Alma J Brown Elementary

School Characteristics:

Alma J. Brown Elementary Laboratory School (AJB) is a department of the College of Education at Grambling State University. The official, professional education unit is the College of Education (COE). The mission, goal, and objectives of the COE complement the mission of the University as substantiated in the general catalog. The Chief Administrative Officer of the Unit is the Dean of the College. Responsibility for policies for governance, programs, admission and retention of students as well as faculty selection and development is shared among the appropriate advisory and decision-making bodies within the College, the Dean and the faculty. It is the primary role of the school to provide a quality education for all students. To that end, AJB maintains a close relationship with the students and community.

AJB is a quasi-private educational facility available to kindergarten through fifth graders in Lincoln and surrounding parishes. A tuition fee of $500 per year is assessed each student. However, in order to provide financial assistance to families with more than one child enrolled, reduced fees of $375 for the second child, and $250 for the third plus child are assessed.

The school day is composed of 430 minutes from 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The total days of the teacher’s contract are 180 with students attending 178 days for instruction. The total number of instructional minutes in the school year is 76, 540. The average number of students per class (15:1) adheres to the guidelines in the Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators: Bulletin 741.

There are 18 faculty members at AJB. The faculty includes the principal, curriculum coordinator, teachers, librarian, and counselor. The principal also serves as the Director of the Grambling State University Laboratory Schools. There are two administrators at the school. The staff consists of one secretary, seven bus drivers, one part-time custodian, and five cafeteria personnel. AJB is staffed with highly qualified professionals. Of the faculty, more than ninety-nine percent (99%) have a Master’s degree or higher. Eighty-three percent (83%) of the faculty have taught ten years or more. Student learning is enhanced because the teachers are involved in current professional in-services, staff development workshops, and classes. Teachers take college courses for professional growth and work toward advanced degrees. Lincoln Parish renders health services to our students.

A variety of student clubs and organizations (i.e. Abbit Club, Pace Club, Library Club, Junior Beta Club, 4-H Club, etc.) help to broaden the scope of student participation. Kindergarten students participate in the Touch-A-Cop program, through the Ward Marshal’s Office of Lincoln Parish. Fifth grade students participate in the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program sponsored by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Bank at School and USTARS programs.

Through technology and innovation, the instructional program at AJB advances teaching and learning in preparation for the twenty-first century and beyond. AJB is a well-maintained, safe and orderly place for students and faculty to work. AJB seeks to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

Alma J. Brown Elementary School’s curriculum is designed to offer students specialized programs that go beyond the basic subjects. The curriculum thrust is based upon the assumption that future success will depend upon the learner’s ability to manage information and think critically while considering alternatives in the solution of problems. Students are firmly grounded in discovery learning which facilitates logical reasoning and problem solving beginning at the kindergarten level. The curriculum includes many hands-on activities and experiences for self-directed learning, and students are provided opportunities to acquire, strengthen and extend skills in oral and written communication. Critical thinking skills are taught and encouraged. In grades K-3, teachers provide instruction in a self-contained setting with the exception of third grade social studies. K-3 curriculum offerings are reading, spelling, language, handwriting, math, science, social studies, computer literacy, library science, and health/physical education. The upper levels (grades 4 and 5) are departmentalized into a seven-period schedule which offers reading, English language arts, math, science, social studies, computer literacy, library science, Spanish, and health/physical education. The gifted program in our curriculum offers additional resources to those students who have met the criteria. Counseling services are also provided in whole class settings, small groups and individual sessions on the basis of need.

AJB provides every student with the best education to help them grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and morally. A strong rapport exists among faculty, staff, administration, students, and community.