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O'rourke Elementary School

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Posted October 31, 2013

We are a military family and moving from the Miami area to Mobile, Alabama I knew there were going to be changes to say the least. Then I started to notice the very small amounts of homework being sent home, lack or organization for school work /tests and AR testing was never caught up until the last week of the quarter etc I began to have questions about my son and his schooling. So I asked for a parent teacher conference which all my questions were answered with that s just the way we do things here in Mobile . My son is well above average but nothing is offered for gifted kids below 3rd grade which is sad to say the least. Pretty much if you don t want a kid who s behind you have to do the work of a teacher and teaching as a parent. This school has a very happy and nice staff but when it comes to actually teaching I feel this school is below average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

It's a shame to say that this school is average, but in this country it would be unfair not to. The teachers are sweet and kind but unfortunately aren't really worried about anything except getting those standardized tests up to par. If your child is gifted and isn't in the third grade yet (unable to receive pull out services from PACE) then you can forget about getting anything extra out of the classroom. My child is three years above his grade level in math alone and hasn't received ONE sheet of extra work just to help keep him busy. The school tested his IQ, came back highly gifted, still nothing was offered to him to help him actually LEARN something. Apparently attendance is the only requirement by law these days. I can count on one hand the things that he's learned since he's been here. And the sad thing is that this is typical in Alabama and I know that. I sure wish one of those sweet and kind teachers could make an effort to break the cycle though and put some effort into teaching the children that aren't fitting into the mould the school system has carved out for them. They aren't all the same - just wish mine could have instruction and learning too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Great School! Love the Book parade! One of my kids is now a 6th grader at Phillips Preparatory School and is well prepared to handle the challenges. My two other kids are straight A's as well. Their standardized tests come back above exceed standards. My fourth grader is a great reader and is reading 6th to 7th grade level books. My 2nd grader is reading at 5th grade level. Both their math skills are also exceed standards at the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT). PACE and SECME is something that my kids love to do. There is also great support in music. One of my kids qualified to go to Tuscaloosa Alabama for the All State Orchestra Festival for 3 consecutive years - his instrument is violin. The principal is very supportive and work well with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

What an amazing school! When we move to a new state, our first concern was all about the best education for our sons. O'Rourke has succeeded our expectations. They help students along, and challenge other students to go beyond their expectations. They have a lot of great programs for the kids ... one being SECME. Also, they provide you with daily feedback on your child's work study and behavior. If you are the type of parent that wants to volunteer you are given that opportunity. I would highly recommend this school against any elementary school out there ... specially thank you to Ms. Davis 1st grade for pushing my son's potential to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

This school has excellent teachers and is really good for ESL students. Our sons learned to communicate really well and our overall experience with the school has been really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

O'Rourke is a wonderful place! The school environment is very clean and inviting. There are beautiful murals when you first enter the hallways from the foyer. My daughter has made some awesome friends, had outstanding teachers, and gets straight As. The principal is very available and greets the students each morning. The parent involvement is superb. So, if you really want to get involved there are many opportunities for you to do so. Most of all, the diversity of the student body is great for our daughter. We are very pleased with O'Rourke!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

As a military parent, my children have been enrolled in four different elementary schools over the last several years. I have to say that my experience with O'Rourke over five years was an extremely positive one. The change in leadership at the school a few years ago was one of the best things that could have happened and the quality of teachers my children had, from kindergarten all the way through 5th grade, was excellent. We have since moved on to some of the highest ranked schools in the country in Massachusetts. My children are tops in their classes. One high school teacher told me she was pleasantly surprised at my child's work since he had, "... come from non-New England schools." Don't you love it when that happens??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2010

this school was good years ago with a different principal. it is run like a military school, I am so glad we moved to a new county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

O'rourke is a very good school if you are part of the in crowd or click. My child has not had problems with peers, but problems with the teachers who pick and choose. More time needs to spent on teaching the curr. instead of your friends child or the happens at church. last, please allow parents who are not in the click to have more involvement instead of pushing them away or treating them unfairly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

