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Sampson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1166 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted May 29, 2014

I think this is a great school when it comes to the teachers and my children learning. The Problem is the Power Tripping no fun Principal,and the Boring Pto activities!! I think we should have more family events like a movie night every once and awhile. The school gets $$$$ money from parents and plenty of volunteers use it to have a little more fun,it is an elementary school. The Christmas party was 30 minutes and we had donut Holes and Water!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

Sampson Elementary is the main reason we moved into Cole's Crossing. We have 2 children currently at Sampson. We found that when trying to move into Cole's Crossing it is difficult to quickly get a house because there are so many Cole's residents that are not moving out they're moving around, because they love it. Year after year, Sampson kids consistently score at the highest level acedemically. For example, Sampson Elementary just won the US National Sumdog Math contest this week. Plus, having a great school has helped keep property values high! :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

I have two children in Sampson Elementary. The open classroom concept is unusual for someone growing up in the 70's, but I have never heard my children complain. Also, the open concept is more in line with how large businesses are run. Overall, our family feels very fortunate to live in Coles Crossing and to have our children attend Sampson Elementary School. The only negative about the school is it lacks ethnic diversity. While it has children of many races, the school is probably 90% Caucasian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

We feel very blessed to be a part of a wonderful school that cares for all of it's children. Our son has blossomed in the Sampson environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2012

We have now been at this school for several grades and have only great things to say about not only the school, but the community. The community centers around the school and parent involvement is very high. Parents expect much from Sampson as far as academics/enrichment. The school also expects parent participation to fully "round out" and complete the circle that forms the child. ALL issues with academic "speedbumps" to child interaction concerns have ALWAYS been addressed promptly and appropriately with my child. The communication channels have always been open so that one does not feel in the dark about weekly actions and parental concerns. A parent would have to choose not to communicate to have a problem at this school. The dedication of the staff really shines when it comes to nonacademic issues such as relations with your child and other students. They know how to solve problems or at least create the best environment in which any inter-child issues are minimal. I have yet to meet the apathetic teacher at this school. It takes a community to raise a child along with work. This school recognizes that and I am only more satisfied each year! I'd never consider moving!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

Where do I start?... The problem that I have with this school is the : Open concept classrooms ( very distracting ). Also the fact that if you're child doesn't fit into the " Sampson box" they are totally ignored. It has been a very lonely experience for my childern at this school and in this neighborhood. The staff at this school is not as dedicated as they should be ( to ALL of the students attending this school) they like to pick and choose. I'm currently removing my children from this school and would not recommend Sampson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

All I ever heard was how great Sampson was, and when we returned to Houston after a move to another country, I chose Cole's Crossing specifically for Sampson. I'm sure Sampson is a great school...if you have a child that fits in their box. If your child has any special needs, this is NOT the school for them. They refuse to acknowledge any other testing other than their own, which is done, in my opinion, by a burned out, bitter diagnostician. The only words I have for how I feel about Sampson is disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

An absolutely excellent school and a primary reason for moving to Coles Crossing. The teachers expect much from their students AND from the parents. A combination is the only way to succeed. The open concept is excellent as it prepares kids for performance in "open office" environments. More is expected of the children but the children seem to rise to the challenge. I was introduced to the concept as a student many years ago in HISD's earler gifted programs, then later in private schools with a "college-ready" format. This is similar. The transition/graduation into environments that were more challenging was a cinch. This school provides the closest experience to that. Parent involvement is heavy in this school and the children respond greatly. The community seems to reolve around the school and the sense of pride is palpable. In short, an excellent elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

I am a college student who volunteers at Sampson and if I had children i would definitely send them here. Such a great school with great staff! I also love how they take the visitor passes so seriously. As I am walking around the school (with my appointed teacher) everyone is constantly checking to see if i have my name sticker ( meaning i checked in at the front office with my liscense and i had permission to be there).


Posted September 30, 2010

From the onset of coming to the school, I have had problems. 1) Open concept classrooms - too much noise, 2) lack of communication with teachers and administration, 3) the staff is not willing to work with children that are in between highly intelligent and gifted. On a district level, the curriculum for elementary is convoluted and confusing at best. I have to homeschool in the evenings and summer to ensure my children get an education. I feel parents are up there too much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I feel tuly blessed that my child goes to Sampson Elementary! The teachers and students are fantastic! The school is located in the neighborhood for easy access by walking, bike or bus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

This is an excellent school. Challenging academic programs with high standards are met because of the high level of parent involvement and excellent teaching skills of the staff. Music, art and sports as well as other extracurricular activities are fun for the kids and well publicized for the parents to be not only informed but also involved. tutoring programs are easisly accesble if required and encouraging to the children who may need them. this is a great choice for your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

This is s great school located in Coles Crossing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2005

Excellent School. New facilities. Caring teachers. My son has attended for 3 years and he has no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2004

Sampson is a great school. Teacher expectations are high for academics and behavior. Students receive lots of positive reinforcement. However, I have one complaint. The district continues to rely on the open concept. I have been in the classrooms and it is distracting. Keeping the students quiet is necessary. The students never clap for each other. 'Quiet alternatives' are used instead. We are talking about young children. I have heard the arguement that the students get used to open format. My concern is why make the students get used to the open concept when the open concept was an idea that failed!!
—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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

204 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

200 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

232 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

231 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

232 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education87%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education91%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education77%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education80%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%
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 Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asian96%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education91%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted97%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education83%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education88%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education88%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
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 "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 70% 29%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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) 2%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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