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Banks-Caddell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 458 students

 

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Posted August 6, 2013

My children attended Banks Caddell last year. I was extremely disappointed at the unprofessional way my Son's teacher behaved. He went from a child who loved school to having to be placed on medication for frequent tension headaches. I always teach my children they must listen to their teacher and the teacher is always right, but in this circumstance I had to step in and defend him against daily torment. He still managed good grades but what a horrible year. We moved just to get away from this school. My daughter had a good year at Banks Caddell but I think she is the exception.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2011

This school disgusts me. My daughter moved to Banks-Caddell this year and I could not be more disappointed. The majority of the office staff seem to have no idea what's going on or how to do their job and there is virtually no security. Anyone could come check your child out of school. My daughter's teacher has been great but she can only do so much with the badly behaved children in her class. My daughter's learning experience has been greatly impaired by the majority of the other students in her class. They are so badly behaved it interrupts class on a regular basis. I have also had to buy her school supplies 3 times this year and it's only December. The first set I provided her went into the pool with everyone else's supplies, but not everyone brought supplies so my daughter didn't have all that she needed. Her pencil box with her supplies in it then got stolen and nothing was done about it so I had to buy yet another round of supplies. The parents are not involved at all. At any given event there are maybe 3 parents out of the 22 children in the class. We will be moving if she cannot go to another school next year.
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Posted August 14, 2009

My son just started at Banks Caddell. After hearing nothing but negative comments about the school since moving to the area, I have been pleasantly surprised. My son loves the school, administration and his teacher. His teacher has far surpassed my expectations of what a teacher's roles are. She has called me twice in one week and relayed info on my child. She even gave me her personal cell the first day of school. Never known a teacher to do that. I'm very happy I decided to give the school a chance, I look forward to a very fun and educational year for my son.
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Posted January 11, 2009

Banks-Caddell is NOT a magnet school. It is a good school, and the former location of the magnet school. Although this lot has had a school for more than 100 years, the new Banks-Caddell is a completely new school, newly built. I've heard nothing but good things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

Leon Sheffield Magnet School Now in their first year as a magnet school! I know we nervously awaited moving to our third school location in 3 years but it has Always been worth it! Teachers and staff are Top Class. PTA has a huge group of parents and friends dedicated to making our school awesome. Themed learning, drama, music, and the new learning lab is great. Our school is also in the process of being an International Bachelorette Programme-Primary Years. The magnet program offers a unique learning environment. We have had a child with this program for five years and have so many wonderful memories.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students84%
Female77%
Male89%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners85%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female69%
Male70%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners58%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
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 Students82%
Female87%
Male80%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education43%
General population91%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female83%
Male73%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education29%
General population88%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
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 Students92%
Female90%
Male93%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners73%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners64%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
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

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
42%
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 Students29%
Female20%
Male39%
Black26%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant29%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
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
Hispanic 42% 5%
Black 38% 34%
White 16% 58%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 88%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Miss Wanda Y Davis
Fax number
  • (256) 552-4653

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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