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School Of Science And Engineering

Public | 9-12 | 387 students

 

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Posted September 15, 2011

When your student body is the best and brightest available there is small wonder how this school can be ranked first.


Posted June 24, 2010

I am a former student of the School of Science and Engineering. The education is world class. The training I received there was very instrumental to my educational and personal development. Now I am a parent and would not hesitate to enroll my child into the school or and of the schools at Townview Magnet Center.


Posted November 5, 2009

It is one of the most challenging and helpful schools in the Dallasisd. It prepares students for college and life. The best teachers and counselors my son has ever had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

SEM offers a challenging environment for its students. I have noticed a great deal of support by the teachers with tutoring to help the students keep up with the demanding pace. There are numerous clubs and activities available so that students can stay engaged in their interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

This is a place where intellectual curiosity and motivation to learn are the only requirements. I tell people that a one-eyed-flying purple people eater would fit right in if he/she/it were interested in science and math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

SEM has a great math and science curriculum Both of my sons have/will gratuate and their experience at SEM was great, prepared them for a great future and opened doors for them. Great school, Talented teachers, Dedicated administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

The School of Science and Engineering does an outstanding job preparing students for their post-secondary education. They give them the knowledge, confidence and tools that they need to succeed in their college 'careers'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

The School of Science/Engineering is a great school that offers a college preparatory and rigorous learning environment for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

I think this is a great school. It prepares the students to enter prominent schools and get great scholarships.


Posted September 20, 2009

I entered Cornell with 54 credits after going to SEM... booyah
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

We, at SEM, have the greatest teachers in the nation, the greatest learning environment and the greatest communal support!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

My school is always ranked among top 10 in the nation, and is filled with extremely talented teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

As a senior this year, I have been doing a lot of looking back on my time at SEM. I wouldn't be able to find the same group of driven students (nerds of course!) anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I have no idea where I'd be without SEM. Not only does SEM offer the best education and teachers possible, but it also has helped me to discover new interests and possibilities, to the point of questioning my entire planned life. What's more, SEM has the best student body one could ask for. Virtually ever person there will go out of their way to be straight-up nice to everyone. There will never be real enmity between SEM students, nor will they seek enmity elsewhere, because we're about the nicest, most caring, and most intelligent students around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

The school offers an abundance of AP courses that gives the students an opportunity to work and learn in a college-level environment. The teachers are helpful and there is such an amazing chemistry (pun not intended) between the SEM students. If you're looking for a school that offers the best education in math and science in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, this school is the one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

Our high school is one of the top in the nation and offers great coursework. Besides, where else can you have a legitimate conversation about the physics of Pokemon?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

It's small, and we're like a family. The teachers actually care here, and don't teach TAKS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

As an alumna of SEM, and someone who spent a year helping out the counselor there, I can see how much SEM is only getting better and better. This school offers students the chance to graduate High School with many college credits (I've seen a recent graduate with 40+ hours), millions of dollars in college scholarships, but more importantly - the students have a strong sense of self, and goals. The alumni from SEM succeed in a wide range of fields, not only science and engineering ones, because this school teaches students to think, to reason, and to ask questions. Great school!


Posted September 17, 2009

awesome teachers + awesome environment = SEM
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The instructors are awesome and made my college transition flawless!
—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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Social Studies

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Science

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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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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.

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Algebra II

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

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology I

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English I Reading

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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English I Writing

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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English II Reading

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
English II Writing

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

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98%
English III Reading

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

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English III Writing

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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U.S. History

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

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World Geography

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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World History

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
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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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Chemistry

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English I Reading

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English I Writing

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English II Reading

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English II Writing

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Female95%
Male98%
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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Geometry

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Female100%
Male100%
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Asian100%
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
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Physics

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Female100%
Male100%
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Asian100%
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
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Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
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World Geography

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
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Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
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World History

All Students97%
Female90%
Male98%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted95%
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 52% 52%
Black 19% 13%
White 15% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 11% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 0%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • TIFFANY HUITT
Fax number
  • (972) 925-5901

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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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