Coosa area students were originally served in a one-room building called Payne School founded in 1900. It wasn’t until 1936 that a one-story, four-room brick building went up on the present site. The current Alto Park facility first opened in 1954 with three new buildings saying goodbye to pot-bellied stoves, outside toilets, and using an old-fashioned dinner bell for announcing schedule changes. The cost of construction was estimated at $250,000. Students were served in grades 1 through 8 until 1986 when students in grades 6,7, and 8 were transferred to Coosa Middle School. Major renovation occured in 2003 when the building was gutted and renovated. Then in 2008 a Special-Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was allocated to adding six new classrooms and enclosing the breezeway between buildings.The most recent renovation occurred in 2017 updating the gym with a new floor and installing much needed air conditioning.
Alto Park now serves students in Pre K through fifth grade. We are one of 10 elementary schools in the Floyd County School System and one of three elementary schools that feed into Coosa Middle School then Coosa High School. The current student enrollment is approximately 410. Ethnic demographics have changed dramatically over the years adding to Alto Park’s diversity. At this time, students at Alto Park are 68% white, 13% Black or African American, 8% Indian or Alaskan Native, 7% Hispanic, <1% Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 3% Multiracial, 1% Asian, and 0% unclassified. The poverty level as measured by the free and reduced lunch rates has remained at or above 75% for more than ten years. Our current poverty rate stands at 78.36%. Approximately 82 students are served through English as a Second Language (ESOL). In addition,approximately 20 students continued to be monitored through ESOL. Alto Park currently serves 29 students through the gifted program.