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Chestnut Grove Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 411 students

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Posted May 30, 2013

Both of my children have attended CGE. Our current child is in 3rd grade and excelling in every subject. This is a 5 star school with 5 star teachers. Both of our children were invited to the magnet school. We remained at our neighborhood school and have never regretted it. They are both advanced and doing great. The school lunch program could improve, however I do believe that is an ongoing public school issue in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

The principal and teachers are outstanding. They have high expectations for student learning and teachers are held to high professional standards. The school has a wonderful school climate and children are taught to be the best they can be. Student achievement is recognized through national honor programs such as the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society for Elementary Schools. The staff focuses on the needs of each individual child for student achievement. The principal follows the performance of every student by reviewing every report card, interim reports, and classroom data. The PTA is the best to be found in any school and provides resources for instructional and school support through fundraising efforts. The staff has great camaraderie. Professional learning for teachers is on-going. The school has great support through its' community partnerships. It is a great place to be and is very child centered. Chestnut Grove is located in a beautiful community with access to a middle school and high school. Decatur City Schools are great schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 22, 2012

2nd time around, 8 years later and the teachers are still great. Leader In Me is still going strong. Love the netbooks for the 5th graders. The PTA is still working hard too. Glad to be back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

I like the school and teachers. We moved here from Fairfax County, Virginia, where the schools are second to none. I feel that CGES can compete with any of the schools in that county. However, I do wish there was better communication between the school and the parents. I have received notices only 2 days before an activity or event. I check my daughter's backpack every day so I know I would not miss an announcement. They need to have a better system to notify parents of info and upcoming events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2010

My Granddaughter attends this school, and as much as I miss her(I live in LA.) her school is teaching her so much! it is a better school then she would have here. much better!The learning experience for her is awesome! so many opportunities for her, a great school! Maw-Maw Cerny


Posted February 20, 2008

As a second time around parent at Chestnut Grove - I remember being promissed that the trailers would be removed by the time my child was in 5th grade. He is 19 now and my younger child is in the third grade - still there. The school is over-crowded, teachers are stretched to the maximum with in-flux of additional students, and overall, the feeling at CGES is - don't ask or comment - we will handle it (as in parental involvement). The only thing I dread more is going to another round of Austin High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2008

As a former teacher, I watch and listen with critical senses. I am forever amazed at the dedication, patience, and passion that the teachers have at CGE! I have two children enrolled and declined invitations to the local magnet school. We have a PTA that is 2nd to none and provides funding for any worthy program or idea our teachers have. Our principal will not be found wearing a bunny costume at Spring fling, but make no mistake, every decision she makes is made with our children's best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Chestnut Grove is an excellent elementary school, with a dedicated caring faculty and staff! This year they have started an amazing new program for students. Mrs. Angie Whittington is training the students in Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, as well as coaching teachers to use those principles in their day to day teaching strategies. The goal is to train all staff and students to maximize their potential by using these basic principles of leadership. I can already see such a positive difference in my children! They are learning responsibility, leadership characteristics, and the importance of setting goals for their lives. The positive atmosphere in this school reinforces the students' sense of self-worth and self-esteem! I appreciate the role these wonderful teachers are playing in my childrens' education. Thank you Mrs. Lauretta Teague, Mrs. Whittington, and all of our faculty and staff of Chestnut Grove Elementary School, Decatur, Alabama!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

My child had Ms. Whittington this year and she is the best teacher I have ever seen. Mrs. Teague is also amazing. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2004

Mrs. Teague has done an exceptional job as principal of Chestnut Grove Elementary. She is warm, loving and nuturing to the children in her school. She provides her faculty with innovative professional development training, ensures that students are being challenged academically to meet the Alabama Courses of Study criteria and she establishes a positive rapport with all of her students by allowing them to come into her office regularly to read to her. My hat goes off to Mrs. Teague and her faculty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2003

We have 2 Children in the second grade at Chestnut Grove and they love it! I think Mrs Teague(the principal) is doing a wonderful job. The teachers that we have this year have been excellent so far. Last year, my daughter's teacher, Mrs. Whittington, had such a positive impact on her that she wants her to stay there until she can get through college and take her class over as a first grade teacher. Schools are like banks, you can only get out of them what you put into them. It is our job as parent(s) to continue their education at home as well. My hat goes off to all of our teachers who invest in the lives of our kids...Thank you Chestnut Grove...Warren and Candace
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2003

Principal doesn't listen to parents. She does not encourage parent participation. There are some great teachers at the school but they are limited in what they can do because of the principal. There are also some poor teachers also and if your child gets one of these teachers then there is nothing you can do about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2003

Great school! Teachers love the kids!


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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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
87%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
85%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty97%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty94%
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 Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty89%

Reading

All Students92%
Female89%
Male94%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty83%
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

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty78%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
79%
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty70%
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

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3205 Cedarhurst Dr SW
Decatur, AL 35603
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