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Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 669 students

 
 

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2011:
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Posted April 3, 2014

PGES offers students a wonderful educational opportunity. I'm glad that my son attends this school because of the caring, competent teachers and administration. The teachers, principal, and assistant principal are an outstanding team and they work together to provide a wonderful learning environment. My son is in the Advanced Placement reading class and I am extremely pleased with his continued progress. I have never had any trouble with the student pick up or drop off traffic flow. The Pleasant Grove area is safe, convenient, and has a strong sense of community. I think 'The Grove' is Jefferson County's best kept secret and the Pleasant Grove Elementary School is awesome. Go Spartans!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

PGES is an excellent school with a wonderful staff. The school is in a very central location which makes drop off and pick up rather smooth. This is my son's first year there and I cannot say enough good things about the staff and school. The Principal is very involved and genuinely cares about each student. The teachers are highly qualified and they make learning fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

PGES is a great school. My grandson has an excellent teacher that challenges him to his potential. He is very satisfied at this school and the teachers are excellent


Posted August 18, 2013

PGES has excellent leadership and great teachers. My kids are challenged by the curriculum and are definitely being prepared to compete in an ever demanding and ever changing environment. The teachers are engaging and parents are involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING GETTING A HOME IN PLEASANT GROVE MAKE SURE IT IS NOT I REPEAT NOT WITHIN THE 2 MILE RADIUS OF THE ELEMENTARY OR HIGH SCHOOL ! BECAUSE YOUR CHILD CAN'T RIDE THE BUS ! POOR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AT ELEMENTARY IF YOU ARE DROPPING OFF WELCOME TO ATLANTA BACK-UP TRAFFIC !!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

This school is awesome. They have a principal and vice princopal who love every child in the school. They do not always make the most popular decision, but they make the decision that is best for every child. ARMT testing scores have been off the charts!!!!! Excelent school for anyones child!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

This school has great teachers and excellent leadership. Personally, I think the curriculum is challenging for the children. But, this is will prepare them to achieve in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

I have had one child at the elementary school and graduated to the high school. Also I have another child in the 6th grade who will graduate this year. I have not had any problems with the school at all.A+++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I have 2 children in Pl Grove Elem. So far we have had great wonderful and caring teachers. I also feel my children has learned alot from there teachers. Much more than I did at their age. hehe how times have changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

My child is a kindergardener in Mrs. Simons class. After a very rocky start to the school year, my child was diagnosed with ADHD. She has been really supportive and a great help. Thank God we were blessed to have her as his teacher. She is very patient and supportive of my son. Thank you again! Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

My child is in 5th Grade. She attended private school for 4 years. The transition was difficult for me. I think the school has great leadership and teachers. I wish there were more extra curricular activities in elementary schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2006

Both of my children have attended PGES since kindergarten, now one is in 4th and the other 5th. Not only have they had WONDERFUL teachers and experiences all the way around. They come home HAPPY from their day at school. As for Mr. Jacks, so far he has done great in my opinion. And as for my children, they have the utmost respect for him and make it known often. I have had no complaints in six years, and I'm a stickler for a Mom, trust me. I wish PGES another great successful year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

I am very pleased with the school and I am very delighted to have such a great administration. Sometimes kids do not get discipline at home and the administration has the full job. I love the schools and the strict rules. our teachers can teach and my child learns and unruly children are put in their place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

I have a foster child that started PGES November 2005. She did not know ABC, 123, anc could not write her name. She was placed in Miss Clayton's kindergarten class. She has learned her alphabet, her numbers, and how to write her name. At the conclusion of the school year ... she's reading, adding, and subtracting! I am very proud of our school, our teachers, and our administrators. I applaud Mr. Jacks' leadership. I appreciate the discipine and structure in the classroom and the school. My foster daughter loves PGES and I do too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

My granddaughter Autumn has attended PGES beginning with K5, and all her teachers have been excellent. She is now completing 3rd grade. Each teacher has motivated her to excell in all subjects. The current principal, Mr. Jacks; and the assistant principal, Ms. Dill, do an admirable job; and all the personnel at the school are very helpful. My granddaughter Summer will be attending K-5 in fall, 2006 and is looking forward to going to 'sister's big girl school.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

I have had my child go there for the first time. And I will not be sending him back there. I am disappointed in the school in general. They are way to strict. Put way to much homework on a child. And they treat them as if they were adults not children. I am very upset with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2006

Response to the previous message: I agree. The school has become an institution, not a school. Even the teachers feel over-regulated. We miss the inspiration of the previous administrators.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 5, 2006

This is my son's third year at pges. I was very pleased with the school the first two years, but this year has been quite disappointing. To the new administration i have only one thing to say - 'this is an elementary school, not a boot camp!' elementary age children should be allowed to be 'kids'. Too much emphasis is placed on discipline, rules and responsibility which does nothing but intimidate the children and destroy their self esteem. More emphasis should be placed on making the children feel like they are in a warm, caring environment. As far as teachers go, my experiences thus far have been great. The pges teachers seem very dedicated to quality education for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

Despite what the previous message says, PGES is a wonderful school with the best teachers and adminstration. At every school, you are going to have a disgruntled parents, but a huge majority of the people in Pleasant Grove believe that our school is the best. We are glad Mr. Jacks in our new principal. He will continue to lead us to success, just like Mrs. Blackwell did.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 21, 2005

I currently have one child attending Pleasant Grove Elementary and two children who are former students. I believe Pleasant Grove Elementary was once a wonderful school with excellant teachers, but the current administratiion has succeeded in changing these quaities.
—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.

About these ratings

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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 83% in 2013.

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93%

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96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

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81%

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88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

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89%
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 Students93%
Female92%
Male93%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education75%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty90%
Not poverty97%

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special education58%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Poverty79%
Not poverty85%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty84%
Not poverty91%

Reading

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty92%
Not poverty96%
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 Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education62%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty94%
Not poverty98%

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education31%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Poverty86%
Not poverty94%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education23%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty80%
Not poverty94%
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 66% 34%
White 31% 58%
Hispanic 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 55%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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601 Park Rd
Pleasant Grove, AL 35127
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