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Psja Memorial High School

Public | 9-12 | 1902 students

 

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Posted November 24, 2009

i've been to this school from 2004-2009, and i seen the transition that it has went through.At first it was your average gang infested school, fights every week. i know beacause i used to be in them, but then, as time went on it went to a boring, preppy good school like the rest. It was boring to me because the violence was an entertainment and now its gone. it kept the school alive. but now they got an excellent surveillance and extra security. This school has turned out to be safe for students and the teachers really do help the students. It has improved. It's the best school I went to as a student and God willing, I will teach there a few years from now
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2008

This is a great school, love everything well at least for me because i have the best teachers there. My teachers for example make learning fun, we are always laughing and jokeing around but at the same time learning. I love that the administration works hard every day to improve our school, for example they try hard to have a great attendance percentage (we usually have 92% or 93% present every day) and we had 98% present on the day of the TAKS test. But there are some things tat could be much better, for example us being a 5A school we have too many people out in the hallways and it is so crowded. Also the Small Learning communities (SLCs) are kind of a joke, we have no class that resembles our chosen SLCs we just have advisory on Wednesdays and they talk of some other stuff. Overall its good!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2008

Our school is an average school. There are some outstanding teachers but then again there are teachers who are so-so or don't care. The school is full of students who don't care and that makes it difficult for the ones who do to actully learn anything. If your not in D.C, A.P or Q classes your pretty much going to be in a class with trouble makers who irritate the teachers and the students. The school is way too many people. During lunch their is a huge line to get food.And they never seem to have enough. There are a few administraters who are great leaders. You see them always lending a hand.Our school has alot of small problems but it isn't horrible.We top the other district H.S. maybe not in sports but in education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

i am a sudent at this school and i like it alot i love all my teachers and every thing , the only thig is that thre halls get packed , full and crowded, there is way too many students! thats the only thing. every ting else is fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2007

As a former student of this school, I know just how bad things are there. The problem starts with the school board and filters on down to the schools. When I attended this school, there was to much focus on the TAAS and football and basketball. Things that would make the school look good and thus allow for more money to be sent this way. For the first year, we only had a class set of books for each class and some only had a class set of xeroxed pages. Security is a joke and favoritism is right in your face when it comes to teachers. Not a good school or district.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2006

I don't like the way this school is brought up to be. Everytime I enter these hall I start to cry because I just don't like it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2006

PSJA is a good school, with good teachers, but it's not the teacher's fault that the taks scores are low. It's the students, that don't care, and really don't deserve to get an education. It all starts with how the parents build there child's character at home, because students reflect there parents by how they behave at school. Don't blame the teachers. It's not there fault, the students don't care.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

513 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

505 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

463 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

460 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

459 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

457 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Female94%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%

Math

All Students87%
Female90%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%

Science

All Students90%
Female93%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
97%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

525 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
20%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
95%
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
77%
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students52%
Female56%
Male49%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special education15%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English57%
Migrant40%
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented79%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingual30%

Algebra II

All Students86%
Female87%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrant67%
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students66%
Female65%
Male67%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education33%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English75%
Migrant48%
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingual40%

Chemistry

All Students52%
Female57%
Male48%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education10%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)18%
Proficient in English60%
Migrant39%
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students45%
Female54%
Male38%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education8%
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)10%
Proficient in English58%
Migrant33%
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted41%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students25%
Female32%
Male20%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special education8%
Not special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)1%
Proficient in English34%
Migrant22%
Non-migrant26%
Gifted/talented68%
Non-Gifted21%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students46%
Female51%
Male42%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education25%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English57%
Migrant26%
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted44%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students19%
Female23%
Male16%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Special education0%
Not special education20%
Limited English proficient (LEP)3%
Proficient in English25%
Migrant11%
Non-migrant20%
Gifted/talented67%
Non-Gifted17%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%

English III Writing

All Students80%
Female86%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrant40%
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted65%

Geometry

All Students79%
Female85%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education40%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English83%
Migrant71%
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students64%
Female62%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education33%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English73%
Migrant49%
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingual30%

World History

All Students48%
Female48%
Male49%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education15%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English58%
Migrant23%
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 99% 52%
White 1% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Black N/A 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 22%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • JUDITH SOLIS
Fax number
  • (956) 354-3124

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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