Award Year: 2018

Athens Elementary School

515 North Madison Street
Athens, AL, 35611-1749

(256) 233-6609

Ms. Cynthia (Cindy) Davis, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Athens City

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Our vision is to prepare successful learners who dream, believe, and create.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 25%
  • White: 46%
  • Hispanic: 27%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 20%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 76%
A Kindergarten class at AES enjoys carpet time.

A Kindergarten class at AES enjoys "carpet" time.

Athens Elementary reflects the diversity of a large urban school yet it is nestled in a quaint Alabama neighborhood that offers students the best of two worlds - a world of deep tradition and heritage and one of progress and preparation. We seek to develop learners who dream, believe, and create. With student learning as our focus, our staff embodies teamwork and collaboration. We are proud of initiatives that impact both teacher development and student learning: the Alabama Reading Initiative(ARI), Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) training, Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), Leader in Me, Multi-Sensory Learning Education, PowerUp Digital Learning Initiative, and our Title I program implementation. Each contributes to our success in educating the whole child in a supportive, yet challenging environment.

The expectation of success leads to a continually evolving curriculum. Teachers use a variety of resources to target student needs and interests. Technology integration enables individualized instruction that both remediates and enriches. Students use technology tools to create products that demonstrate success and showcase learning. Assessment drives our instruction with a no-fail mentality, and students work to master standards essential to developing a solid academic foundation. Using small group instruction and intervention, our Response to Instruction(RTI) model addresses areas of needed growth. At AES we believe in our ability as a team to positively influence student outcomes. No matter the challenges faced by many of our students, we see their endless potential and work tirelessly to encourage and inspire them to dream big!