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Wetumpka Elementary School

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Posted February 6, 2014

This school system does not recognize dyslexia as a separate learning disability, but instead only recognizes general reading and writing disabilities. The problem with that is that the same curriculum does not work well for all children with reading and writing disabilities. My son's school seems to have no alternative curriculum choices for his dyslexia. He receives special help due to having an IEP, but it isn't working for him. The teachers just seem uninformed and ill trained to deal with the severity of his dyslexia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

I am very dissatisfied with this school. While most of the teachers seem wonderful, the administration leaves something to be desired. The entire school seems to be suffering from a bad attitude among the leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

I have two kids in school and I am not as pleased as I was last year. My son has emotional issues from being abused by his father plus our difficulty with finances and having to move around a lot. when we came last year, the teacher never reported a problem. This year his teacher has nothing but negative feedback yet she doesn't take the time he needs to understand new concepts. For my daughter, I requested a nice teacher as she is in Kindergarten. They gave her the loudest rudest kindergarten teacher I have ever met. She teases the kids more than the kids tease each other! She tells my daughter she won't get to do this or that if she forgets her folder, which wow she is 5, give her a break. No direct communication from her at all! She completely ignored my questions about if her talking so loud is due to hearing loss. Meals are disgusting and they refuse to provide alternatives to foods we don't eat. Bus rides are bad and depending on who you are depends on if you are corrected! My kids have been sick with school excuses and the office and v. principle still have an attitude! There is always another reason for teachers to charge "fees". Private school - here we come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

My child attended 3 elementary schools before coming to Wetumpka. These were schools in large cities, I had small complaints about those but nothing that could not be overcome. Then came Wetumpka Elementary. Oh boy. the teacher does not give homework a lot, if she does it's "coloring pages" - and my child is in 4th grade. When explaining difficult math ideas, she rushes and does not care a lot of kids have no clue what she is talking about. Kids steal each other's lunches while teacher is in the classroom. Kids call each other gay (out loud in mocking manner) while teacher is there, and she pretends she did not hear it. Next, PE classes are terrible, games that promote kitting each other are on every day basis, this never happened in all other places we have been to. Next, lack of organizational skills: in the morning it's just one chaos. Lots of parents just block the passage by walking their kids from parking lot. Room mothers non existent, I don't know anything about the principal...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

We just started WES this year. We are on our third week. My child is in kindergarten and had a difficult time adjusting to the new environment - many tears. My child does not take well to change. Even I broke down once and the guidance counselor was right there. But his teacher has been very patient. She came up with a great idea and it worked this week. So no more tears. So far we are pleased with the class and activities. Our child likes his teacher, coach, etc. Also the safety factor seems to be on high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

My daughter has completed grades 1-3 at WES, and we are very pleased. We were able to request her teachers each year and first request was approved. The school is very safe and strictly enforces rules for safety. The reading program is excellent. Problems between students are quickly addressed and resolved. The counselors are concerned and involved. The PE program has great coaches, and the children participate in organized exercises as well as games. The office staff is most courteous and helpful. My daughter has received a great education here, and I never felt the need to try a private-school education. WES has a Clown Troupe that my daughter participated in for two years. The art and crafts she did in class helped replace the lack of a dedicated art teacher that no longer exists in most public schools. WES also provides extra after-school activities during the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

Wetumpka Elementary is a large school with over 1,000 kindergarten through third grade students. The teachers offer special extra activities such as chorus, clown troupe, and student council for 3rd graders. The level of parent involvement in the PTO is high. My child has been happy here and is in a class of like-ability students. His teacher, Mrs. Horn, has gone above and beyond average instruction and has taught to the high ability of this year's class. The administration allows parents to request their top 6 choices for their child's teacher the next year. This is great as long as you get in a room with a teacher who was everyone else's top choice. If you don't, you may be in for a long year. Overall, this is a good school.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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

Math

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education33%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty80%
Not poverty95%

Reading

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education53%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Poverty90%
Not poverty96%
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

Math

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education23%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty87%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education46%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty90%
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 58% 58%
Black 32% 34%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 58%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs Kathy K Willis
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510 Micanopy St
Wetumpka, AL 36092
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