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Blossomwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 458 students

 
 

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Posted January 27, 2014

I am updating a glowing review I gave a few years ago. While it was a nice school for the first year, we found that we did not fit in with the student & parent culture of the school. We decided to move out of the neighborhood & into to an adjacent school neighborhood (Jones Valley) since we felt that Blossomwood involved parents & their kids were a bit closed-minded & biased to "outsiders", i.e., non-lifelong residents of the Blossomwood neighborhood. This was confirmed also by other fellow military & business transplants who moved their kids out of the school to avoid this as well. Leaving the school & neighborhood exposed my children to more warm & open-minded children who do not shun others for having life experiences or activities/tastes beyond their small-town neighborhood. My children have been in 5 different schools over 15 years of our military travels, I am an involved mom, so I suppose we are more sensitive to these type of environments than others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2012

Although I think the curriculum is great and most staff members are caring there seem to be at least one that isn't. We moved here mid year and are not happy with the teacher, not a caring or trusting learning environment. We will take our daughter out and homeschool her the rest of year if our request for a new teacher is not accepted. The principal does not return calls well and does not seem very open and involved, compared to our experience with other schools. Blossomwood has been so highly rated, that is why we chose this school, and we were not expecting this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Blossomwood Elementary is an outstanding school that excels in both academics and truly caring about their students. We have been very happy with our child attending there. And the amazing programs they have to offer. It is one of the top 5 elementary schools in this area, if not the number 1 elementary school in our city. It is only one if 5 elementary schools in th state to start SAT testing in 2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

Have to agree with some of the praise and criticism in the other reviews. Yes, there is too much emphasis on testing, but that I put that on the Dept. of Ed., since that is how school performance is measured. Yes, the principal is overbearing (would it kill her to smile?). Yes, neighborhood politics influences the faculty and administration. But in the final analysis, the school attracts some of the best teachers in this area. The PTA is a fund-raising machine, and those funds convert to excellent classroom resources. There isn't a lot of creative thinking when it comes to managing common childhood behavior problems, but if you have a compliant, well-behaved child, it's worth the inflated home prices to live in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We love Blossomwood, the neighborhood, because there just isn't a more wholesome environment in which to raise our children. My children ride their bikes to school, play outside with friends, and in the summer walk to the pool to see their friends. As for Blossomwood, the school, my kids have made so many good friends, the list keeps growing. Academics? My fourth grader's scores fall in the tenth grade in reading and in the eleventh grade for math. Let somebody else pay $10,000 per child for private school. We have the best neighborhood, the best school, and the best kids. Combine all this with the best location, and it makes me wonder why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

I moved my children here from a much smaller school in Huntsville, and I have been very disappointed. I have found that the principal is very overbearing and it seems that testing, testing, testing is her utmost priority and if my children aren't being tested, they are practicing for a test. No wonder the school's test scores are so high! I do not want my children to learn tests, I want them to LEARN. We will be looking into private school for the next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

Top Notch- better than *any* school we've sent our kids too, including a Blue Ribbon School in Williamsburg Virginia, CDS, and Randolph. Kudos to the administration and staff. Amazing parent involvement, and a caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

Great school! Very caring teachers and administration. This was our first year at Blossomwood and love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

As a recent transplant to the area, our children have experienced three various private schools in the area. We consider our standards to be quite high and do not settle when it comes to our childrens' learning environment. Blossomwood is the closest we have come to an environment where the standards of learning & expectations are high; that is not overcrowded & growing too fast (i.e., madison schools, some area private schools); the student body/parents do not hold radical views that interfere with policies & curriculum; & while a true neighborhood school, still offers & embraces a bit more diversity than most schools in the area. This is all wrapped together & demonstrated by some of the highest scores/performance in the area & state. Parental involvement is paramount, and the open door policy to families is refreshing & integral to well-supported activities offered. Strong, competent leadership without micromanagement keeps teachers effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

Great parental support for school. Great staff and outstanding principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

My twins attend Blossomwood and are in different classes. Both have enthusiastic teachers that take learning seriously while also making it fun for them so the kids get excited about learning. The principal is awesome. She has a genuine concern that every child gets the most out of the curriculum at the school. The reading program is unreal. Parents line the hallways every morning while students read to them. Every child reads at least one book every day. A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

Blossomwood is a school with great leadership, from the principal to the janitorial staff, everyone seems to contribute something to my child on a daily basis. The school has a broad social base, which is one of the most important factors in my child's education experience. Looking forward to a superb 2005-2006 school year.
—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 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty64%
Not poverty91%

Reading

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty79%
Not poverty98%
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%
Female93%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty75%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students96%
Female3%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty100%
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 Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Poverty92%
Not poverty100%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty88%
Not poverty100%
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

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty83%
Not poverty100%
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 87% 58%
Black 11% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Huntsville, AL 35801
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