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Rainbow Elementary School

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Posted May 14, 2014

My daughter has been attending Rainbow since Kindergarten and is getting ready to end 2nd grade. I have been extermely pleased with all of her teachers and the Principal and Vice Principal. The office personnel make a point to know each child and the teachers communicate regularly with parents instead of just at conference times. My daughter has been challenged in each grade, yet she still runs to get on the bus everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

This is our 4th year in Rainbow Elementary. We do love the school including most of the teachers. Mrs Simmons is an increble teacher and made the school year fun. Last years teacher Mrs. Jordan on the other side was one of the most horrable teachers of all. Otherwise we love both of the speech therapists, and the special math classes they offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

GREAT school! The staff encourages parental envolvement and see's it as working as a team to help each child achieve their best! We feel very fortunate and blessed our children were able to attend RES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

They work very well with my daughter. There is always someone avalible to speak with if you need to. They care very much for every child in the school. My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves school. She loves going everyday. When she is sick she will cry because she want to go to school. I think that says a lot about a school and her teacher. My daughter has the best teacher, Mrs.Simmons. I hope every teacher she has will be at least as half as good as Mrs.Simmons is. She has set the bar very high for all of my daughters teachers to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

My kindergartner runs very morning to get ready for school. He loves it, and we love it. Just the right mix of academic achievement and 'fun'. Teachers are committed and caring. It has been a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

I am disgusted with all the testing in first grade. This is taking up learning time. Who does the teaching - the parents who have to work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Wonderful school! the principal is fantastic! she has only been is this possition for one full year, and has already corrected some of the issues that were prevalent under the previous leader. The teachers are top notch, and the overall atmosphere/environment is exciting! we are so thrilled to have our children in this school. Very high standards!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

I agree with the last comment regarding exercise books. The teachers at Rainbow are very up to date on the best teaching practices (research based) and adapt to meet the needs of all students in the class. I have definitely have not experienced the no homework situation. The only suggestion I have is the homework could be differentiated a little more to make it more meaningful to all students. My son is entering seventh now, but I would definitely recommend Rainbow for its high academic standards, stellar faculty, and wonderful administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

I would like to address the parent who commented that students 'never finish their exercise books.' As a teacher in lower elementary, I often do not have time to have my students do seat work with the workbooks because we are too busy using manipulatives, doing hands-on lessons, and actively learning. Research shows that children s learning develops from concrete learning (counting actual marbles) to pictorial (seeing a picture of three marbles plus three marbles) to abstract (3+3) and we teach using that progression. Most workbooks just jump to the abstract. The bottom line is that parent should be happy that his child wasn t stuck at a desk all day finishing a workbook.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 3, 2008

The students can definitely do and learn more, but they hardly get any homeworks from K-4. It's understandable for younger students from K-2, but even 4th graders don't have a lot homework. I don't feel the teachers are teaching what they should. My kids never finished their exercise books. Sometimes, they were only half way done after the whole year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

We moved here from another school district in Alabama and were very pleased to find that our children were challenged here at Rainbow. I do feel that the administration does not seem to take their job seriously. Putting the administration aside, my children could not have been blessed with better teachers at this school. They all are so caring and seem to really love their job as well as their students! Since the overall experience with a school is with the teachers I would have to say that Rainbow is a wonderful place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

We have been very pleased with the education that our daughter is receiving. She had Mrs. Simmons for kindergarten and Ms. Joseph for 1st grade and has excelled in both classrooms. A child's learning experience is not only the responsibility of the teachers, but of the parents as well. If a school has no parental support, the children won't do as well. This school has strong administrative leadership and parental involvement. I'm a bit surprised at the grumbling in a couple of the other posts. We came from a school where the principal hides in his office all day, if he shows up at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

I know several teachers at Rainbow that love/live to teach. Its the luck of the draw to which teacher you get in a certain grade. Some teachers get burned out and some do it solely for the wages. If your lucky in the Kindergarten class, Ms. Simmons class is the place for a great start for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2006

I agree with the last statement but would like to add that the teachers my daughters had were great but the leadership was horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2006

Rainbow is a great school with excellent, hard-working teachers who truly love the children and strive to help them all achieve success. The level of parental involvement in the school is high, and is well-received, and even encouraged, by teachers and administration. Student learning and growth is obviously a top priority at Rainbow and I feel blessed that my children have been able to go to school in such a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

This is a rapidly growing school with relatively new, well maintained facilities. The whole Madison district is growing rapidly and there can be more 'churn' as additional classes are added to keep the student/teacher ratio down. High quality education is one of the attractions of the Madison area, and test scores at Rainbow reflect the strong academic focus. (Well above national averages.) Home prices are higher in this area as you would expect in a strong district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

It is overall a very 'sad' school. The administration staff needs to show more care for their employees and parents. I was thankful to be able to withdraw my son from that school and put him into another school where is he excelling tremendously. I would give this school a D- for their creditability.
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
95%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
93%
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 77% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education87%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education87%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty99%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty73%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education57%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty96%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education71%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty76%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education71%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty71%
Non-poverty98%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education42%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty65%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education75%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty98%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students88%
Female82%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education62%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty59%
Non-poverty93%
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 68% 58%
Black 17% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Madison, AL 35758
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