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Clay Elementary School

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Posted March 1, 2014

I love how friendly the teachers and staff are. I went to clay my whole life and to see my children also go there was a tremendous blessing. Clay is NOT one of those entitlement schools. You will NOT get special treatment for any reason. Being a part of the school was a blast as a room mother and a PTA. It's great to see teachers that have a heart for teaching. Mrs. Rosemary at the front desk is a peach! Treat her nice, she can help get you info when your in a pinch. We will definitely miss Clay when we move over the summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

My son attended Clay Elementary from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. He "graduated" last year and will be attending CCMS. We had a great experience with most all of the teachers, the office staff, and the other parents and children. All but one year, I felt that the teachers truly care for my child and that he was given the best education possible. We will certainly miss CES this upcoming school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

This my son's first year at Clay Elementary. He is in the second grade in Mrs. Heather Youngkins. SHE IS AWESOME!!!! I will admit I was a little nervous coming to the school since my son was in a smaller private school setting his first few years of school however, she has lived up to ALL of the accolades that parents, teachers and administrators have given her and he is having a WONDERFUL time!!! GO Mrs. Youngkins Yaks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

I have a child that is on his second year at this school and he loves it! We had some minor issues with a teacher but come to find out everyone was having that problem so it wasn't the children but more so the teacher. We are only a week into school, but he absolutely loves 1st grade! It also has the small town feel that so many people are looking for these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

I have a daughter that has went to Clay for 4 years and I have been room mother every year and this is a great school---academically and environmentally...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

I really Love Clay Elementary. It has been a very positive influence over my son and has facilitated his learning process tremendously! There is a CLEAR Night and Day Difference between Clay Elementary and Chalkville Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

My child has been at Clay for 2 and a half years and he has loved it. He is constantly learning new things. I have been very pleased with the teachers. I have been disappointed with the amount of parent involvement. I have repeatedly tried to go to the school and get involved. I get the impression the principle does not encourage or invite parent involvement. Overall I love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

I have 2 children at Clay Elem. I love the school. The teachers show so much love & care towards all of the students. I have to say, though, the principal is horrible. She says that she cares about the kids, but shows no support in their activities unless it is something that is her idea or will make her look good. She is not supportive in any way towards the recreational aspect of the school. She also has a very poor attitude towards the parents unless the parent is willing to brown nose her. She has a serious struggle with power & is very rude. As far as the other administration, she needs to consider herself blessed. i absolutely love the vprin. She is wonerful, & my kids adore her!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

I agree with the post about the principal. She runs the school very well, but as a parent you are clear on who is in charge. A more service oriented attitude towards parents would go a long way. The other area I recommend for improvement would be more cooperation with Clay Recreation. Clay Elementary receives scores/rankings based on offering activities like softball, football, cheerleading, basketball, and wrestling; however, the school does not offer these, Clay Rec. does and there is little the school does to support these activities. I think the principle is definitely putting what is most important first, our kids, but to be a really great school the above changes should be made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

The teachers are great at Clay. They are very supportive. The RLC program is awesome. The principal has a power issues. She likes to flex her muscles at the cost of your child and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

I love Clay, but was very disappointed when my child's first grade teacher was not renewed last year. She was wonderful! I think is it a shame that the ones who do not care to be there get to stay and the ones who care, leave! Very dissapointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

My oldest daughter attended grades 1-5 at Clay Elementary. Now my 2 younger ones attend here. We have been very blessed to have wonderful and caring teachers then and now. I would NEVER dream of having them go anywhere else. Lisa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

I have two children at Clay and I wouldn't want them anywhere else! The administration, office staff and teachers are wonderful. They truly care about each kid. I know my kids are getting the best education available. I LOVE CLAY ELEMENTARY!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

Clay Elementary has a wonderful, caring learning environment. The teachers work together to provide the best possible academic programs. I've often seen teachers working late and on weekends to prepare for their students. My children have had different teachers for each grade level. I found all of their teachers to be highly qualified, and very interested and concerned about each individual child. The Gifted program is excellent. The music teacher has wonderful programs. She has chiors for the third and fourth grades. She also teaches the students to play instruments. Violin classes are offered during school. Spanish and computer classes are offered after school. The school is active in the Scholars Bowl. They have a large percentage of Presidential 'Super Scholars.' Also, many classes participate in a Southeast Regional internet math competition with most of classes placing in the top three in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division coming from Clay School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

I love the schools. My son had learned a great deal and has advanced quite well. Clay has an awsome RLC program. My only fear is over crowding our great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

This school has been a completed disappointment to my family. I moved into this school system 2 years ago. This school is very discipline focused and learning is not the priority. Each child is given a gross amount of work to complete daily and there is not much time for one on one with the children. Discipline, order, and high sat scores are the focus of this school. Very disappointed since the adv. Test scores looked so good on this school. We have since determined that we will remove my child from this school and attend a private school. He is now learning again, not just sitting silently doing busy work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2003

Clay is a warm and friendly school that encourages parent involvement through a strong PTA. The teachers are innovative, creative, and well educated. They care about the kids a lot. Good community atmosphere. Middle school and High school are excellent, also. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2003

Clay Elementary offers a safe and secure school atmosphere for my daughter who attends Clay from outside of her normal school zone. The RLC program is excellent! Also, Clay Elem. supports community activities and is an ideal for kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2003

Great school everyone seems to care! Great program! My child loves to go to school somtimes she even wants to go on saturday. Clay is such a tight knit comunity I hope it doesnt change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

This is the best school and best teachers ever! This school goes above and beyond for parents to keep us informed with constant communication concerning our children every single day.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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 93% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education77%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty93%
Not poverty95%

Reading

All Students90%
Female95%
Male86%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special education64%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Poverty86%
Not poverty95%
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 Students77%
Female75%
Male79%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special education54%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Poverty69%
Not poverty85%

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male89%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education54%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Poverty85%
Not poverty93%
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 Students95%
Female92%
Male97%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education81%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Poverty94%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education56%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty87%
Not poverty93%
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 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education63%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty85%
Not poverty86%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 58%
Black 26% 34%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 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 38%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6745 Old Springville Rd
Clay, AL 35048
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