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1600 East 3rd St
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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September 02, 2012
Gulf Shores Elementary School has a wonderful administrative staff and faculty as well as amazing teachers! Everyone is so friendly and helpful! There are numerous ways to get involved in the school - whether it be through volunteer work or fundraisers. My daughter has attended GSES since Pre-K and has loved every minute of it. Teachers are so nice and make sure the students are learning as much as possible. We love this school and wouldn't go anywhere else!!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
We are new in town and the teachers and staff were very helpful...my child's teacher's communication is A+ . They made my child feel very comfortable and happy to be there. They also made sure he made it to me safely during dismissal.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
I thought I was the only parent being treated horribly by the staff. I feel like we don't have to put up with it. We should be allowed to be involved in our childs education other than PTO fundraisers and homework. Every single time I have asked for something such as a change in transportation, and even changing my phone number it has been an ordeal. Kathy is extremely rude and unhelpful. The car line is terrible in the afternoons and they refuse to try any other ways. I think they are lazy and the reason they don't want parent involvement is because they don't want parents to see what goes on behind closed doors. Gulf Shores has always been about "who owns what" and if you don't have anything but volunteer work to offer then they are not interested. I tried to organize a fundraiser and asked to bring in a flyer to help students from the Tuscaloosa tornado with school supplies and was told that they only gave out local business fliers and that they didn't want to get involved. Yet, GS has been helped through many hurricanes. I hate this school I am so sad that my daughter has to go here.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
I was thinking of moving to Gulf Shores. Now, I am sure it is not a good idea. Sounds like the schools need to get their act together.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2011
The leadership is nonexistent, the support staff is often rude and clueless and the teaching staff is sub-par. I met with the Principal at the beginning of the school year and was given a " that's just the way we do things around here" speech and sent on my way. The PTO is a joke but might not be their fault because per the Principal, parents are not allowed in their child's classroom. Why? I don't know but she was so proud to announce that GSES had become a Title I school and per the information about Title I, parents are to be encouraged to participate in their childrens classes not locked out. As far as the locked doors while the kids are in the classroom I do not know this for fact but was told this by another parent. I do know for fact ( I have been a classroom on more than one occasion while this has gone on) that the teachers use their expensive must have Promethean boards to sit the kids down in front of to watch cartoons. This might be because the kindergarten teachers are not provided a para pro but that being said don't offer your time and talent to help the over taxed teacher, you will be shot down EVERY TIME (per school policy).

