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Fultondale Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 800 students

 

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Posted February 22, 2006

My 2 grandsons ages 7 and 11 started Fultondale just before Christmas 2005. I have never heard of nor seen such an un-caring un-cooperative school staff in my life. Because they didn't start at the beginning of the year they didn't receive supplies because the school is 'out of them'. Nor is any effort being made to get them copies. These boys have suffered through a really painful year 2005 as has the whole family. We are all stressed to the limit. The school has been made aware of this but has an 'I can't be bothered with their problems' attitude.How much effort does it take to be kind? You are really failing especially compared to the dedicated teachers at Odenville Elementary and Hoover. If I sound angry it is because I am.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2005

My two boys went to fultondale elem. And now I have one grandson that went the last two years and will be in the second grade this year and I will have another one to start this year also. This will be the second grader's brother. I like the school system and i have also liked most of the principals through out the years, but you know you are going to get some you like and some you don't. Over all it is a good school in my opinion. Mrs. Duke is just the greatest. My boys have went to the high school and one still goes there. It is also a good school. My sons would not go to any other school. If they couldn't go to fultondale, they just did not want to go. They grew up in these two schools and have done pretty good. It is a good school. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

Are you kidding? The principal is the worst administrator I have ever seen. Without good and fair leadership in a school, how can you expect anything better from the school at all?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 28, 2004

I was a student at this school and now I have 1 child in this school and one who went to the high school this year. There have been many great changes that have taken place over the years. The staff and faculty are wonderful people and have the best interest of the students in mind at all times. This is one of the best schools around and the students are lucky to have people care so much about their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I just moved this summer (2003) and I was ecstatic to remove my child from this school and not have to enroll my kindergartner at all. I had horrible experiences during the time my eldest daughter attended this school. She went from K-3rd grade. Her K teacher did NOT teach her a thing, continually fed her school meals (when I had sent her prepared lunches due to dietary restrictions) and I could NOT get a conference with her all year and believe me, I tried. This teacher lied on her end of the year report noting that my daughter knew her letters and their sounds and she DID NOT! Her first grade teacher was not much better. I learned, after the fact, that my child had spent many days in the hall--banished from the classroom for simply 'getting on the teachers nerves.' Had I known that my sweet hearted child were being treated this way I would have put a stop to it immediately. (If you know my child you would know I'm not exaggerating--she is soft spoken, lives to please and will take an insect out of the house rather than hurt it.) The fact that my child started first grade not reading a SINGLE word (thanks to the K teacher who passed her against my better judgment) and ended the year with A honor roll--her achievement was not recognized by her teacher or the school at all. As I picked up her report card I was told snidely by this teacher 'I have reservations about passing her but if she works hard next year....' Oh please, she worked her buns off and ended the year with an A-B average. I just walked away while the woman was talking. UGH Her second grade teacher was better but quite unimpressive. I moved my family to a better area with A+ schools (last I checked F'dale was a C+ school), a lower teacher student ratio, and according to this site, their new school scores 20% higher on the achievement tests. If your child has to attend this elementary school I HIGHLY suggest being very proactive on their behalf. This was my first experience sending a child to a public school and I'll admit, I was not as proactive as I should have been out of fear that my disagreeing would bring hardship to my child. I think, although I would change my involvement if I had it to do over again, that more involvement *would* have caused grief for my child. Another thing, this school is run like a virtual prison. When checking my daughter out for a doctors appointment my (then) toddler was in awe of the artwork put on display down the halls. She wandered a mere 6 feet or so from the check out desk and I was yelled at to bring her back to the waiting area IMMEDIATELY. I was shocked. Why put the distracting art work there if not for those waiting to enjoy? I should have sent her to a private school and if faced with sending any of my children to a school like this again, I will, either homeschool or seek a private education. Thanks for this forum where I can share what I went through with this school. I'm choosing the option to sign my name as everything I have relayed is true and I'll not hide behind anonymity.
—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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

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

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

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

All Students80%
Female84%
Male78%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special education35%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty82%
Not poverty78%

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male79%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special education30%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty83%
Not poverty82%
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 Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education71%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty92%
Not poverty95%

Reading

All Students92%
Female98%
Male88%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education64%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Poverty91%
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 Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education55%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty91%
Not poverty90%

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education43%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty88%
Not poverty85%
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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education30%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty73%
Not poverty75%
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 39% 58%
Black 34% 34%
Hispanic 23% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 71%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Cynthia M Cornelius
Fax number
  • (205) 379-3495

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • car line
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Newcomb
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Newcomb
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • conferences/emails
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950 Central Ave
Fultondale, AL 35068
Phone: (205) 379-3450

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