West Alabama elementary schools among top 10 in state

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

Out of Alabama’s 1,479 public elementary schools in Alabama, three in West Alabama are on U.S. News and World Report’s Top 10 list.

The rankings are based on published math and reading comprehension scores from the 2018-2019 school year. So, it does not include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on test-taking.

Vestavia Hills City Schools’ Vestavia Elementary East Principal Mark Richardson said it’s a great affirmation for parents and the community, and showcases their teachers’ commitment to education.

“I’m happy for our schools,” Richardson said. “It all starts with our teachers and the support from the community to be able to be mentioned in these types of lists.”

But lists like these never show the whole story, he said.

“I do think it’s a good indicator that this school is working hard, but there are lots of schools that are working really hard with great leadership and great teachers that don’t make the list,” Richardson said.

Other West Alabama schools that made the list are Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Tuscaloosa Magnet School and Mountain Brook Schools’ Crestline Elementary.

“The credit for this recognition goes to the hard work of my Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools – Elementary faculty, students and families,” said Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary Principal Preeti Nichani. “Even in a pandemic, my teachers and students are continuing to thrive and exceed all expectations. It is an honor for TMSE to be a standout school within our state.”

The elementary schools in the Top 10 include:

  1. W.H. Council Traditional School, Mobile
  2. Forest Avenue Elementary, Montgomery
  3. Eichold-Mertz School of Math and Science, Mobile County
  4. Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary, Tuscaloosa
  5. Heritage Elementary, Madison
  6. East Elementary School, Vestavia Hills
  7. Crestline Elementary School, Mountain Brook
  8. Eura Brown Elementary, Gadsden
  9. Guin Elementary, Marion County
  10. Cahaba Elementary, Trussville
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