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
My daughter started GSE in first grade after attending a private school for K-4 and K-5. Her teacher was wonderful! The staff is very helpful! She is now in 2nd grade, lots of homework but I think it will work out for the best. She has an awesome 2nd grade teacher who is on the ball. The principal is very friendly. I love GSE!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2008
My child recently started at GSE. I have attempted to volunteer numerous times, only to be told by faculty, they would rather only the homeroom mother attend. I have spoke to other parents and they were told the same. Parents want to get involved but are being turned away by faculty. I have never had to deal with the principal however the vice principal was rude, unprofessional and treated me with distain. It is sad to know how I was treated as a parent and send my child to school and be worried how they will be treated. The level of professionalism by the school 'leaders' is unacceptable. They have created an immage of unapproachable and unprofessional. I believe this can be resolved. A progressive educational instituation is obtainable without hindrence of arrogance if they believe it is the childrens future we are here to grow not their own.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2007
I have just enrolled my children at GSE. Under very trying and difficult circumstances the office staff was extremely helpful. The children love their new school. I think it is very helpful the way the school interacts with the community in general.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
Both my children have attended this school. It is my opinion the teachers are creative and caring. I do not agree with the fund raisers because if children are not able to participate they are left out of an on campus party during school hours. They have added band this year and it has been very well received by my son. If possible I would send my children to another school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
Over the years I have had three children enrolled in G.S.E. The oldest graduated in 2000 but the younger two are still in attendance(4th & 9th grades). I must say that when my oldest child attended this school I was not very happy and neither was he. However, my 2 younger children have never attended any other school but this one and unless something unforeseen happens they never will. The teachers they have had in every grade have all been outstanding! They are caring, dedicated and I have never had one complaint with any of them. The office staff has never been anything but kind and courteous to me. I have seen negative remarks in other reviews and can only guess but maybe they are only reacting to negative attitudes from those they come in contact with. I love this school and my children love this school. Any child who attends is very fortunate indeed!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
i just read the parent reviews on this website. i agree with the comments on parent involvement and i also agree that kathy does a great job in the front office. my son has been in the special eduacation program for developmental delay in math,reading and language for the past 3 years. overall i think the program has served him very well but now that he is in fourth grade and the resource teachers come into the classroom to work with him he is having difficulty adjusting. i feel the children from this special section should all have the same fourth grade teacher so that one is not singled out all by himself like my son has been this year. i have had very positive relations with teachers so far and i hope it contines,but i would like to have more access to the school also.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
This school is a disapointment. Parent involement is low and this seems to stem from the poor attitudes of the staff, as well as Teachers. I can only hope they don't completely turn my Granddaughter away from wanting to learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
My child has attended GSES for one year. I have been very disappointed with the school overall, with the exception of the wonderful teachers. The office staff is the first impression you have of a school and the office staff at GSES is rude. Each visit to the school has been the same. I always get the feeling that I am bothering them and that I have NO right to be in the building. It is very sad, but this office staff has completely turned me against this school. I cannot continue to allow my child to attend a school that does not welcome parents. I feel strongly that other parents are not involved for this very reason. It would also be nice if the school had quarter and/or semester awards for the chilren. The ones who are doing well are not being recognized. Thank you to all of the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
i think dr.stover is amazing. she really does a great job. my child has gone to gses for 2 yrs. she has made a lot of progress in that time thanks to caring staff and a positive environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
My child has attended GS Elem. for 2 yrs. and overall our family is disappointed. The teacher's in class are doing an outstanding job, when they aren't having to baby-sit & discipline the disruptive children. I truly feel for our kids who lose out on a quality education when the entire class is distracted due to bad behavior by an individual - send them to Dr. Stover immediately! Also, the lack of extra curricular activities such as the Arts or Music is disturbing let's raise funds ourselves if needed. These programs are a critical part of a child's overall learning experience. The Phys. Ed Program has truly diminished with our regular teacher being out. Phys Ed subs do nothing with our children, the kids are given free play at every class instead of a planned activity. How hard is it to play a kickball game?...it's pure laziness.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2006
I agree with the other reviews, the office staff except for Kathy is rude and makes you feel not welcome. Dr. Stover is great, she takes care of issues immediately. As far as the PTO goes, I can see why parents are not more involved. I attended the Pastries with the Principal for 2nd grade and the PTO rolled their eyes and had negative comments to say about any suggestions made on how to make the school better. Stating 'More work for us'. If the PTO was nicer to approach maybe some of the parents would be more willing to help out. Maybe the school should look at getting new PTO leaders.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
For the most part I am happy with the teachers at this school but I feel the leaders put too much emphasis on the wrong areas. Worry less about what color a childs shoes are and more about their growth and learning abilities. Also, the office staff is rude and they make you feel uncomfortable when you visit the school. More extracurricular activities are needed as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
We are moving back to the area and if the office staff at this school were actually nice then I would send my kids back, but I'm not, parents should always be treated with kindness when walking into their child's school and this school doesn't have it.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
This school has the best teaching staff. Both of my daughters attended this school. I have never been disappointed with the teachers. However, the office staff is extremely rude. I allow my daughter to ride the bus because of the traffic flow in the car line. She can make it home faster on the bus. I believe a bigger arts program is needed for the children. The level of parent involvement is low because of the people leading the PTO.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2004
This school is awesome! The staff and faculty are friendly and parents feel welcome. We just moved here and my kids loved it the first week! Dr. Stover is doing a wonderful job and she has a strong PTO to support her. A++

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2003
The staff and faculity are so wonderful it makes for a wonderful learning enviroment where the children want to go to school. Everyone there is like our extended family. And I greately appreciate all they do.Thanks Mrs.Stover for being a wonderful hands on Principal.

- submitted by a parent
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Gulf Shores Elementary School
1600 East 3rd St, Gulf Shores, AL  36542
(251) 968-7375
Last modified Gulf Shores Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gulf Shores Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top