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Thelma Jones Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 495 students

 

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Posted November 19, 2013

Thelma Jones Elementary is a great school. My step son attended here a few years back. And now both my daughters are here. We have had 5+ years at this school. I love the staff and the constant communication. I have only had one issue and brought it to VP attention. I did not receive any resistance and things were taken care of immediately. Every teacher has been amazing and truly love what they do. Lots of parents are involved. They do so much to make your feel like family. My kids are doing very well. I have had experience with an adjacent school district prior and MISD is top notch and way ahead of the curve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

Our son previously attended this school from kindergarten to 4th grade. This school is filled with the most wonderful teachers on earth! Our son really enjoyed his childhood partly because of the wonderful environment at T.J.E. Things got even better once Principal Gray arrived & was there for his final 3 years ! I did not really appreciate how remarkable he was until our child entered another school. Appreciate T.J.E's teachers & staff because there is no other place to find such wonderful & supportive educators. I really loved the leadership and dedication. Our son was taught solid academics. One thing about T.J.E. is that your child will become the most respectful, intelligent, educated, humble, and caring human being. It was a great 5 years! Mr. Gray, Mrs. Bloodworth, Ms. Phillips-Brown, Ms. Anders/Williams, and Ms. Conklin were grand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

Excellent School, wonderful teachers and staff members. My son attended pre-k there and I have no complains at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

As all schools there is room for improvement. I have TJE continue to improve over the past two years. I was apprehensive at the beginning but chose not comment until I have given them a fair shake. Parent involvement is a necessity in ANY school. You here about no parent involvement well it just takes one of you to start a movement. I have seen a increase in parent involvement and it is because of their PTA. If you choose to attend this school don't think about just sending you child here think about how you can fit in. They can always use parent help. Good Job Thelma Jones and I am proud to say I am a Shark!


Posted June 20, 2011

This my daughter's first year at Thelma Jones and she had an excellent teacher. The administrative staff was quite helpful and friendly. They were extremely hands on, which I greatly appreciate. I am totally looking forward to her next year. I just there was more parental involovement in the classroom and school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

This is the first year my kids are going to Thelma Jones. So far my oldest is doing well in class and my youngest is getting the patience and persistence they need. I hope this year works out and this is like a 2nd home to us. As parents we cannot expect our kids to learn everything they need to at school therefore parents must remember that we are responsible for our children's mind, bodies, and souls. Do not just hand them over and expect them to get to it. Its your responsibility to mold them and enrich their lives; its also your responsible to hold the school's staff responsible for their role in your child's life. No one's time should be wasted. Expect the most of your school, your children, and yourself. Turn off the t.v. and read a book or have them watch something more educational, reduce time spent with video games and tell them to go outside. Exploring is good for the mind. Be responsible parents....not mindfully abstent. Your child's education is what you make it with your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

TOPS! Best of the best in Mansfield, Tx. We moved last year & changed to Thelma Jones Elementary School. Thelma Jones is an outstanding public school. We could not ask for a better educational enviroment. The parental involvment is outstanding and the teaching and admin staff is incredible. The principal, counselors and teachers come early, stay late and even some Saturdays to offer things like tutoring, reading club and great performing and visual arts programs. The expectations of excellence are unparalleled at Thelma Jones and it starts at the top. Thank you Mr. Gray for giving us the support and motivation to accept nothing less than the best from ourselves and all of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

This school is the most horrible school my children have ever attended. I am pulling my 2nd grader out to attend Connections Academy at home with me next year. This is a free program. My 1st grader, who doesn't yet qualify for the free program until 3rd grade, will also be pulled out and I will pay for her to get out of this school ASAP!!! The office staff is rude, the principal is pretty much nonexistent and parents are made to feel very unwelcome for anything. You're never informed of any kind of parties or activities and if you are, it's last minute and you also can't bring any younger siblings....even to an end of the year party at a park!!! I'm sorry, but I want to be involved in my child's education and this school doesn't provide that opportunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

