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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.

 
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Posted October 22, 2010

because my son go there and it a great school to learn.


Posted April 12, 2010

Very Good School! They try there best to teach there students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

Alex W. Spence Middle School and TAG Academy has been a great expereince for my sixth grader and has lived up to all my expectations. We love and appreciate our top of the line teachers and staff. Parents.. here is your chance to make a difference. Middle School Children are eager for you to get involved. Your involvement will set an example not only for your child, but others who through you will learn to be active in their communities. Kids need mentors, motivators and examples!! You're it!! Good Luck w/ the TAKS Spence!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

iM Now an 8th grader at Spence TAG academy &i've been at Spence since the 6th grade. I truly Love this school and i advise parents to have their children go there. The teachers really do care about you and they will try to get you to be successful. the work is hard since you take Pre-AP classes but it's worth it. I chose this school over Travis because you will have a better middle school experience at Spence. I never regretted coming to Spence &im soo sad im at my last year there. I truly suggest considering this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

It's been one full school year at Spence TAG Academy...with a new 6th grader. It started out very challenging for my child and US.. but I soon learned the teachers are excellent and care about my child in everyway. The TAG students are wonderful, and my child loves this school. We don't do much with the learning center but are involved with FOA, which is a great orgainzation. I always get emails returned from every teacher quickly. The parents don't get involved as much as they should. The children deserve to have parents support. They are doing their part so it would be nice to see the parents do their part and support their kids more. I hope next year gets even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

Unfortunately the TAKS scores listed here are not just for the Talented & Gifted Academy kids WITHIN The Alex W Spence School. If the TAKS scores for the Academy kids were separated, you'd see 'Commended' and at or near 100% proficiency on every subject. In fact, these are the kids who are scoring 99th percentile on the ACT as 6th graders when they take the ACT for fun. These kids love to learn, and the teachers love to challenge. I'm very pleased we chose this Talented & Gifted DISD Public School over the other choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I am the parent of a 6th grader at Spence Tag Academy and I am very happy she chose this school. I am so impressed that she is doing her core curriculum coursework at the high school level. She has an incredible selection of arts electives to chose from, including dance, piano, choir, drama and orchestra. Also, I have never met such a professional and dedicated group of teachers. If you are thinking about sending your child to the TAG academy, be aware that the TAG school qualifies for exemplary status based on its test scores. Parents are not always aware of this because for purposes of reporting, the grades are combined with the Spence Learning Center. Go to http://www.spencetag.com/taksscores2008 to see the fantatsic 2008 TAKS results for the TAG school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

My daughter is a 6th grader at Spence TAG Academy and she loves it. We live in Richardson and I have asked my daughter several times if she wanted to attend Apollo Jr. high next year and she said no. All of her teachers are wonderful and they have no problem with me emailing or texting them when I have a concern. Academically, my daughter is being very challenged and is already doing pre-algebra which is wonderful. She has no problem interacting with any of the students at Spence and that includes the Learning Center. As the old saying goes, 'you can't judge a book by its cover', well that goes for this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

We chose Spence TAG Academy over Travis for several reasons. 1) Superior in welcoming us, unlike Travis was. The principal, teachers, and other parents were ready and willing to accommodate every question and request we made when researching schools. I was encouraged to call and email them, and still am as a parent. 2) More arts classes than any other DISD Middle School, even the Arts Middle School, Greiner. My son is in an 8th Grade Advanced Piano class as a 6th grader. He'll be able to take French next year 7th grader and receive high school credit for it. 3) Academic contest participation. Spence TAG Academy supports and encourages their students in these endeavors. 4) These smart, responsible, motivated kids represent a real-world mix of people. They come together from their varied backgrounds and form friendships based on mutual respect and love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

My son attends Spence and we are very happy with the school. My son attended the Winston Science Fair this Saturday and he had a wonderful time. The teachers encourage my son and give him the extra help he needs. The principal and assistant principals are a strict, no-nonsense group, but I believe they care. Just take a look at the school! It's clean and bright. It's a school worth looking into!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

I believe this school is one of the most violent schools in the district. The school administrators have favorites and also sterotype students. I wouldnt reccomend any one send their child to their school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2005

My Child attends a w spence and it has been a great influence on her personality and grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2005

Our child attends the Talented & Gifted Academy at Spence and we have been very pleased. There is a lot of interaction with the students who attend the community school which was very important to us. The teachers were exceptional! They were motivated, easily reached, and open to any comments or opinions we had as parents. Our child was involved in sports and drama and thoroughly enjoyed her experience in both. I think communication could have been better in some instances which would have allowed for more parental involvement but overall, we are very pleased with the education our child is receiving at Spence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

The TAG Program is Great! But there is a Regular sch-class program. Instead of focusing on the TAG Pgrms its missing TLC on the regular students and teachers that deal w/these students. More Learning Field Trips, the same attention the TAG Prmg gets. I've notice the Counsler don't return ph Calls. And they need a Drug/Gang Teen Program. It needs More Parent Envolvement as a positive attitude to get throught that school. Sadly I'm forced to send my daughter there.
—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 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not 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
Not migrant60%
Gifted/talented94%
Not 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
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented97%
Not 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
Not migrant71%
Gifted/talented98%
Not 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
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented94%
Not 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
Not migrant64%
Gifted/talented84%
Not 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
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented98%
Not 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
Not migrant56%
Gifted/talented86%
Not 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
Not migrant64%
Gifted/talented92%
Not 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
Not migrant57%
Gifted/talented84%
Not 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%
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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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