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Spanish Fort Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted June 27, 2013

Two of our children went to this school. I liked most of their teachers.com and they did too. We did not like the guidance counselor. She's pushy and if you're not rich you get treated like a charity case. Other than her, we were pretty happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

Great school. Low student to teacher ratio (~15 kids per class). We've experienced K-2nd grades, and my daughter has liked all her teachers. Lots of field trips and activities (parades, shows) for younger kids. After School Care is also available for kids with working parents, and a summer program on site as well. Classes in Art & Music meet once a week. Parents are highly involved in PTA, fundraising, volunteering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

Could not be happier with this school, the academics, the teachers, etc...Excellent learning environment, caring staff, top notch education. The only thing possibly lacking about this school is the limited extra-curricular activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

This is our 4th Elementary School since we are a Gov't Family and move about every 2 yrs. I do not like this school at all. There is so much bullying that goes on and nobody seems to care including the Principals. The P.E. teachers are a waste and don't do anything productive during the kids only time to get excersise. The school sends off a message that Parents are not welcome to the school or wanted on the campus. I do not like my kids attending this school and will be seeking Private Schools instead. Yes, education is important so is structure, but how about finding a good balance and allowing the kids a little bit of freedom...ever heard of recess???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

We love our school. 100% of the parents join the PTA here. The teachers are excellent as well as the principal. Very professional from the bus drivers, janitors all the way up to the principal. We could not be more proud of our school! Project Jubilee is a great program for gifted children. Our child is so excited about going to space camp in Huntsville this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

Wonderful school. Superb teachers, high test scores, happy kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They have a great educational progam for the kids in our area.


Posted June 20, 2008

We are so pleased that we have such a fine public school in our community. The teachers and administrators are all top notch. My boys love this school and we have had nothing but wonderful experiences here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2007

A wondeful learning environment. A great mix of traditional learning and fun hands-on activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

Spanish Fort has a very traditional style of learning - a lot of tests to say the least. Not much emphasis on creative writing, even in Third Grade. PE every day is great, though children have very little opportunity for free play outside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

While this school does continue to do well on testing, it is highly closed off for many families. They limit parent exposure by vague and ridiculous rules meant to maintain the educational environment. They want complete control of their school siting security reasons, yet anyone could walk onto that campus at will. It is surrounded by 2 major roads near I-10! The new principal this year seems to be taking positive steps to make some changes. The parent involvement previously mentioned is b/c most of these parents are desperate to cement a place in this community and have a warped sense of what is important. The school and many parents fail miserably to properly supervise their children, therefore turning their heads to their children's lack of respect, values and general behavior. The school is highly hypocritical in that regards. They preach good behavior, but in no way enforce their own rules!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

Wow! Parents are heavily involved at this school. The PTA funds 'extras' such as technology schoolwide, reading lab, the Music Man, and more. Although the facilities are aging, the academics and teaching approaches keep this school near the top in test scores. Another positive is that the students truly enjoy attending school here. This is the 5th Elementary school that my kids have experienced because we are a military family and it is one of the best.
—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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
100%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%

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 Students93%
Female94%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty76%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students96%
Female96%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty84%
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black55%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students94%
Female98%
Male89%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty96%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty100%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
91%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty97%
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 88% 58%
Black 8% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
Two or more races 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 20%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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30900 State Hwy 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
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Phone: (251) 626-9751

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