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White Plains Elementary School

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Posted July 8, 2014

Very disappointed in the current administration. Particularly the Principal Jonathan Gilbert. He does not support his teachers or staff. He seems to only care about himself. He rarely responds to emails, is short when asked to answer a face to face question, and overall lacks communication skills needed to be a leader. He does not evaluate teachers or make comments in Educate Alabama. He does not motivate or give his teachers positive or negative feedback whatsoever.


Posted June 16, 2014

When my first child started here it was a great school. Over the last 2 years something changed. My younger child's teacher was awesome but other than that the school is a mess. Unorganized, little parent communication about school events. I didn't know about my child's awards program until the week before which left me no time to take off. His teacher told me a tentative date weeks ahead but said she was waiting for administration to finalize. It was like that all year. The principal and assistant principal park right in front of school covering the flag pole. They definitely have let the power they hold go to their heads. I felt terrible for my sons teacher because I saw the principal talk down to her in front of the students and myself. I hope they bring in new administration soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

This school is average from my point of view as a parent. Giving this school 5 star ratings is out of the question. Some of the teacher's teaching methods are really by the book; they don't believe in expanding a child's knowledge beyond the curriculum. There is much drama and not enough professionalism when it dealing with staff. It is small school in a rural area with little diversity for the students. My experience has not been great but it has not been bad. I reflect more on the education that my child is receiving and the opporunity that the school can offer. This school is great if you are well known in the community, and if you are apart of different parenting groups outside of the school. From my experience it would be probably a better option to choose a private school if this is your only choice for a public school. If private school is not an option then you need to be perpared for some concerns. Education is the key and when children are involved in staff and parent day to day drama their education is at question.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

White Plains Elementary cares about the students. They make every effort to give them the best education possible. Go Wildcats!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I have 2 children attending now & another will start this fall. After spending years of research on schools in the area, I chose White Plains to build my home prior to my first child starting school. I have not been disappointed!!! Best decision I ever made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I enjoy sending my son to this school, we have been here since my son was in the 3rd grade (now in 6th) and the growth that we have seemed is huge. This does put a large strain on everyone but over all they seem to be cooping. I am also excited about the new middle school that is being constructed and look forward to my son moving over to it after winter break. As for the student to teacher ratio there are 127 students in the 6th grade and only 5 teachers so you do the math. Next year the school will be K-4 and that will help tremendously with space. When it comes to homework the key is which grade is your child in, 3rd and 5th have a lot of homework because they have ARMT testing, other than that the homework is not bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

We are starting year number three at White Plains Elementary and have been nothing but pleased with our daughters growth and learning. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

white plains shool is areally good one and i'm glad i go to it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2007

I think White Plains elementary is a really good school. The valley I live in used to be small, and isolated. People are coming here so their children can benefit from our culture, values and way of life. The people I grew up with do their best to accommodate the influx of folks seeking a better way. Most of the time it works. As for homework my son works about one hour a night four nights a week and makes straight A's. I for one am well pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2006

This school is the worst school I have ever sent my kids to.I really do not see how there scores are so good on the testing. Hours of homework only to make failing grades. They expect you to teach your child not the teachers. As for special education what special education. We have recently changed schools.My child was making all failing grades now my child is making all A's and B's.As for the disciplining of these children what group do you have to be in to get equal treatment for your child. Consider this if you are thinking of sending your child here.If your child can teach themselves,or is a big bully then this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

White Plains Elementary Has really grown! I loved the school when it was smaller with only half the students. When you could actually eat lunch with your child more than once a month. And meet with the principle and teachers at our conveyance not their's. It is also beginning to seem within the last year or two that the smart (Dynamic)students are recognized more than the average students that really try hard but just can't excel high enough. There's an enrichment program offered to these gifted children I guess to make them smarter, but no tutoring or extra help offered to make the average kids smarter.Whats the problem here? When a child works hours on end on homework each week and doesn't do good on a test, shouldn't that put up a red flag? And I think the homework is ridiculous! 4 and 5 hours a night?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

I am very proud that my daughter is attending White Plains Elementary. I feel that White Plains is an eceptional school. The teachers and staff are very helpful. The Parents are encouraged to participate in the childrens school activities. Test scores are great here also. My daught will receive the best education by attending White Plains Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

We have a Great School! Our Teachers are well qualified and caring, and our Vice-Principal and Principal are excellent and always available to us. The remainder of the staff is also well qualified and helpful. Our Parents stay involved and volunteer whenever they are needed. All of these things combined are what helps to keep our school the Great place it is today. Lisa Elam
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

I think this is a great elementary school. Proud that my child is part of it! Great Teachers and a Wonderful Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2003

The best school around....
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 58%
Black 7% 34%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Andy D Ward
Fax number
  • (256) 236-9191

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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5600 Alabama Hwy 9
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