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William Silas Garrett Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 546 students

 
 

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Posted July 29, 2013

We are a military family. My child has attended schools in SC, GA, LA, MO and AL. This has been the lowest rated school overall. (+) My child 2nd grade teacher Ms. Goodwin was great. She was a 1st year teacher, enthusiastic and great teacher. (+) Ms. Jan front office sec is great, informative and cheerful. (-) Principal acts like she is concerned about students education but her own children attend the local magnet school. (Intersting) (-) The level is the lowest we have ever attended I feel overall they are 1 to 2 grades behind other states. (-) 1/2 the kids that attend do not live in the surrounding areas they just use others addresses so you get a mix of kids with a mix of behaviors. (-) PTA, what PTA??? (-) They don't receive any fed funding so they ask you for money every other day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

i do not like my child school she has been going there 2 years and this will be here 3rd year... we do not have a strong principal, we have no programs. and some of the teachers don't know what they are doing..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

This school year was our daughters' first year at Garrett. My husband and I have to say that this year we have truly enjoyed the experience at Garrett. My daughters have learned so much this year, and my youngest daughter just blossomed. My girls made some new friends, and that was important to me. My girls were exposed to a wealth of info this school term through various educational and entertaining field trips. I am looking forward to next school term!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

We moved here from another state, &I was really surprised to learn that just about every parent with children in school that live in my neighborhood send their kids to private. My daughter has been a Garrett Gator for 3 years, & we have not had serious issues. Only thing is, I agree with another parent, that while it's expected that the parents help out & contribute to some things, like to provide paper towels, and soaps and tissues, I feel like her kindergarten teacher would always request supplies, like chalk/dry-erase markers/copy paper basically office supplies. I thought it would be like that every year, but it was only her. I think she did a great job teaching though. My daughter has liked all her teachers thus far, and they have a lot of activities throughout the year, but it does get costly! There is not a variety of "cultures" in my opinion, but it hasn't been an issue for us, which is something I worried about. Thank God for public schools, b/c I don't work or drive, and living on one income, we wouldn't be able to send our daughter to school, and it's important for children to socialize with other kids. New principle brought changes a lot of parents don't agree with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

This is my daughters first year at Garrett as K-5. She loves the school and the teachers. I myself have been a volunteer and have worked around the the staff and the teachers. The teachers are nice and the principal is fantastic. I have heard a few negative things about past teachers and principals but the current principal, Mrs. Officer is doing a fantastic job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We spent 1 year at Garrett and we will not be back. If you are zoned for this school please think long and hard about your options. If we move back into the district we will be fighting for the charter school or going private.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

Great school, love the teachers....they really work with the students and they really take the time to show that they actually care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

This is our second year at Garrett. We have found the faculty and staff to be fantastic-- the perfect blend of caring and firm. Our son has thrived there, and we look forward to many more great years at Garrett!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

My child is going to garrett and has been since kindergarden and she loves it and knw she is atending her 5th year there and she would die if she left so u should keep your kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

I have three children who attend Garrett and this was their first year in public school.I was very impressed with the teachers,staff,and principle. Everybody says the public schools are not good in montgomery and that has not been the case for us!! It is nice to get a great education for free and save money for three kids to go to college. Also, did i mention that Garrett is one of the few schools in Montgomery that is wonderfully cultured!! That is hard to find in Montgomery,Alabama!! Our family is proud to say our children attend Garrett Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

My child attended Garrett during part of the year last year and we had a difficult experience. His teacher was not willing to take any extra time with him to catch him up. The principal was careless and treated her staff awful on the PA system. When I tried to discuss my concerns with her, she refused to return any of my phone calls. If you are sending your child to Garrett, stay on top of things, they won't!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

My son has been going to this school for 3 years. He is going on his fourth and he loves it. The staff is great. They acknowledge the kids when need be and the parents are there helping out as much as possible. His teachers have been nothing but great. The office staff is great and very attentive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2005

This will be my childs last year at garrett. It is awful! a new principal who doesn't care about the children, and the kids are terrified of her. The office staff is quite snotty and if you go in and ask a question, you feel like you are putting them out. You can stand at the window peering into the office almost 10 minutes before they even acknowledge you. Garrett only has 4 teachers that are left that are great! everyone else needs to go, and get a new staff. Most teachers don't care about your child, they are just there for the paycheck. Nope, i can't wait til this year is over and my child want be back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

We are new to this area and school has only been in session a few weeks. my son will most definitely be in a private school as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2005

My child attended Garrett this year and I was disappointed in the lack of many things including PTA funds being used for an awning instead of computers and materials needed by the children. I will gladly pay for a private school education instead- traffic was a nightmare with no sense of order or adult supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

My children attended this school for three years. The atmosphere, office staff and school quality was great. However, the teachers were terrible They did not take the time with the students and certainly made no extra effort when needed. As a matter of fact, the attitude was pathetic. In my job, I could not do half my job and get paid. I felt that their only duty was to hand out the material and if you wanted your children to learn, you had to home school them again after school. I now pay a hefty price for private school. These teachers need to show care and concern to these young children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

Garrett is a great school. My son has been there for 3 years now, and we just love all the teachers and staff there. They are all so friendly, and are always so eager to help all the students acheive thier goals. I highly recommend this school to any parent that may be considering sending thier children here. Garrett Elementary school teachers, staff and parents truly care about our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

My son has been going to Garrett for the past three years. I love the school, teachers and volunteers. They are all so earger to help the students succeed and excel above their own goals. I wish I could have had this school when my daughters were this age. They would be better students now, due to all of the teacher involvement. Thank you Garrett teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


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 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 93% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
Female77%
Male83%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education31%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty79%
Not poverty82%

Reading

All Students85%
Female82%
Male87%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education38%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty83%
Not poverty88%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Poverty70%
Not poverty75%

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty80%
Not poverty88%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male61%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education25%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Poverty68%
Not poverty72%

Reading

All Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education58%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty92%
Not poverty89%
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 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
Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
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.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students69%
Female65%
Male73%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education18%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Poverty63%
Not poverty81%
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 85% 34%
White 8% 58%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 61%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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555 McLemore Dr
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 260-1090

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