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Hampton Cove Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 598 students

 
 

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Posted October 15, 2013

My boys attended school in Montgomery County, MD known as one of the best rated school area in country. When we moved to AL, I expected something not as good as what they had there but I've got surprisingly amazed by HCES. The school is great and they use technology in class as I've never seen before. HCES really deserves the Blue Ribbon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2012

My daughter has been at HCES for three years now and we have been very pleased with the quality of education available. Where in the US can a child attend a public school where every student in her class has two college educated parents? The parent involvement and PTA funding provides enrichment opportunities that wouldn't be available otherwise, from foreign language to robotics. And our new principal, Mr. Landers, is a fantastic administrator and a very kind man. Huntsville's superintendent, Dr Wardynski, has made sweeping reforms to get our whole city system back on track.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

Having had a child attend highly regarded neighborhood schools(Kenrose and Lipscomb) in Brentwood, TN and (Evergreen Mill) in Leesburg, VA and (HCES) in Hampton Cove, AL, I have an opinion as to how HCES compares to these other three schools. HCES is comparable in its academics and parental involvement. There are some wonderful teachers and great parents at HCES. However, unlike the other schools which are typical of their overall school districts, HCES is part of a city system whose other schools are lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

I have 3 children and currently 2 attend HCES and they're going to be attending GSES soon. I can't wait to have the new principal manage the new school. He is very understanding and always there for the parents. The principal at HCES is always "busy" and you have to wait on a waiting list before you get called, while the new principal called me back the same day!!! When you actually get to talk to her, she just isn't a warm person. She is very overwhelmed like the previous person mentioned. I wish Dale would come back!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

I went to HCE from K-5 and had a great experience. The teachers were very nice and encouraging. They always challenged us but never forced too much after school work on us. I had the old principle (Ms. Dale Kerch) for all of my HCE years except for 5th. I really liked her because she was very motherly but strict with discipline. Although I was not at HCE very long with the new principle, the school seemed to change for the worse when she became principle. I have a younger brother that is in the 4th grade and he doesn t seem to like her either but he loves his teacher. The academics are very good and HCE has some of the best SAT scores in the city. HCE and HCMS excels in mathematics and reading. Because I attended HCE I feel like I was better prepared for middle school mentally. I would defiantly recommend sending your child to HCE for the best education!


Posted July 15, 2010

Good school and academically challenging. The principal is rude though but the rest of the staff is very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Hampton Cove Elementary School is by far one of the best schools in the Huntsville City School system. The Hampton Cove area is composed of many professional, college educated couples that value education themselves. They are actively involved in the school and its PTA. The PTA alone has a budget in excess of $50,000 per year. It's not rocket science, schools where parents are engaged and financially support programs just do better. That is why the schools in southeast Huntsville and Madison city do better than schools in other parts of the city/county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Its an amazing school in our opinion. We have 3 children that attend, and every year we are so happy we moved to the area. First off, the teachers are very good. They challenge our kids without making them burned out. They give rewards for challenges, and make the school fun. Another thing I love is daily physical education. Studies have shown that daily exercise increases kids attention and grades. We have certainly seen that happen with our children. Lots of extras they offer, such as learning musical instruments, langauges and even drama classes. which we have taken and been very happy with. I have been there with my children several times a week throughout their careers, and I have honestly not seen one instance of bullying, or gang behavior, or anything I would be worried about. The only slight negative is too much homework from some
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

Outstanding school. Heavy in to the Arts. High quality of students from professional parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

We just moved here from FL and we don't like the principal already!! She is very snotty and rude. I hope she is transfered to another school soon or we will move!! The rest of the staff is so nice. What a shame that people have to deal with her. It is a clean school and the teachers are ok so far (there are only a couple that are really good so I've heard).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

It is often little things that tell a lot about a facility. Hampton Cove Elementary is a clean, well maintained school. When we visited we deliberately checked out the cleanliness of the restrooms, the condition of the carpeting, the appearance of the air conditioning vents, and the condition of the lighting, landscaping, water faucets, windows, etc. We found them all to be clean, painted, and in good working condition. This sent a positive message. The classrooms are cheerful. The parents are proactive and voluneteering. Our first grade and fourth grade daughters' teachers keep in regular contact with us via email to inform us of homework problems and even a dress code issue. The other students appear engaged, well dressed, and well prepared. The school provides the parents with numerous opportunities to volunteer for activities ranging from landscaping to computer clubs. The PTA is very active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

We moved to Huntsville from Michigan in 2006 and had twins entering K, and we are so pleased with this school. The teachers are amazing, there is excellent community involvement, and our children are flourishing. The 1st grade readers program is outstanding, and our kids were battling each other and others to read as many books as they could. It was rewarding to see them bringing books home and wanting us to take them to the library. I give 5 stars only because I cant give 6 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

My son attended HCE for about 6 months before we moved about 30 miles away. It was such a mistake to leave. We loved the principal, his teacher, supports staff, EVERYTHING! It was such a warm, friendly and loving environment, a place kids and parents could look forward to going to. The school we are at now is like a boot camp and you would never know by walking through it that children were even in the building. I always felt welcome at HCE and felt like my son was in good hands with people who truly cared about him - not the case any more. I love HCE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

I have taught at HCES since it opened 11 years ago. It is a great school with teachers, parents, administrators and students that work together. Our PTA is outstanding! I wish every child could go to a school like ours!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 12, 2005

Excellent school with a principal and staff that is learning focused. Focus on reading and math is from Kindergarten. The 1st grade Parade of Readers program encourages children to read even those who have shown little interest. The teachers are constantly keeping up to date with current teaching methods. The PTA is very involved and active. many PTA programs are geared towards enhancing the learning environment for the students. The school is well maintained and cheerful. The staff will communicate and respond to e-mails or phone; or share any information about your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2005

We have three children attending HCES. Overall we are very impressed. The principal (Dale Kerch) has done a very good job dealing with every issue we've had. Teacher quality for the most part is excellent. We started our oldest child at Hampton Cove where he attanded kindergarden and 1st grade. We moved away from Hampton Cove for a year, thinking we wanted to be closer to the city of Huntsville. We thought wanted to be in the Jones Valley School District. We soon realized that we had made a tremendous mistake. Jones Valley School was a terrible experience. We are so happy to back at Hampton Cove.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2004

We enrolled in HCES mid term in 2004. Not only was my son's teacher outstanding academically, but socially she helped him to 'adjust' as the new kid. The prinicipal actually speaks to parents (not always the case in some schools) and is concerned about what happens on her campus and with her kids. I'm thankful we chose this area to move to because I believe that although Alabama schools ratings are low, this one will continue to have high marks paritally because of teacher and parent involvment. Parents, teachers & students are actively involved in all areas of learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2004

We transferred from a very expensive private school in Huntsville-Randolph School because we could not get all our children in! Only one of our four were admitted due to space issues. Well, let's just say we are so thrilled with Hampton Cove schools. We realize now we were fools to pay the tuition at Randolph. Yes it is a very good school but Hampton Cove is just as wonderful and is free!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
96%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Povertyn/a
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Povertyn/a
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 Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education69%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Povertyn/a
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students96%
Female94%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education75%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Povertyn/a
Non-poverty95%
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%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education87%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Povertyn/a
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education88%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Povertyn/a
Non-poverty97%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
88%
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 Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education88%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Povertyn/a
Non-poverty96%
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
White 90% 58%
Black 5% 35%
Asian 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 3%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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