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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 1,012

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14650 Merrilltown Drive
Austin, TX 78728

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(512) 428-3400
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April 05, 2014
My daughter has attended WBE for six years. She will be heading to middle school. I would share that I have loved WBE for many reasons....because there is a culture of respect and caring, because it has a strong parent and volunteer presence grounded in an active pta, because it is a culturally and ecomically diverse school. My daughter has had some wonderful teachers. The coaching and specials teachers (art, music) are top notch. She has an outstanding smart fun silly group of friends. She has been encouraged to participate in art, and choir, and robotics, and extra curriculars.. Sure, I sometimes wish for more project-based learning, especially in science, but our experience has been positive and we will miss the school when she moves on.

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January 14, 2014
My daughter has been in this school for almost two years now. All teachers we have interacted with are very well prepared, very motivated and very professional. The principal knows how to run the school, but unfortunately she is not very charismatic. However, the new assistant principal is and they complement well each other. There are a number of parents and volunteers that are very involved in the school which is great. There is a nice sense of community at the school.

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May 07, 2012
The principal is cold, rude, and treats parents as a necessary annoyance that must be kept at arms-length. Information from her and the administrators is not at all forthcoming, and when more information is sought, there is a definite "stay-away" message that parents receive from her and her staff. As a result, parent involvement is reduced to a small handful of dedicated PTA board members. Students are low in morale, and don't see the point of going to school, turning in assignments. I'll be glad to be leaving WBE.

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April 22, 2012
I have 3 kids at this elementary school, 5th, 3rd, and 1st. Their teachers are all exceptional, and they take the time to talk to me, about my kids and how they are doing. It really feels like a collabrative effort for their education. As a parent, I believe parent involvment makes or breaks a school. The PTA at Wells Branch is awsome! The teachers encourage my help, and the principal and vice principal listen to my concerns. Even though it is overcrowded we are making it work.

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November 01, 2011
The school is overcrowded. The teachers are stressed and are not getting enough support. My daughter is bored, and I have asked to have her moved into the gifted classes, but that is not how RRISD works. Being a single parent on a major budget I can ill afford to send her to private school, or pay for after school enrichment activities. I moved to this area as I heard good things about the school, but I am dissapointed to be sure. Thank goodness for hebrew school and the library!

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June 21, 2011
Great staff and super teachers.The one time we had an issue with bullying it was diffused swiftly in a professional manner. The teachers are committed emotionally as well as professionally and really care about the kids. We will miss the WBE family.

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March 04, 2009
My children are currently in 3rd and 1st grades, they have been at Wells Branch elem for their entire school careers. I have been very pleased with the diverse make-up of the school. The teachers have gone out of their way to make an effort to accomodate every child. I do feel that discipline problems of some students should be addressed in a fashion that does not effect the entire class. Our principal has made an effort to know every child.

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August 23, 2008
My sone attended K and 1st here under previous principal. We were impressed by the teachers and admin staff. They all gave 110%. His 1st grade teacher was by far the best we've seen. If you look at the cultural and societal make-up of WBE, you'll see children of all backgrounds and, in my opinion, the staff is doing an amazing job of keeping all the children learning and on course. They have good rules to prevent distractions in the class rooms. We're now at a highly rated school in the same district and I wish it had the same staff, faculty, and structure of WBE.

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April 25, 2008
From what I have heard around the neighborhood, multiple teachers are leaving WBE due to things going on on the campus. As a parent I am only privy to so much information, but I do know several are leaving. It makes sense that lack of support would cause good teachers to go elsewhere. I guess maybe I should be thankful this is my daughter's last year there.

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March 26, 2008
The teachers at this school truely are amazing. They are the most dedicated group of professionals I have ever come across in the school system. They do whatever it takes for your children, inspire of the lack of support from the principal. She is basically non-existent from what I can tell, working 3-4 full days a week. When she is there, she is condesending and cold. She doesn't seem to encourage her teachers or help them out. They appear to do their jobs inspire of her. Still, because of the faculty, I will keep my child at WBE because I know her teachers are the best there are. I just hope they stay.

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January 10, 2008
My oldest daughter attended WBE from K-5. Under the previous principal, Ms. Taylor, (whom the children absolutely adored) the children were taught self control, pride, respect and good behavior. She led the children with a calm gentle voice and without fear. Under the new principal, Ms. Cini, I see the children less under control, the cafeteria is much louder, and the behavior is wilder at the school sponsored public events. It's a shame that the gentle leadership is going away.

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April 23, 2007
First let me start by saying the WBE has some of the best trained and most competent teachers I have ever seen. They work hard to promote the learning of all students. I disagree that they do not challenge higher students. The fact that the commended and passing rates on TAKS are rising is proof these teachers are giving 110%. Regardless the make up of the community, I would much rather my children be at WBE where I have seen proof amazing teachers still exist. You could not ask for a more didicated or hard working faculty.

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May 17, 2006
Academically the school does not challenge the higher achieving kids. the TAKS scores have been going up (passing rates are higher), but the kids that can handle higher order thinking skills and simply more challenging curriculum are not served well in the school. The teachers and admin staff are very nice, and some teachers are very effective. The school building is always very clean. Less than 20 parents attend the PTA meetings, but parents do volunteer for activities.

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April 26, 2006
My son is in Kindergarten at WBE, and so far, we are happy with it. The principal is fantastic--very friendly and accessible to parents and students. I've subbed at the school and the teachers seem competent and happy, which is a good sign. It is ethnically diverse, which I like. Not sure about parent involvement--the PTA seems to have a low membership and had a hard time recruiting officers this year. The music and PE programs seems to be good--I have not had as much feedback about art, so I can't comment about that. The kids are mostly well behaved from what I've seen, so they seem to have an adequate discipline plan. I like the fact that they teach life skills and communication, such as how to handle bullying, etc.

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February 21, 2006
Low parent involvement, discipline problems. Great teachers!

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July 26, 2005
This school is a mixed package. The lower middle class neighborhood is composed of many non-English speaking families, so due to the No Child Left Behind Act the school is more focused on the kids who have more difficulty with English. Those kids who are 'above the minimum standards' get very little additional motivational help or recognition from the school. Parental involvement is very, very low, probably due to many 2 working parent families. For these reasons, we are moving away from WBE this year. On the plus side, the staff is great, and most of the teachers care deeply about the students. The obvious fact is that RRISD is stingy with $ for the 'outlying' schools like WBE. Computers break and are not fixed, and portables abound. If you can afford it, move close to Laurel Mountain, Fern Bluff, or North Oaks OR go to Leander ISD.

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April 29, 2005
So many school events parents can join, international fair, reading books fair, talent show, it's a wonderful school.

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Wells Branch Elementary School
14650 Merrilltown Drive, Austin, TX  78728
(512) 428-3400
Last modified Wells Branch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wells Branch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top