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Calera Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 768 students


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Posted August 26, 2014

I am very happy to tell others my daughter attends Calera Elementary. True it is a small school but that has not been a negative thing AT ALL. In the two years my child has attended she has received more than a satisfactory education. It's obvious the teachers she's had ensured the students are being taught in a way they truly receive the information given. The staff is quite friendly and I always receive immediate feedback on any concerns. The school also strives to provide students with resources to better their understanding. This is a GREAT school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2014

Don't let your child go to this school unless you like that small town feel and small town education. This is definitely a second class education. A lot of gossiping going on here. Football coaches flirt to much with other parents. Staff and teachers are rude and uncaring. The school is old, not updated and unclean.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2013

First year to have a grandchild in the Alabama Schools. Calera Elementary is just awesome. From the front office,Cafeteria and teachers I thought I had been visiting this school for years. The staff was so welcoming and friendly to me and two other grandchildren that came to eat lunch with my grandson. I rate this school on a scale of 1-10 a number 15. Thanks to the Calera Elementary school staff for making me and my grandson feel like family.

Posted June 5, 2012

My daughter just finished her second year at Calera Elementary and we have been very pleased with the school and especially her teachers Ms. Montgomery and Ms. Richie. The school tries very hard to place each student with the right teacher based on learning styles and needs. Yes it is a title 1 school but that did not have any effect on her education. I have never had any problems with the Principal or the staff either. The only suggestion I might make is to improve the car pool lines in the morning. But overall I am pleased with the education she has received at Calera.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 13, 2011

Calera Elementary does not have an administrative team that is ethical, honest, or supportive. I have seen too much underhanded manipulation go on without anyone standing up to do what is right and what is best for the education of our children. I have lost my faith in this school...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2010

I have heard lots of ugly things about this school and it's administration. I was VERY pleased with my child's Kindergarten teacher this year. He loved going to school everyday and learned so much. He is way above average in reading and math thanks to his teacher's dedication. All the teachers that I came in contact with love what they do. The school building itself needs lots of updates, but the teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2009

Calera Elementary is now serving K-3 with grades 4-6 in Calera Middle School. I have to agree with the comments about the principal. She is not at all friendly, very detatched and it seems as though the school is not her main priority. However, the teachers I have encountered have all been wonderful in my opinion. My child enjoys going to school there and has learned by leaps and bounds. This is all because of the teachers, despite their leadership. Also, there is no playground for recess. I have learned as a CES parent that there is really no recess. The kids here only get 10 minutes a week for freeplay, I guess there is no need for play equipment. I have minor complaints such as this about the school and its very impersonal 'form letters' from the principal.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2009

I agree with the comment about the principal. She is not friendly at all, neither is the vice-principal. I think it is very important for the principal and vice-principal to have good, fun loving attitudes, especially in elementary.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 12, 2008

I was very nervous about sending my daughter here after seeing the reviews and ratings on this website and also after seeing the location of the school. We had already decided to send her to private school but instead decided to give Calera a try knowing that we could pull her if needed. It is now November and my daughter is already reading small words, doing basic math problems, counting to 100, knows her entire alphabet (which I must say, she only knew 1/4 of the letters when she started) plus her vocabulary skills have grown by leaps and bounds. Her teacher is Mrs. LaCroix and I definately credit her! We have not had any issues thus far and after attending a field trip with her class last week, I have no doubt that we made the best decision for our daughter's education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 13, 2008

This is a Title I school. (Not Good) Linda Chesler is a horrible principal. She is very detached to the students and parents. She is not empathetic to the students or parents. My three children all hated this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2006

Calera Elementary is an excellent learning environment for children. With a strong academic, community oriented, and great value system for children and their families. As good as any school system in our nation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2003

As a parent and a law enforcement officer I can say that Calera Elementary School far exceeds the standards parents should expect for their children. The quality of instruction, compassion and professionalism is second to none. These teachers not only develop our children intellectually but also re-enforce strong community values in our children.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.








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


All Students82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education28%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant82%
Not poverty92%


All Students86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education39%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant86%
Not poverty97%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 58%
Black 26% 34%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Linda Chesler
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  • (205) 682-6125


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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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855 10th St
Calera, AL 35040
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Phone: (205) 682-6120


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