My children both went there last year. I had several problems throughout the year and had to have my son transferred out of the school. I tried to get them to change teachers, and the administration refused. I met with teachers and administration several times to tell them what I thought would work best for my son, and they did not listen at all. I never knew what was going on at the school. When I did get information about events, it wasn't always correct and my children ended up missing events for no reason. I pulled both of my children out of the school and they will be attending elsewhere. I do not feel like anyone cared about my children and I feel like the administration was clueless as to how to run a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

My child has been here three yrs and is heading to the 3rd grade.I would rate the school as 10/10 for the sweetest office workers.10/10 for the most wonderful, dedicated art,music,p.e, and computer teachers ever! Honestly,these enirchment teachers work hard to give these kids everything they have & they love each and every child! I trust them daily & never worry about my child.Now, each homeroom teacher is different & if you have issues then move them early in the yr to avoid confusion. Don't wait to address any issues! Although, the administration & I ended on a very rocky note this yr, I still believe the principal is a real sweety pie & that he did so many wonderful things this yr from awards to programs.I would also give a 10/10 for safety & 10/10 for cleanliness. My child loves it there & thats the most important factor 10/10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Beware! I must revoke my 1st day of school post on 8-27-08, because it was too premature! One day is not enough time to gather an opinion about any person or entity. Now that the school year has come to a close, I can accurately relay my point of view on this school year. If you can afford private school then take your child out of here immediately! If you want your child to actually learn and to not be pressured to test and overwhelmed, then please send them to a private school! This public school stuff is a joke. They dont care about the children, they care about themselves and the TAKS exam....If you really want your child to become something other than mediocre then find a school that teaches for the children to learn and not to test. Sorry, but it is really a no win situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

We switched our child to a new class several months into the year & now they have a wonderful first grade teacher! The environment encourages & promotes learning.Math,science, reading, and writing are all addressed.I like the new teaching style & variations used in our childs newclassroom .Most of all, our child is happy & learning at the same time. On another note, the kindergarten team is very good.One downside for the school is that during the lunchtime they put too much emphasis on silence instead of letting the children talk freely while they can outside of the classroom.Overall, the school is good & safety is always implemented before & during school hours on campus.As with any other school you have to find the best environment for your child to grow in academically.You may have to shuffle them as we did to a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

I would not recommend this school for the first grade because if you have an issue with the teacher the principal and assistant principal with do everything to protect the teacher.Two children that were being screamed at daily had to be moved instead of the teacher being corrected.I would not send a child there if you can send them elsewhere. Also, it does not feel like parents are really welcomed there for volunteering or visiting.I would recommend surprise visits regularly .There are about two 1st grade teachers that are excellent but the overall team is very standoffish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

Classrooms are maxed out with students, writing skills are barely addressed, reading skills are barely addressed. My child is in 1st grade and all they do is cut out indian headdresses or work on other crafts. They should be ready, writing and learning math by now. What he learned last year in his previous school they're just beginning to teach now at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

I love this school! My daughter is in kindergarten, and learning time-management skills as well as reading! (at 5) I couldn't be more thrilled!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

I am a parent of a first grade student and I have been very satisfied with the progress of my student. I feel the teachers and staff go above and beyond their job. The music and art programs are wonderful but we need more art time. The school offers an accademic athlete program after school which is a great alternative after school daycare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

Principal is very involved in his school, as is the Assistant Principal. Where this school lacks is in the area of parental involvement. The PTA leaves much to be desired - I've been to every meeting this year, and nothing new is ever introduced; no one asks for suggestions from the parents. It's no wonder more parents aren't involved.
—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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
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 85% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female97%
Male90%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talentedn/a
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

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black or African American76%
Asian88%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female84%
Male89%
Black or African American81%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students93%
Female98%
Male88%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
Black or African American73%
Asian92%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education83%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female72%
Male80%
Black or African American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education50%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
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

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
Black or African American62%
Asian88%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
Black or African American76%
Asian88%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female88%
Male70%
Black or African American69%
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted78%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 39% 13%
Hispanic 28% 50%
White 19% 31%
Asian 10% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dameon Gray
Fax number
  • (817) 472-3247

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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7400 S Watson Rd
Arlington, TX 76002
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