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Athens Elementary School

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Posted May 21, 2014

My daughter attends Athens elementary school for speech. Her speech pathologist is Mrs Lewis she is wonderful, and all of the staff are welcoming! We really enjoy Athens elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is a great school! The teachers are all caring people..They need more gifted classes though. My 2nd grader's teacher does her best to keep my child challenged and my kindergartener loves her teacher and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Athens Elementary School has been wonderful for my children. I have one child and second grade and one in kindergarten. My older child has learned what they were required to know and so much more. The faculty are wonderful the principal has been making some great changes this year that we're really thankful for including stepping up school safety. The only complaint I have about AES in the lack of funding. I wish my children had more opportunities to go on field trips and participate in out of school activities that they don't get to do because of lack of funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

I think Athens Elementary is a wonderful school. Athens, Alabama has four elementary schools, and I believe we have the best faculty out of them all. We have alot of lower income families and a very high percentage of free lunch students, but that does not hold us back. It only makes us strive to be better. Hopefully we will win the $5,000, because we desperately need it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

I have 3 sons who have attended or are currently attending AES. There is a new Principal this year, Mr. Sutton and I have heard good things about him. My oldest son attended for just 1 year, his 4th grade year as we moved into the area. He had a wonderful teacher and she helped him prepare for 5th grade and on up. My 2nd son began in first grade and had an excellent teacher and then started 2nd grade, where he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He missed most of his 2nd grade school year physically, but he was provided with homebound teaching by his teacher and he passed. He is now in the 3rd grade. My last son just began Kdg. and he is enjoying it and learning many new things. The building is older, but in great condition- the staff is tremendous. They've fully supported us through my son's illness- sent him cards and packages and have always been there praying, yes and supporting our family. This school needs to be rated much higher than 6. We came from a school that rarely met AYP (annual yrly progress) to a school that always makes it- the staff works hard with all the students to help them all succeed. I'm glad my kids can attend AES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

The staff is wonderful! I have had experience of knowing the staff at A.E.S. for yrs. first with my own children and then with my Grandchildren. I realize this is a title 1 school but the teachers are very passive about the education and teach well. Look at the scores!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

The Staff at AES is fantastic. The curriculum is very good. When my daughter started here in first grade I was concerned about sending her there. She was advanced for her age and I didn't want to slow her down. I quickly learned that it would not be and issue. She is now in 4th grade and every teacher she has had pushes her to do her personal best and has even changed her lesson plans so that she could continue at her own pace. She is an all A student and reads at a 12th grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2010

This school should be rated a 9, they are one of the elite in test scores in the State of Alabama for K-4. Sure the school is a low income school, but they annihilate high income schools in the state and area in test scores, this a testament to the teaching staff and principal. My daughter had to attend K- 2nd at Athens Elementary because we lived in the area, when we moved she could have went to Julia Newman (a higher income school). My wife is a teacher and did research on schools, Athens Elementary out scored every school in the area. My daughter ended up staying at Athens Elementary, arrangement ok'd through the proper channels. At the end of 4th grade my daughter was ranked in the top 5% in the nation in test scoring, has 7th grade math & 8th grade reading levels going into 5th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Athens Elementary School because the staff welcomes involvement of parents, grandparents, family and friends with the education of our precious children. There is a warm and welcoming environment when you walk into the building. It is an old school but it is clean and safe. We have a song about the Principal. 'Mr. Poole he's so cool, he's the Principal of our school.' I have had four granddaughters attend Athens Elementary School. I wish there were more public schools like this one.


Posted September 15, 2009

Athens Elementary is a wonderful school with a fantastic staff of caring teachers. The school's principal is just an outstanding individual. With it's warm and nurturing environment, this is the best school in Athens!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

I really love athens Elementary. They have great Teachers! My son is ADHD and they are really working to keep him on track! He went to a limestone county school in Kindergarten and the city schools are so much more advanced! I love the city!!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
97%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%

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

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty77%
Non-poverty85%

Reading

All Students90%
Female95%
Male87%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty92%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students92%
Female91%
Male94%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty90%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 58%
Black 24% 34%
Hispanic 19% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Ronnie Poole
Fax number
  • (256) 230-2861

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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515 North Madison St
Athens, AL 35611
Phone: (256) 233-6609

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