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Birmingham, AL
Students enrolled: 229

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1425 2nd Ave West
Birmingham, AL 35208

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(205) 231-2500
(205) 231-2520
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May 23, 2014
Great school that challenges their children to be the best that they can be and to be great leaders for our future.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Princeton Alt School is great. The Principal is very involved and full of energy. I truly full that my child is being prepared to be able to compete with children from all across the nation. My first graders now reads on a fourth grade reading level.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
Princeton Elementary is a fantastic school. I am glad my wife and I decided to send our daughter there. She transitioned from private school after 3 years to public school with no problem. I have always heard good things about Princeton and now I can speak on the goodness myself. My daughter and wife really like the 1A teacher and when they are happy I have no complaints. Princeton Elementary keep up the outstanding leadership program...it is working. Proud Dad

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
I have truly enjoyed the continuing education my daughter receives at Princeton. This was our first year at Princeton (2013-2014) we came for a private school, K-3 through kindergarten; however, her transition to public school was smooth. She loves her teacher Mrs. Givens (1A) and so do my husband and I. Our daughter has excelled in all courses and enjoys the educational websites that motivates her to make learning more fun and a little challenging. Daily homework is just enough to where she maintains her other extra activities. Mrs. Ward is a FIRM, ASSERTIVE GENTLE GIANT. I'm glad to know she is more than a principal of a school but she is a lady with excellent leadership skills. As a parent I would recommend advancing your child, allowing them to test into this excellent institution. There will not be a school that is going to grant you and your child everything all at once and parents will not always agree with the educators in the school but if parents are eager to work with these skilled teachers, the PTA and the principal at Princeton at least you can learn how to get a better understand of your child's academic and life goals and how to guide and maintain them. GO PANTHERS!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
Princeton is an awesome school. This is my first year with the school but I am very pleased with all the staff at the school. I wouldn't choose any other school for my child to attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
My son started his elementary education here and that was the best decision my husband and I made to send him there. His sister will be enrolling into Kindergarten this year and we are so excited that they will be getting top quality education. Principal Ward is outstanding and her staff as well. The best school PERIOD !!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
I give Princeton Alternative School, 5 stars for their hard work and dedication that the teachers and students show. This school shows great leadership and their the best in the west.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Princeton Alternative Elementary School is a Leader in Me School that teaches and fosters excellence in all areas of development. The educators at Princeton focus on the areas of academic, physical and social excellence to ensure that our students are ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Students are given opportunities to both grow and lead.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
Princeton Elementary has been the best school for both of my children! I am constantly in awe h\as to how the faculty ensures that my children are prepared for the next grade level. Though Princeton is a relatively small school, our prestige is renown in the Birmingham area. My only desire is that we provide the students with more access to the arts. Currently, we only have an art teacher. We used to have a music teacher, but she is no longer there. I think exposing the children to the arts broadens their horizons, and makes for a more well rounded individual.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Princeton Alternative Elementary School is a great learning environment. The school is focused on educating and developing the whole child.

- submitted by a teacher
April 21, 2014
I truly love this school! My younger cousins and sisters also attended Princeton and they have become very a good product of Princeton School. This is the school that I would greatly recommend to any parent who wants a great developing and well educated child in the public school system. They are outstanding with the kids and knows every child by name, which shows me the interaction with the child at one point or another. Princeton is the product of EXCELLENCE in every one of their students and they also love their school and the wonderful teachers and principal- Ms. Ward!! Now I have 3 kids that have/had attended Princeton and I really wish they would extend the grade level to the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
I love the principles Ms. Ward is instilling in her teachers who in turn instill those same principles into their students.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
Princeton is a great school and learning environment, where proactive leaders begin their journey. I am a proud Princeton parent

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Princeton Alternative School is a wonderful learning place for your child. Not only do they strive for excellence in the classroom, they promote giving back to the community and respecting others. I have truly enjoyed being a Princeton parent these past two years and look forward to the next few years to com.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
Princeton Elementary is a excellent school. The staff there are awesome. the teachers, principal ans staff are very friendly, My child is above her grade level. The class sizes is great! I would trade school for nothing....