O'Rourke is a very good school. The principal is absolutely amazing. This is my child's second year at O'Rourke and she loves it. The staff and teachers are wonderful. We only wish we had found this school sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

It is a good school compared to others in the district but still leaves a lot to be desired. My son is a high achieving honor student and felt as if his potential is not being tapped by the administration or his teacher. He finishes his work the helps the other kids and gets in trouble. I requested a class change because I don't care for his teacher and was told absolutely not. Now neither one of us is happy and are gladly leaving this school after this year. They do offer a lot of educational activities but not much as far as physical activities and as a parent of a young boy that is very important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

One of my Children attended this school from K-5th. The other K-3. Then we moved to GA and the old one on was so far behind we held him back, the younger is strungling. Both were on the Honor Roll Was Gives. Are you so far behind you think your a head?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

This will be our 3rd year at O'Rourke & we LOVE it. I have been Room Parent for 3 years now & I absolutely love being involved in my children's education. The P.T.O. is wonderful & the new principal is FABULOUS! This is a great school with great teachers who love teaching. I highly recommend this school. We'll be here until our youngest, who is 4, finishes 5th grade. :) Outstanding school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

My child attended O'Rourke for three years and we both loved every minute of it. I would recommend this school to parents who want an excellent educational program with an emphasis on Math and Science.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2006

Beware of the PTA moms,they think they are hollier than thou and also think they run the school. The office staff is highly in competent and lose everything. The teachers are wonderfull.But i do not know if i will put my 3 rd in this school.There are way too many changes every year. 2006 -07: There is a new principal,we will see!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

I have been very pleased with my child's experience at O'Rourke. There is a high level of parent involvement in this school. I would like to see more music and art in the academic program. My child is a high acheiving student and has been able to attend enrichment classes to help her further her education. I have found the teachers and staff very pleasant to interact with and have had no problems with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

O'Rourke Elementary is a wonderful school. The children at O'Rourke are high achievers. The reading curriculum that is implemented into the classroom is excellent. The teachers really care and truely teach. The principal goes above and beyond the call of duty! Art is available during one semester and music the next semester! O'Rourke has a SECME club, Juggling Club, & Sewning Club! The level of parent involvement is high! PTA welcomes you with open hands! The school has structure and guidelines in a daily schedule, you see this allows the teacher to teach without interuptions. I LOVE O'Rourke!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

I will not put my 3rd child in this school.6 year ago, when my first child entered kindergarten,it was wondeful,but the office staff is very abrupt,and do not put much care in their work.The teachers are wonderful for the most part.but the principal is forcing them to change grades,a 1st grade teacher becomes a 5th grade teacher,and 3 rd grade teacher becomes a 1st grade and so on.in those cases ,the teachers lack experiences in their new grades and the children are the one suffering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

I have been at O'Rourke since kindergarten. I'm now in 5th grade and have noticed the teachers do not take care of bullies the right way. I have been bullied since first grade and it had not been taken care until last year. The principal does not offer any understanding in certain situations and some teachers are too strict. This school does not discipline children well at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2005

The teachers and aides insure a good and positive atmosphere for the children. Parental involvement is 'very' high and there are several extracurricular activities for the kids. There is an after school program and three different ways to pick up your child. The Bus Line and carpool lines move smoothly both morning and afternoon. I'm an active O'Rourke Mother of two. I highly recommend this school and it's district of schools.
—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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

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 91% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
90%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education63%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education56%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty97%
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%
Female87%
Male91%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty97%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education79%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty94%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education68%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty93%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
85%
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%
Female80%
Male93%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education33%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty94%
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 56% 58%
Black 32% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 56%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs L Cheryl Chapman
Fax number
  • (251) 221-1586

Resources

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1975 Leroy Stevens Rd
Mobile, AL 36695
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Phone: (251) 221-1585

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