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Altruria Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 800 students

Our school is most known for the loving and caring school environment.

 

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Posted May 20, 2014

I have to boys that goes to this school.This they 1st year here and they love this school. They teachers are great. When my kindergartner fell outside the teacher call me to let me know. I really love this school. They really care about there students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

My family loves this school! Principal Johnson is caring but firm with the students. She is also always open to parent's concerns, ideas and requests. The teachers and staff are skilled, organized and considerate. The PTA is top notch! Our children are excited to go to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

I am very grateful for our time at Altruria, and I have found it to be a truly wonderful school. The vast majority of teachers are terrific -- they genuinely care for the students, and they enjoy what they are doing. As with any school, there are always a few exceptions, but not enough to consider Altruria anything less then excellent! I have been continually impressed with Ms. Johnson (the principal). She has a genuine care for all the students and the utmost respect of - and for - her teachers. She is a true asset to this school. Lastly, I have been greatly encouraged by the high level of parental involvement in this school. I have served on the PTA board for 2 years now, and have found that there is generally never a problem in trying to get help in any form from the parents. I would happily recommend this school to anyone coming to this area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The faculty is the best! They really love all the children, and they have excellent teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

So glad that our time at Altruria has ended. Way too much focus on whether upper body garments are tucked into lower body garments, the principal has no idea who the children are or what potential they have, she only cares if their shirts are tucked in. One of the worst schools I have dealt with, I am sad for the few great teachers who have to work there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

I have been extremely impressed with both the Principal and the Teachers we have worked with. Each one is sincerely concerned about my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

My child has had 3 Teachers and we have been extremely impressed with each of them. Their love and concern for my child is greatly appreciated. I am also impressed with Ms Johnson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

Mrs J. Jones is a fabulous K teacher, she goes above and beyond for her students. The office staff knows each child by their names, so no child is a stranger to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

Most caring teachers an staff I've ever seen.My daughter went trhu all the grades an now my Grandson is there an the top performance is still there.Would have him go no place else !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

My daughter is currently in second grade, and in her second year at Altruria. We moved from one Shelby County district into Altruria's Elementary district last year. I absolutely love this school. The entire staff has such a loving and caring nature towards children. I know that my daughter is receiving an excellent education, and challenged daily. I thank God that she is in this school, and being educated by such wonderful people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

Although I think Altruria has been a wonderful school for our children, and the Principal seems very kind and fair, I am very concerned about my past few visits to the school. I visit the school frequently, to read and have lunch, etc, and on each visit, I hear a few of the teachers using a very loud, harsh tone with the children, comments such as 'you better tuck those shirts in!', and on one occasion, a young lady was told this who was wearing a dress! I am suprised that I never hear any encouraging or motivating remarks, lately it feels like a very negative atmosphere, a big change from years past. Hope this will be rectified, as the other aspects of the school are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

Altruria Elementary is a great school! I feel my children are getting an excellent education, provided by outstanding professionals. My third grader was recognized as a gifted student in his first grade year, as a result his curriculm has been enriched to ensure that he is challenged. My first grader is excelling and shown advancements in her academic career in just the first nine weeks of school. Both children love shcool and have a great school spirit. There are many opportunities for parental involvement. They range from being a PTA Board member, reading in either the classroom or library, clinic work, various committees, to having lunch with your child(ren) each week. The principal is fantastic, the children love and respect her and every morning during announcements are reminded that 'We love you here at Altruria.' I can't imagine my children attending shool anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

This is our daughter's second year at Altruria. We have been very pleased with the school's leadership, teachers and our daughter's academics and challenges. I'm a board member of the school's PTA and feel blessed in their allowing parent volunteers in all aspects of the school. I always feel appreciated and valued every time I walk through their doors. Their Principal, Ms. Johnson, is very professional, alway accessible and genuinely cares about each and every student. I would rank Altruria at the tip-top in Shelby County elementary schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

This is the our first year with Altruria. My second grade son has come from another Shelby County School that cannot be topped. Altruria is not challenging my son academically; it is not as child safe focused as I have seen with other schools and I feel he is not being prepared for the next grade level. I do not think the school offers much for parents in the way of involvement. I have heard of no programs, field trips, etc. that would allow a greater horizon for knowlege and more opportunity for parents to interact at the school. We will only remain through this year and we will move out of the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2004

This is our first year in Altruria, having moved into the school district this past year. Our son previously went to a private school (since pre-school). It has been an adjustment for all of us, but I am extremely impressed by the staff and curriculum. He is much more challenged in this environment and I feel he is getting a better, more structured education. The only thing we truly miss is the closeness between families. But what can you expect when Altruria has five times the number of students! The only thing I would offer criticism about would be that I would like to be better informed about the goings on in the school. Our newsletter usually arrives after the date of the event.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is our first year at Altruria as a third and fifith grade students. I had heard nice things from one friend about her experience in this school even though most of our neighbors home scholl or sent their children to private. Now I know why. This has been the worst education year we as a family have endured. I have a ninth grader. I have met with teachers, guidance counselors and principal. The problems remain and my understanding there have been parents in previous years complaining. The room mother moved her child into a private school and the current room mom has had conferences as well. We have tried to get back in our old school, but have to wait until the new year. We are doing the best we can until then. Our fifith grader has nice teachers but do not appear to challange her, she is happy but this will catch up with her next year in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

My child is currently in the 2nd grade and has been at Altruria since she was in kindergarten. I am so amazed at the quality of education my child has recieved, not to mention the staff is wonderful, parental involvement is above and beyond, and is reflected on the faces of the kids which attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students61%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students55%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students79%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students66%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 67%
Black 12% 23%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 36%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Marva Johnson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Elmore Park Middle School
Bartlett High School
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6641 Deermont
Bartlett, TN 38134
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Phone: (901) 373-2600

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