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Alvarado El-North

Public | PK-3 | 404 students

 

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Posted October 2, 2013

My son goes to school here, and we are considering transferring him out. The office staff is very rude, and the principal is very fake and two-faced...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

I agree with the previous poster.... Not the school it once was. But the teachers are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

This was once a great school with great volunteers, parental involvement, extra-curricular opportunities. Since the new principal came a couple years ago, its quickly changed its atmosphere. Parents do NOT feel welcome here, a lot of the 'fun' things that the children love and look forward to are being taken away. I am very disappointed in the way the school is being run. That being said, most of the teachers are AWESOME! My kids all had great teachers who cared immensely about them and their education. But the new administration there is running off the great ones, so not sure how much longer that will last....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

My son attends this school. I volunteer on a regular basis and love being able to be a part of his activities and know what is going on with his education. If there are ever any questions or problems not only is his teacher available but others as well. The office and support staff are also there for any help needed. I am so glad that he attends this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

AEN is a great school! They have great teachers that are more than willing to work with the parents. The lines of communication are always open. My son went from 1st thru 3rd grade and all teachers were very attentive. My daughter is currently in Kindergarten and love those teachers as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

This school does not have an open door policy to parents. In my opinon the school is too strict and needs to learn to trust parents. I am highly disapointed with how the school conducts itself by keeping parents arms length. Noticed teachers and principal changes in a short span of time. My son will be attending another school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

I have nothing good to say about Alvarado. Elementary North. The Principal is not concerned about the needs of the student just about the staff. I have had five children and they have been in different schools and I think Alvarado is one of the worsted district I have ever been in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I love this school! The teachers are excellent and we keep in touch by email on a weekly basis, so I can ask a question and get an answer within a few hours. My son is in the 3rd grade and last week we found that 98% of the 3rd graders passed the Taks test! As for previous parents complaining that all they care about is the Taks test....they should take their complaints to the government because they are the ones that have put so much importance on the Taks. Also, I have always been welcome on the campus, but due to safety precautions you must check in at the office first. And in this day and age, this is the only responsible way to run a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I have had many bad experiences with this school. The leaders put in place here are more concerned about the employees rather than the children. If I have to be in Alvarado another year the superintendent is letting me change to another school since I have had numerous problems with this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I have nothing good to say about Alvarado Elementary North. It is a cold unwelcoming place. The leadership quality here is embarrassing! Parents are not welcome on campus. 3rd and 4th grade only focuses on Taks test, more important to them to get a good school rating rather that to actually teach the kids so they understand the work. POOR POOR quality. I cannot wait to get out of this school system!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I have two children attending this school and I am very dissapointed with the teacher quality. My son struggles with his work and they have not offered any additional help. Their only resolution is to have him repeat a grade. Parent involvement is not welcome at this school, in fact they do everything possible to keep parents from walking through the front doors. Thank goodness my older son gets out this year. I may homeschool my other cause I cant bear another year and such an awful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

A new principal was put into place for the school year of 2006 - 2007. The teacher retention rate was higher then ever before at a 93%, only loosing two teachers to personal family situations. The principal is very involved in all areas of the school, including greeting the students every morning outside in car line. This comment comes as a surprise.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 8, 2007

There is constantly a high number of new teachers. Principal is not aware of most things that happen on campus. Teachers tend to keep silent. Bad teacher/princial to parent communication. Unfortunately, my kids must attend yet another year. Those of you considering moving to Alvarado, think long and hard. I cant wait to get out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

My faith in public education is gone, thanks in part to AEN. I have removed both of my children, and will attempt to catch them up to grade level at home. The teacher turn over rate continues to be to high, and the parent participation continues to drop. When we started at AEN in 2001, it was a warm, friendly school. Now, in 2006, it is a cold, unwelcoming place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

I have two kids attending AEN, one in 1st and the other in 4th grade. My kids say they are bored in school because all they are doing is trying to get the students to pass a state required test, leaving very little time for new learning. My 4th grader is a GT student and is not challenged what so ever. The teacher said it was our responsibility to challenge my child.I feel that AEN is a year behind in their teaching for each grade level. My 4th grader is doing 3rd grade work. As for extracurricular activities, I feel that their are none. I am very involved with my childs education at school and home. I do not feel my children are getting an adequate education. My 1st grader does not even receive a lettered report card. They give out an assessment report that is very difficult to read.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2005

I love this school. The teachers are wonderful and they all seem to care about each and every one of the kids. They take the time with each child to make sure that they are doing the best of their abilities. I give them a A+ rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

The pre-k teacher and kindegarten teacher experience has been great so far. The teachers are concerned and inform the parents of on going activities. I notice there are lots of parents involved in classroom activities. The school is very concerned about safety and enforce safety rules. All the school staff are caring, concerned individuals who are truely are dedicated to the well-being of all the children in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education83%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female100%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education75%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
47%
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 Students78%
Female86%
Male70%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education33%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black or African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education11%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted60%
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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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 68% 29%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 2% 13%
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) 6%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 12%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • LOUANNE STEVENS
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  • (817) 783-6871

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