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Princeton Alt School

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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!"


Posted September 9, 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!


Posted 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


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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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
100%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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

Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male100%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%
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 100% 34%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 58%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Birmingham, AL 35208
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