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Farley Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 8, 2014

My experience with this school has been great. We haven't had any problems or issues so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2014

This school has been awesome! The school has gotten a bad rap from past parents due to the leadership at this school. With a complete overhaul in leadership from the top down and new PTA leadership this school has turned things around. My son started school here and my daughter graduated from here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

As with most schools, parent/family involvement is key to a Great School. Parents are coming together at Farley and are making a positive difference! I see and hear their enthusiasm, and their passion for supporting our teachers is heart warming. The teachers do a great job and genuinely care about their students. My children enjoy going to school, and their teachers inspire them to learn and grow...and not only their own teacher but teachers they see in the hallway give them encouragement. When I hear their stories in the afternoon of how a teacher has uplifted them, it makes me smile as a parent and reassures me that they are right where they belong. One of my children had a vision issue, yet has good vision, but the teacher made a point to talk with me about subtle things noticed in class. As a result, my child was screened and a treatment was prescribed that will make learning easier and a lot more fun. I am personally excited to watch this school grow and become an even greater school. If you're considering Farley for your child(ren), visit the school/talk to teachers/talk with the PTA Board/talk with other involved parents...Farley is the best kept secret in SE HSV.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

My family experience at Farley was horrible. My son was bullied,called horrible names etc. This school may be good for some but for sure not for my family. I can't write all that I want to say because this site has guidelines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Farley is an excellent school. Yes, test scores are not exceedingly high for the lower grades, but as the grade increases, so do the scores. As a parent who used to focus on test scores I discovered that schools who score high on the standard tests basically teach the test on a daily basis. All questions are formatted exactly like the test and only situations given on the test are taught. When moving to Huntsville, I focused on other things, like life skills, adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, reading comprehension, no matter the level and the ability to be a part of a controlled, but flexible environment. This school works with your child, no matter the level of disability or accelerated learning level. The staff is diverse and so are the options available in the school for students with special needs and/or accelerated needs. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

I have two children, one currently at Farley and the other went to Farley and is now at Grissom. Farley is a great school, has a very caring principal, has wonderful teachers and they all give 110%. The school has a lot of diversity, so don't be fooled by the scoring method used on this website. My oldest got a great education at Farley and maintained top grades at Challenger Middle and has continued top grades at Grissom High. My child currently at Farley is doing very well in all subjects but he struggles in reading. They have helped and encouraged him greatly! I have seen great improvement with his reading skills and that is because they care! The office staff, principal, lunchroom, all teachers, aides and janitors are wonderful! Best elementary school in S. Huntsville!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

I have been involved with Farley for 8 years. As a parent of a special needs child and a normal child, you could not ask for a better school. The principle Dr. White has been the biggest supporter of the special needs and has created a great program for these kids and has always hired excellent teachers. Other Huntsville City Schools should model their special needs programs after Farley especially the upper grade schools. Initially I was not involved much with the PTA but have ended up serving on the PTA Board the past two years. All I can say is the PTA cares about the children and teachers and works hard to provide the best possible learning environment. What a fun team to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

best school in in the city. the staff are seconf to none. had a chance to ear lunch w/my child last month and the food was top notch. props to the kitchen manager.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

Farley is an excellent school with wonderful teachers and Dr. White is an amazing principal. She always takes time to get to know the students and parents. The 5th grade is excellent with the Williamsburg Trip. I think that most people who have written displeasing reviews have not taken into consideration the NO Child Left Behind act, which is bussing underprivledged children from some of the lower class neighborhoods. This is happing with all public schools not just Farley.


Posted July 25, 2007

Farley Elementary has a wonderful staff. Dr. White is a caring and compassionate woman who also is a great principal. Farley has a great special ed teacher Mrs. Burns. She made the greatest difference in my adopted son's academic outlook. Mrs. Miles is a wonderful second grade teacher as is Mrs. Coleman (4th grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

We have been with Farley 3 years. Your experience is what you make it! My children have had excellent teachers. There is always a need for more parent involvement, at every school. Dr. White will always make time to speak with you and the office staff is wonderful. The PTA is a little clique-ish but I have heard that of most schools. The art, music, and PE program are great. The school is always striving toward academic excellence. I would not want my children anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

We are currently in our 7th year with children at Farley. We have been extremely happy with the teachers and the principal there. I would not want my children to go anywhere else! I have not been able to help at the school very much this year due to a sick child but I will definitely be back to volunteer!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2007

Wonderful school. The parents need to be more involved in the activities and PTA. The teachers and staff are great. Lots of opportunities for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

There are more volunteers in the school than just 5. Let's not forget those serving as room mom and extended board members. I have served in all of those areas. I do not think that the pta runs the school. Yes they handle the meetings and contribute greatly in areas that need it but Dr. White makes all of the decisions concerning the school. The teachers are awesome and make it worthwhile. I also love the small town feel of the school and yet there is such a great variety of people from all over the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

My child went to Farley and we were happy to begin with but became very dissappointed later on. PTA runs that school, not the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

I agree that Farley used to be a really great school but it has gone down. We've been here 7 years and it's getting worse. There is hardly any parental involvement except for the usual 5 or 6 that volunteer for everything. We are leaving Farley this year. It's been a bad experience for my child. The teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

Farley was a great school when my child first started attending in kindergarten, but it has gone downhill somewhat. Attendance is becoming more lower class, when it was middle to upper class several years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Our family is on our 8th year at Farley, 2nd child and we wouldn't go anywhere else. The smaller school atmosphere wont let you get lost in the crowd. The teachers are awesome! One thing that lacks is parental involvement from other parents, but I think thats the norm anywhere nowadays. They have great programs, a hard-working leadership team, and a staff that loves the kids. They welcome anyone who wants to help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

My child has attended Farley for almost 4 years and we've been very pleased with the school. The principal knows every child's name and I feel that the faculty presents a family-like atmosphere. Most of the teachers have a genuine interest in each child. Parent participation is encouraged and very appreciated. It's a smaller school, but I prefer that for my child.
—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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

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 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students82%
Female83%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty75%
Not poverty89%

Reading

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Poverty90%
Not poverty94%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Poverty65%
Not poverty91%

Reading

All Students94%
Female93%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty88%
Not poverty97%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty100%
Not poverty94%

Reading

All Students95%
Female100%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Poverty90%
Not poverty97%
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

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Poverty81%
Not poverty89%
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 69% 58%
Black 18% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 32%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2900 Green Cove Rd SW
Huntsville, AL 35803
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Phone: (256) 428-7160

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