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Graham Elementary School

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Posted June 27, 2010

Graham Elm. Is an outstanding school. Mrs.Dyer is an involved and caring leader who gets personally involved with students who need help, guidance or otherwise. My oldest son had some real emotional issues when he first started at this school. He had transferred from Houston after being treated with indifference by the principal there. At Graham he was received with warmth and care. He was offered counseling and support from teachers and direct involvment from Mrs. Dyer. All the staff were very kind to us and let me know how things were going with him continually. The people in that school care a great deal for their students. They are also no nonsense when it comes to acedemics and fair discipline, which is exactly what my son needed. Two sons actually. They accept nothing but the personal best from their students and encourage them wonderfully. I recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2007

The principal is a very inconsistent and incompetent leader. He is weak in discipline and curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Can not recommend this school to others. Needs better leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2005

My child came to Graham to begin her second grade year. She had an awful time the year before at another school. She was afraid to go to school and it was a fight every morning. I decided to move her to Graham so that she could begin a fresh start. It was the best move I could have made. Her second grade teacher, Mrs. Estelle, was wonderful. She helped Chelsey come out of her shell and was very kind and caring. Chelsey loves school now and dont have to worry about her calling me everyday wanting to come home. Graham is an excellent school with a wonderful principal and very dedicated teachers. Good for you Graham, and thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

Upon moving to a new area in Talladega, I was faced with moving my son to a new school and enrolling my Kindergarden daughter. I was very hesitant but decided to enroll them at Graham. So far it has been the best decision I have made regarding thier education. I had open communication with all of the staff. My childrens teachers were very open and caring and Dr. Buck always had the time to answer any of my questions. My 2nd grader son excelled tremendously and my shy daughter came out of her shell with the help of her teacher. I was kept informed of thier progress continueously by both of the teachers. I look forward to several more great years with my children at this school. Thank you Graham!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2004

I have two children at this school and couldn't be happier. I volunteered on almost a daily basis and was always made welcomed. I have been most impressed by the open communication between faculty and parents. I was kept up-to-date on school/class functions and the progress of my children by both teachers. I felt that I could always approach Dr. Buck with any questions, concerns or suggestions and was always treated with courtesy and respect. Graham also has an outstanding PTO, which has this year focused on the improvement of the playground. Old equipment was renovated and many new pieces of new equipment were purchased and installed. We also are participating in the Lightspan program courtesy of a grant written by Dr. Buck. This year Graham Elementary celebrates 100 years of educating the children of Talladega. While the building may be old, the school spirit remains youthful and vibrant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

Graham is an outstanding school and source of pride in the community. The faculty is experienced and caring. The PTO is very active. Grant funding has helped provide a strong arts program. Communication between school and home is super.
—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 85% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
85%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
70%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
76%
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 77% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
73%
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 Students66%
Female76%
Male42%
Black58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White69%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Poverty64%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female93%
Male58%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty81%
Non-povertyn/a
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 Students66%
Female61%
Male70%
Black52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Poverty61%
Non-poverty79%

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty100%
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 Students83%
Female84%
Male81%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty81%
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty85%
Non-povertyn/a
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 Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Poverty57%
Non-poverty89%

Reading

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Poverty66%
Non-poverty89%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
46%
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 Students63%
Female53%
Male75%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Poverty56%
Non-povertyn/a
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 60% 58%
Black 36% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 70%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Melissa Howle Dyer
Fax number
  • (256) 315-5781

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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403 Cedar St
Talladega, AL 35160
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