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1650 Ray Thorington Rd
Montgomery, AL 36117

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November 23, 2014
Here are some things I wish I knew when people were telling me Blount is a great school. I understand people do have different expectations, I am a mom that wants the best for my children, so am a bit pickier than some. 1. They have limited recess and in many cases no recess. This makes it hard for the kids to sit still all day and to make new friends. 2. PE is on a 2 week rotation with art/music and computers. So, no PE for a month at a time. 3. PE is in a trailer out back when they can't go outside. (google map it, you will see the trailers). 4. The building and grounds feel old, dark and dingy. 5. The overall environment is not warm and friendly. As with any school there are really great and bad teachers. The "8" rating is based on test scores vs. other schools in the state, which they do well teaching to, but I would take the "8" with a grain of salt, especially depending on where you are coming from. Some people really do love the school (mostly locals) and many military admit that it is fine as long as it's only for a year. I agree that if you can afford private school, pay for it. That being said, Blount (or Wilson) are the best public schools you will get in Montgomery.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
My child had the best learning experience at this school. Her teacher was fabulous and kept the students engaged and challenged. The environment was welcoming and the principal was always available and visible. The students love her and you can tell that she has a genuine love for the students and being a principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
don't be deceived by this "Great Schools Rating" Montgomery County" is know for having the worst public schools and so i guess you can consider Blount the best of the worst. the curiculum leaves much to be desired. my child attended a private school and kindergarten and i promise you when he started attending this school it was as if he was learning some of the same things all over again, if you don't believe me then ask them for a copy of their sight words for the grade your child will be attending. now let's talk about the security of the school which by the way is a joke... the " enclosed" office cubicle that sits in the front when you walk in is even a bigger joke. on any given day you can walk right into the school because one of the doors is always unlocked(before the sandy hook incident, they were all unlocked). sometimes they ask you for id when pick up a child and sometimes they don't it just depends on who is at the desk that day. there are always people walking around in the halls and i myself was able to enter the school and walk all the way through without anyone stopping me and i promise you this is no lie! if you can afford to send your child to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
This school has been a steadfast, quality school in the Montgomery Public School system. The school and its administration, staff, and teachers are not perfect - but it is a school where these persons strive to provide a safe, secure, well-balanced, and academically challenging environment for the students. All of this being said, they do this under the confines of public education and trying to appeal to the demands of many parents, grandparents, guardians, education officials, government officials, and the students. I make these comments after having three children who have gone to Blount from 2003 (the first year it opened) through 2011. I have spent many hours volunteering there in many areas (including the office) and encourage anyone to "walk in another person's shoes". For example, do you want a small glimpse of a teacher's day? - volunteer to take the class to lunch. Are you frustrated with carpool? - volunteer to help direct traffic. You get the point. It's a good school, not a perfect school. When everyone takes responsibility in their child's education, the student(s), parents, and school will benefit.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
We are a military family here for only one year. We have been quite pleased with Blount, even coming from an amazing school in York Co, VA. The fifth grade team of three teachers is phenomenal. We couldn't have asked for a better balance for our 11 year old. Our 2nd grader adores his teacher, she is vary caring. If I were to have a complaint it would be that the curriculum for 2nd grade is a little behind compared to VA, but we are able to supplement with other activities. We have had minimal interaction with the principal but I hear from others that she is very good with both discipline issues and special needs. The PTA is involved at a good level and is surprisingly welcoming to the one year military families. My favorite thing about his school is the cultural diversity of the student body, it's hard to have racism when there is such a great balance and variety of people. The teachers handle the diversity very well. Not all teachers use email, so it was a little challenging working out communication, but we worked it out by putting in a little volunteer time. Front office staff takes a little warm up time, but they come around if you show your face enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2013
Not a good school for military families especially if you are here for a year. The principleand teachers will appease you until Christmas then ignore you for the rest of the school year. Kids are bored.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 2012
