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Highland Gardens Elementary School

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Posted October 27, 2010

i love highland gardens school because the teachers are very helpful and understanding when it comes to helping and teaching the students...........they are very patience and kind....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I give this school an A+. Mrs. James always put the children first wich is very important to me. My child has been attending this school since kindergarden and getting ready to graduate next month i give her and the teachers a thumbs up! I know we could not have done it without the patience of them all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

The new administration at this school has done wonders for the morale and overall achievement of the students. I have no problem sending my children to this school! The enthusiasm of the teachers is contagious. You can tell they care about the children. They work hard in bridging the gaps and it has shown over the past two years with dramatically improved test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

It is obvious that the person who responded first has not been keeping up with the changes that have taken place at Highland Gardens Elementary the past three years. With the present principal and staff, this school came out of school improvement and is now an all CLEAR choice school. They have met all of their state goals for the past two years since the change in administration. Furthermore, they have received two awards from the state two consecutive years for closing the achievement gaps between minority students. Before we speak publicly about a school that has worked so hard to achieve excellence in academic achievement, we should do our HOMEWORK first!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted October 25, 2005

You will be faced with people that care about your child and their success in school and in life. The test scores went up last year and this school is now a Choice school in Montgomery County. The teachers care about each and every child. The administration works diligently to make sure that each child is safe, secure, educated, and loved. Highland Gardens is a fantastic school and I am proud to say my children attend Highland Gardens Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

In response to the first poster, to place all the blame on a school for their child's failings is completely unfair. I grew up in several places, attending schools in well-funded and highly-acclaimed districts, as well as poorly-funded, struggling schools. They had several things in common: good and bad students, plus great teachers and indifferent ones. The teacher's job is to TEACH. The job of the parent is to raise the child to respect the laws of society, and to 'do what they're told.' Without parents' guidance, you're asking the impossible of teachers. You might as well ask a paraplegic to run track. My son attended Highland Gardens, and liked it. I also know two people who teach in Montgomery schools. They're dedicated people who also spend countless time after-hours doing everything from attending nighttime functions to, like 'Joanne' said, calling on parents of students they're concerned about. 'Not caring'? Untrue!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

My son had a wonderful experience at Highland Gardens. You get out of it what you put into it. He was constantly talking about this teacher, or that project. True, there are kids who are behavior problems who attend the school, there are children who walk the street. No one cares? Teachers call the house or visit if there is a problem with your child. There is constant communication. Those teachers can't keep your kids from skipping school. That's the parent's job, just like it's the parent's job to make sure his/her child is taking full advantage of a good education. My child, and several of his classmates, left Highland Gardens and went on to magnet school. Although there are many fine teachers at this school, it would be better not to put all the blame or credit of the students on the teachers. Parents must be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

This school is the reason there are so many drops outs in that area. By the time they get to Junior High children can't keep up because of the poor elementary teachers and an unconcerned principal. I know many students who can't read and write and they somehow made it to Jr. High. However, they have dropped out since. Many of these children run the streets during school hours. Nobody cares. This school has nothing to offer students. If the state doesn't do something to improve this school it should be closed. Students only have there childhood once, don't waste their precious time. There were new additions added to it but what are the results? Now how about improving the classroom activites and teacher skills. Stop making parents go towards home schooling. Stop making people move out of the area. Like I had to. Maybe the principal needs to go.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
78%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
78%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
66%
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.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%

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

All Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Black55%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population73%
English language learners91%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Poverty64%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Black59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population73%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Poverty65%
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%
Female94%
Male79%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty85%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female84%
Male56%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Poverty67%
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty92%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty80%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%

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 Students25%
Female24%
Male26%
Black24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population26%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Poverty24%
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 80% 35%
White 11% 58%
Hispanic 8% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 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 97%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mrs Angela Kornegay James
Fax number
  • (334) 241-5329

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2801 Willena Ave
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