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Glen Iris Elementary School

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Posted July 17, 2014

Glen Iris Elementary is an outstanding school with exceptional instructors, exemplary curricula and students who strive for excellence. I am honored to have my children as a part of a wonderful learning environment which utilizes all of its resources including extensive professional development for teachers, collaborative partnerships with vital entities including the University of Alabama-Birmingham, business, civic and community stakeholders to insure that students are receiving state of the art learning practices, intricate student engagement and opportunities which will have them equipped for the future, whether it is college or career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2012

My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and is now in the 2nd grade. She has learned so many things here and is becoming more culturally diversified. She is able to do and tell me things that I didn't learn at her age. This school really strives for excellence in their students learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

My daughter has attended Glen Iris since kindergarten and it has been a great learning experience. Her principal gets two thumbs up because he has gone out of his way to bring new things to the school such as the playground and new outside classroom. This is my daughter's last year, and I am going to hate to see her eave this school. It will be a challenge to replace the teachers and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

My children have attended Glen Iris for 3 years. The experience has been wonderful. I love the faculty and staff. The teachers not only care about the quality of education the students receive, they also care about their safety. One day my mother was running late to pick up the kids; however, my son's teacher waited until my mother came before she went home. The teacher told my mom that she didn't mind waiting with my kids, she will wait anytime no matter what.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

My child has been at Glen Iris for 4 years and the experience has been great. The principal and staff are caring people who want to see every child achieve at the highest level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

I love glen iris,the teachers and the principle is very involve in the students academic studies,and they make sure the students read everyday.glen iris elementary is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

I believe Glen Iris Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in Birmingham. My daughter graduated from there in 2008 and this will be my son last year attending the school. After years at Glen Iris, I have had no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

I am not happy with this school the staff is hard to work with and my son is not being challenged enough. There is very little discipline in the school. All activities at the school is given to parents at last minute. I think this school is only about numbers not about the students getting the education they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

I think this school has got to be the best one I have ever seen. My children have learned more here than any school they have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

My child's experience has been very good. She has been challenged and has excelled. She loves the school and has had two good teachers. She will be in the 2nd grade in the fall and hopefully she will have a teacher that will challenge her to perform to the best of her ability. The most important thing about school some parents forget is the challenge for the child. Parents must do their part and assist the school and teacher by giving our time and making sure that we have properly home trained and public trained our children. There will always be bullies there will always be teachers that will be slack in there duty. Your presence as a parent at the school and events and making your opinions known to the Board of education and principals will help fix the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

I wanted to say that Glenn Iris elementary has its ups and downs. One up is that when my daughter had a bully issue it was taken care of. One down is that the teacher who let the bullying slide is still in her current position. The other is the way the parents behave while dropping off their children in the parking lot. The parents have no respect for each other unlike the children do. But the children are going to repeat what they see and hear at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2007

Glen Iris has issues for sure, but they are very warm, real people who will teach your kids the best they can. I have been to terrible schools in 'good' districts and vice versa, so don't judge these guys by statistics and test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

I love this school. My child learned so much there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

My son has attended Glen Iris for the past two years. He will be going to the fifth grade in the fall. I agree with the other parents that have responded. Glen Iris does not have teachers who are concerned with the children learning. I imagine it is hard for the teachers to do their job when they must constantly attend to behavioral problems. On the other hand, there are teachers who are not doing a very good job of teaching. While I am in no position right now to move to another district, I help my son by teaching him things that I know a child his age should know. I do feel that he is not being challenged enough at this school. His desire to learn new things is not being fulfilled. I will face this challenge with my daughter also. She will begin kindergarten this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

I brought my kids here to attend this school, because of trying to profound a good education for my children as well as being around positive influences. I have come to learn that there are some teachers that seem not to care whether the child passes or fails. I have also learned through my personal evaluation and complaints from other parents that this school is very over crowded, and has a lot of children that are dis-obedient and have no home discipline. When you have a ratio of negative that overcrowds the positive, then the positive becomes negative also. My kids have been very well educated when they were attending Homewood schools. Its useless complaining to the school, the board of education, or the city council. All have nothing but excuses. My children will attend private school this upcoming 2004 year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2004

Coming to this school was the biggest mistake of my life. They are the most prejudice bunch of kids and teachers I have ever seen in my life.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
77%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
74%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
82%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population87%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty79%

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population87%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty86%
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%
Female91%
Male84%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty79%

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Poverty82%
Non-poverty86%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population97%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty90%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population88%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty82%
Non-povertyn/a
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
60%
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 Students70%
Female67%
Male72%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education27%
General population74%
English language learners61%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Poverty67%
Non-povertyn/a
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 75% 34%
Hispanic 23% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
White 1% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Michael Vincent Wilson
Fax number
  • (205) 231-7443

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1115 11th St South
Birmingham, AL 35205
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