POOR DAILY SCHED--While i agree this is a good school with a caring staff, a blind eye has been turned to a poor daily schedule for first graders-- my son is in 1st grade. Just a heads up, they DO NOT have any unstructured down time until lunch at 11 and then nothing until recess at 2pm right at the end of the day. What is the point of recess at the END of their LONG day--DEFEATS THE PURPOSE? They might as well send them home at 2. That's like putting spring break at the last week of school. We are coming from a more academically challenging school where the students had a small break in the morning then recess after lunch-- it was great AND IT WORKED. I was told one reason "recess" was at the end of the day, was because kids would be too tired to learn in the afternoon. That makes no sense and was not the case for me growing up nor many students with more forgiving schedules across the country. This makes me, as well as other parents, who opted to send their children to private schools, question the integrity of this school. Many parents told me they just power it out sense they're only here for a short time. I dont think that's fare to kids at such a young age. Change needed!!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
I am a military parent with 2 children at Blount. One of my children is also special needs. I am VERY impressed with the depth of caring of the staff. I have interacted with administration, special education staff, and teachers in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade. I am not particularly thrilled with the required Alabama curriculum, however, I feel the teachers do their best to supplement in order to ensure children are learning what is necessary (rather than only what's required). I really think the PTO does a great support job without being overwhelmingly irritating to parents. I do feel that the student to teacher ratio is high, but that is due to the economy and can not be easily fixed.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
I have had three of my children attend Blount Elementary over the past two years. It is an excellent school with a great principal and wonderful teachers. It is truly a shining star in the Montgomery Public School System. As a military parent and educator myself, I have had experience with many different schools and Blount will always be a place with fond memories where my children received an excellent education along with the love and support military families need.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
Wynton M Blount Elementary is an exceptional learning facility. This school is lead by a wonderful and caring principal, Mrs Mona Green. Mrs Green is a dedicated professional that cares about every child that attends this school. The teachers are equally as dedicated and caring to the individual needs of each student. In my opinion Wynton M Blount Elementary should stand as a high water mark and example for Alabama Public Schools to follow.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
We just finished up our first year with our daughter graduating kindergarten. We had a great experience, and I would recommend this school to anyone thinking about it! They certainly do a lot of fundraisers, as the last reviewer (16 May) said, but that's not really a problem, just a little bothersome. If that's what it takes for a school to be successful in Alabama, I'm all for it! Our daughter is reading books almost completely without help, and is doing very well with basic math. Her teacher, Mrs. Miller, was outstanding all year long. My only complaint would be that a lot of communication happens online, and some information is left out. I assume that's because most people know how the school normally works, but this was our first child's first year, and we were new. Most of the info was nothing important, but little things that would have been nice to know (where to buy the non-uniform items, bus procedures, what happens during a tornado warning, etc.). Overall, I was very happy with our decision to attend Blount instead of paying for private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Blount is about as good as you can get in the Montgomery public school system. Folks say that if you're not zoned for Blount or Halcyon, choose a magnet or private school. I am impressed with the principal, Mrs. Green. She is CARING, professional, and good at her job. Because of her, the school operates efficiently and productively. Secondly, the PTA works tirelessly to raise money for the school. Did you know that no money from AL property taxes goes to the schools? So, try not to be dismayed by all the fundraisers the PTA throws at you. That is the ONLY way teachers can buy supplies for their classrooms w/o using their own $. Hard to believe!! Thirdly, we are a military family and are only attending Blount for 1 year, but the teachers my children have had are outstanding. From what I hear, teacher quality can be hit or miss. Lastly, the front office leaves less than to be desired, so be prepared for that when you encounter the head secretary. For being the first impression you get upon entering the school, the attitiude friends and I received on many occasions is "cold". However, what matters the most to me are my children's teachers and they have been fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
Although I feel that Blount provides the best public education available for elementary students Montgomery, I am disappointed with the school. Being military and moving frequently, I have had children attend several different public elementary schools. The PTA is very involved, but at the same time they are not very open to new ideas. I believe that bullying is becoming more of a problem and it is often overlooked by teachers and staff at Blount. The classroom focus seems to be entirely on grades and test scores, not on learning and the well-being of students. AR tests and standardized tests are over emphasized and causing unnecessary stress on students. PE is often skipped in order to complete more classroom activities. (and there is no recess) The classrooms at Blount are not a fun learning environment for the students. After 1 year at Blount, my children no longer look forward to going to school.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2011
I use to be a student at Blount Elementary...I graduated last year in 2010......this school is AMAZING!!!!I already miss the teachers, it's like they put this trance on you or something. It did kinda lack things for the upper grade levels, but it was still a REALLY good school and I will NEVER forget my time being there from 2003 to 2010.

