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Kiker Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 980 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 11 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted June 8, 2010

We have two children. One is in special need program and they have the funding to help those who need extra help. However, our other child is above average and he was completely ignored by his teacher even after we mentioned his reading ability level ( he is a 6 years old that already chapter book for 10 years old), he was even tested for gift & talented but it would take the administration and bureaucracy works another six months to give him some challenge school works. Prior to that he would come home after school in tears and boredom as the teacher seems to not understand his need. So in conclusion, if you have an average or special need children the this school is for you. However, if you have above average or gifted child then you will feel very frustrated trying to explain to teacher what your child need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The administration and all the teachers are wonderful. There is a dedicated staff that make the school seem like family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

We moved to Kiker from a small community with a rank 3 public school and in one year the dedicated and wonderful teachers and staff at Kiker were able to really make my sons bloom. They are the greatest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2008

My youngest is finishing up his 5th grade year at Kiker so we will no longer be here anymore and I will miss it. This is school is outstanding in all aspects. This school is the type of school you WISH on each elementary student. The Prinicipal and Teachers are so caring not to mention they have high acedmeic standards. We'll really miss Kiker!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

Kiker is an extraordinary school. I can't say enough about it. The teachers, the principal, and the parents are first rate. Everyone is involved and works together for the children. We are getting ready to relocate to another state, and I only hope we can find a school even close to the caliber of this one. I have my doubts though because Kiker is truly one in a million!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

Kiker is in one word- Amazing. It is essentially a private school in every aspect. The teachers and staff are nurturing as well as determined to assist every student strive for personal excellence in achievements. The parent involvement complements the teachers and staff efforts to result in an excellent elementary school. Moving from the northeast, I had always been warned that schools in the South are just not the same caliber as those in the north. If that is true, Kiker is the exception. Comparing notes with friends all over the country, I know this is a great school. We are very happy to have found it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

We're very pleased with Kiker. The GT program is serving my son well. Great class size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

Primary focus is teaching to the test. Many areas of giftedness are overlooked because of the high focus on the state testing scores. Kindergarten classes were nearly 100% worksheet driven. There were at least 2 children in the kindergarten class that were out of control and more than even an aid designated for them could handle. Very disruptive for the other kids that were expected to behave. The teacher was in one corner telling the class that Level 2 behavior was expected while one of the other 2 kids continued thrashing and yelling in another corner. We are hoping for a more rewarding 1st grade year. Principal appears to not often be on campus. The background of one of the assistant principals is middle-school or higher. So far, a very positive first impression of the 1st grade teacher. We are more optimistic beginning this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

We came from Dallas where children just simply do not attend the public school system, so we had planned on sending our children to private schools. That is, until we happened to move here in the Kiker School District. As my husband said, 'this is a public school with a private school feel'. The Principal is outstanding, the teachers are superb, the extras (music, physical fitness classes..etc.) are such a plus, and the parental and community involvement are exemplary. No wonder Kiker continues to get 'exemplary' status year after year. They really live up to their reputation. (By the way, they were overcrowded, but now there is a new school down the road that takes the overflow and has tried to follow in the example of Kiker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2006

We found Kiker to be totally overrated. We were unimpressed with the staff as we found them to be teaching solely to the taks test. There was little time left over to challenge the children, encourage them to be creative thinkers, and there was a real lack of instruction on the social level, as we found there was quite a bit of teasing that went unchecked. Everyone was incredibly friendly and there is an extremely high degree of parent involvement. That said, I learned from several new mothers as well from my own experience that certain parents 'run' the school making it difficult to find your niche as they are expected to drive every school event. There is an assembly each morning that is totally unorganized and unnecessary. The arrival and dismissal are not well run and parents wait for more than half an hour to pick up their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

We enrolled our daughter in Kindergarten based on Kiker's excellent reputation. It lives up to the hype in that the principal is great and teachers (I hear) are good. However, we suffered the effects of exteme overcrowding are considering removing her from the school. Despite enrolling her months prior to the first day, she was placed in an hastily formed overflow class with a substitute teacher. This teacher may be replaced at the whim of the district within the first few weeks. Her room is also significantly smaller and less equiped than the other classrooms. The substitute is excellent and the principal is fighting the good fight to keep her. This overcrowding should alleviate next year when a new neighborhood school opens. All-in-All, a superior school and staff are operating under difficult circumstances not of their own making.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

Quality administration, excellent teachers... new building addition being added this summer (2005).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2005

Great extracuricular activities (choir, etc); good ptsa; nice principal; good safety program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2003

I have been very pleased with Kiker so far. We are new to the area, and our child has adjusted beautifully. The only reason for the low rating of the principal is that she's new and still learning. I have had extremely positive interactions with all staff and faculty. Parent involvement is superb at this campus.
—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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

155 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

142 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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 82% in 2011.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education88%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education93%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education80%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%
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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%
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 77% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education88%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
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 Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education80%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female94%
Male98%
Black or African American60%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education40%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted97%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female89%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female89%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted92%
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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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
White 66% 29%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 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) 8%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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5913 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, TX 78739
Phone: (512) 414-2584

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