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Homestead Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 622 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 25, 2014

This school (most of the teachers and administration) focus mostly on behavior rather than academics and it doesn't help or improve behavior in any way. They use awful conduct charts and humiliate kids at lunchtime by making them line up to get in the "time out" line before recess. It's horrible and ruined my child's self esteem. Thank god we are not at Homestead any more. PTA is awesome though and they make the school much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

We have been at Homestead for almost 2 years and we love it! The teachers are wonderful - if you have any questions they are quick to respond. I love that I feel my child is excelling academically and made lots of new friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

The school is really good.My son loves his school.PTA involvement is high.The teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2013

The school is beautiful and the PTA is wonderful. ThePTA makes this school! They raise a ton of money every year and the parental involvement is very high. On the downside, the principal and most of the teachers are very strict, rigid and are not necessarily, nurturing. They focus on behavior far more than academics. Some of the teachers are downright militant. We had 2 years there and I am so glad we moved! If we ever moved back to that area, I would make sure we were in a different school district!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2011

I have a daughter in the kinder, she is very happy with their new school. I truly believe my dauther is getting a excellent education! The teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

My two children attend this school. We have had a wonderful experience thus far. The teachers are very open to communication with the parents. Parental involvement is high. I truly believe my kids are getting a quality education here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

Our experience with this school has been terrible. My child's teacher does not need to be teaching! My child has been a "B" student until this year, now he is barely passing. There are no issues or other reasons for his problems except that the teacher clearly has an attitude, she does not like my child or me and it relfects in his grades. We consistenly spend at least 3-4 hours per evening on his homework, and he is still getting low grades. Ex: A study guide was sent home for a recent test. He memorized the study guide perfectly. He got a very low grade on the test because hardly any of the questions from the study guide were on the test. I honestly do not know what to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

We have two children at Homestead and both have been taught by excellent teachers. We are pleased with the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

I think this is an amazing school. I was a teacher myself and now have two kids at Homestead. One of my children's has special needs and I've had nothing but total cooperation on what she needs to be successful. I think it's what you make it! Get involved, keep good communication with the teacher and show them you are in this together for the kids. Lots of options for after school programs and super involved parents! We feel blessed to be at Homestead!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

This school is exceptional. Everyone from the principals to whole staff are great with the kids. My son has attended for a 1 year and all his teacher where absolutely wonderful. I have to commend his teacher Mrs. Jackie Ware, she was so wonderful with him and patient. She also connects very well with the parents and wants nothing but the best for her students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

I have a ten year old here and she has been there three years now. This is the first year I am hppy with her teacher. The first two years both teachers were very strict by the rules and left no room for mistakes. They did not interact with the parents and put all the responsibility on the child. I agree 100% I think the office staff is rude! My youngest has been lucky with great teachers for her three years she has been there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2006

I am moving before the end of this year and am counting down the days to get out of this school. It has been problem after problem. I agree with the other issues regarding the principal/vice principal. I also agree that if your child is perfect, you have no problems, but if you have a normal 5-6 year old boy, boy do you have issues. I feel that this school is far more concerned with rules than they are the welfare of the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

This school is highly overrated. It's great if you have 'normal' student; but if he/she has 'special needs'; forget it. Principal makes promises she doesn't keep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2006

Super school with caring teachers and parents but I agree with the 2005 comment about the office staff and will include the principal to the list. My dealings with her were she listened to your side but always gave the teacher full support regardless of the parent concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

Homestead is a super school. We have 3 children there now and could not be more pleased. The academic programs are super as are the special programs for special needs. Parents are heavily involved and encouraged to be so. The specials include: computer lab, PE, music, creative dramatics and art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Very high quality education - fun, experienced, dedicated teachers. Parents highly involved and kids enjoying school. Lots of opportunity to be involved, but once they get you (the PTA), you're in for life! Discipline is age-appropriate, with lots of emphasis on parent-teacher communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

Academically the school seems slightly above average and they provide a quality education. They have all available extracurricular activities and their teaching staff and facilities do appear to be above average. As for the office administrative staff, this area needs some work. From talking with other parents that have children at Homestead, I am not alone on my thinking on this. The office staff seems to be rude and bossy and shows no flexibility or sincere concern for the children. Their focus seems to be more on making the rules that they want and enforcing them 100%. For example: I called to inform the school that my child had a head injury and was going to be out another day (3 total). The only comment was she will need a note to return to school, make sure you do that. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated anymore!
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

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

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

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

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education75%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education88%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
Black or African American71%
Asian88%
Hispanic64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female86%
Male94%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Black or African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Black or African American67%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education91%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Black or African American67%
Asian95%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%
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 Students90%
Female88%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education79%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female73%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education79%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-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

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
Black or African American63%
Asian100%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education71%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female63%
Male78%
Black or African American60%
Asian100%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education44%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education71%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Black or African American100%
Asian91%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education60%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education50%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
Black or African American80%
Asian82%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education56%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
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 "Recognized".
  • 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 54% 29%
Hispanic 18% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 16% 4%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
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) 9%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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1830 East Branch Hollow Drive
Carrollton, TX 75007
Phone: (469) 713-5181

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