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Thomas L Marsalis Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 540 students

 

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Posted September 1, 2013

This school isn't the best school to consider going to 1 the staff are rude 2 they don't get parents involved in situations or events and 3 if u call to check on your child they sart to have an attitude and 4 the principal has a bad attitude
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

No doubt the best school that my children have ever attended. I find it hilarious to read negative reviews about this school. My wife and I are finding it difficult to move to Cedar Hill until our daughter completes her elementary grade levels. Bottom line Great School Great Staff and I am blown away to find a school so hands on with the students and parents. Not to mention Webster doesn't have enough verbs to describe Ms. Richardson (AWESOME!!) So allow me to go out on a limb and say this if you have any ISSUES with this school { IT'S-YOU}.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

Both my daughters attend this school, we moved here from another city and I was told enrolling my kids in Dallas ISD was a bad idea. I have found this school to be great so far. My husband and I are excited we moved in the district of TL Marsalis. As mentioned in a post from a previous parent, Kimberly Richardson is a great principal we always see her in the halls interacting with the students and teachers. We feel that our children are being challenged in a way they have never been challenged before. I have not experienced any rude teachers or administrative staff. I can say my kids teachers are very direct when it comes down to school work and homework in which I'm the same way at home. I'm glad we gave TL Marsalis a chance. GREAT SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

My son attends this school. This was the biggest mistake ever. He transferred from Larry Smith elementary and I was so satisfied. I moved to the southern area and this was his home school. The individual in the front office has an attitude when you call to check on you kid's behavior. I have never been to a place where the professionals are so unfriendly. When you call to speak to a teacher, you may not get a call back. I'm almost sure that parental involvement is not important. There is no classroom management. At Larry Smith, he was active but the teacher kept him in check, and always gave me updates on his behavior as I requested. Very unprofessional individuals. The principal is the only professional individual at the school. The assistant principal may need some staff development. I'm extremely frustrated!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2010

My daughter is in her third year at Marsalis and I am very impressed with the leadership of Principal Kimberly Richardson. The atmosphere of the school is really good--much better than many other schools in the southern sector. There are of course a few areas that still need improvement, but overall it is a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

My son and brother attend TL Marsalis. This school is for the most part a good school but some of the staff there sometimes are a little unprofessional. There PreK teachers are the best they help keep their parents involved with their children. I have been a registered voulunteer for 4 years there now and see that the school does need more parent involvement. But I would like to just remind parents that we as parents should always be our children's first teacher as the last parent stated. Hat's off to TL Marsalis and continue to reach for excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

the teaching curriculum are state of the art. my granddchildren are a part of the T L Marsalis school family. Son, niece and nephew all attend TL Marsalis. To me it the best school in the South Oak Cliff district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

I think T.L Marsalis has the potential to be a great school. I am pleased with my childs progress while he had been there. However, I am disturbed by the fact that the school has more funding for ESL classes then computer classes and there are very few non-english speaking students. I think that sometimes the staff is a little unorganized by not getting parents important information in a timely manner or updating student files. T.L. Marsalis was a great campus when Mr. Brooks was there, and I think all staff and students will miss out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

T.L. Marsalis is a good school overall. This school could be a GREAT school if more parents would get involved! Even with the turnover of Principals through the years this school has performed well due to the great teachers. With stronger parental involvement this school could compete with any elementary school in DISD academically. My one concession is the extra curricular activities need improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2007

Super, great school! The teachers are excellent. The staff & faculty are really nice. My oldest daughter went there through 3rd grade and received such a great education (along w/ a good head on her shoulders) she was accepted to a Vanguard school. She still maintains a 98 gpa. I also have twin girls in PreK who are doing wonderful as well. The only complaint I have is I wish more parents were involved and able to volunteer. I was class mom for my 2 in PreK and the majority of the time I was the only parent helping in the classrooms or went on field trips. Otherwise this is a great school with great leadership!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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

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

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

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

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students65%
Female65%
Male64%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Female72%
Male75%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students39%
Female35%
Male43%
Black or African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education40%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant39%
Gifted/talented77%

Writing

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Female91%
Male78%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students68%
Female69%
Male66%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
46%
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 Students62%
Female55%
Male69%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female40%
Male32%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education36%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant36%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted33%
Bilingual40%
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 Students62%
Female70%
Male57%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted55%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female44%
Male47%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant46%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted35%
Bilingual14%

Writing

All Students58%
Female70%
Male50%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted52%
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 Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female55%
Male62%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted52%
Bilingual40%

Science

All Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted70%
Bilingual40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 81% 13%
Hispanic 18% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
White N/A 29%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 13%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • KIMBERLY RICHARDSON
Fax number
  • (972) 749-3501

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5640 South Marsalis Avenue
Dallas, TX 75241
Phone: (972) 749-3500

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