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2013
I attend Princeton Elementary and I have to say that this is an amazing school. They give you all that you need to start of your education. I am thankful to have so many great teachers and of course a great principle. Once every year someone who went to Princeton will come and they would always say that Princeton will get places like Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Phillips Academy, or WJ Christian. Those schools will get you to schools like Ramsay, Carver High School, or well that's actually the only good high schools in the Birmingham City Schools System. The point is if you keep trying you will succeed in life. If you are thinking about going to one of those schools why not go to Princeton. I am a senior at Princeton and i have the best education and like i said I am thankful. You should go to Princeton trust me you won't be sorry. See I just wrote this paragraph and I'm only in fifth grade. I used to have good writing in 2nd grade (i still do). These skills you take from Princeton are going to pay off. Last year fifth grade got 100% on the ARMT Test and this year we are going to keep the scores the same way and that's a promise.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2013
Princeton Alternative School is one of the best schools in the Birmingham City School System. The leadership is outstanding and the teachers are excellent. The facutly and staff always goes far and beyond to make sure that the students are aceademically challenged and exposed globally to ensure they are leadership ready. The parent participation is phenominal and the school is always providing an opportunity for parents to volunteer or visit the school through PTA meetings, parent conferences, special recognition days, field trips, etc. I am excited every morning when I drop my son off at Princeton, because I know he is going to be challenged to do and be his best academically and display positive behavior. There is no other elementary school in the Birmingham city area that I would rather have my child attend than Princeton Alternative Elementary School. GREAT JOB- Principal, Teachers, Stafff, Parents and especially Students!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2012
I am a 2000 graduate of Princeton and just finished college this year. The foundation of respect and hard work definitely began in my home but Princeton was an environment that mirrored my home. I was expected to be able to write and speak publicly, perservere through difficult tasks, and be a leader by my teachers. Excuses and failure was not an option. Well, I am and I have Princeton to thank! Now I am an engineering graduate enrolled in graduate school. If you are a Princeton student or you are looking to become one, you will work hard, study a lot, and be held accountable for everything you say and do. But, one day your dreams will be realized and your goals will be met. With that being said, I don't know why this school is being considered for closing or consolidation. Nothing has changed. I see they still have the best test scores, best and most dedicated teachers, and a wonderful principal. (I know because I volunteer/tutor/visit once a year.) Parents fight for your school! Birmingham, fight for this "Pearl of the World!" Although a lot of my teachers have retired but, I want to say "Thank you Princeton!"

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2012
I graduated from Princeton Elementary School in the early '70s when Mrs. Lucille Boyd was the principal. It was an impressive school then and I am thoroughly thrilled to know that the bar for excellence is still so very high after all these years. From reading the comments, it seems that the key ingredients for success remain the same: dedicated, professional staff and caring, involved parents. Backed by such reinforcements, it is no wonder that students succeed in a big way!

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2012
When the doors are open I'm most likely to compare it to the doors of the church ; ) .Ms. Ward is the most caring and concerned principal that I have ever meet and her love and concern for everyone spreads through out her staff . The education that is impressed upon the children, the respect level that must be maintained, the resourcefulness they are taught and the responsibility that is instilled goes from school to home and home to school. The mission to achieve these qualities and to help each child understand that thay are individuals that are challenged to achieve their maximum potential and be self-motivated is not just in words.The education, concern, love,guidance and discipline my children receive at home is what they receive at school. What we receive at Princeton is equal to the best private and public schools in Alabama. As parents it's our responsibility to raise our children and instill great qualities in them so our teachers can teach. Prov.20;11-Even a child is known by their doings,whether their work be pure, and whethet it be right. This is for life and this is what they receive daily from home, church and school. Yes, I love my Princeton family and you would too

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Princeton is the Ivy league of elementary schools. The have excellent teachers and they really care about our children. I really hated when it was time for my child to move on. I just wish she could be educated at Princeton all through high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
I am a parent who was not brought up in the Birmingham school system, and was skeptical about Princeton when a friend who is a school teacher reffered us to Princeton. That was four years ago and Princeton has GREATLY EXCEEDED every expectation that I have for any elementary school. The parent participation is excellent. I love the way the Principal there knows everyone on a first name basis. Its not just a school but an extention of the family. The teachers there are the best and host parent teacher bootcamps, so that the parents can understand how to help their kids at home. I have never seen a school that had such good parent,teacher,and principal communication, and people wonder why Princeton Elementary is called " THE JEWEL OF THE WORLD, and the BEST IN THE WEST." When a school has a motto like Endless believing Leads to Endless Achieving, You cant help but to wonder why the rest of the Birmingham School System hasn't jumped on the band wagon???

