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Trace Crossings Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 461 students

Math, Science and Technology initiatives

 
 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 12, 2014

My son went to TCS from K - 4th -- now at the intermediate school. He is top of his class and is asked to help classmates from other elementary schools. My daughter is in her final year at TCS. Both children are leaders in their classes and the community. Trace has been a wonderful experience for both my children and really our entire family. The teachers even know my parents (kids' grandparents) as they have attended many things at the school -- Awards Day, Veteran's Day Program, Talent Show to name a few. I believe this is the only school in Hoover that goes 2 nights to the Space Camp in Huntsville -- such an invaluable experience! Outstanding faculty. Track Team. Robotics Team. Peer Helpers. Dance Teams. Community Garden. Pep Rallies with the High school. field trips to high school art lab for use of the kiln. Brand New playground. Culture Fair. SO many wonderful things!!!!! WONDERFUL Teachers and excellent academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2014

Trace is a terrific school with great administration and many qualified teachers. My son has attended 2 years and wants to try everything offered. The teachers encourage him and are very involved in his learning. He comes home all smiles and can't wait to start another day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

This is our 4th year at Trace Crossings. We have had a positive experience and have had great teachers every year. My son loves his school and friends and looks forward to being there each day. The faculty seems to really care about the students. We haven't had a single problem during our time at Trace. I love the many educational and extracurricular opportunities my child has at Trace Crossings...math team, dance team, tinikling team, clubs to fit every child's interests, a technology department and science lab that can't be beat. Trace is the place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

I have one child who has gone all the way through Trace Crossings, and another who is there now. We all love this school! The teachers and faculty are like family, and treat the children like their own! There are so many extras available to students! We have an award winning science/robotics team, and that's just one of the many amazing opportunities available there. We would not want to go anywhere else!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

We moved to Birmingham to go to Trace Crossings. I have four kids and two are still there. I have been so impressed with the teachers and principal. The school has a science lab that compares with my college science lab that the students have used numerous times. My second grader grew vegetables in the school garden and made vegetable soup for the staff. The school offers many clubs and extra curricular activities such as dance, track, academic teams, etc. My husband and I would recommend this school to anyone wanting their child to be challenged and be surrounded by a multi-cultural atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

We are happy with our experience at Trace Crossings. I know my child is in good hands at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

This is the best elementary school in Hoover. I admire the fact that Trace Crossings provides professional development for the surrounding schools. I am privileged that my child is a huge part of the aWEsome things happening at Trace Crossings. The faculty and staff go above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2014

Our son arrived at Trace Crossings a little behind in reading after attending a private school the year before. Since then, the teachers here have helped him excel to the point he has been accepted into the school's gifted program. We could not be more pleased with the education our son is getting and look forward to our daughter enrolling next year in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2014

Excellent School! Great learning environment for students, excellent teachers who care for children, safe and clean facility. The curriculum is challenging, the extra-curricular offerings are enormous and the school has incredible computer/science labs, as well as a new state-of-the-art playground.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 8, 2013

This is our first experience with the public school system. So far it has been a good one. We have a first grader and a third grader and were surprised when they sent a nook home with our third grader and are working to incorporate technology in and out of the classroom. The new principal is highly visible and seems to be involved with redirecting the school at large. The overall communication is decent so far, not perfect but ok. The fact that all of the new hires seem to have Masters degrees is encouraging. A parent handbook or something for new families would be really helpful, we've already had to find out a few things the hard way. So far it seems a little less academically challenging than we were used to so we will be monitoring our children's progress closely. That said, our kids feel cared for and have adjusted quickly from private to public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

When we relocated to AL, we chose Hoover because of the schools. What a disappointment!!! We now are paying for private school for second grade! It is a shame that a beautiful community such as Trace Crossings has such a lousy school.. Poor social and educational environment. Big disappointment! This school needs complete restructuring!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

I am the mother of currently a 4th grader at TCES. This is her third year there. I have been very pleased. All of her teachers have taken an active role in ensuring my daughters success. I have been an active parent in school activities and field trips. I also participate in parent/teacher meetings. The teachers are very open to meeting with parents and assisting my daughter in extra math activities, which I have requested. I love TCES. My daughter also Loves TCES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

my daugther goes to trace crossin ilove it because she has really learn alot and im looking forward for more adventure for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

I absolutely LOVE Trace Crossing Elementary! My son started the Pre-K program there approximately two months ago. His speech is delayed so he requires special services. His speech therapist and teachers are WONDERFUL, and I can tell they genuinely love what they do! The care and attention they have shown my son has relieved my anxieties considerably! He is met with smiles and enthusiasm every morning! He cried for the first three days of school but now stretches and gets out of the car with no problem! I believe my son feels very confortable and accepted there as his performance has been very positive! He hasn't had a bad day yet! Whether your child/children require special services or not, Trace Crossing Elementary is a great place to condsider educating them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

I have 2 children currently attending Trace Crossings and are having a wonderful experience. My children enjoy learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

This is wonderful school with awesome teachers, principals and staff. The whole child is educated, parental input is valued, and children are taught respect for everyone. I can't say enough good things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

This school is a wonderful environment where you are continually surrounded by learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 13, 2006

Trace Crossings is an incredible school. The academics are outstanding as well as the teachers. There is lots of involvement from the parents and it is a joy to be involved at this school. The atmosphere is very warm and friendly and the standards are very high. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

My daughter went to Trace Crossings for just one year and in that year she grew personally and her grades were the best compared to any school that she has been to. Thank you Trace Crossings for providing a wonderful learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2004

This is a very nice and new school. My daugther is in Kindergaten, and everything in the school feel very child friendly. It is very colorful and friendly. I love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners54%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Poverty69%
Not poverty85%

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male76%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners55%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Poverty76%
Not poverty87%
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 Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education45%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty76%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty88%
Not poverty96%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 58%
Black 31% 34%
Hispanic 14% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Two or more races 2% 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 35%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Carol Barber
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (205) 439-2701

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math 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)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Car pool, and walkers
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Samford University
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Special olympics
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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5454 Learning Ln
Hoover, AL 35244
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Phone: (205) 439-2700

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