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2010
We strongly believe in public education, so our move to Montgomery involved quite a bit of research. We feel that Blount is about as good as it gets when it come to Montgomery education. All of the teachers have been awesome so far. I wish that we had known some of the quirks before we made our final choice as they have made our initial experience pretty awful. Ask a lot of questions about the bus schedule, lack of recess and expect the front office staff to be less than desired.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
When moving from out of state to Montgomery 5 years ago, we were told by most everyone that we would HAVE to find a private school. We strongly believe in public education and found 2 recommended public elementary schools in the city. After taking the tour of both, Blount was our first choice. We have never once regretted the choice. The principal takes personal interest in every, single student. She can be very firm in a loving way. Under her leadership, the teachers at Blount excell. Our child has always been challenged and encouraged by her teachers, and especially enjoys the gifted program of study. Parental involvement is encouraged...you may volunteer at the school as much or as little as you like. We could not be more pleased with ANY private education offered in Montgomery.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2010
Our child came here after starting his Kindergarten year at Forest Avenue. I can't say enough great things about the staff and mostly about what he learned here. Mrs. McDevitt his teacher was OUSTANDING. He went from not reading at the beginning of Kindergarten to reading chapter books. What impressed us most wasn't the level he was reading on but that he LOVES reading and does it without us asking. Mrs. Greene the Principal made out transition seamless.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Overall, Blount is not a bad school. I don't think you can do much better in Montgomery for younger elementary kids. Blount does a great job meeting the basic requirements and standards of an elementary education. Class sizes are decent and teachers relatively responsive to student and parent needs. That being said, Blount seems very focused on checking all the boxes required to be an elementary school and less interested in doing the things that would make it a great school. For example, tremendous focus on driving patterns in the parking lot but less focus on how to help kids who are already meeting or above standards. Wouldn't let the school scare you away from Deer Creek--as I said, probably the best education you can get in Montgomery. Just don't set your expectations overly high.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 26, 2010
The one thing that this school has lacked in years past was an art program. This year there is a new art teacher who is also the music teacher. My children loves going to his class and has learned a lot. He is teaching them how to be creative in art. He even has school choir! I am very impressed with Mr. Darby.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2009
We were very nervous about the public schools here in Montgomery mostly by word of mouth...we had come from a top rated public school system and had a lot of anxiety from other parents but we found Blount and have really loved it. It is a great school that keeps improving and that is what is important...we could not be happier !

