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Houston Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 532 students

 

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Posted February 20, 2014

I have been a Houston parent for the last 10 years and have another 6 ahead of me. I love the teachers and staff. Any issue that we have had, has always been resolved. Our new principal is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

We love Houston! My oldest daughter went there from K Prep through 6th and my youngest is now in 3rd (both as out-of-boundary students). The teachers are kind, caring, knowledgeable and seem to appreciate parents involvement. We have a new principal this year but the previous two were fantastic! I have no doubt this one will be also be as she was the VP at a nearby JH and was great there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

This school is great. The parent teacher communication is outstanding. My son is in Kindergarten and Mrs Magana is the best kindergarten teacher...She communicates weekly by a news letter and will meet with you at anytime. The PTSO is the best around. The only issues is bulling seems to becoming more rampant. Mr Macintosh is an excellent principle and very approachable. Houston is a great school and we feel lucky our son attends it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

My boys love Houston! Houston is a great school with a wonderful school community. Parents are very involved and encouraged to volunteer. The PTSO is out of this world! Office staff is very concerned about the children and I always find it crazy that they know everyone! I find the school to be small enough for the staff to know the children but large enough to still have the options of many different teacher/classroom learning environments. The Principal can be hard to warm up to however he has always taken care of any concern I have brought to his attention. The k-prep teacher is amazing!!! I would recommend her and her classroom over any other pre-k program in the state. Also If you have a student with special needs you can't beat Houston. one of my children has a learning disability and the teachers, special ed teachers, and school psychiatrist our all wonderful about working with my family to meet his needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

There are some really positive aspects about this school. The parental involvement is great and we have outstanding teachers at this school. I think that the overall attitude of the school is positive. I would like to see a more friendly office attitude and support for the parents as opposed to a district policy attitude. Overall a satisfactory school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

I love all of the teachers and the principal at this school. They really care about the students and it shows. You have a good feeling when walking down the halls and see all of the smiling office staff. I would highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I love this school alot. I did like it a lot more when Mr. McCord was the principal. My son has been bullied on many occasions, that is my biggest pet peeve about this school. I wish they could do more about that. academic wise, the teachers are out of this world fantastic. Genuine care and love for their students. Many parents are involved and I think that is fabulous. I am very glad we chose Houston as our kids school. We couldn't have picked a better place. Thank you Houston!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

My children are new to Houston Elementary and I could not be more pleased with the level of education that they have received. One of the 3rd grade teachers even identified a reading problem that my daughter had and within a month the problem was taken care of. The principal is very easy to talk to and always has an open door. I also really like the integration with the disabled students in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2007

The Kindergarten-Prep program at Houston is fabulous and the teacher is unbelievable!! She sets the bar so high for other teachers! She provides such a nurturing, fun atmosphere and the kids learn without even knowing it! The principle is a little dry, not too friendly, but the overall feeling of the school is really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

The academics are fine, but the parent-teacher relations are severely lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

My daughters first grade teacher did a wonderful job teaching her to be confident with her reading. I enjoyed the waterford computer program that was tested at Houston in 1st grade. I would recommend this school for a first grader hands down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

My daughter attends the Kindergarten Prep class. She has learned quite a bit and I believe she has a great foundation academically for Kindergarten. One area that could be improved upon is more discipline and reinforcement in self-control. I've observed the kids being unruly in terms of talking over one another or the teacher, or getting up from the table when they shouldn't be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

This school has the feel of a very small community. My kids classes were small and so they received more attention than they would have at a larger school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

Houston is a great school, teachers really care about the kids. The PTSO is awesome and the principal is a nice guy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2003

The principal is a high energy, caring man. He gets out and meets with the kids regularly and the kids and parents love him. The teachers are very dedicated and hard working. I've loved the teachers we've had so far and I hear good things from other parents about the rest of the teachers at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2003

My kids love this school. No bullying, good teachers and a great principal.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 42%
Hispanic 25% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 E. Houston Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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