Athens Elementary is the oldest of four elementary schools in Athens and is located in the northern section of town. The east and west wings of the school were built in 1954 and the south wing was constructed in the 1930's. AES serves 318 students in18 homerooms in grades K-4 for an average class size of 17.6.
The curriculum offers a multifaceted discipline and serves children with mental abilities ranging from mentally retarded to the gifted. There are specific classes and services provided for the learning disabled, speech impaired, gifted, and children having reading and math difficulties. Athens Elementary is a school wide Title 1 school employing two full time Title 1 resource teachers, one full time ELL teacher, and one full time reading specialist. AES has been an Alabama Reading Iniative (ARI) school since the fall of 2005. All students in grades K-4 are offered a program which includes music, art, physical education, library, and computer technology. A full time ELL teacher assists in the education of children in which English is a second language.
Athens Elementary School has been recognized the past two school years, (2005/2006, 2006/2007), by the Alabama State Board of Education as one of 22 schools in the state to receive the prestigous Torchbearer Award. This award is given to schols for exhibiting exemplary leadership and overcoming adversity to improve student achievement. Requirements for this award include:
- Make Adequate Yearly Progress for two consecutive years.
- At least 70 percent poverty rate( based on students receiving free/reduced-price meals).
- At least 70 percent of students score at Level III or Level IV on all sections of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)
- Average percentile above 50 in reading and mathematics on Stanford 10.
Athens Elementary students and faculty met these requirements and are proud to be a Torchbearer School in Alabama.