MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)- A recent study done by Niche ranks 100 of the Best Public Elementary Schools in Alabama. Niche uses data sources from various government and public data sets and Niche's own proprietary data. They also use opinion-based survey response across a variety of topics from current students, recent alumni, and parents.
If a school is highly ranked on the list, it means that the overall experience generally indicates the three follow things. "One, the students are happy with all aspects of their school including teachers, diversity, and especially academics. Second, the school is an exceptional academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning and student outcomes. Lastly, the school is made up of a diverse population and fosters an accepting, positive school culture."
After learning about the list we caught up with Madison City Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler who says he was very excited to find out that all 7 of Madison City Elementary Schools were ranked in the top 30. He says there are several key factors to the school systems success.
For the elementary schools in particular in the past 17 year the Madison City Board of Education has rezoned their Elementary Schools seven times. "The measuring bar that we use when we rezone is social economics, and we try to balance so that ever school looks the same," Fowler says. School leaders want the parents and students to know that you do not have to live in the best part of town to go to a great school. They strive for all of their schools to be great.
The system's Pre-K program has also helped elementary academics. Kindergarten teachers that teach in the Madison City School system say that they can tell a big difference between the students that have the Pre-K background versus those that do not. "They have the social interaction skills that we are looking for in kindergarten. They know how to work with each other. They also know how to line up already and how to play together," she says. Teachers will work with individuals and do small group activities in order to bridge the gap between students, but she says that some students also help teach their classmates. "It's not just me... They learn quickly from the other kids what they need to be doing," teachers say.