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Inverness Elementary School

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Posted May 20, 2010

The teachers and faculty go to every extreme to help children love learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2010

Inverness is terrific! The staff even seems to know all the kids names-it's amazing! It's like family there. I could not wish for a school any better.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2008

Inverness Elementary rocks! My son attended IES from K5- 3rd grade and we were so happy to have the priviledge to experience such a fine school! I actually moved into the community so that he could be a part of this school. The teachers are fabulous and very caring toward the students child looked forward to going to school each and every day! The classes are a good ratio for student/teacher and the homework assignments are right no target. The early years are critical for developing the small minds and Inverness does that hands down! The Fergusons
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2008

This school is poorly staffed by smart mouth teachers who only seem to be there to collect a paycheck. My child will definitely not be attending this school next year. The teachers give too much busy work and not enough personal attention. What a let down big time!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2007

Inverness is a high quality school. The children are happy, the parents are HIGHLY involved, and the teachers are qualified, loving, and energetic.
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Posted August 2, 2007

Patsy Scott teaches 1st grade at Inverness Elem. & it absolutely does not get better than her anywhere! She is the most structured, academic, caring teacher and individual. Anyone lucky enough to have their child placed in her class, should consider themselves more than privileged. She is the one all teachers should obtain mentoring from.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2006

Having moved in the middle of my daughters Kindergarten year, I was worried about the transition for her. The teachers helped her to feel welcome and adjust very quickly to her new school. This girl that did not like school before LOVES going to school every day here. She was behind the other kids coming from a school that did not have full time K classes but caught up in no time. We love this school and the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2005

Exceptional teachers in all grades. Very concerned about individual students. Great Special Education program. Involved and caring prinicipal and staff. I've been very pleased and chose this area to live in because of this school.
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Posted February 19, 2005

Inverness Elemnetary School, overall, is a child friendly facility. However,the faculty and staff do not seem to support one another. Faculty involment in school activities is minimal. Many teachers were not at Open House night. There is a wide range of teaching abilities at Inverness. There is not the consistency among faculty that one would expect from a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Much of this may be due to the school's administration. There has been many instances of micommunication between faculty and Administration that directly effects students and families. The school prides itself on being a great 'private' public school. In the same regard they tend to make up their own rules on basic operation matters. Again inconstency stemming from administration. Parents need to be involved and known in order to ensure their child is reaching their full potential, is being challeged on all levels and recieving more than testing basics.
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Posted January 17, 2005

The school has some very good teachers, Paterson in K, Scott in 1st ect. But it also has some teachers who do not focus in on the basics.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

181 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students85%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education35%
General population90%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English87%


All Students89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education41%
General population94%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English91%
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 67% 58%
Black 16% 34%
Hispanic 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 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 27%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5251 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham, AL 35242
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