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Vestavia Hills Elementary School West

Public | PK-3 | 702 students


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Posted July 16, 2013

This school is wonderful. From the top down this school is extremely well run. Teachers are great. Staff is helpful, kind and seem to love the children too. Friendly parents are involved. My children are thriving. Great school. Sometimes it gets "lost" in the school system news. The great accomplishments, good scores, work, activities, etc. are not shown as frequently as its' cousin East's accomplishments are, but it is truly an exceptional school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2009

This is a great school for many reasons. Partially due to the funding from local property tax, but mostly due to the love, compassion, and committment of the staff at West. It starts at the top with Becky Patton, Principal and Kim Hauser, Vice Principal. They are available and involved with each parent and student. Each of these ladies is committed to providing an excellent loving, learning environment. My child loved her West experience. I could not ask for a better school experience!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2009

Hi, First, this is a public school. So it has more federal and state mandates to deal with compared to a private school. But even with that burden, Vestavia Hills schools are very very good. Vestavia can keep its schools at a high level because Vestavia Hills is a small city full of parents who move here for the schools. Compare that to Montgomery Al city schools. Montgomery is a huge city district. I went to Dannelly Elementary and Jeff Davis High School. 30 years ago those were good schools. But because the city was large, land opened up, builders built and the city demographics shifted over time. Now Dannelly and Jeff Davis are poorly rated schools. Do your own research and figure out why. That should not happen in Vestavia. There is very little new land to build on. Your home investment will be safe, and your kids will be educated.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2008

If you are looking for an elementary school where parents are involved, teachers care and the students are building character-then WEST is the school for you. We have been at WEST for 3 years and have loved every minute. The teachers are truly concerened with our child's progress and the administration shares our views about education, safety and character building. The school and the community of Vestavia Hills are both top rank.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2006

This school had a new principal and assistant principal for the 2005-2006 school year. The atmosphere is very positive and the administration welcomes parental involvement. The teachers, administration, and support staff love and care for the children. The school is taking part in the Alabama Reading Initiative. Teachers received training during the year and are excited about the new program. The parental involvement is exceptional. The children attend art and music once a week. All children attend physical education each day with lots of varied activities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2005

This school accepted our son into its k-5 program this year with the utmost care in making him feel important and special to the school. Even as soon as the July before his first year of school one of the staff left a note addressed to my son on the door of our apartment saying that they were so excited to have him registered for the coming year. The academic plans surpassed our expectations, and the teacher assigned shows personal interest in our son who has become quickly adjusted to his new school. The PTA meetings are well-attended and the parents often seen volunteering around events. My son has classes in music, art, and spanish every week. We are very happy with this school.
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Posted May 4, 2005

The school facility is very clean and has a very good feel to it. All of the teachers I have met are excellent and caring. The curriculum is challenging and meets my expectations as a parent. The administration (principal) is very difficult to deal with; they are not interested in the concerns or suggestions of the parents. Some of the dress code rules are stifling; students can wear athletic shoes only - no exceptions! We also have had some problem with theft of personal property; the teacher responded adequately but the situation was completely dismissed by the assistant principal. Any complaints you may have will fall on deaf ears at the board of education.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.








Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests

In 2012-2013 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


All Students95%
Asian/Pacific Islander4%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education63%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant95%
Not poverty97%


All Students98%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education79%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant98%
Not poverty98%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests

In 2012-2013 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 80% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 1%
Black 7% 34%
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 10%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1965 Merryvale Rd
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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Phone: (205) 402-5151


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