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Mary B Austin Elementary School

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Posted September 27, 2013

We are guardians of are 6 yr old Granddaughter and we were able to get her in at Mary B Austin School. She has attended Kindergarten and now first grade. She loves it there and all her teachers she has had there. It's a great feeling when she gets in the car and tells me it was the best day ever. She has been saying this every day since school started this year. They care about the children's well being and the academics. I really have been impressed with their new principle they got this year. They have great success with parents being involved with everything that goes on there. We didn't see that with all four of are kids when they were in school. Our Granddaughter is so more advanced then other children in schools in are area. I feel we made a great decision in sending her to this school. I wish our other children could have went there when they were growing up. Mary B Austin is the best school in all of Mobile. Who needs private schools when you have a school like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

After moving from San Diego, which has awesome schools, I was concerned that my son would not be challenged in an elementary school in Mobile. However, I must say Mary B Austin met the challenge. I am happy with the teachers my son had, and now my daughter is attending Kindergarten, and she loves it there! I know everyday that I leave carpool my children are safe, and receiving an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2012

my daughter is with the Austin family in k5 & she is so happy as Iam happy with the challenging academic programs , the excellent teachers ,the strong principal , Ifeel comfortable about my daughter's future from now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

Mary B. Austin Elementary recently enjoyed their Centennial Celebration and remains one of the best elementary schools in Mobile, AL. The level of parental involvement is envied by many others. All of the teachers are highly qualified in their field and the principal has a strong yet loving hand. Mary B. Austin is not a school but a family which shows love and enthusiasm for learning and their children. Why anyone would spend money for an inferior education at a private school is beyond me. Recently named one of six Talents Unlimited schools in the country, Mary B. Austin continues to celebrate many more years of "Roots to Success".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

Amazing PTA, Austin kids have music and art thanks to PTA fundraising, b/c Mobile County cut budgets for these programs. But Austin still has these which is important to keep our kids well rounded. Kids should be able to still have a little fun. School is now a Talents Unlimited School and they really explore their individual talents. Check out the schools test scores, at the top - thanks to great teachers. The only public school option in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

My children both attended Mary B Austin K-5. As with all schools there may be things that are not as you would like but overall I could not have made a better choice. The teachers are responsive and parents are involved. The school exhibits an atmosphere for development and encourages interaction by all. My 10yr relationship with Mary B as a parent is for a reason. There is not a better school public or private in Mobile County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

I have three children attending Austin Elementary. The principal has a very rigid demeanor toward the children and is not a good communicator. Parents are not given much feedback on their children's academic progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2007

WOW what a great school. The parent involvement is wonderful. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as much as possible. We have been here 6 years and since we have been here only a few teachers have actually left, the teachers love this school. Our PTA is great we just raised enough money this year to purchase a new playground which will be put in over the summer, yeah!(hurricane made old one unsafe). This school is great my children can be children at this school, and the one thing I love is that it is small enough that everyone knows my children's names. Thank you Mary B.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2007

Mary B is a great school. Academically, I believe it is as good as any private school in the county (and it's free). The staff is highly qualified with most of them having a masters degree. Mrs. Zeigler is a fabulous principal and treats every child special. Her utmost concern is for the saftey of every child. In this day, I don't worry about my children being at Mary B. The PTA is super and really supports the teachers and children. It is the gem of Springhill. ARB
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

I had 3 children at this school. It is very safe as the principal is very concerned about the children being safe. The school is near Spring Hill College and receives many students doing internships. Also students volunteer from nearby St. Paul private school and Murphy High School. The class size is very low (required by the state for all public) and many times there are 3 adults teaching your child. I had a child with a learning disability and they went over and beyond. The teachers are excellent. We are now at a very expensive (and overrated) private school and I can honestly say that MBA is better. I'll miss it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

I am a former student at Mary B. Austin. I came from an Elementary school in Chicago and I loved everyday i went to school at Mary B Austin. Now that I live in chicago I look foward to looking for a school that is exactly like MBA. I went there in 1992 and from the looks of things the school got better and now a soon to be Chicago Police officer I can thank MBA for my sucess. I will send my children there in a heartbeat. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Koblas. With much gratitude and love. Emmanuel Sally
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 25, 2006

We recently moved here from Dothan, Alabama I was a little concerned about moving my kids to a big city school. When we moved my children were broken hearted about leaving their school. After doing my research of schools I found Mary B. to be the school of choice. It is a great elem. school that gives children the work needed to expand their minds and their educational growth. Made my 3 children feel right at home. My children never skipped a beat during transistion and still make the honor. I would like to thank Mrs Zieglar and the staff for welcoming us with open arms. We Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2005

I thinks mary b. austin is a great school, because my kid have improve his reading as well as his relation with other kids. He's report card shows that the teachers there are doing a great job with there students, keep up the good work and thanks for doing such a great job. larry woodson SR.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2004

I have two children in Austin and I would not send them anywhere else. I myself have met every staff member and every staff member knows my children by name. I would definately say the teachers and staff care about the students and we are communicate like a family. I will miss this school when my children move ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2004

Wonderful school. The parents of the children want their children there. All of the teachers compete to get a job there. Lots of homwork. Lots of programs during the day. 100% PTA participation. Strict on uniform policy. Very organized. Great Principal, she knows what she is doing and does it. Knowledgable teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

I love Mary B. Austin. It is a public school with a private school feel. The PTA is wonderful and really supports the school. The principal, Mrs. Zeigler and her staff do an outstanding job with the students. It is been wonderful for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

I feel my children get so much individual attention. Everyone knows my child, from the office workers to the older teachers. I feel like my child is at a small town school within a big city. I love the size of Mary B along with the academics you can't get any better if this is what your looking for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2003

This school is over rated. There are more important attributes that a school must possess, other than credentials based upon test scores. If your child has a 'defect' such as ADD/ADHD or Speech/Language delay he/she may not be treated fairly.
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Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 85% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%

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

The state average for Math was 91% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
97%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty100%
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%
Female98%
Male94%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty94%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students98%
Female100%
Male94%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty97%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty100%
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 52% 35%
White 44% 58%
Asian 3% 1%
Hispanic 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Jacquelyn Mallo Zeigler
Fax number
  • (251) 221-1018

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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150 Provident Ln
Mobile, AL 36608
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