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H Grady Spruce High School

Public | 9-12 | 1355 students

 

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Posted December 14, 2011

This school is not useful at all. I came to this school from James Madison High School thinking that I would learn more. However, I have learned nothing at all. Everything they teach, I already knew. Plus, the teachers don't care if you fail or pass, and the students are out of this world! I would not recommend this school to anyone! I'm glad that I'm transferring soon and I will not regret it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2010

I have but one thing to say about H. Grady Spruce...... Look at the posts from the students and you will see the problem. There is not one ounce of intellegence! The proof that it is a low performing school is right in front of your eyes!


Posted September 4, 2010

i am currently a sophomore at h. grady spruce high school and i think this is the best school in dallas we got the best teachers they are really nice but also strict but they are strict because they love us and because they want the best thing for us i recommend this school for everybody and please dont pay attention to all da rumors theyre sayin about this school because this IS A GREAT SCHOOL! and we keep on making a better improvement every time! THANKS TO OUR AMZING PRINCIPAL dr. hackemac and our great staff! =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2010

I think Spruce is one of the worst schools that I have ever heard of. My child goes there and they never come home with any homework. They have no after school programs for the kids to be involved in so what is it that you expect the kids to get into. I can only look forward to the end of the year when I disenroll my child...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

man spruce high school got me to the 10 grade..comming to skyline is the worst mistake i flunked teachers dont help you and students skip in other teachers room...Spruce on the other hand was never bad or unorganized..
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2009

if any body doesnt really know whats going on in spruce and are just listening what people say about it, it's really dumb... it's called being ignorant, we worked our hardest to make the school recognized,and our teachers aren't rude or threatn us.. we have the best teachers in d.i.s.d!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's why we achived our goal =]...((((((T-Wolves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!))))
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2009

Spruce is alright,but you all are so obssesed with trying to be the best in the district, always comparing us with other schools,saying how we can do better than that and we know we can we're just tired of hearing you say it. I think it's great that we are a recognized school now, so lets start from there and move on up don't push us because we are not #1,yet, and if your just reading this and not taking consideration then you can just shut it down and say Hello to our new recreational center
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

School is very unorgainized, students are out of control and if a change is not made then the school will surely shut down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Horrible school, teachers are rude. Students are violent..
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2008

This school is the worst school I have ever been to. The staff is negligent, lazy, and unprofessional. The school makes mistakes and will not fix them for fear of DISD noticing what is going on there. I spoke to the principal concerning attendance that teachers admitted to making a mistake on and she said she could not do anything because 'Then 'they' would be like what is going on over there at spruce'. My daughter has told me of teachers threatening students, students threatening teachers, students threatening students and then acting upon it and teachers standing by watching! This school needs major help and DISD needs to get over there quick because those students are not getting any kind of education!
—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.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

327 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

319 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
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 91% in 2011.

279 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

277 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

281 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

280 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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 95% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%

Science

All Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education43%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)96%
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

  • 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 "Academically Unacceptable".

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

Algebra I

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

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
70%
Algebra II

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%
Biology I

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
59%
English I Reading

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

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%
English I Writing

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

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
21%
English II Reading

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
13%
English II Writing

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
0%
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.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%
World History

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
20%
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

All Students50%
Female52%
Male48%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education13%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)51%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talented64%
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students97%
Female95%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female84%
Male81%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education48%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female93%
Male79%
Black or African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education36%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students36%
Female44%
Male29%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Special education8%
Not special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)23%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Gifted/talented76%
Non-Gifted32%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students15%
Female21%
Male10%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White13%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged16%
Special education4%
Not special education16%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%
Gifted/talented44%
Non-Gifted13%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students54%
Female62%
Male48%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education12%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students29%
Female36%
Male22%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Special education0%
Not special education31%
Limited English proficient (LEP)15%
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Gifted/talented62%
Non-Gifted26%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Female74%
Male63%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education25%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students62%
Female60%
Male65%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education20%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)51%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students63%
Female62%
Male64%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education24%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted61%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 70% 50%
Black 27% 13%
White 2% 31%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Rawly Sanchez
Fax number
  • (972) 892-5501

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
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9733 Old Seagoville Rd
Dallas, TX 75217
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