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
I've had 4 children attend Blount. 2 are now in middle school. 2 will be attending Blount again this year. Mrs. Green the principal is very involved, always available, very fair and is a true leader. My experience with the younger teachers are that they are energetic, fresh and creative in their teaching. Looking forward to less students this year! I'll be pushing the PTA to spend all the money they raise. Or I'm not donating another dime! I would like to see a music room for the wonderful Mr. Reese and also a gym!! No more TRAILERS! I pray my 4th and 1st grader are NOT in trailers! I'll be highly disappointed. Overall this is the best of the best in Elementary for MPS. Thanks to the parents and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
Blount Elementary School is a wonderful school with an excellent faculty. The principal has great leadership abilities. She is very personable and has a genuine love for the students. She can often be seen greeting over 900+ parents and students by name. She also takes the time to meet with parents when problems arise. Sending my child to Blount was the best choice I've made since moving to Montgomery.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2009
The reputation of this school supercedes itself. Nothing much has really changed except the principal. There is still much improvement to be made. You still have the same people doing the same things and the environment is not welcoming. The pta meetings are a waste of time and the office staff are not professional. Students are not participating in extracurricula activities. Just because, the pta can raise x amount of dollars does not mean that this school is successful, somethings just come with the territory. All students/parents are not treated the same.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2009
I have had three children attend Blount Elementary and have had three different experiences. The things I love most are the welcoming environment, volunteer opportunities, and the diverse group of students. I can speak from experience that we get a private school education at a public school price. The Fall 2009 school year is expected to have an enrollment of half of what we have now. I am optimistic that next year will exceed our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Mrs. Amanda Solvason, our daughter's second grade teacher, is great! She is very professional, loves the children and they love her back, and we are delighted with our daughter's progress in every academic area. Mrs, Solvason is very responsive to us as parents. Our daughter enjoys going to school and being in her class. She is an outstanding teacher! Furthermore, we are very happy with Blount Elementary School and the entire staff just wish there were more extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
This is a great school with a superb staff. Overcrowding will be a thing of the past as of 09, and I'm willing to wait it out. A great job is being done to get through this tough period - not only are the students kept under control but the teaching level is superb. Love the principle and office staff - which is the first thing people see!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
I grew up in this city and I find that Blount Elementary School is the best puclic school outside of a magnet program. The encouragement of the teachers and staff, as a whole, in building strongs reading skills is phenominal. My son tested at a 4th grade reading level while in the 2nd grade. The PTA is outstanding in their work. They are terrific at parent, family, and community involvment. They are always determined and successful at reaching their goals for the betterment of the school and are wonderful at getting the children excited about it. The teachers and administrations are excellent at being so personable with each student. This truly a fantastic school!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
My child has attended Blount for 2 years. I am pleased with the staff in general. Southern culture runs thick in the halls though. Overall though, I am pleased with the academic aspects of the school, would like art, choir and extracurricular options though.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My children (K and 1st) started the school year at Blount. However, after a month at the school we chose to remove our children and place them in a private school. My children's teachers were very good, however, the overall policies of the school caused us some concern. Specifically, there is an overemphasis on testing at the expense of providing a well rounded education. The school has no gymnasium and the playground is way too small for the 850+ children that attend the school. My personal interaction with the principal found him to be overly defensive if any questions were raised concerning school policy.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
As a sub teacher, I see alot of schools. I give Blount Elementary my '3 F Award' for achieving the magical balance of Firm/Fair/Friendly. Administration/Staff/Quality Teachers show sincere concern for kids in every aspect.They give respect & get it in return. Prin. Lowe is a hands on, high visibility principle who holds himself & others to high moral/prof standards. It's not often you see a Principle mopping up rain in the halls before the kids arrive; but I've seen him do it! They could use more extracurriculars, but with what Pub. Schools have to work with, they provide academic and personal support students/parents remarkably well - better than some private schools charging hundreds a month. It's easy to forget this is a Public School. I have no children in school & therefore no reason to say these things except that I have been so impressed & want parents to find this treasure!

