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Calera High School

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Posted June 3, 2013

Calera teachers are great. The principal on the other hand is horrible. If you child is a black male and attend this school. I strongly advise you to write everything down on paper and get involve with Shelby County Board of Education. This man has got to be put out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

I THINK THIS SCHOOL IS A GOOD SCHOOL IF YOU ARE NOT A BLACK MALE. UPPER ADMINISTRATION SHOWS VERY LITTLE FAIRNESS TO THOSE OF THIS PARTICULAR STATUS. IF THEY COULD GET PEOPLE TO TREAT ALL STUDENTS EQUALLY, IT WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

It's a small area that is growing in a time when funds are not. This schoolpromotex a sense of community.


Posted February 5, 2009

In my opinion, Calera is one of the up and coming 4A schools in the state. They have strong sports programs, but also great fine arts programs and strong academics--the comprehensive math team were state champs last year. The education is on a par with the bigger, more well-known Shelby County schools and the school has the added advantage of being small enough that kids don't get lost in the shuffle. I have nothing but praise for the school, teachers, staff, and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

I think Calera has the potential to be a great school. We just went froma a 3A to a 5A so we are growing and we have new leadership. I am excited about what Calera is going to become.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2007

Calera is a great school. The teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

We recently moved back to Alabama from El Paso, Texas. My boys love being back - the school is somewhat small, but in turn, that is what I like the best. Smaller classes give the kids a better chance. Some of the teachers are excellent while others are just starting out so they still have a chance to prove themselves. Overall, I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2006

We have been very pleased with all the help we received from Calera. Our son has ADHD and has dyslexia. Mr. Mobley, principal, is the best!!!!!
—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 73% in 2012.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

168 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
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 79% in 2012.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

164 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
71%
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 Students62%
Female64%
Male60%
Black41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Special education7%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Poverty47%
Non-poverty80%

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male80%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education50%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty77%
Non-poverty96%
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 Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Special educationn/a
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty90%

Reading

All Students78%
Female85%
Male70%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special educationn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty70%
Non-poverty89%
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 76% in 2012.

168 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
75%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male80%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible64%
Special education36%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty93%
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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

106 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
88%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
84%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

89 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
100%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Special educationn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty92%

Math

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty93%

Social Studies

All Students79%
Female75%
Male83%
Black60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special educationn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty79%
Non-poverty92%

Math

All Students93%
Female96%
Male92%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female87%
Male93%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty92%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 55% 58%
Black 37% 34%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 53%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8454 Hwy 31 South
Calera, AL 35040
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