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Fultondale High School

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Posted June 12, 2009

My eldest attended FHS for 1 year and I must say I am disappointted in what I have seen thus far. When his grades started dropping, I saw no contact from the teachers to my husband not myself to discuss the issue or find ways to help my son improve. Only when my husband went to them did they show any interest in helping him succeed. But still never went out of their way to help him, in my opinion. The building itself is old and needs much repair. We are giving serious thought to moving our son to a school where he can get a more positive education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I love the small teacher/student ratio for better learning achievements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

Fultondale high school is one of the best schools. Yes it is small but I went to a large school and kids get more attendtion in a small school. The teachers care more and kids are not just a number. All the teachers know every one and knows your child by name. Most all parants are helping out in what ever needs to be done. We need more schools like FHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

I'm not a parent, but an alumni who graduated in 2005. I have spent the last two years at UAB and I have to say, Fultondale High School did not prepare me for anything I have encountered in college. I was a cheerleader and a B-C average student. There are only a handful of teachers at Fultondale who actually care about the kids and the kids' futures. My senior year, I took Honors' English, passed with a B, and it ended up being the exact same class as the regular English class. Fultondale has a lot to work on when it comes to this school. I honestly wouldn't recommend parents sending their children to this school if they really want them to succeed in life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 1, 2005

my child is a student at fultondale high the educational opportunities are limited in many areas such as foreign languages. the administators have changed often. there are some sports programs but not very well developed and not really welcoming to students who have not been involved previously. the main problem we encountered was lack of support finding scholarships and financial aid for college. there doesn't seem to be a plan for preparing and moving the students to colleges or jobs. even the most talented and smartest students struggle to find where they should go next this is what schools should be doing preparing kids for the future parental involvement is encouraged only if you agree with the views of administrator.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2005

I am not a parent of FHS but I am an alumna. I graduated in 2003 and have spent the past 2 years at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. I thought and still think FHS is a great school. I was very involved in band and colorguard and found that the teachings of Mike Gillespie have stuck with me and I'm so proud to have been in his band. Ms. Rudzki was right, college years are the best years of my life, but I wouldn't trade my years as a daughter of Fultondale High for anything!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 15, 2005

I am currently a Junior at Fultondale High school and have mixed feelings about the quality of the school. The upper math classes for Junior and Seniors need alot of work. They are not taught well by the current math teacher. The other classes are very well taught, but I am afraid that I will not be well prepared for college after I graduate. The teachers are all very friendly and no student doesn't get the attention they deserve.
—Submitted by a student


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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 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students68%
Female62%
Male73%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White67%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Poverty63%
Not poverty76%

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty93%
Not poverty94%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students71%
Female68%
Male73%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White73%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Poverty68%
Not poverty75%

Reading

All Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty75%
Not poverty89%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Black87%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Poverty84%
Not poverty97%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students94%
Female97%
Male91%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty91%
Not poverty100%

Language

All Students64%
Female68%
Male60%
Black44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant64%
Poverty58%
Not poverty75%

Math

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant81%
Poverty76%
Not poverty92%

Reading

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant84%
Poverty78%
Not poverty96%

Social Studies

All Students70%
Female56%
Male83%
Black50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant70%
Poverty64%
Not poverty79%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

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

Biology I

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant97%
Poverty98%
Not poverty97%

Language

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Black0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty86%
Not poverty0%

Math

All Students93%
Female97%
Male89%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty91%
Not poverty97%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty95%
Not poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students81%
Female82%
Male81%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant81%
Poverty75%
Not poverty90%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

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 49% 58%
Black 30% 34%
Hispanic 19% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 65%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr William Larry Gibson
Fax number
  • (205) 379-3545

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1450 Carson Rd North
Birmingham, AL 35217
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Phone: (205) 379-3500

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