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John B Connally High School

Public | 9-12 | 1947 students

 

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Posted May 21, 2014

This school is horrible, I'm currently a senior, and I transferred here in the beginning of the school year. If you're thinking about transferring your kid here, don't do it. Every administrator I've met so far and talked to are very rude and disrespectful. I understand that a lot of the kids here are pretty "bad" very mean and crude or whatever else. These administrators has probably been through a lot dealing with a exceptional amount of delinquents but it's gotten to the point where they don't have respect for any student because of it. They shouldn't be so biased about their students, because I'm a respectful person and I honestly understand why these kids are rude to them. They don't try to listen or understand at all.


Posted October 28, 2012

Both of my children are currently attending Connally and our family could not be happier! Diversity, opportunity, enthusiasm - all of these things are part their quality education. Debate, sports, languages, music (band/orchestra/choir), culinary, theater arts, etc - most have active parent groups with an active PTA on top of that. Connally has been first in the district to implement many new programs successfully and continues to be forward thinking. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

Fantastic school. Graduated in 2009. Connally is such a diverse school with people from all over the world. The teachers and principals are great. It has one of the best high school newspapers in the nation along with other activities


Posted December 2, 2010

I am so pleased to have a student at Connally. The teachers are caring and responsive. The extracurricular activities are great (terrific orchestra program and the theatre department is AWESOME). The AP classes have prepared my child well for college. What I love most is the diversity at Connally. Such a wonderful mix ethnically, socioeconomically, racially and religiously. Glad to have my student at a school that reflects the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

i would have never choosen another high school to attend not only did i meet great life long friends gain so many life skills i loved the staff they were family after my first year and i would move home to have my child attend the same school because it as so great for me and my family
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2009

Connally is a great school. I have a freshman there this year. The teachers keep informed and are quick to respond to emails. The online grade book is very helpful to keep track of my kids grades and assignments. The orchestra program is awesome! Also, I like how the freshman core classes are in 2 hallways along with their lockers. I believe it makes it a better transition going into the high school environment. The administrators are great. The teachers really care about their students. If a student is disrupting the class, they will send them out of the classroom, so the rest of the class is not missing out on the learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

This school is great, academics are high and athletics are high, there are numerous possibilites out of Connally. Especially if your student is looking to go D1 in college sports, or any division at that, athletics are elite
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

I have 2 boys that are current students and I love it. They have always kept me informed on any academic concerns and progress and the staff is great. My boys are a and b students and proud of them and thankful for their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

I have two kids that have attented chs and has graduted. I think that chs is a good school just needs to get better staff in the office. So that when you call you don't get all the attidue that they want to give you. Also have two other kids that will go there and one will finish 2009-2010
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

I think Mr. Garcia is the best thing that happened to this school. The fine arts department is the best. The JB Connally band placed second in state in 2007-2008. All schools have their issues but parent involvement is key to any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

I'm a parent of a former student at Connally. My daughter went there from 2002-2006. During those years, we watched the school slide from being a pretty good school to what it probably is today...a not so great school. I think the demographics have dramatically changed in the area, which is one of the reasons we chose to move. I'm glad to hear that Mr. Garcia is taking some steps to improve the school; however, there is only so much a principal can do. He can't keep out the many low-performing and ill-mannered kids that walk through the school doors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

Fortunately now, under the new principal Mr. Garcia, Connally is taking right steps to get back to its former status as one of the best in Austin area, but it still needs a lot work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Great school. Very diverse and the faculty and staff are very helpful and considerate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

I was a student at Connally when the school opened and I graduated 2000. The school was under superb leadership by Mike Tannehill. The teachers were happy, the students felt safe. Times have changed at this school. I have been back for educational purposes, wanting to learn from the best school in town. However, Connally is quite different these days. It would be in the school boards interests to seek a solution to the problem that Connally is beginning to face. The future of Connally High needs to be taken into consideration at this point.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

I was a student between the years of 1999 and 2002 and I thought all the teachers where great and the Assit Principlas where great too. I had some problems with some students but they where small one not big ones and they teachers know how to teach and deal with stuff without having any problems


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.

499 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

498 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

474 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

459 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

455 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

450 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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%
Female92%
Male89%
Black or African American91%
Asian97%
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male83%
Black or African American72%
Asian97%
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%

Science

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
65%
Algebra II

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

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%
English I Writing

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

528 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%
English II Reading

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

477 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
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.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
70%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%
World History

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

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

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 Students52%
Female50%
Male54%
Black or African American46%
Asian81%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special education19%
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)46%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students83%
Female84%
Male83%
Black or African American78%
Asian95%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education59%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Black or African American73%
Asian98%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education56%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female66%
Male61%
Black or African American54%
Asian84%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education13%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)32%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
Black or African American38%
Asian77%
Hispanic34%
Multiracial31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special education5%
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)12%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted37%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male74%
Black or African American71%
Asian87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial73%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education21%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students50%
Female50%
Male49%
Black or African American39%
Asian67%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial55%
American Indian or Alaska Native0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education4%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted44%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
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 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

All Studentsn/a
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 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 Students79%
Female80%
Male78%
Black or African American69%
Asian99%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education24%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
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 educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
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 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 Students77%
Female72%
Male82%
Black or African American71%
Asian89%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education45%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students63%
Female59%
Male67%
Black or African American48%
Asian80%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial70%
American Indian or Alaska Native40%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education23%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)23%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 52% 52%
Black 23% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 12% 4%
White 10% 29%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 16%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DANIEL GARCIA
Fax number
  • (512) 594-0805

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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13212 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 594-0800

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