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Epic School

Public | PK-5 | 428 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 26, 2013

My school is terrific, the teachers are amazing and willing to go above the standard. My child is in his 2nd year at Epic and he loves Epic. Everyone that my child has been involved with at Epic has been Outstanding. The Office Staff is amazing and the After School Care with Mrs. Lewis leadership is wonderful. So many learning opportunites at Epic and Dr. Stokes is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

We could have not pick a better school in the city. The entire school seems to have ALL students best interest at hand. EPIC is head and shoulders above the rest of the schools in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

The receptionist needs an attitude adjustment. I don't know if she was having a bad day, but you should not take your personal problems or attitudes to work with you. Everyone needs to be treated with the same kindness and respect as received. I didn't feel she was a good representation of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

We're are enjoying EPIC this year. I m grateful for all the teachers who push my child to achieve maximum potential. One more year to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

OMG, I LOVE, LOVE EPIC. It is positive, it has a lot going on for student, parent, and community. My son is 1st grade and he says he has an EPIC day. I have written the superintendent to advise him that our experience is a 180 from last year at another school. Academically, my son gets As and is pushed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

Epic is a great school. This was my son first year. We had the pleasure of having Ms. Redrick for his 1st grade teacher. She is an awesome teacher and a great person. Thank You for caring. RA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Epic is good school. Ms. kirpatrick is a great 1st grade teacher . My daughter like to thank her teacher for giving her the support .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

This is my last year at epic elementary and I believe I have showed great academic excellence.I will like to thank all the teachers for giving me the support and encouragement i needed over the years. Kennedy F
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2010

Epic is an excellent school. Ms. Stokes is a great principl and leader. My son has attended from Kindergarden to now 2nd grade. All teachers have been a pleasure to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

I love this school. My child has really learned a lot from his teachers over the years, and he's in fourth grade this year. He has been blessed to have such caring and compassionate teachers. He was nominated for the gifted program in 2006 by his second grade teacher whom is retired now, and was accepted. She really wanted that for him before she retired because she new he was talented and gifted. I have nothing bad to say about EPIC. They have an excellent PTA. I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

Epic is great, my son transfered from a Catholic School where they were not meeting his needs. He was an excellent student at his Catholic, but they gave him a 'false sense of success'. When transferred to Epic he needed a tutor in Math and English to catch up to where his classmates were. The Principal has an Open Door Policy, the Teachers are great, the Support Staff are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

I disagree with the previous review. The PTA and another organization is working on getting the new playgroung equipment. Money has been paid! This particular parent must not be invovled because as you continue to be involved in the school you see those parents that are involved too. I have seen some hard headed children and the teachers can not simply allow those few students to rule their classes. EPIC has great teachers, great parental involvment and will soon have a new playground for recess. As parents, we must contribute and help the teachers make the school the best place for our children. We can not sit back and criticize the efforts of others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

This is my first year at the school and I was surprised at the way the teachers speak o the children. I see parents at the school but I do not get a good since of involvement. The school is without a play yard, art teacher and a comprehensive music program. As I observe other teacher I am not left hopeful about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

Excellent school. My child is in the gifted program there and is doing very well. She is also in the band which she enjoys. I love the cultural diversity of the school as well as the regular students being able to interact with the special needs students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

The first day that I entered EPIC school , the children were transferring from one place to another and they were well behaved and respectful, this told me a lot about the importance of discipline to the instructors. My son is now promoted to the third grade and every teacher has been challenging to him and the other children on an individual basis. EPIC is definitely a place that promotes meritocracy and I am very pleased, and proud of my son's accomplishments since he started school there three years ago. T.Morton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

My daughter has just completed Kindergarten at EPIC, and I must say I am very pleased with the school. The parent involvement is remarkable! The PTA is constantly having events after school that involve family and fundraisers to help improve the school. Most faculty and staff are very friendly and easy to get along with. The only downside, as is the case with most schools in Birmingham, is that more funds need to be available to update the building. The building itself is wonderfully constructed to accomdate the needs of the special needs children, but I think a few coats of fresh paint would make all the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

I have a daughter that attends EPIC and I have been very very pleased with the educational experience. The PTA and Parental involvement makes the school what it is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

I have two daughters who attend EPIC and it has been an excellent opportunity for them. Parent involvement is what makes EPIC students continue to suceed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

My daughter was invited to attend Epic and I believe this was the best place for her to be. She was able to interact with students of all races and backgrouds. She was encourage to reach her goals and go beyond those goes reaching for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2004

The main problems I see here is the lack of character counseling and how some of the before school and after school staff speak to the children in disrespectful manners. We have had problems with some of the substitutes using foul and abusive language. We have also had a problem with the lunch food not being fully cooked and unsanitary practices by some of the temporary kitchen staff.
—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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
88%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
84%
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 91% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
84%
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 Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty87%

Reading

All Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty96%
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 Students93%
Female87%
Male100%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty91%
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 Students88%
Female95%
Male76%
Black87%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty87%

Reading

All Students85%
Female90%
Male76%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty91%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA 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 proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students80%
Female88%
Male68%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty76%
Non-poverty87%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA 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 proficiency level 3.

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
Black 93% 35%
Asian 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
White 2% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1000 10th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: (205) 231-7370

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