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W H Council Traditional School

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Posted April 17, 2014

This school is award winning and has high standards in academic excellence. Their zero tolerance for behavior problems enables the teachers to focus more on teaching. I am so excited my children have the opportunity to experience an education at Council. I have full confidence that once they leave Council they will be prepared to take on challenging academics and be a well rounded citizen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

There is nowhere better than Council! We just wrapped up twelve years (3 children) there, with not a single sour note. Our girls were extremely well prepared for a challenging middle school curriculum, academically and socially. The diversity of the student body and faculty is an enormous strength. The culture of excellence is genuine and its effects are lasting. No private school in the area could compare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

I feel that I should also mention to low income families that the fees, (classroom, internet, ect) are higher than most schools. The uniforms cost more, as they don't wear polos and the girls have to wear plaid skirts. They are also required to dress out for PE and need uniforms for that as well. They require a lot of supplies and several books that must be purchased rather than checked out from the library, as they must bring them to school with them for the first couple of weeks. They have really nice field trips, which are super educational and fun for the kids. However, while they are optional, they are quite pricey. Just know what you are getting into before you commit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

I love this school. Two of my children have completed Council and one is still there. Every aspect of the school is exceptional. The curriculum is definately challenging. Even kindergardeners have projects to complete! By the time they reach middle school, a project that makes other students shake in their boots is no big deal. Also, the students are required to do public speaking each year. What a wonderful foundation. The parents are very involved and the staff is supportive. Most outstanding is that the student body is diverse slong racial and socioeconomic lines
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My son transferred to Council from a private school. He entered second grade this year. While I must agree that Council has some great teachers, I believe the administration seriously lacks what it takes to keep the childrens' behavior in line. We had many instances where our son was called names, shoved more than once, pushed and held down on the ground, and even hit in the eye resulting in him having a black eye for a week! The children who were responsible for this were not punished according to their actions. I should mention that my son never laid a finger on any of these children. It seems the staff make excuses for children who have been attending the school since kindergarten and show favoritism toward children they know from their own community. This school did not live up to my expectations. My son is going back to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

This was our first year at Council & we couldn't be happier with the outstanding education they received. Our children attened O'Rourke for 3 years & all I can say is O'Rourke was a joke. My children have always been A students, and at Council they actually had to work hard to maintain their grades. I love this school & can't wait to send our youngest to Council. The teachers are amazing, too!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

My son is in the 3rd grade at Council, so he has been there for 4 years now. He learns alot Spanish, Science Lab, I wouldn't trade it for any other school. Principal, teachers and other staff are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

Horrible horrible school and so i give it 0 stars! We sent our son there and he hated it, the teachers are horrible, hey don't care about your child, the principal is very unorganized and the school is very dilapidated. I do not think that children should be put through the torture given at that school. We then went to O'Rourke elementary and we loved it. Say NO to Council and Yes to O'Rourke!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Council is wonderful. We just started our Kindergarten there and have been so pleased. I really feel like my little guy is getting the very best education available in Mobile County. Council gets federal funding and has extremly high standards for the teaching staff. The parent involvlement in my son's class is great and overall I feel the PTA is strong and does a great job! The curriculum is challenging and well-rounded- Spanish, Art, Music, Science Lab, etc. Kudos to Council and the entire teaching and administrative staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

I am impressed with the curriculum, parent support, administrators, and most of all the dedicated teachers at Council.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

My son is in third grade and this is our first year at COuncil. I am so amazed by the dedication of the students and staff to promote excellence. The students are well behaved and all appear very excited and motivated to learn. I am grateful for the opportunity to have my son enrolled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Council is such a wonderful school. The administration and teachers are very caring and dedicated. The academic standards and curriculum are very challenging. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

I have been at Council for 7 years and I have enjoyed every minute of it!! The teachers and staff are wonderful!! All the parent and student support is outstanding and I would not want my children at any other school!! Two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Our school is an IB school and our students learn about people and customs from all over the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

We have been at Council for 3 years now, with my oldest in 4th grade and my youngest in 1st. One of the primary reasons we transferred to Council from private school was the ability to feed to Phillips Prep directly from Council. Plus, it's no secret that there isn't a 5th grade teaching staff in Mobile (public or private) who can hold a candle to Council's, which is what you want for your kids before they face the strenuous curriculum at Phillips. As an added plus, Council has a 5th grade writing teacher who also teaches writing to all of the other teachers in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

My son has been at Council since Kindergarten and now he is in the fifth grade. The teachers are wonderful. They challenge the kids and make learning fun, as well. The principal has been the best. She is caring and fair with all students. He has learned so much. I feel that he is well prepared to go the Phillips Preparatory school. I have enjoyed his entire stay at the school. I have a daughter who will be starting Council next year. I look forward for another great six years there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

The area around Council Traditional School is not scary. It is a typical neighborhood that has an advantage of having a police precinct near by. There has Never been at any point and time that I felt afraid or afraid for my daughters safety. She is a kindergartner this year and loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Teachers are great and communicate with you regarding your children. The principal is really involve and personal. The front desk staff is friendly and informational.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

I have one in kindergarten and one in first grade, and we have been very pleased with Council. I attended private school, and I feel that my kids are getting as good or a better education than I did. They are both reading well and excited about learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

BOth of my children attend this school, the oldest is in third grade. Although every school has weak and strong points, we love the school. The students are challenged and well behaved, for the most part. Not enough parents get involved. ( do they ever, anywhere? ) but there are a lot of great parental volunteers. Excellent teachers. The neighborhood around it might scare people a little, but we've never ever felt insecure at night programs. ( it is also right near the police precinct. My children have loved it and made good friends of all races. we dont feel like we could buy a better education at the private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

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The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

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The state average for Math was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 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

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students2%
Female4%
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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 82% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

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All Students0%
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English language learnersn/a
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Migrantn/a
Not migrant0%
Poverty0%
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Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 54% 34%
White 41% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 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 50%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Hattie M Alexander
Fax number
  • (251) 221-1140

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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  • Volunteer time after school
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