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James L Masters

Public | PK-5 | 802 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 8, 2014

The principle of this school is very child centered. She cares about the education of her children. This is the second year at Master's and we are a military family with other options. We love it at this school. Academics, especially reading is a priority at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

First of all the Principal is fantastic. As a military family we move a lot, this is my sons 3rd school. We have seen a principal that is disconnected and hides in his office, and a principal that allows teacher to have meltdowns in front of students. Then we came here, and the principal is very proactive and very involved with her students and staff. She is the principal you wish you could pack with you to every duty station. She is no-tolerance when it come to bulling, and does everything she can to make she that either she or the vice principal gives you a call back within a few hours and is more than happy to sit in on a parent teacher conference. The teachers are very nice, however I do wish that my sons teacher would initiate contact when my son is struggling instead of not saying anything. I don't know if he needs help if nothing is said. I've had to initiate all interaction. But that is just one teacher. My daughters teacher is new to the school and is amazing at communicating with me and is very positive and encouraging to her. There are plenty of way for a parent to get involved through the PTO or just helping at the school, so far has just been a very nice experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I would have to say Masters is a great school they keep the parents informed if your child is having problems in any subject and they act fast on the problem jnstead of waiting until your child grade is in danger.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

ALl 3 of my children have attended this school for the past 2 years. I am so pleased with the teachers, the staff and administration. Guaranteed my kids will not graduate from any other Elem. school. Mavericks forever!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

I think the bottom line here is that parents need to be more involved in their child's education and school environment. It is not enough to send your child to school and expect things to be ok...teachers, administration, staff...we all would like to see more parental involvement. It seems to me that parents who don't really know what is going on are the ones that complain the most...these types of reviews don't help parents like me who are wanting to find out more about the school their child will be attending...I am a school teacher in SA and know for a fact the lack of parent involvement and would definitely welcome it if parents are willing to give some of their time to get to know the teachers, staff, and administration. Other districts have great PTA/PTO involvement...how come we can't commit to that here in this district? The ultimate goal is to see our kids succeed, right? Parents, I challenge you to get involved to make the 2013-2014 a success...be committed to your child's education and get involved in making things better. WE need to act and be role models to those who may be lacking in the area of making others feel welcome. Walk the walk, don't just talk!


Posted May 16, 2013

Lets be clear about academic status first before we start bashing a school. RECOGNIZED campus is BETTER than EXEMPLARY status. My daughter has been at this school since it opened as well. She is an honor roll student. She has never missed honor roll since she has been at Masters Elementary. She passed the STAARS test as well with flying colors. When I had concerns about my daughter, I spoke to Dr. Arnell(Principal) and she addressed my concerns immediately. She is not a do whatever the teacher wants type of principal. She makes sure that the teachers teach and students do their BEST! She has high expectations for the staff and students! This is an EXCELLENT school. My daughter will be attending Metzger next year and I pray that the school has the SAME expectations. I highly recommend JAMES MASTERS ELEMENTARY. They have cheerleading, dribble team, and choir among other activities for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

I am a highly involved parent and I must say that this school was awesome when it first opened. Since then it seems like it has gone downhill. From what I understand the campus lost it exemplary status and is only recognized so the principal seems to be pushing the students and teachers to do well on the new STAAR test. The principal personally talked with individual student and had them promise to do their best. It put a lot of kids under more stress because they felt if they do badly then they would get in trouble. I think every school is going to have problems, how the problems are handled by the staff and principal is what counts. When a problem came up with my child and their teacher I felt like the principal really didn t care. She said that she fully believes in her teachers and wouldn't have them at her school if she didn t. I think that a lot of the lack of parent involvement is due to the fact that some of the staff and teachers make parents feel unwelcome. Obviously there is something wrong when the PTO board members from this year are not only stepping down but most all of them are moving their children to charter schools or homeschooling them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

First of all- this school is in Judson ISD, on Wooklake Parkway, in Converse NOT Live Oak- the address listed is incorrect. My kids have been at this school since it opened. I am so impressed with the building, and resources available to the teachers and students. The extra activities and after school programs are amazing. It has been hit-or-miss with some of the teachers, some don't seem to enjoy being there as much as others; however my impression has always been that the frustration comes more from the lack of parental involvement. I have been impressed with the principal, and her willingness to meet with us and discuss any concerns we have had. I am a parent volunteer and am in the school helping at least once a week- and I can honestly say that I am VERY happy with having my kids there, and believe this to be the best elementary school in Judson ISD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

Teachers are only there for a pay check. They only teach for the TAKS tests and the administrators could care less about the concerns of the parents. Already removed my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

The first year was a good year but now the teachers are getting sloppy and aren't really caring about the children well being. The principle, Mrs Arnell, just goes along with what ever the teachers say. I am going to remove my children.
—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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

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 85% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male80%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
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 Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%
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%
Female88%
Male70%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male64%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education40%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted65%
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 Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted68%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female58%
Male65%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted65%
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 Students85%
Female81%
Male89%
Black or African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female65%
Male85%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female69%
Male76%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted70%
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".
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2008-2009.

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 48% 52%
Black 27% 13%
White 18% 29%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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) 3%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Fax number
  • (210) 310-0650

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2650 Martinez Converse Road
Converse, TX 78109
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