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Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School

Public | K, 3-5 | 383 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted March 14, 2013

Very disappointed with the direction the school is headed! We began Leon Sheffield 5 years ago and now with our second child, I have to say the quality of teachers and curriculum offerings are sliding quickly. Leon Sheffield really offers nothing different than the neighborhood schools now with the exception of the outstanding school play at the Princess. They have eliminated foreign language and really don't follow IB principles as Ben Davis does. Struggling now with the decision of whether to allow our next child to attend after completing Ben Davis or to go back to our neighborhood school/private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Having had children in both a neighborhood school and the magnet program, I can truthfully say what an amazing job I think the faculty,staff, and administration do here at Leon Sheffield. As far as the foreign language program no longer being in the school, that is not entirely true. Our students are being taught Language Exploration and are learning Latin, French, German, etc. They have been exposed to many different lanaguages and cultures, which in this day and age with the US cultural diversity, is a plus in my book. The students will take spanish and french when they move on to middle school. I can't say enough wonderful things about this program and Mrs. Hill who is teaching it. And as for the administration, Dr, Rachel Poovey does an amazing job communicating with the parents and students on a daily basis. We are very pleased with our years at Leon Sheffield and look forward to many more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

Gordon-Bibb School is no more. The magnet program once housed there has moved to Leon Sheffield Elementary School. The buildings were torn down and replaced with a new school, Banks-Caddell Elementary School. It is a 'regular' school, and does not house a magnet school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2006

This school is amazing! They have moved this year because of construction and everyone was feeling nervous at the begining of the year about the new place. They did a wonderful job and the kids are very happy. They are as strong as ever in academics, music and arts. The only drawback though is that the kids do not have a playground.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2004

Has a great technology lab and teaching. My child is receiving the best education that can be found in Decatur...let the scores tell you the story.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

The administration, faculty, and staff at Gordon-Bibb are all committed to helping each child excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2003

This is the best school for my gifted children. They really excelled.


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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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
99%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
96%
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 Students93%
Female92%
Male95%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty99%
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 Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty100%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty97%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty95%
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
White 65% 58%
Black 29% 34%
Hispanic 4% 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 36%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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801 Wilson St NE
Decatur, AL 35601
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