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Commerce High School

Public | 9-12 | 404 students

 

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Posted January 10, 2014

The opportunities this school offers are amazing for a small school. The certifications offered, dual credit, extracurricular activities, AP classes, technology and academics are impressive! Not only that but the class size is extremely small (11:1) so I got the help I needed for my advanced classes. I went to Baylor but I also had classmates that went to MIT, West Point, Sewanee, NYU, Juilliard, Rice, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Tech, OU, LSU and many other awesome schools. I am proud to be a Tiger!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2014

Commerce High School provides a path to success for every student. Through dual credit courses CHS students have the opportunity to earn college credits prior to graduation. Plans for expanded career readiness courses also meet the needs of Commerce students. Teachers and administrators ensure that all students are treated with dignity and fairness. Extracurricular activities round out a curriculum that provides a solid foundation in all disciplines as well as rigor needed to meet today's challenges. Technology plays a major role in engaging students in real world problems and solutions. CHS is a great place to grow and learn!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 6, 2014

Commerce High School is a wonderful and progressive high school. The benefits of a smaller teacher to student ratio combined with impressive technology that rivals any school in the metroplex. I appreciate the attention and care that my child receives at this campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

This is a school district that really cares about the students. The schools keep you well informed about events that are on-going in addition to the progress of your child. I feel so welcome and at ease to be able to come to administrators and teachers about my child. The communication among faculty and staff is amazing. After school seeing how smoothly transportation runs makes me feel safe about my child and other students getting to and from their destination. There is not just one area to speak on because there are so many reasons I am thankful we moved to here for school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2010

I love Commerce High! Since Virdie Montgomery took over as Prinicpal students actually exhibit more pride and leadership in our school. I transferred in from a small school out of my district and I have never been happier and have achieved more with the help of our Principal and teachers. I have great friends and wonderful support from my parents as well. You rock CHS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

its a great school and I found the support needed from teachers and the director....the only bad thing:if student want to join any athletic sport they need to take the physical education...some transfered student dont needed but they cant enroll them in any athletic team bec they are not taking the ph.education class
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

I've been a student at Commerce High for going on my fourth year now. I've had my diffrences with the school board and many policies including Dress Code and discipline issues but overall it has been a good school. As far as music we have one of the best Band Directors in the the area. The Art department is good as well as the Drama department. Commerce does well in many sports including making it to State with football in 2000 and making it to district every year after. Extracurricular activites are also good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2004

I agree with the other reviewer, that football is given way too much emphasis, however the school leadership is the worst. Scholorships are given to students whose parents are friends of the councelor or principal rather than to students that really deserve them. The school has few qualified professionals to really motivate students or help them with problems.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 25, 2003

Football is given too much money and the football players are allowed to get away with murder. they need to start drug testing all athletics, football players in particular.


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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
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 91% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

109 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

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 95% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

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 Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students84%
Female80%
Male88%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Special education36%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
58%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
41%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
79%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
40%
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

Algebra I

All Students69%
Female69%
Male68%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education50%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education50%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students79%
Female71%
Male85%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female71%
Male56%
Black or African American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education33%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students45%
Female60%
Male31%
Black or African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special education0%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students80%
Female88%
Male74%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students52%
Female64%
Male43%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students93%
Female92%
Male93%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students73%
Female75%
Male71%
Black or African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education36%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students69%
Female67%
Male71%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted68%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 29%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Black 15% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DAVID WELCH
Fax number
  • (903) 886-6209

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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3315 Washington Street
Commerce, TX 75428
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Phone: (903) 886-3756

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