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J W Ray Learning Center

Public | PK-5 | 403 students

 

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Posted October 20, 2012

Very difficult to deal with a priciple that dismisses allegations. Parents be sure to always ask your kids about whats going on in the classroom and always trust your child if you know they dont make up stories. i was at the school almost everyday with my twins in pre k my son never could be still in class and was terminated i was a lil upset but got over it but i never put anything pass my 1st graders teacher. i thought she was nice until this year when she said over n over that this new teacher at her new school was nicer. i pray that no ones child goes thru what my child went thru at ray i just wish other parents would post the negativities about this school. dothank the kinder teacher that helped my child that was in pre k and the parents that warned me of some of the fake smiles. if teachers have a problem with understanding that allchildren are not alike then they should swith professions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

It's a shame that the test scores don't reflect what this school truly is. The outside of the building would scare anyone away, but the inside of the school is full of love. The teachers at Ray truly care, yes care about their students. Many go FAR above and beyond what they have to in order to make sure the kids not only learn, but have a safe and fun time doing it! Ray had three Principles in one school year. The current (and very new) Principle, Ms.Brown is taking the the bull by the horns. I have faith in the teachers and so far I have confidence in Ms.Brown to not only help raise the TAKS test scores, but to elevate Ray to live up to it's name as "The best school in the U.S.A"!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

This is one of the best schools. My family has attended this school through 5 generations. This school has some of the best teachers around. The school is small but the knowledge taught there is huge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

It's funny how the positive posts are the ones that make it to this page. This is my third post about this school and I bet this one never gets put on the site either. My daughter attended this school in 2005 & 2006 and I had to get her transferred because of the lack of supervision. She is biracial and did not fit in because of this. When she did get picked on, nothing was ever done and it continued to happen to the point of me getting her a transfer. Now that I have put her in another school she has not had one problem. Its amazing how much a school with great staff and supervision can influence the students behavior. I would never send her to a school like JW Ray on purpose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

I am alumni from Ray & wanted to my son to be a part of the same excellence. This school has alot of room for improvement. It's not the same that I came from. My son has attended K, which was ok; parent involvement is a must!! My son is advanced and wasn't able to enroll a year prior due to him missing the age requirement by a few weeks. His K teacher Ms.Bahannon was good & I appreciated her recognizing kids are not all on the same level & supported his growth. I allowed him to stay for 1st grade because of Ms.Hill, who is truly wonderful. Not only does she stress the importance of advance education, the kids understand respect & truly being good individuals in society. We also love Ms. KIzzee, Talented & Gift Program who exposes them to unlimited possibilities as they continue to accept challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

The quality of academic programs have very low standards. The teachers are not concerned the interaction with the few parents that are willing to be involved with their child's education. The children are from socially disadvantaged neighborhoods and unruly and undiscipilined and the school teachers and administrators condole this type of behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

The quality of the academic programs are excellent and the availability of extracurricular activities is exceptional. I never knew that an elementary school could have a bells class until my son came home and informed me that he was going to play bells! The level of parent involvement could be better at JW Ray. The school should express the openess for parents to come in and help out whenever possible. Many of the parents of children there don't understand the importance of being involved with the teachers and students. Along with the help of the school my son has worked his way out of the behavioral unit and is now in regular classes. Much praise goes to J W Ray.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2004

First, I found my children's school through this website. Your information helped me to find an amazing school! JW Ray lives up to it's slogan, 'Best Learning Center in the USA' My husband and I have our three children attending Ray and we love their teachers. The Principal, Ms. 'G' is one of a kind, she is truly the backbone of this extra-ordinary school. The whole staff is incredible! I have never seen a school like Ray that gives the students so much. The staff's dedication extends far beyond the classrooms. JW Ray has a 'formula' that works; excellent leadership, dedicated staff, and quality learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2003

I moved to the neighborhood in August 2002 and was sort of skeptical about the school because I wasn't familiar with the teachers nor the school. However, my son had a tremendous kindergarten year at the school and now he is in 1st grade there. I absolutely love the principal and her staff. I highly recommend this school to everyone!
—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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

56 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

47 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

37 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
45%
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 Students55%
Female50%
Male59%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented80%

Math

All Students52%
Female54%
Male50%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
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 Students65%
Female70%
Male61%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students67%
Female74%
Male61%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English86%
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 Students76%
Female79%
Male74%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students66%
Female63%
Male68%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students62%
Female67%
Male58%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

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

All Students73%
Female76%
Male69%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students37%
Female36%
Male38%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant37%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted29%
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 Students58%
Female62%
Male55%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students48%
Female33%
Male59%
Black or African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant48%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted38%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female67%
Male69%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted60%
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 Students54%
Female52%
Male56%
Black or African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students34%
Female30%
Male37%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education33%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant35%
Gifted/talented70%
Not Gifted26%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female35%
Male52%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted34%
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 Unacceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 80% 13%
Hispanic 16% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
White N/A 29%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 6%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

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School Leader's name
  • ONJALEKE BROWN
Fax number
  • (972) 794-7701

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2211 Caddo Street
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (972) 749-7700

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