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Vestavia Hills Elementary School East

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Posted August 20, 2013

Vestavia East is AMAZING. We moved to this area just for this school district and selected East as the Elementry school we wanted our child to attend. After that, we only looked at houses zoned for this school. They have wonderful programs and really understand the individual needs of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2013

My kids were PR-K and KG last year, they liked this school, as I do. My daughter who is a PR-k used to cry when the school was closed. She loves her teachers. It is only one class for the pre-schoolers (3-5), and is a very good place for education and learning the good manners and attitude, they also helped me a lot with the toilet training. It also has both special needs and normal kids, which I really liked about this school. However, the pre-schoolers go for only 4.5 hours (8:00-12:30). KG is great too. Coming from Europe I felt it is a bit demanding for money, parents do pay every now and then for activities and teachers gifts, but having parents involved in so many nice and fun activitied worth it. The principal is a very nice gentleman, and so are most of the staff at VHEE. I also like the teachers and staff at the lower carpool, the ladies at the office and Ms gail the lunch lady. My son who is in KG is a special need (autistic) and he goes to Ms Horton, the speech therapist ,regularly, his speech improved dramatically over the year. Sadly we had to leave the school coz we moved to another state. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

We have been here for three years. My oldest son has gone through K, 1, and 2nd here. My second son has gone through K and 1st here. The PTA/community is so caring and proactive. The teachers are awesome and hardworking. The principal Dr. Mark Richardson is awesome. My boys love and respect him. I'm sad that we have to move away, and I hope we can find a comparable school where we're going.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

Just moved to Vestavia from Tennessee. Our kids were in private schools in TN...... Vestavia is far superior in many ways to both public and private education in TN. We could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

VHEE is an exceptional school! It is a very caring school environment with dedicated faculty and administration. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement in the school. It provides a very strong academic program and nurtures children to become caring individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

This is our first year at VHEE. We have been very pleased. Our child came from another school where he was being labeled by the teachers. We were nervous about approaching the guidance councilor for fear that she would not hear us. I am happy to say that she took us seriously and paired our son with a wonderful teacher who is dedicated, warm, and really seems to understand children. My son trusts teachers again and has said for the first time in his life, 'Mom, I love my school.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

We moved to Vestavia three years ago from another local school system. Our son was struggling in reading and not getting the help he needed. Having two school systems to compare to, Vestavia is the best choice we could have made. There are so many opportunities for children to succeed here, and I've never seen such parent involvement anywhere. The school is large, but it doesn't feel large with a very LOW teacher/student ratio. I volunteer to help out at lunch frequently, and the cafeteria is NOT in any way 'chaotic.' The teachers are all wonderful and genuinely care for our children. They have been willing and accomodating at every curve in the road. My son who is now in middle school and on honor roll. Our twins are in second grade here and reading well above their grade level. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

The school's education is fairly good, but not if your child does not reap the benefits of it. Some of the teachers there do not understand that it is more than one way to learn. So they just assume that your child is 'struggling' and they aren't as smart as the rest. Teachers also don't have enough patience for students that learn out of 'the norm.' It seems like the only way of disciplining the child is to sit them out for recess. This could be because they didnt finish their work, or for just taping someone on their shoulder, or even for someone else pushing them. It can be frustrating because I send my child there to learn, but this is also where relationships and images and so on start building. I want the teacher to have my child's best interest at heart and it seems that she doesn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

We have had two children go through k through 3rd grade here. This school has many problems starting with the head administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

This is our first year at this school and so far I am not satisfied at all. We have had numerous problems with getting things resolved and setting up meetings with teacher and principal. Many of my questions and concerns are never addressed and my child has gotten in trouble seemingly for every little thing he does. I am very unhappy with this school. I am shocked that I am having so many problems and thought this would be a better school for my child, but turned out that it is not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

We were very disappointed in VHEE. It is probably a good school for children who fit the mold, however, our bright but distractible Kindergartner had a tough time. After speaking with the teacher and guidance counselor numerous times, I felt as if our daughter's 'problem' was ours to solve with no assistance from the faculty. No accommodations were made for different children's learning styles and the teacher was highly critical. The student body is large, lunchroom is noisy and chaotic, playground is busy. Punishments were used, such as not allowing her to go to recess or have snack if she had not finished rather than finding a creative solution. We are moving to a Montessori school next year as we realized we could not get any individualized instruction at VHEE. A distractible child (ADD or otherwise) or one sensitive to large noisy places may have difficulties here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2007

I couldn't imagine a better learning environment for my children. The teachers have been incredibly knowledgeable, very well prepared, patient, kind, and friendly. The administration has been very accommodating and understanding. The parental involvement at this school is unlike any I have ever seen. My children have felt safe and protected in a rich learning environment. They have made many friends, and so have I. I cannot possibly express how highly I think of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

VHEE has provided an excellent early education to my two children. We are entering our 7th consecutive year of having a child at this school. The supportive atmosphere and teacher quality remind me of my own elementary education in the very best ways. The principal is quite outstanding and has the full support of the faculty and parents. Parental involvement is very high, and VHEE encourages active participation. The music and arts programs are outstanding, with highly skilled teachers. With so many schools cutting back in this area, it was good to see the music and arts programs still doing well. The teachers that my children have had have all been outstanding with one exception (no longer in the system). VHEE provides a good entry into the excellent Vestavia Hills system, and prepares its students well for the move to 'Central' and fourth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

Very weak special education provided for children 'on the borderline'. Weak academics, more fluff than substance. In spite of published strong reviews of school system, found the structure, lack of inclusion, etc. to ultimately not provide resources and services for high functioning delayed children. Little input/interaction from therapists.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

183 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

183 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
96%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education56%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education69%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty89%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 58%
Black 9% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 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 9%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr Mark Richardson
Fax number
  • (205) 402-5211

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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2109 Tyson Dr
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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Phone: (205) 402-5200

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