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K-5
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Huntsville, AL
Students enrolled: 449
 

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155 Barren Fork Rd
Huntsville, AL 35824

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(256) 428-7540
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September 08, 2014
This school is okay. The teacher is good, lunch is free, principal is good, etc. BUT one thing I hate is the some of the kids my child has to deal with. I would prefer this school to control some of their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2014
We are military and new to Redstone. Wow! First day of school and this school is off to a terrible start. The reviews about this school not caring are completely true. As you walk in, the front desk lady is EXTREMELY RUDE. She doesn't care and expects you to know everything. She has conversations with the school principal in front of customers. As we tried to take out our daughter for an appointment, they looked at each other and said, "I like how they expect you to drop everything you're doing!" God forbid you have any questions for the staff. They like to brag about using iPads and having free lunch and breakfast. I'm not sold. I know that free means they've sold themselves for done type of grant. iPads? Haha! iPads don't make kids smart. I will be looking to remove my daughter and take her to Madison very soon!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
This is not a school that I would recommend to any family. There is no patience, no care, from the teachers. They are not interested in working with the children that are struggling, they push them to the side for the easier children. Our experience so terrible, we finally decided to move in the middle of the school year due to the teacher not only allowing tattling to run wild but was encouraging it just to bully our child! He learned nothing and the teachers only concern was for him to learn the required tests so he could pass! I do have faith for this school now that Dr. White is the Principal. She has the drive and determination to turn this school around. I can only hope that she can weed out those teachers that care only about their class average instead of actually caring about being an educator.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
This is the first year that my children have attended Williams Elementary. They like going to school and are active learners. The teachers encourage them to be active in student council and other activities. I like that the teachers communicate with me about my students strengths and weaknesses on a weekly basis. I also love that the students are exposed to a variety of programs such as 3rd graders and violin lessons and participation in the Christmas program. The 1-1 digital curriculum was hard to adjust to at first, but now we are fully adjusted and capable of meeting the expectations of the school. The PTA is active and the administration is very hands on and I can appreciate that!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
There needs to be a distinction between the elementary school and the middle school. Both my children went to Williams Elementary and they never said the teachers cussed. The elementary does not wear uniforms or have a band. Those negative comments are from parents disgruntled with the MIDDLE school. Separate building and separate staff and administration!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
I have 3 children that attend Williams Elementary. The teachers are dedicated and really want to help the kids succeed. I have had an issue with one of my children failing to bring homework home and I discussed it with his teacher. She immediately offered a solution of using a planner that we both sign each night. He gets rewarded at the end of the week if he uses his planner all week. Creative yet simple solution. It has really helped and he is back on track. I feel lucky to have a school where my children get to enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
They have a bully problem at this school! And they don't seem to address the issue. We recently just moved here and I was so hesitant to bring my kids here after reading the reviews. My kids are doing good in school but its just that bully issue they need to work on! I am fed up with it because my kids come home sad that they did not have a good day because of bullies and their teachers aren't even talking to the kids who are doing it.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
GREAT Principal! Mr McAllister is very involved with the students and parents! SOME teachers go above and beyond, while others just 'show up'....PTA is working to better the school for the teachers and students!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
Overall JE Williams Elementary is an acceptable school with ratings over the 50%. However, my experience has shown that if you do not take the time to reach out to the teachers or staff, most likely they will not reach out to you. I don't see much acknowledgement of students for a job well done, which is a great morale booster for both the child and parents. The ideas, games, and overall behavior of my child has changed to something not age appropriate. Everything seems to be a big blur to me and I have opted to take my child out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
Both of my girls attend Williams. They have had excellent teachers and have learned a lot! I am a very involved parent and feel that my children are getting a quality education. I get a quick response any time I have a question or concern. Even more telling is that my children love attending Williams.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
I have to say I am NOT happy in any way with this school, I NEVER get any info on how my kids are doing, I never know what s going on in school at all. The Special Education is a joke! Not to mention I had to have one of my boys moved out of his classroom to another one because of how bad the teacher treated him!! They hear cussing all day not only from children but from teachers. They have learned so many bad things from other kids in this school that I DID NOT in any want to address this early with them! The office staff makes you feel like you are bothering them to even ask a question. I WILL do whatever it takes so that my children are OUT of this school next year!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
J.E. Williams Elementary School is an excellent school. My children have attended this school for three years. Our oldest daughter was excepted into the magnet program at Williams Middle. My husband and I have been very involved with the school and staff. I am actually the PTA President for Williams Elementary. Williams offers many great programs. Our school seems to be a hidden secret to most of our surrounding communities. We opted for Williams over private school. Our children adore their teachers and have excelled scholastically.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
The office staff is lazy and doesn't seem to care. The teacher couldn't control the kids. The kids fight, cuss and call each other names. My son was nice before he started going there, but after a month he was getting warnings. We talked to him and he said the kids pushed him, hit him and took his stuff. Every day he would complain and say how much he hates it at this school. They have a bad bully problem there because there is too little supervision and control and the teachers and staff just don't care. Now that we finally moved to another school district, my son is nice and happy again.

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November 20, 2009
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November 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2009
Poor communication with parents. Agressive principal with no regard for cultural differeces. Mandatory school uniforms without parents input. We weren't even allowed to ask how much the new uniforms would cost at the last meeting.

