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Tuscaloosa Magnet School - Elementary

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Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014

One thing that really irks me at this school is the focus on teachers. Teachers are treated like some sort of rock stars, and kids are made to applaud the teachers at assemblies. Seriously, when the teachers are introduced everybody has to clap enthusiastically. I've never seen anything like it! Great teachers are awesome, but not all teachers at this school are that good, and even if they were that good, there's appreciation and then there's personality cult. Let's cool it a bit. The second thing that irks me is how they keep talking about what a great school they are. It's easy to look good when you compare yourself to other city schools from which you poached the top students. The real measure of success is in how your students measure up against other students from like schools in the country. When I compare what my child who is a top student at this school knows against what his cousins who live in another state know, my kid is behind. In math especially, it seems like what this school teaches is 1 or 1/2 of a grade level behind schools in other states. The third thing is: virtually NO recess. In an ELEMENTARY school. Enough said. As far as I'm concerned, I'm on the fence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

After completing 6 years (between 2 kids), I am still very pleased with TMSE! The teachers really are invested in the kids and the principal is present and loves her students! The atmosphere is one that makes the kids feel valued and allows them a ton of creativity and individuality!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

After finishing a wonderful first grade year, we were thrilled with the quality of our first year. My son's teacher was wonderful, but so were the other two. The quality of the physical activity is phenomenal and the coaches work the kids, and the kids love it. The principal is available and present. Children see her, not because they have to, but because they want to. How often does that happen? It has been a pleasure to meet so many involved parents from all over the Tuscaloosa community. One of the greatest pleasures is to get to go to school with everyone in your city and to get to know so many from the community. We look forward to the upcoming school year and a wonderful and challenging educational year. Oh, and yes, in first grade there was regular homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2011

This is a very good school, but it isn't as perfect as many here suggest. First off, the high score largely has to do with the fact that it is a magnet school and draws off the top students from area schools. Yes, it has a good score, but that comes at the expense of making other schools in the city worse by lowering their average test scores. Second, all of the extra-curricular stuff is nice, but it isn't a replacement for solid schoolwork. The teachers care, but they are apparently instructed to give as little homework as possible, Okay, maybe some research suggests too much homework doesn't help, but our children have had almost no homework all year while our son struggles with his multiplication. He needed regular homework throughout the year, and having parent-assigned work isn't as good. Third, I would rather see this school eliminate the questionable field trips and give the kids back recess! They are typically instructed not to talk at lunch, during P.E. on the bus or carpool line ... are they expected not be social, involved little people? TMS strives to be more than a typical authoritarian Southern school but still needs come practice to get it right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

I was very happy to see even more interest in learning from my daughter. The project based learning gave my daughter a new way to learn how to apply herself. The principal spent countless extra hours developing enrichment programs to be implemented at the school. Quality learning from math, english, science, foreign language, and even P.E.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2010

We have two kids in this school - one in th elementary school and one in the middle school. Both schools are absoultely fabulous and represent a significant improvement in the quality of public education in the Tuscaloosa City School System. The elementary school principal provides fabulous leadership and support to a group of innovative and committed teacher. The active learning has kept both of our kids excited about learning and eager to go to school. The partnerhship program with The University of Alabama provides opportunities not typical of a public school system with children learning everthing from geology, to French, to guitar lessons.
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Posted June 18, 2010

My daughter really enjoyed her first year at TMSE. She was always excited about the new opportunities to learn. The UA partnership program is the best, by allowing the children to interact and learn about so many different things. My daugher and I are already looking forward to the TMSE 2010 -2011 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

We've been delighted with the Magnet School! The partnership with the University of Alabama is wonderful and the enrichment programs add so much to the curriculum. The teachers are very strong. My children love going there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

TMSE is an amazing school! My daughter has been given so many opportunities in this first year! I am constantly amazed at the faculty and staff involvement! The school provides a wonderful educational environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

My daughter attended TME this year. At first it was challenging for my daughter but the teachers and the faulty were very supporting and gave her the confidence she needed to work harder. I really appreciate all the hard work everyone put in to make this school year a great success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

TMSE is an excellent school, due to the wonderful leadership by the principal and the fabulous faculty. The faculty have the full support of the principal in allowing them to try new and innovative teaching techniques. Project-based learning is key to the success of the Magnet School (also known as the "Magic" School because magic does happen there!). The opportunity for students to explore other interests beyond the typical elementary studies through the UA partnership and club days allows students to stretch and grow and learn in ways not often found in an elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

I loved the experience that the school provided for both my child and my family. The teachers, administration and staff are geared toward providing a great learning experience for every child. The methods of teaching and learning allow the children to reach a level of education above and beyond the expected all while keeping them engaged and having fun.
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Posted June 15, 2010

I'm thrilled that my children attend Tuscaloosa Magnet schools (one in elementary and one in the middle school). TMSE has excellent leadership and innovative learning methods. Kids actually interact and don't just sit and "listen" to a lecture. TMSE keeps everyone involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

Both of my children attended Tusc Magnet School last year (one completed 3rd grade and the other completed 8th grade). I regret that there are no higher grades than 8th grade. This past year was a wonderful experience for both of my children. I especially like the project-base learning and hope that my soon to be 4th grader will get even mor eof it next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

BOTH OF MY KIDS GO HERE AND I LOVE IT. ITS BETTER THAN THE OTHER SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY WERE SO FAR AHEAD OF THE OTHER KIDS. THE TEACHERS HERE ARE GREAT AND MRS. B IS WONDEFULL..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

I ENJOY SENDING MY GRANDDAUGHTER TO SCHOOL SO SHE CAN LEARN AND EXPERINCE DIFFERENT THINGS.THE TEACHERS,PRINCIPAL ARE GREAT LEADERS.


Posted June 15, 2010

I LOVE THE CURRICULUM BECAUSE EVERYDAY MY DAUGHTER COMES HOME SMILING EAR TO EAR AND CAN HARDLY WAIT TO TELL ME ABOUT HER DAY OF FUN- FILLED YET MIND CHALLENGING EXPERIENCES THROUGH OUT HER SCHOOL DAY. THE TEACHERS ARE ENTHUSIASTIC TO TEACH AND THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE EVEN MORE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT PLANNING EVENTS FOR THE SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

I have two children at TMSE (1st, 3rd) and have found their experience and mine to be first rate. Their teachers are imaginative, caring, and professional. Not once have my kids 'I don't want to go to school' or 'I'm bored' this year. I attribute their attitude to the quality of the teaching staff, the unique partnership classes with UA, and 'clubs' they can join which have enhanced their learning and exposed them to subjects they were not able to explore previously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

TMSE does a great job of getting students to think differently about solving problems. They are learning that there are usually many ways to approach every problem and arrive at a solution. Also, they do a lot ot team/group learning, which helps to build a sense of responsibility and pride of ownership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Both of my sons attend Tuscaloosa Magnet and they love it. I think that it's wonderful how the teachers put a fun and intereting twist in their teaching methods.
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
n/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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 91% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
n/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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
n/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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty100%
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
Black 49% 34%
White 45% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Jeanne R Burkhalter
Fax number
  • (205) 759-3658

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
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315 McFarland Blvd East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
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