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Posted August 14, 2011

I really do not know where people get off bashing this school, the teachers, the principal or opportunities to volunteer. All is false. As a parent of a student of this school I am extremely well satisfied with the education that my child is getting. The school is safe. Test scores have gone up each year. 99 percent of the students are on grade level acoording to testing with AYP. this is a stat that not many elementary schools can boast. The school lunch room has just recently been awarded the "Gold Award of Distiction". This is a national recognition with fewer than 1 percent of the schools in the nation recieving it. This school has a working garden that the students are involved with. I feel welcome when I volunteer my time and I am appalled that this web site can give people a forum to spew inaccurate information and lies with no documentation of its accuracy. This is not fair to the students or the staff who have worked so hard to improve education, improve parental involvement, improve safety, improve the quality of lunches, improve test scores amd pride. I challenge anybody to come to the school and be "big" rather than being "small" by hiding behind such hatred.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2011

DONT KNOW WHICH IS WORSE SLOCOMB OR THIS SCHOOL. FOOD WAS SORRY WHEN MY KID WENT THERE. SCHOOL IS CLEAN. BUT NO EDUCATION AT EITHER SCHOOL. VERY RISKY PLACE TO LEAVE YOUR CHILD. NOT SAFE. IF YOU ARE IN GENEVA COUNTY IT IS BETTER YOU HOMESCHOOL OR GET YOUR KIDS IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL. YOUR CHILDREN WILL LEARN NOTHING. NURSE IS VERY INCOMPETANT. YOUR CHILDREN WILL LEARN NOTHING IN THESE SCHOOLS. THE POOREST SCHOOLS I HAVE EVER USED. WE FEEL SORRY FOR ANYONE THAT RISKS LEAVING THEIR CHILDREN IN THESE 2 SCHOOLS. INAPPROPRIATE SUPERVISION. EXCESSIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED. BUSES ARE UNSAFE AND TOO HOT FOR CHILDREN. THE PRINCIPAL IS A TRUE LOSS TO HARTFORD. SURE COULD FIND SOMEONE BETTER WITH MORE EDUCATION AND LEGAL MANNERS AND RESPONSIBILITY. CHILDREN DONT GET ENOUGH TIME FOR LUNCH.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

This is a very good elementary school since Ms. Birdsong took over several years ago. My wife and I feel that the school is safer and we feel more welcome at the school. They have a lot of incentives for the kids, and they truly care about the students. Test scores have also improved. When our oldest son was there, this wasn't the case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

great school, super teachers and great community for children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

I have been involved with Geneva County Elementary for several years.Over all most every teacher,support staff,lunch room workers and custodians always try to help the students.Mrs. Birdsong is a good principle.


Posted March 11, 2010

I have 2 children currently attending GCES & I myself was a 13 year graduate of GCES, GCMS, GCHS. My overall experience has been nothing but positive & hope that it only continues in the same direction. Anytime a concern comes up, I feel very confident that I can approach either the teacher/counselor, and/or principal in resolving the matter in a professional manner. If any suggestion could be made, it would be that they try to retain more of the staff each per grade rather than having to swap from 1 grade to the next but I guess that just comes with the changing of times. We just knew from year to year who the teachers were going to be for the particular grades without them being swapped up as much as it is now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

I just want to express my thoughts on GCES. My child attends this school and I have always found the staff from the lunch ladies to the principal to be very involved in the learning process. I know that not not every parent will agree with me but then again everyone needs to look around his or her own home before casting judgement on someone else. The principal has always treated my child in a professional but caring manner and each teacher that we have had has gone above and beyond her meansm to help anyway she could to make sure my child has the best education and experience at GCES.-a proud GCES parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

I attended Geneva County from Kindergarten though 12th grade. All of the teachers I had while attending were very caring and supportive. They went above and beyond what was required of them to make sure that I succeeded. Starting in elementary school, where I had a tremendous amount of difficulty with English and spelling, my teachers introduced me fun and creative ways of learning and studying. With out this extra measure of caring I would not have been able to form a solid educational foundation. The 'extra mile' approach to learning did not stop there! When I entered high school the teachers only seemed to expand upon this idea. They understood that all children do not learn the same. They would incorporate book work as well as hands on learning whenever possible. Student involvement was the key to a successful class for all my teachers. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2009

