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Vance Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 442 students

 

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Posted December 1, 2013

I was not impressed with this school! My child started Kindergarten here, but we moved after 4 months because of the school. We ve never had any behavioral issues from my child, but he constantly came home with yellow or red faces. I met with the teacher and was told that he wasn t that bad . If that was the case then why did he get a bad face every day? The list for supplies was insane. I don t mind buying what my child needs, but I do mind supplying the rest of the class and the teacher. On the day he withdrew, all he came back with from his nearly two-page supply list was some crayons, glue, scissors, and his nap mat. It seemed like the school or PTO was constantly asking for money. This was hard for us living on a tight budget. The last straw for us was when the guidance counselor called us to come to the school as soon as possible. She stated that she "concerned that my child s homework wasn t signed and that he was falling behind". It was the first time his homework hadn t been signed and it was very obvious that she hadn t even looked at his grades considering he had a 100% on his report card. Take your child somewhere else if you want the best for your them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

This school is such a wonderful school from the staff to kids! All the teachers that I have met so far seem to really like what they do. The librarian at that school is such a caring person. I have met several students from that school and they always mention Mrs. Lyles. She makes the kids eager to read and shows them how it can be fun. This school deserves 5 stars!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

This school has some positive but there are few. It's a roll of dice on if you get a good teacher or one who is just there for a job. My daughter came home to almost her whole class failing a math test and the teacher considered it a burden. We even did a phone call because she's always done well. The teacher pushed the fact my daughter was too slow. The secretaries were good and counselor wonderful but principal was someone we just decided to avoid. My daughter had told about bullying and it was brushed aside. She saw and stressed the severity of it. Plus it's sad to say but we are a step from purchasing desks. We have had to buy tennis balls so they save on floor maint. and band aids for nurse station. I can only imagine what the teachers bring from home. Sad to say but from the multiple fundraisers and begging for everything I believe private school will be a great investment. There's already parents not letting theirs go to the middle school because its worse. They would rather go ahead and pay a private school because at the end you almost pay the same for half of an education there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

It is a shame that some people would use this website to review a school and we are not able to hear the other side of the story. Vance is obviously a great school. It makes me sad that a person would write such untrue things about a great school. The teachers at Vance are very qualified and caring. This person earlier must have issues with Vance. Every parent I know thinks it's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

My child started school today and was only there an hour if that before the principal calls me to tell me my child needed to be picked up immediately because the child would sit was walking around looking at everything on the walls and the teacher could not handle it. My child is 5 1/2 yrs old never been to day care or pre school but has the education of a 1 st grader. These people seem to forget that they are only small kids and that they are curious and when its the first day of school its hard for them to just sit quietly when they are so very excited. My child is not perfect it was a new exciting experience and when I went to the school to pick my child up they had the nerve to tell me I should my child to be tested for autism. I was appalled at what I was hearing. I don't plan on taking my child back to this school ever. The saddest part is my child spent the rest of the day and night crying because the school won't let my child to come and learn like my child wants to do. But I am glad I found out early what this school is about before they damaged my child slowly over the years. One day is better then 6 yrs of ignorant unqualified staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

I am so proud to say that my daughter goes to Vance. We moved to the area before she started to Kindergarten so that she could attend Vance. The learning atmosphere is first rate. The teachers and principal are great! The school is constantly making improvements and is getting better all the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2006

I love the environment of the school. My daughter just started kindergarten and she loves her new teacher. I noticed the gym needs alot of work, and I too am disappointed about the art/music classes, but everything else is great. The principal and teachers really want the best for the kids and they really listen to parents. I am so glad that I moved to this area because I know that my daughter is getting a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2006

Vance has some great teachers who really care. Most all of the parents are involved too. But the thing we are disappointed with is the fact they have no art/music classes. Also the fact that there's no playground. These are issues that really need to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

We moved to Vance just for the school, and it has far exceeded my expectations. The school is wonderful, the teachers are excellent and my son loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2003

This is a wonderful environment for children to learn in. I attended this school as a child and now my children attend.
—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

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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
83%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education62%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education77%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty84%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education62%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty94%

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education54%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty91%
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 Students89%
Female97%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students85%
Female94%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty80%
Non-poverty93%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
65%
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 Students85%
Female94%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty76%
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
White 87% 58%
Black 10% 35%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Karla P Griffin
Fax number
  • (205) 553-9132

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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18202 Hwy 11 North
Vance, AL 35490
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