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Alvarado El-South

Public | PK-3 | 403 students

 

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Posted November 2, 2013

In my opinion I love this school. Things changed this year and I so miss the previous principal not because the new one is bad or anything I just don't know here yet. I have not gotten to know the principal yet, but I do like the ladies in the office a lot. They know me when I come in. I love my child's teacher this year & last. Even teachers my child doesn't have know me and when I see them in the community they are always pleasant! I enjoy going in to eat lunch. My only issue that isn't really an issue is the fact I never get called to volunteer. I so want to be a part of that and I never get the opportunity to help out. I would love to come to the school and help do things and make the teachers lives easier! oh, and this year they stopped posting pictures for us online, I am not sure why but I did enjoy seeing them, it made me feel like I was part of their day! The school tries to help the community too with its donations for various agencies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

Been pretty good and better than other schools our older son attended. We just had one start kindergarten the 2012-2013 school year and my wife volunteers a lot. the staff is pretty nice. Going to miss Ms. Early though. I noticed she will not be there for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2012

So far so good. We are new to the area and my son has started kindergarten here. We have a wonderful experienced teacher who is the most patient, caring teacher I've ever had the experience of dealing with. (I have other children). The teacher he has makes sure we are informed of all the goings on in the school and has always been open for meetings, questions, and concerns. The principal has also been very easy to talk to and we have made a quick appt with her and everything was fine. They were very supportative of our needs for our son and help meet them so far. We are very happy with them at this point. The support staff is also very wonderful. the ladies in the office are kind and talk to you and try to get to know you and the teacher's aids are very good with teh kids too. So far we have not had anything signifigant come up and very blessed and thankful for that. I would like to see more parent supported activities and trying new things to help support the teachers. Currently that is not quite what I would hope for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

The teachers and the staff at the school our wonderful and very helpful. They are always available to answer questions. The principal is accessible and is devoted to the school. The school is a safe environment to be in and everyone know everyone. The children seem to be very happy and are friendly. The only thing that needs improvement is the need for more extracurricular activities. I can understand why there are not more since it is a rural community.
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Posted January 10, 2006

I am personally very unsatisfied with this school. There is excessive unorganization and I have spoken with teachers as well as the principle about this. This has gotten me nowhere. I have brought up specific issues that my child and our family have had with the school and there is an automatic defense put up. Needless to say, if you are looking into moving into this area with elementary school aged children, my advice would be to seriously reconsider.
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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education71%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students89%
Female87%
Male92%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education75%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%
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

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Female81%
Male66%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education40%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female59%
Male56%
Black or African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education20%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingual50%
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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • 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

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 53% 29%
Hispanic 41% 52%
Black 4% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 29%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 11%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • KARLA MOORE
Fax number
  • (817) 783-6889

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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