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Orchard Elementary School

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Posted April 3, 2014

I thought I was putting my kids in a great school but I was ALL WRONG!!! I have tried to have a conference with 1 of the teachers and she would never respond and as soon as she began to have a problem with my child she wanted to talk. So NO, I do not like THIS school and I think the teachers are there for a check!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

I have 2 children that attend this school. Whereas 1 child has a great teacher, my others teacher is horrible at communicating with me. I have to send numerous letters before I can get a response, he gets singled out and is not allowed to do certain things. I have even payed for events or goods for him, that he didn't receive until I actually went to the school and proved they had already cashed my check. The paperwork from the school about upcoming activities is vague. They make the assumption that you have had a child in that school before. We were not, so sorry, I don't know what you did last year, how about explanations. This school has poor communication, some mediocre teachers, and is definitely a disappointment. So much so we will be going to private school or homeschooling after winter break.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

Orchard Elementary could be a very good school if parents were to get more involved. Also, if some of the teachers would be more informative, such as posting information on the school website, under calendar of events like some of the other schools, that would be helpful.
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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
85%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
82%

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 91% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
74%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Poverty68%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female95%
Male70%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty81%
Non-povertyn/a
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty87%
Non-poverty82%

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty82%
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%
Female94%
Male87%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty89%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female89%
Male64%
Black73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Poverty76%
Non-povertyn/a
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
62%
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 Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty83%
Non-povertyn/a
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
Black 87% 34%
White 9% 58%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 88%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms La'Tunga S Ransom
Fax number
  • (251) 221-1570

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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6400 Howells Ferry Rd
Mobile, AL 36618
Phone: (251) 221-1571

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