continuously raising expectations for students, teachers and staff. The driving force of all decision-making at Bond Elementary School is based on student success. All of the ancillary content revolves around the school's most important resource: Students. With our strategically data-driven curriculum coupled with elevated expectations for our learners, the entire school community believes that Bond Elementary School will soar to higher heights.