Dothan elementary school included in state’s list of 2018-2019 failing schools

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Department of Education has designated one of Dothan’s elementary schools as a “failing school,” according to both Dothan City Schools and a new list from the ADE.

The DCS announcement came after the department released its list last Friday, including schools stuck in the bottom six percent on the state’s standardized assessment on reading and math abilities for the 2018-2019 school year. The list is known as the “Failing Schools List” and is released every year per the Alabama Accountability Act.

Out of all the DCS facilities, the ADE singled out former Girard Elementary for its failing status, but according to the school system, this list does not mean that the school, now existing as Girard Primary, is not doing well now.

“The designation of this school does not reflect the progress that is currently occurring at the school,” a DCS press release states. “This school year, strategies enacted by Dothan City School restructuring is currently in place to ensure that students at this school receive the best education possible.”

The AAA gives parents the chance to transfer their children to a non-failing school of their choice with the help of an income tax credit.

These are some of the options laid out by the AAA, as described in the Dothan City Schools press release.

  • Option 1– The student can stay at the school.
  • Option 2 – The student can transfer to a “comparable school” in the same system so long as the school has space and wants to bring the child in.
  • Option 3 – If Option 2 is not possible, the student can transfer to any non-failing school in a different local school system.
  • Option 4 – The student can go to any qualifying private school that will accept him or her.

Parents can get in touch with Lee Jacobs, Dothan City Schools Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Accountability, at if they have any other questions.

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