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Alkek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 589 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2013

I am very disapointed with this school. I have had problems off & on for the last 2 years but now it has gotten worse. It is really bad when they lose your child & not sure of where she is, by the time they found her it had taken the vice principal, a teacher & 2 office ladies to finally find out where she was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

This school needs serious help. The teachers are not able to communicate with the children effectively to help them learn. Many children are falling the state test because of this. The administrative staff are a flock of ostrich content to bury the heads in the sand rather than address the critical issues facing the school district. Parents are forbidden to be directly involved with their children's education, except for homework and folder signings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

This school would have received a full count star rating if it were not for the intrusive and self proclaimed exclusive PTO. Operated as a club, officers do not follow the established bylaws penned by the founding members. The current "elected" officers will be serving their third consecutive term starting this Fall as the bylaws state new officers must be elected into these positions after 2 consecutive terms. Their "exclusivity" also reaches beyond the basic school functions of festivals and fundraisers and into the livelihoods of the school's staff, namely the Art, Physical Ed., and Music teachers. The PTO officers attempted to get teachers dismissed (instead of suggesting the curriculum should be reviewed and freshened up), going as far to meet with the principal and vice principal and then beyond that to the district office. Fortunately, the power they believe they have is not enough and no one lost their job. If the PTO was revamped with a new set of people, then this school would be near perfection. The teachers my children have had are approachable and helpful. It is a very good school despite the rural location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

Hi guys im from this school i love it and im going into 4 th gade and i was in ms.Brozes class last year


Posted April 25, 2012

The administration has a 'better than you' attitude. The staff leave no doubt that THEY are the experts, you are the mere parent, drop your child off at the door if you must (riding the bus is preferred)and leave the rest to them; after all they know best how to educate your child. Dare to disagree with them on any matter, be it an academic subject, school bullying, or disipline issue, and you will instantly find yourself belittled, your concerns minimized, and even rejected as unfounded. The only reason I don't give Alkek 1 star, is because as far as I know there have been no reports of drugs, alcohol, or serious threats at this school. So, there are worse schools in America, I'm just not sure there are worse schools in RURAL America.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

I have three children at Alkek. I am very pleased with the rigor of their education as well as the exceptional job that is being done to also enrich their character, respectfulness, and responsibility as a future functioning member of society. All of my children are challenged daily and are able to perform at their own level. I do not feel that they are being stifled because of the lower levels of other children in their classes as a parent of a kindergartener commented. Their PTO is doing a great job of supporting their teachers and filling in the gaps where the current budget crisis is falling short. My children are getting a great education, and I have no doubt they will be prepared for middle school, high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

My oldest just finished the first year of school here (Kindergarten),and though we loved her teacher and felt that she was very attentive and caring, we were overall quite disappointed with her education throughout the entire school year. At only 5 years old, she was bored because she knew the entire curriculum already. The only time she came home having learned something "new to her", it was the last week of school and it was ONE lesson. I understand that they have to cater to the "lowest common denominator", but are 21 other children really that far below average that they have to teach "the A says AH" and "1+1=2" literally ALL year?? The school is not bad, as far as facilities go. The playground is a bit primitive but serves the purpose well enough. The cafeteria serves "mostly" wholesome foods. Staff is nice. Curriculum is severely lacking though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My son just started at this Elm. New teachers, New principal, New PTO members... I think he is really enjoying school and i am very pleased with everything. Looking forward to a few great years more in Bandera.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

love it! i might have only gone there for 2 years but they were very fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2006

Alkek is a rural school with a lot of advantages. The staff is mature and experienced. The student to teacher ratio runs about 20-1 in grades K-4. The administration has a lot of enthusiasm and parents are welcomed. Great PTO. They are a Title I campus with about 55% of their students on Free and Reduced Lunch. While they are rated Academically Acceptable, you will see that they are more than that. Each classroom has mutliple computers for student use. The campus has two playgrounds and a 1/8 mile walking track. There are two hands on science labs. Many extracurricular activities are provided to the students - like UIL, contests, oratory, Science Fair and honor roll. If you are looking for a traditional, and conservative campus this is it.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted October 14, 2005

This is my childs first year at Alkek. So far I would judge the academic program as consistant and fast paced. As I learned in the open house, meet the teacher night, Kindergarten is First grade. They are emphasising on around 200 sight words I believe before Christmas. My child is loving it though, she doesn't seem stressed or over worked. She is excited to be learning to read. In just 6 short weeks, she has gone from a picture book kid to a basic reader. Age appropriate of course, but that is in my opinion, fast and accurate teaching. As far as extracurricular activities, she attends music, art,P.E. at different times and days of the week. The level of parent involvement is high. The number of parents might not be consistant with how many children, but the parents that are involved are not their just for their child,but everyones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

To much concentration on the TAKS requirements and not enough on true teaching. My children were rated as A-B Honor role in this system yet when we transfered to Kerrville ISD they were far behind their peers. This district and School need to concentrate on Teaching and not their ratings.
—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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

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 82% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education57%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education57%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a
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 Students93%
Female98%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education83%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students88%
Female87%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education33%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education83%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education80%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talentedn/a
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%
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 Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education100%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female63%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education50%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted59%
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 Students70%
Female45%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education17%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female62%
Male70%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education33%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students63%
Female57%
Male67%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education0%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted61%
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 Students72%
Female79%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education33%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female72%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education17%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female77%
Male74%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education33%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted74%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 29%
Hispanic 35% 52%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Black N/A 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 9%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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School Leader's name
  • SCOTT TIPTON
Fax number
  • (830) 796-6232

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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P O Box 727
Bandera, TX 78003
Phone: (830) 796-6223

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