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Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 515 students

 

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Posted February 17, 2014

My daughter has gone here for kindergarten as well as first grade and both years had really great caring teachers. This is a great school mostly because of the staff. I wouldn't recommend the PTA at this school. But the teachers work really hard and put on awesome events for the kids. This school wants to do better and they try a lot of new things trying to figure out how. I think the staff at the schools that are doing better asking with the staff of others who aren't should all get together and figure it out for the benefit of our kids futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

My PK child started in this school coming from a spanish speaking country, she learning english very fast and every other subject. She is reading and writing, doing math. Everyone in the school love what they do and they show it. They do a lot of fun activities for kids and parents. I recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

My Daughter started to attend Weldon Smith this year. She is in Pre-K. The Teachers are AWESOME! My 4 year old is already reading sight words and beginning to sound out simple words, she has only been in class for 2 months! The PTA is very nice, if you know who to contact. The VIPS (volunteers in public schools) is very good, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My son is currently attending Kindergarten at Smith. He is pretty advanced and I was worried that he would be bored in the classroom. I was so wrong; he has been challenged and has gone to a 3.5 reading level. The teachers are committed to their kids and the size of the school is small, so no one goes unnoticed. The only thing lacking at Smith is more parent involvement. My son has been accepted to the G/T school, but I would have no problems sending him to Smith for the rest of the elementary years if that school doesn't work out for whatever reason. Please check out their exemplary status for the 09-10 TAKS scores! Way to go Smith!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

Smith Elementary is a good school, but definitely needs improvements with teachers who need to stay in the classroom teaching instead of out in the corridors gossiping.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

As I was reading these reviews I'm wondering 'maybe people are speaking of another Smith elementary' then I realized these reviews were written back in 2004-2005. Smith has been through 3 principals in the past 3to4 years and they still cannot get it right. The principal is a kind man but he is surrounded by women on his staff therefore, I feel he has no backbone. Smith IS NOT a parent friendly school and the staff say they welcome your feedback but be warned if you say whats on your mind you will be cast out to sea! My husband and I joined PTA and we have yet to meet or even know who the president is? The teachers are ok but they medal in how one should raise their child. I would not recommend this school to any of my parent friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

The teacher;s and staff love what they do and are totally committed to the students. It is warm adn inviting.


Posted February 19, 2006

My son attended this school in 2000-2002. I remember it was small, but very good academically for the kids. They had science fair projects and oh, maybe a few too many fund raisers. Otherwise, I think this school was very good for my son. We are a military family and had to transfer, but I remember 'Smith' as a very good little school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

needs way more parental involvment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

Weldon Smith elementary is a very good school. There is alot of parent involvement. I often volunteered and was always welcome. They have alot of excellent programs since they are now a Title 1 school. Alot of new stuff for the children to enjoy. They have wonderful rewards for kids in all activities to encourage them to behave and excel in all they do.. Overall, it is a wonderful and energetic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2004

My son went to Mireles last year, and I must say I was somewhat skeptical of the change, but after being in this school for around eight weeks, this is such a wonderful change!!! Mrs. Oliver is the best teacher I could of hoped for, her number one priority is always education. She cares for each and everyone of her students, as she hugs and greets them every morning, using love and disipline as a perfect 'marriage'. Mirales may be a new school with fancy new equipment etc...., but their care level from the teachers is very much lacking. Teachers seem to interested in outside activities not related to education. From 2:15-3:00 at Mireles there was no learning only playing(this was not recess)at Smith, each minute of the day is used for education,Smith is more than any parent could ever ask for from a School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

95 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students82%
Female79%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education43%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education43%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female85%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education43%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
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

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
47%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
62%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Male80%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted53%
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 Students79%
Female92%
Male68%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students70%
Female69%
Male70%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female78%
Male60%
Black or African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Female88%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students45%
Female35%
Male51%
Black or African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Special education14%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant45%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted45%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 78% 52%
White 12% 29%
Black 7% 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

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 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • ROSE GARZA
Fax number
  • (361) 994-3681

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
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6902 Williams Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
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Phone: (361) 878-2760

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