- submitted by a staff
August 23, 2007
This is my second year of attendance for my child at Wynton Blount Elementary. We are really getting a great start on the education process and this school is helping us stay excited about learning. The leadership seems to be a well-oiled machine and the teachers seem to be happy to work at the school and with the children/students. Keep up the good work!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2007
My daughter has been at Blount for four years now. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. Everyone from the front office personnel to the specialist to the administrators are on top of there game! 100% of the teachers are highly qualified while some are national board certified. I believe everyone works as a team which makes a great learning environment for the children. Mr. Lowe & Mrs. Green display excellent leadership, and it really shows with the rest of the staff. Quest (learning enrichment program) is available to students who meet testing standards. The parent involvement is out of this world and is encouraged which is another reason why this school is so successful. Great school-better than or at least equal to any private school in Montgomery. :)

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Two of our kids attended Blount for one year. Both had excellent teachers who worked hard to keep the kids motivated to learn by engaging them in fun and interesting learning activities. Fundraising is a problem at Blount, however. I firmly believe asking kids to sell 'things' is wrong. More emphasis was placed on being the top seller than was placed on being the top reader. Prizes were given to top sellers and top readers didn't even receive certificates. The priority should be on learning, not earning. The music and art programs are lacking, although the music teacher Mr. Reese is energetic and talented and the kids love him. We give the faculty an A+, but programs and PTA functions are a B.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2006
Blount Elementary is the newest public school in Montgomery. Located in Montgomery's booming east side, Blount has a PTA with parental involvement most schools can only dream of. The teachers are amazing, each one taking an interest in all of their students. The Principal, Mr. Lowe, and Vice Prinipal, Mrs. Green are both genuine and effective leaders of this outstanding school. With all of its high points, Blount's recent influx of new students has left its traffic system overwhelmed. Even getting into the parking lot is a daily struggle. Also, the music program is lacking, with no student choir gives other schools like nearby Halcyon an edge in extra-curricular activities. Overall, however, Wynton Blount Elementary is a 5-star school with 5-star teachers and students!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
Our family moved to Montgomery a year ago and we were told that our girls should attend Blount. A year later we are so happy that this school was recommended to us. The teachers and staff have been great and our girls have excelled in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
BLount is a very new school with a young principal, which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. Often programs are poorly organized and information does not always get to the parents effectively or on-time. But the advantage is that most of the teachers have prior experience at other schools, and are fresh and eager to teach well in this new setting. The facilities are very nice, classrooms though not huge are a good size, cafeteria and library are nice and modern. Playground could stand to be added to. As often evident in a state without a education-funding lottery, there are a LOT of fundraisers at Blount, sometimes making it frustrating to receive these in your child's folders week after week. Wish there was an art teacher, though love the technology class.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
Both of my children attend Blount. I cannot say enought great things about it. It has the most caring teachers, administration, parents, and students! The number of parent volunteers is mind boggling. The quality of education is very high, and geared toward a child's abilities, whether the child needs to be brought up in a subject, or taught higher than grade level. I highly recommend this school to any parents!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
My two children went to Blount for and it was the best experience. Blount's principal, teachers, and all staff member take great pride in making the school the best it can be. Now we have moved and we miss the welcoming feeling we had at Blount. The school keeps getting better every year. The only emphasis that needs improvement is in the math and science areas, which they have started this year. The AR has helped my children be above average on their new schools reading levels. Thanks Blount and keep being the best in Montgomery, Al. Houston misses Blount.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
I am a staunch supporter of public schools, however, I am only willing to enroll my child in the best public school. In Montgomery, Alabama, Blount Elementary is that school. The only problem I have encountered is my feeling that there is too much of an emphasis upon the Accelerated Reader Program and not enough emphasis upon Language Arts (e.g., adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, etc.). However, I have purchased both tapes and books to insure that my child is competent in this area. The quality of education as well as teacher and administrator quality at Blount Elementary are considerably better than any local private school, which cost $500-$700 per month with little, if any, racial diversity among students, teachers, and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
I have two children attending Blount. It is one of the better public schools; however, they have no art program and music is taught in the cafeteria during lunch.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
I have two children at Blount. We love it. The principal, Mr. Lowe, is exceptional. He has recruited an excellent teaching staff from which my children have benefitted greatly. The parental involvement is 'off-the-chart'. We have a strong PTA and currently this Fall (2005) we have over 220 parents signed up to volunteer their time to help. The school has a new computer lab with new computers purchased this past summer. Blount offers music, Physical education and computer classes for all students. I recommend Blount.

- submitted by a parent

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Wynton M Blount Elementary School
1650 Ray Thorington Rd, Montgomery, AL  36117
(334) 244-0078
Last modified Wynton M Blount Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wynton M Blount Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top