FOREST AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1700 W 5TH ST
MONTGOMERY, AL 36106
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Phone: 334-269-3673
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Montgomery County Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 122.5
  • Number Students: 735
  • Number Teachers: 36
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5108
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Emily Little
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (40 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (33 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-12
    "Adding to the reviews that say that FAAM is the best school in the area, hands down. The test scores speak for themselves. We are a military family - here for only a year - and have 2 kids at FAAM (2nd and 4th). This is the first time for both kids to be challenged in school, period. As a former educator, this is a dream school. The teachers want to be there, they want to push the kids, they LOVE the kids, and provide an extremely well rounded, organized educational experience. This program is not for everyone but if your kids excel and are motivated, this may be a good fit. We wish we could stay or bring the school with us!! We never expected to find our favorite school in Montgomery."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-18
    "This was a great experience for our son and a huge learning advantage for him as well. His teachers were educators and made learning a great experience! The school's diversity was exactly the environment we wanted and we never had to worry about bullying or our child being left out. I love how they taught the kids to work as a team and together. The school goes far and above for field trips, educational experiences and there was never a day that my son didn't want to go to school. I am so thankful that he had this experience to continue his education in such a driven manner. They definitely set the bar for the rest of his educational path."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-09
    "I've had 2 children go through FA, Baldwin, and LAMP. FA was an amazing experience for our kids. Our son was reading at a third grade level in kindergarten and his teacher let him move quickly through the curriculum so that he was never bored. It was so wonderful to have our children in a school of such diversity: Koreans, Indians, military children, children of all races. Never once did we hear of any racism issues. The teachers were all very caring and very approachable. FA is a very structured school and there are high expectations for both academics and conduct. It is important for parents to go into their first year at FA gingerly; it's not for every child. Just because a child tests into the program does not mean that child is LAMP bound or an Einstein. I've seen parents take their children out of the program and place them in other schools where they will blossom instead of leaving them in FA to struggle because the parents can't swallow their pride and do what is best for their children. For children who thrive best in a structured, challenging, and caring environment and who have parents who are willing to be supportive and involved, FA is a jewel."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-14
    "I hate that my child has to attend this school (FAAM). We cannot afford private, and the public school system here is not an option. So we are forced to endure the accelerated program. While the students work at a grade level above the grade they are enrolled in, it is still the same curriculum as the public schools, with emphasis on drill and repetition. There is no innovation, just more work. The worst aspect is the conduct grade. Our child has received conduct marks for: yelling on the playground, and jumping in the hall. Worse yet, while academic grades are all averaged together, conduct stands alone, not averaged with any other subject. This, I believe is the root of the problem. Parents without the means to send their children to private schools have no viable alternative. At least in Elementary school, the system knows that they have the power to coerce obedience out of the children and their parents. I met one of the teachers outside of the school one day, she asked how our child was doing. I responded that academically he is fine, but we have the typical conduct grade issues that FAAM is known for. Her response was Don t let them break his spirit."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-10
    "FAAM is a fantastic academic magnet program! I have two children there. My oldest entered in 2nd grade and is currently a 3rd grader. My youngest is in K. It certainly is a challenge for them. My oldest loves learning and thrives with academic challenge. My youngest has to work hard at academics, but has had a fabulous teacher to help his efforts! We are a military family and will be SO sad to leave this magnet program here in Montgomery. I don't know how we'll find a school to compare after we move! I'd highly recommend this program to parents with children who are academically-minded and love to be challenged!"
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