I am not impressed with this school at all! The lack of caring among the teachers is small compared to the rudeness of the principal. As an onlooker, I can not imagine working for a principal who demeans the teachers and children as much as the administration does here. It is no wonder we can't find / keep good teachers. Geneva County Elementary is only as good as the principal> who leaves a lot to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I do agree on the princpal she is a very rude stuck up person. My kids goes there and my oldest daughter has been there for 2 yrs. and everytime I have to talk to the principal she blows me off. I think if she really cares she needs to show it and not act like she is better than anyone. I have never seen nobody like her. We need someone caring and will listen to a parent and understand you and the child. I don't know much bout the school but all the schools my 2 children has attended the principal has been very, very nice and generous to anybody (Ashford Elementary), if your woundering. But for the teachers they are awesome with my kids I have a Kindergarden and the teacher is very sweet, 1st grade very sweet, 3rd grade is very sweet. But we need a real principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

As a parent of a student who attended this school last year, I was very impressed with my child's teacher. However, the new principal is very rude and harsh with the parents, students and staff. She seems not to know what she is doing. It is well known amoung the community that she is using this school and position as a stepping stone to go to another school where her children are attending but live out of that zone. I see her around town and she is very impersonal and cold. She is the reason many teachers want to leave. I will be glad to see that principal move on where she obviously wants to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

My son is a student at this elementary school, and sometimes I wonder what goes on in these class rooms. Last year my son had a certain teacher, who would not return my calls, and would not even write me back when I sent a note. I never did take this matter any further. For one thing the year was about over, and I thought next year will be different. Well in some ways it has, but I have to say when my other son was in this school which was about 4 yrs ago, I tell you ahd some good caring teachers. I'm not saying that they all are not caring, I just see a little improvement would help alot. I could name the not so caring to the real concerned teachers, but I would not do that. They know who they are. CONCERNED PARENT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

My daughter has been attending this school going on four years now. Our former principal did a wonderful job. Thanks, Mrs. Howard. This school has such great potential, if it were not for some narrow minded people who would like to see things differently. I have had no trouble with the school system itself, but the bus transportation leaves alot to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

I moved my son from Mulkey Elementary School when he was in the third grade. Due to their curriculum he was behind the rest of the third grade children in Hartford. He had not been exposed to multiplication and was well behind the other students. His new teacher was very understanding and worked with him over and beyond the call of duty. She kept me informed and helped to make this a smooth transition. I would recommend this school to any parent. The teachers and staff there are very concerned for the well-being of your child as well as seeing that they receive the best education possible. This school is working hard to make Geneva County a better place and if you have any doubts look at the scores. They speak for themselves. GCES is about the students, they offer a positive learning environment in which all children will benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

My child transferred to this school during the school year with terrible grades. Geneva County Elementary School her grades got worse. I was told that she would not be able go to 3rd grade. However, when I changed schools for the 2003-2004 school year--They 'whited out' (on her report card!) that she failed and changed all her grades from her previous school to 'A's' to pass her. They were not looking out for my daughter. Her current school would not allow her into 3rd after they reviewed her grading from both Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

Nothing but trouble with this school, since day one. It took them forever to get my daughter's school records 'cause they had to get permission to call long distance. Which they were never able to do. I had to make all the arrangements between the schools. Then because her last school had not covered what hartford was working on, she fell behind & the teacher told me that she was unable to give individual help-that I would need to catch her up myself. Not to mention, I repeatedly returned class work that was graded incorrecly.
—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 85% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
67%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
75%
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

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
75%
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 Students85%
Female81%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty88%

Reading

All Students84%
Female81%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Poverty79%
Non-poverty94%
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%
Female87%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students89%
Female87%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty81%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education82%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty79%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
53%
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 Students86%
Female89%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education55%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty96%
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 76% 58%
Black 14% 34%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 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 64%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Becky Birdsong
Fax number
  • (334) 588-0553

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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819 South 6th Ave
Hartford, AL 36344
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