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Highlands Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 649 students

 

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Posted May 27, 2012

I am not impressed with the school at all. I feel that the school lacks structure and organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2006

The quality of education has not been consistent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

The Content Mastery program at Highlands has been a very supportive and positive influence on my daughter who has gone there from Pre-K to 4th grade. From speech, to one on one attention, weekly counseling, the entire support system for the children is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

My kids are doing well, but I have had some heartburn in the past about the amount of homework that my kids seem to bring home. I feel that it is a little much that my kids bring home an hour of homework almost every night and sometimes as much as 2 to 3 hours worth. On nights that they have after school activities, they are very stressed out, when they should be enjoying themselves. Also, in my honest opinion, it is ridiculous to assign a 100+ question homework packet over the holidays. I am happy my kids are doing well, but I honestly did not have the amount of homework they have now when I was going through high school. What is the balance between keeping a child engaged in the education process and burning them out with too much homework? I don't pretend to have the answer, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

the quality of academics is very good. the availability of music, art, and other extra curricular activities is very good. parent involvement is high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

The school is run very orderly. However,it seems that fundraising takes precedence over children's health and safety. Also, some of the teachers do a lot of shouting at the kids and don't seem to have much patience. Not a very caring atmosphere.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

136 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

132 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

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 Students89%
Female85%
Male92%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education88%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female88%
Male93%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education89%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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 Students86%
Female92%
Male80%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education86%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African American99%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%
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 Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingual86%

Math

All Students48%
Female58%
Male39%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special education20%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingual42%
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 Students56%
Female61%
Male51%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female58%
Male54%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingual78%

Writing

All Students63%
Female61%
Male65%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted63%
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 "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
Hispanic 51% 52%
Black 43% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
White 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 40%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • SYLVIA LEWIS
Fax number
  • (972) 291-5764

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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131 Sims Drive
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
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