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Alex W Spence Talented/Gifted Academy

Public | 6-8 | 1036 students

Our magnet program is best known for our rigorous college-prep curricula.

 

Living in Dallas

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $205,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,070.

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4 stars

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Posted June 3, 2014

One of the best schools in the Dallas area. The teachers are dedicated and really love working with the students. Unlike some of the magnet schools in Dallas, it is part of a neighborhood middle school so the students have access to all the sports, music, and clubs that a traditional school has to offer. My son was academically challenged and loved going to school. I had ample opportunity to get involved in things going on at school. They went on 5 field trips each year, there is a parent organization that supports the TAG program and regular PTA. We had a great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

My still attending alex w. spence this will be my second year attendingmin the tag program i will be a 7th grader. I love the school the teachers are great and the only problem i have is that the two schools are mixed together and the cummunity kids are bad and annoying.


Posted March 16, 2013

I am currently attending Townview TAG, and I attended all three years of my middle school at Spence. Spence was the best school I ever went to, and this rating is way too low to actually show the potential and greatness of the school. I attended the TAG section, and I learned a lot. It was a fun and educational experience that I wouldn't give up for anything, and our score, in the TAG section, are much higher than shown on this website.


Posted November 29, 2012

I am currently a sophomore at Woodrow wilson attending the IB academy there. I went through all three years of middle school at Spence in TAG. Above all Spence taught me the world isn't just black and white, being mixed with the community school at first was rough and I will admit it was Never easy but i know it made me a better person. Aside from that I found my passion for the military here and I realized that when i apply myself i really am incredibly smart. All of the happened because of the great teachers that stood as role models and mentors for me and I am ever grateful.


Posted April 29, 2012

Spence TAG program isn't recognized or as acknowledged as Travis because they mix the TAG and community grades and scores together. So its as if we arent getting the appreciation we deserve. Spence TAG Rox!!!!!


Posted August 23, 2011

The TAG Academy is absolutely amazing. The teachers all like to have fun and actually care about whether you pass or fail. I've attended this school since sixth grade and now I'm an eighth grader. The reason they say this school sucks is because of the community school. They joined the community school and TAG academy into one, so our TAKS scores might seem horrible, but like I said above, the community school and TAG academy count as one. There are also many activities students can do there. If your child has good behavior and is hard working, I would recommend this school. I warn you that the community school makes us look bad.


Posted May 29, 2011

You can look at any school's TAKS scores broken down into what is referred to as "sub-populations." Go back to the screen on this site that says "TAKS Scores" and below it is says "TAKS Scores by Group." Click on that. It is broken down into every possible group including by gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special education, and, voila', gifted and talented.


Posted December 2, 2010

i chose soence over travis because of the diversity even though we are mixed with the community school it brings a great balance that travis doesnt have. everyon is friendly and welcoming i know a girl who went to travis in 5th grade and she hated it she told mre how spence makes her alot happier. though it may seem that are grades arent as high its only because they average it with the community school but overall the tag academy is just as good and maybe even better than any other academy.


Posted November 8, 2010

The teachers are always ready and available to help the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

The Talented and Gifted program is a hidden gem in the Dallas Independent School system- There testing is not listed separately from the community school so looking just at "the numbers" will not give you an accurate view of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

the teachers willing to help students succeed in all of their subjects and are willing to help them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

It offers my child and other children a great environment in which to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

My little cousin has learned a lot by attending this school due to the attention given by the teachers and the welcoming environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

Excellent teachers, excellent students and excellent school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

The school is great, my son learns a lot and the teachers are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

Alex W Spence TAG has wonderful teachers that care about children who care about learning and they are willing to go above and beyond to help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

I love Alex W. Spence Tag Academy because the teachers are creative, fun, exprerienced, dedicated, and care about the students' academic achievement. I love Spence because my daughter loves Spence. The teachers make learning fun for the students so that the learning process is interesting to them. The staff is supportive and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

The school have very good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

Alex W. Spence is two educational programs (Talented & Gifted) and (Community) in one building, packed with involved and caring parents and students who want to make a difference. Our school is led by optimistic, caring, and student driven teachers, principals, and staff. I have never been attached to a school until my child came to the TAG Academy at Alex W. Spence Middle School and Academy for the Talented and Gifted. Progress is always in motion. Faculty and staff are ALWAYS looking for new ways to improve or build on the education. Parents are very involved, participate in clubs for students, keeps in contact with their childs teacher through Parent Portal, visits, e mail or calling. Teachers keep parents informed of their childs progress, upcoming events, activities or opportunities that could have an impact on their childs education. You could not ask for a more caring group of principals and assistant principals. Character counts in our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

I love the diversity & challenging work my son does.
—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 84% in 2011.

369 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2011.

368 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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 86% in 2011.

362 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

367 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 94% in 2011.

357 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2011.

339 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2011.

339 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 95% in 2011.

331 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

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 Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
Black or African American73%
Asian78%
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education20%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented98%

Math

All Students71%
Female67%
Male77%
Black or African American64%
Asian89%
Hispanic72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education27%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented95%
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 Students78%
Female76%
Male80%
Black or African American72%
Asian80%
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education33%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented96%

Math

All Students68%
Female61%
Male74%
Black or African American48%
Asian80%
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education10%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented93%

Writing

All Students89%
Female94%
Male84%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education50%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented98%
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 Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
Black or African American85%
Asian89%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education36%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Black or African American68%
Asian78%
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education25%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented95%

Science

All Students71%
Female65%
Male76%
Black or African American59%
Asian78%
Hispanic72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education24%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)49%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented98%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education44%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented99%
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 71% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%
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 84% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 63% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Female57%
Male64%
Black or African American59%
Asian83%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education13%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted47%
Bilingual88%

Math

All Students63%
Female60%
Male66%
Black or African American51%
Asian92%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education0%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingual88%
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 American55%
Asian57%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education40%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female63%
Male67%
Black or African American53%
Asian100%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education20%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
Black or African American61%
Asian67%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education17%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented84%
Non-Gifted54%
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 Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Black or African American77%
Asian82%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education40%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)66%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female55%
Male58%
Black or African American38%
Asian75%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Special education36%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female59%
Male68%
Black or African American55%
Asian91%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education33%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

Social Studies

All Students57%
Female50%
Male64%
Black or African American52%
Asian82%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education17%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented84%
Non-Gifted47%
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

Algebra I

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
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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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 72% 52%
Black 20% 13%
White 4% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 36%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Dance teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • SOCORRO GONZALEZ
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (972) 925-2301

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • JROTC
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
110
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
260

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4001 Capitol Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
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Phone: (972) 925-2300

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