East limestone is the absolute WORST school my child has ever attended. Due to my husband and I being prior military, my son who is now in 6th grade, has attended numerous schools over the last few years. East Limestone has by far exceeded in possibly taking the number 1 spot for "Absolute WORST School" this school either A.) needs a whole new team of staff, or B.) needs to be SHUT DOWN!!!
My son went from making A/B to D/F the first semester of school. Bullying is TERRIBLE there with the teachers kids and family members of the school being the worst kids of the group. Politics is a MAJOR problem in the east limestone community. If your child did not go to school there since kindergarten or if you as a parent are not completely spending all your free time volunteering in the schools, then you are not welcome to the area and your child is treated terrible. My child use to love school and has spent the last 2 months coming home crying everyday and trying to act sick so he doesn't have to go to school. I tried speaking with the new middle school principal, where I got NO where. I tried speaking with the Board of Education, where I got NO where. I received a doctors note for my child that states "he is NOT to return to school due to dangerous conditions". You wonder what these dangerous conditions are, the middle school doors are NOT locked and just to get to the middle school office, you have to go through a set of doors and walk next to children's lockers to even get to the office. There is an actual door that leads to the office that you are not allowed to use. These buildings are NOT secure. Also 6th graders and 12th graders are NOT separated like they so call claim they are. The filter on the internet only blocks porn sites but they are allowed to get on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media which also consist of inappropriate material. The personally issued laptops should ONLY be issued to 9th graders or higher grades. A 6th grader has no business having a personally issued laptop. When I told them I did NOT want my child having the laptop, they told me he would not succeed without it. What happened to books, paper, pencils, computer labs, and library's? Due to all these issues, my son is now in a private school receiving a top of the line education. AVOID living in east limestone if your moving to the area. Madison County is much BETTER!!!
Our child previously attended the preceding Creekside Elementary which has great management/leadership, challenges students and overall grades excellent with us. However, East Limestone is pale in comparison! From an outsider that has seen quality educational programs in various cities/states, East Limestone is no even on the map. Sure it is certainly a percentage of finances that is holding this school back, but truly it is a mismanaging of funds/priorities, a cultural lackadaisical attitude and lack of vision. The principal is just now retiring after 30 years (classic tenure, not merit) so hopefully there is about to be a significant philosophical calibration here. This school needs to stop worrying about being "so nice" and concentrate on prepping students for real collegiate success. Aggressive and progressive leadership is sorely needed at this school now. We are seriously considering bearing the significant cost increase to move our children to the Madison City schools. They have vision, significant budget, diverse staff and much greater % of engineer/military background parents in Madison. East Limestone has small town super nice staff, but does nice promote success?
The teachers and coaches here are just putting in time so they can retire and help there children in sports if they are the coaches. There is a lot of politics going on in the school and it is run down terribly. Seems there not putting any money into the school!
Me and my wife have nieces that go to ELHS, 1 graduated this last year the other just started 6th grade there. My wife is a teacher (in another school system) and has had to straighten out my nieces schedule last year, a friend of hers and her boy friends (who is attending ELHS this year) schedules for graduation. The counselors at ELHS are not up to date on new state policies and what is required for graduation and I have seen first hand my wife having to tell parents (of students that go to ELHS) new state policies so there kids could be put into the right classes to be on track for graduation. Counselors at ELHS have no clue whats going on. We were going to move into the school system, but have decided to move elsewhere after experiencing the problems first hand.
I am a freshman at ELHS and I believe that the funds are not distrubuted equally. The football and cheerleading programs are given more money that any other activity. I know especially the band is in debt. It seems to me that the most important thing to this school isn't academics but sports, namely football.
I am in the eighth grade at East Limestone Middle School. Even though ELMS doesn't have the best quality school buiding, they do the best they can with what they have! I just moved there and I was very worried about making friends and fitting in. But everyone is so warm and welcoming! That is why I am looking forward to the next four years in High School there!! Thanks- a student.(: