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Posted May 31, 2010

I've been in AYW since January and I am very glad I found the school. I had dropped out the previous year and needed either GED assistance or my diploma as soon as possible. All the teachers are very helpful, intelligent, and funny. The students get along well with the teachers, from what I've seen. I would recommend this school to anyone in need of a fast diploma or GED.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2009

I had the remarkable opportunity to teach at AYW for two years. I learned more and grew more as a professional in those years than I have in all my other years of teaching. The students are remarkable and amazing people, many of whom have had to face some daunting trials in life at a very young age, while others are individuals who simply did not thrive in the big institutions such as AISD. The staff is top notch and among some ofthe most caring and well prepared professionals I've had the good fortune to work with. Despite the extreme mobility of the students and the funding challenges this is a remarkable environment filled with people who have, perhaps, more promise and talent than most. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional burocratic system and a personal, caring, family environment this is an amazing program!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 8, 2009

The concept is fairly new, the school is newer. The creation had to begin before all the i's were dotted. They had to save lives as soon as the program was able to run. All envolved are there to do just that. The students are people who would drag on to the earths rotation without help to become mature, capable, loving adults. When the funding is fully there, this school will teach and save more than many, and the earth will spin more freely.


Posted August 7, 2006

My son just completed his first year at AYW and I can summarize by saying this school has turned him around 360 from his AISD experience. He didn't think he would graduate from high school (did not think himself smart enough) much less go on to colleg. He is now making good grades and discussing colleges with me... making plans for his future. While the school is not perfect, it was the answer for my son. The ratings may not be great but the focus is on the immediate needs of these kids that would have walked away from school. TAKS scores do not reflect the accomplishments happening and the lives being changed at this school! I am attending all parent meetings as well as board meetings. Hopefully more parents will become involved and we can help make this an even better school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2005

We are very impressed with this school. It allows for students that have left regular high school to get their diploma - not just because of behavior but also those that have a true medical diagnosis that caused them to leave high school in the first place. The academic programs are very good - not tons of classes but all the ones necessary to graduate - even with recommended. There are various activities through the student council for participation and community service work is recommended. It is a no-frills school, so there are not music,arts and sports which aren't necessary in todays world anyway for succeeding. Parent involvement is not what it should be - but those of us that are involved are working with the school to help encourage better parent involvement.
—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.

6 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

9 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
5%
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

19 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

14 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
30%
Social Studies

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
60%

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

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Math

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Science

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Social Studies

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

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
n/a
Algebra II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

7 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Writing

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

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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English II Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
17%
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

7 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

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.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
n/a
World History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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 Students23%
Female33%
Male14%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Special educationn/a
Not special education23%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted23%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

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Biology I

All Students18%
Femalen/a
Male29%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education18%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted18%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

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Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
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Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students14%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education0%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English14%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant14%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted14%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
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Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education0%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English0%
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Non-migrant0%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted0%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

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English II Writing

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Whiten/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
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Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

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Whiten/a
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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

English III Writing

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Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/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

Geometry

All Students29%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education29%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted29%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students40%
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 education40%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted40%

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
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Hispanicn/a
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
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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 Students18%
Female20%
Male17%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education18%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted18%
Bilingualn/a

World History

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Femalen/a
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Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
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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 74% 52%
White 12% 29%
Black 11% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
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) 5%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Fax number
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1901 East Ben White Boulevard
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