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2012
Hey! I am a student at Princeton Elementary School. I have been at Princeton since kindergarten. I really enjoy the staff and this is an excellent school. Bye!

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2010
School leadership, high levels of parent involvement, and outstanding quality of teachers are the ingredients to what maes Princeton Elementary a perfect 10. I have two children who attended over the last 5 years and I can say that we witnessed first hand the recipe for success that I listed above.We will be moving to the Pacific Northwest this upcoming school year, where schools in the area are meeting 80-90% of objectives. I know that test scores alone don't paint the complete picture of what makes this school so special, it is worth noting that last year Princeton met 100% of AYP for grades 3-5 in Math and Reading. This school gave my kids have an excellent foundation and I know that they are prepared to succeed any where we go. Princeton is the jewel of public education not just in Birmingham but in Alabama. Go Panthers!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
I am an ancient alum of Princeton (Class of 1980). The school was impressive then, and it continues its tradition of excellence.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2009
I love Princeton. My son went to Princeton and Finished in the top10. Now I Have a First grader and he loves it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2009
My children has attended this school since kindergarten, I have been extremely pleased with the faculty and staff. I know that my children can leave this school and be able to compete with any other child from any school district in Alabama.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2009
I attended Princeton in the 70s when it was K-8 and it was a great school then as well as today. I believe in Cynthia Ward and her staff and love the time and attention devoted to the students. My oldest attended K thru 5th and is currently an honor student at Phillips Academy. My two youngest are in 1st and 2nd grade respectively and they love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2008
My daughter gradutated from Princeton this year and I have to say that the best decision I have made regarding her education was getting her into Princeton. The teachers and the principle all want our childrent to succeed. I have never been happier and I hope we continue on the path that Princeton has laid out for us.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2008
I am thrilled to death that my child is receiving the best education in Birmingham right here at this school. The teachers are wonderful! They really are dedicated to their professions. They love our children as if they were their own. They are always striving to improve the delivery of content through embedded professional development. The principal always tells the staff that good is mediocre and that they will strive to be the best. She is on the right track. I am really proud of the Panther Pride.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
i love this school. my teachers are great and they expec alot. they help me through my struggles and they give me indiviual attention when i need it.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2005
I am a substitute teacher and I have filled in at several Birmingham City Schools and I am estatic to say that Princeton is the best yet! I enjoy the fact that the administration is an ever present figure in the school always willing and ready to help. Princeton is a small school with only two sections per grade level, but the quality of education that I have observed here is tremendous! I also enjoy the fact that dicipline problems are slim to none, and if there are any problems please believe that Mrs. Ward is on top of it.

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2005
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February 25, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 07, 2005
Looking for a way out of the drab B'ham City Schools? Princeton Alternative is your answer. The principal and her staff are wonderful! Princeton is a small school that lacks the funding it deserves; however, the teachers are so creative and resourceful the children do not suffer one bit. Princeton has the greatest parents! Whenever we find information that will be helpful for our children/students we share that information with the staff and other parents. We don't keep great tips to ourselves. My child who is kindergarten is reading on the first grade level with minimal problems, counting by 2's, 5's and 10's and is excited about learning and I know it is because of the uniting between the teacher and I. For those of you who cannot afford private school even on the strictest of budget and want a quality education for you child.....need I say anymore.

- submitted by a parent

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Princeton Alt School
1425 2nd Ave West, Birmingham, AL  35208
(205) 231-2500
Last modified Princeton Alt School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Princeton Alt School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top