Ivalee Elementary School is located in rural west Etowah County. This community has been home for several generations of many of the students' families. As a result, this school has a strong and active parent organization with a tradition of providing for the school. The original school building burned in the spring of 1941. The present school facility was built in 1949 consisting of six classrooms, restrooms, a lunchroom, and it served grades one through six. A kindergarten program was added in 1978 serving a limited number of twenty students per year. This was later expanded to serve all children who enrolled in the program. Special Education services were added to the program in the mid 1970's. In the fall of 1988, a new wing consisting of two classrooms, a library, teacher's workroom, and a principal's office was added. In 1997, five new classrooms, a gymnasium, and a lunchroom were added which doubled the size of the school campus. This eliminated two portable classrooms at the school. Targeted assistance with Title I funding provided remedial instructions in mathematics and reading for students with instructional needs. In 1995, Ivalee became a full Title I school due to the increase in the number of students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. In 1998, because of increased student performance on SAT tests, parent and community involvement, and professional innovation in curriculum and expertise of the faculty, Ivalee School was designated as a "National Distinguished Title I School."