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October 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
My kids have attended Williams for three years. For the most part, the teachers are great. There are some that simply need to go, but my kids have had great teachers that we highly support. I'm not happy with the principal of the Middle School at all and their staff. She does not involve parents in major decisions.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
My daughter has attended Williams since Kindergarten and is now in second grade. She is struggling academically, but has received help from teachers, resource and other personnel in the school. The office staff has been nothing but courteous to my family and me. We have been kept informed of school activities and the parent - teacher communication is excellent. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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August 05, 2009
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July 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
I have two sons that attend Williams. I have had both good and bad experiences with faculty at this school. I feel that the some teachers challenge the students, but others tend to not venture outside the norm. I have asked repeatively about homework that I feel was not on my son's grade level. I have been told on many occassions that this was what was being taught and I had to deal with it. I checked with other parents who had students in the same grade, and found that each class was doing something different. I found it difficult to communicate with the principal. He was never available or this was not his area. I am thankful for the assistant principal. She is very proactive in trying to solve your problems.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
My son is in 4th grade at Williams, I also have two daughters that attend.I am so dissapointed with this school.We have been here since my son started school and it has been nothing but a hassle. My son is ADHD and has an IEP.I have been so distraught by every teachers lack of concern about his lack of confidence, instead of encouraging him to try and make better choices they humiliate him to the point that he is embaressed to go to school.The principal is not involved and hardly reachable during the school day and the parent teacher comraderie is no where near what it should be.We are entrusting them with our most prized possesions and they are too busy to return a phone call or even email.This is a really sad, sad excuse for a school.Dont send your children here unless you want them to be severely shortchanged.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
I have two daughters at J E Williams. They just finished their second year there. I feel they have gottten a wonderful education. They have been challenged and I feel they are in the safest school around.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
Educational Environment is excellent. my two grandaughters attend this school and the 4th grade teachers have been outstanding.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2008
I am the parent of two children at JE Williams, a 1st and 2nd grader. This is our second year at JE Williams, and I consider the teachers to be the most caring and hardworking that I have seen in many years. The school does give notice of events in a newsletter that is received before the month begins then again throughout the month. The kids are challenged and given many activities to engage them to seek healthy lives and mostly explore possibilities in their education. Many of the topics my children come home with to seek further development I would never have considered to expose them to. The principal, counselor Mr. Arrigo, and staff are approachable and responsive. This school is constructing an additional building to divide the middle school and elementary school students, and I am excited about the progress I ve witnessed since being apart of this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
Our son has attended Williams for the last 3 years and has had excellent teachers. Our big complaint is the the extremely short notice for any school event, be it from award ceremonies to PTA meetings. This is the only school we have ever had this problem with.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2008
My son started kindergarten this year. He loves school as well as his teacher. So far I would say I am pleased about what he has learned and I think his teacher does a great job of keeping him inspired to move forward. My only real complaint is a failure to offer details or enough notice concerning parent student functions.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
My son just recently completed kindergarten at Williams. I was pleased with his academics for last year. The teachers were great and encouraged him to excel as well as make good choices. I noticed that very few parents attended PTA meetings. My son also came home with extracurricular activities or events weekly occuring at the school. Most were held during the day which is not good for working moms but PTA is where the kids performed with songs that they had learned. Field trips were taken and P.E. department held several health activites such is 'Jump for the Heart' and 'Summer May Day'/Beach Day.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
I agree with previous reviews in that parents are not kept in the loop. Maybe one reason no one shows up for the PTA meetings is that no one knows they are having one. My son just started Williams in November. Since then, I have not received ONE newsletter, or meal calendar, or anything that could be construed as faculty-parent communication. We have no bus service and in general this seems like a poorly run school. I'll be looking for alternatives for my child for next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
My child attends Williams. I can honestly say I am NOT impressed. It is assumed that every child knows and understands everything that is going on. I get little to no feedback. I have tried to find out what my child needs to work on and instead I get the brush off.

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October 04, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2006
Please understand that the principal is doing and has done a terrific job at Williams. He is always available and will schedule an appointment if he can't see you right away. Thank you and have a great day.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
I think Williams is a great school. I love the teachers. I do agree that the principal or many parents aren't involved. I was surprised when I went to the first PTA meeting by the lack of parents considering this is a K-8 school. They have recently added more extracurricular activities since changing to a neighborhood school. Overall I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
Recently made neighborhood school but no funding to give it the extracurricular activities. Some parent involvement. Teachers run the school, so there seems to be conflict among them. Pure and simple, lack of direction from administration. Poor assimilation of new students. The school goes with assumption that everyone is a returning student rather than everyone is a new student. So some pertinent info has to be found out the hard way.

- submitted by a teacher
June 06, 2005
I would like to say that I thought Williams was going to be a great school but sadly it isn't. There is little to no parental support as well. I was promised many things for my child but none of his needs were met. He was not challenged academically and was in my opinion encouraged not to excel.

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February 22, 2004
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James E Williams School
155 Barren Fork Rd, Huntsville, AL  35824
(256) 428-7540
Last modified James E Williams School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James E Williams School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top