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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 732
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8801 Pearson Rd
Austin, TX 78717

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
July 28, 2015
Elsa England is a great school but they have lost many teachers during the past year (over a dozen). The problem seems to start at the top. The rumor in the community is morale is very low amongst teachers and the principal plays favorites. It is a shame because we have loved my son's third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers, but they have all left. PTA is run by few, who work tirelessly. It is a shame more parents are not involved. We are hopeful that England will improve and our younger child will benefit.

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May 19, 2015
My daughter has made no progress here.. Her teacher has a disproportionate amount of special needs kids which takes away from the rest of the class. Another issue is they will not evaluate children until 2nd grade, unless your child has bad behavior issues. So if a child is struggling, but a good kid there is no help. I informed the school my daughter was being bullied. They said they would monitor it. Guess who they seated her with on the field trip bus the little girl that has been bullying her! I visited at lunch and watched as kids are ignored or snapped at. They seem understaffed there. I observed the playground --teachers were eating lunch and chatting , when kids come up to them they are waved off, not listened to and told to go play. There was little supervision on the yard. The PTA begs for help, but when you volunteer they demand more than you have time to give & make you feel guilty when you have to say no. The school uses too much video time- before school, during the day, when substitutes come in, etc. My hope for next year: Better communication, bullying issues addressed, videos replaced with teaching and a staff that cares.

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May 13, 2015
This school should not be a "10". As a few other parents have mentioned, there is little communication, not well run afterschool clubs, the PTA is rumored to be folding from no one attending (I cannot attend because of the times the meetings are held so I can't say for sure but having only 1 or 2 parents ever show up is not good...) Parents are not very welcome on campus, functions are poorly run and as far as education- which should be the most important aspect- is really not that great. My child has not learned much of anything in the whole school year. When I ask what happened at school it is more play and games and not really any lessons. Even in art or music- they don't do art or music- they play games. Overall we are not happy here and hope next year will be better.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2015
I am shocked to read any negative reviews about England Elementary. As you can see by all the other 5 star reviews, I think those "outliers" are either the kind of people who wouldn't be truly satisfied with any school model (public, private, homeschool, etc.) or they are throwing in the towel based on one experience and not working WITH school personnel, communicating regularly, to resolve an issue. Teachers and administrators can't read minds or be privy to every single interpersonal exchange that occurs in a schoolday. We have had 2 children at England Elementary since it opened, and when occasional issues arise (which happens a few times each year), we address them in a positive, teamwork manner with school staff, and there is ALWAYS receptiveness and responsiveness. The PTA IS an active presence in the school, parents ARE involved, and the school leadership and staff are EXTREMELY dedicated and hard-working! Their top priority is what's best for our kids (academically, socially, emotionally, safety-wise) and their goal is to help them love learning and to make it a life-long pursuit. If that doesn't tell you what a great school this is, I don't know what else to say!!!

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April 13, 2015
We are very happy with this school after moving here from another area of town. All of our kids' teachers send a lot of information about what the class is doing and are very quick to respond to emails even during their busy day. The previous reviewers who say the parents are not involved obviously have not taken advantage of the many parent volunteer-led programs (Chess Club, several UIL Academic teams, Math Pentathlon, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination, and probably others).

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February 01, 2015
We are so disappointed in this school. We moved here from out of state and from previous reviews had great expectations- but none of those were met. The teachers and staff do NOT communicate with parents at all. The bullying that goes on at this school is constant and terrible and when you try to talk to the school about it you will be met with "kids are kids" and that it really isn't an issue. They are not concerned with coming up with a solution to fix things. My child's teacher has never made an effort to communicate with us. Classroom expectations are very low and I don't feel like my child has learned anything this year. The homework is pointless and doesn't relate at all to what is going on in class- although hard to know what happens in class since no work comes home from school to see what is being done... School clubs are very poorly organized and also there is a lack of communication with parents so they are not very successful. Overall it is a huge disappointment and we look forward to changing schools soon.

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September 28, 2014
What a great school, wonderful structure, great teachers! Our son has been attending this school since 2013 when we moved to Austin, the improvement over his last school in Kingwood, TX was astonishing.

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September 19, 2014
This school is the best school ever. Teachers are nice and great. Academically organized and prepared . No need to say anything about new clean building .

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August 26, 2014
This school is awesome. when it started, I was worried how it would compare to Patsy Sommer but it has exceeded all my expectations. My son loves going to school every day. The teachers are awesome. The Project Based Learning is a great concept that they are teaching. They keep parents informed and take deep interest in any concerns you might have. School also uses new technologies. all kids in my son's class had a netbook (small laptop). when he showed me he created a powerpoint presentation in 2nd Grade, I was impressed. Overall, very happy.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2014
Elsa England is an exceptionally good school. It has a great and the most dedicated principal( Ms. Stowe), sweetest and the most efficient front office staff( Ms. Tony, Ms. Patty and Ms. Christa), the warmest counselor ( Ms. Martha), the most lovable and caring school nurse ( Ms. Michelle) , the ever popular PE coach( Mr. Di Carlo and welcome Mr. Shore), the most talented music teacher(Ms. Bray), the most artistic art teacher ( Mrs. West) and a whole family of the best-est teachers who will floor you with their dedication towards the students. What better can you ask for as a parent when it comes to the educational well being of our kids? We bought a house in the same neighborhood to be able to stay in the same school and because our kids refused to move out ! Doesn't that say something about the school. I must say that this school is truly special because you name it and this school has it all!!! Keep it up Elsa England team!!!!

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April 15, 2014
Very happy with this school!! My son is a second grader . From staff to principal and teachers, everybody cares for the kids not only academically but also emotionally.

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December 17, 2013
Love this school!!!! My son was in miss tj's class last year and this year he has been in miss terrazas class! We love the teachers and the rest of the staff! Principal and the from office staff is amazing! Love them!!! My son loves going to school!

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October 12, 2013
Great school. My kids love it and the staff is incredible and dedicated. The school has such a positive vibe with a variety of activities and lots of parent involvement. I am so happy my kids are at this school.

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September 26, 2013
Wonderful school .One of the Best schools in Texas. The facilities and teachers are really helpful

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September 25, 2013
Elsa England s an excellent school. The teachers go above and beyond to connect to the children. There are several extra academic programs and opportunities for all ages. The principal is very dedicated and knows each child individually. I couldn't ask for a better school for my daughter!! She is extremely happy with her new school this year so far.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013
Elsa Englad is Simply awesome school .My Son is in Miss Terry's class .My Son likes the school very much

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March 21, 2013
Great school... Very nice teachers and good environment. I am very happy to send my kid to this school.

- submitted by a community member

March 06, 2013
Love the school, the facility and the teachers. Great principal and staff in general. Very happy here!

- submitted by a parent

December 25, 2012
My daughter is going to Pre-K here. We love this school so far. Nice campus, good teachers.

- submitted by a parent

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Elsa England Elementary School
8801 Pearson Rd, Austin, TX  78717
(512) 464-5000
Last modified Elsa England Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Elsa England Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top