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Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 738 students

 

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Posted June 3, 2014

My son has been coming to Bethune since PreK. We have enjoyed his time there. I have nothing but good things to say about this school. From the start we have felt welcome and safe. Most of all I turly feel that the teachers and administration staff are there to ensure the students are getting a good education. I can see they do their best to help the students thrive. Thank you everyone at Bethune from 2010-2014 school yr.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

This is an awful principal to work for. If you are thinking of working there, run away quickly.


Posted April 8, 2009

This is my first year working with parents on parental involvement strategies. I see alot of caring teachers and parents. The environment is very structured but welcoming. The kids are very well behaved, I have worked at other schools and seen the difference. I am very glad to be working at this Recognized school.


Posted September 21, 2008

great teachers:my son went there for 2 yrs: he loved it:he excelled in this school:great discipline:breakfast and lunch are peaceful:no screamin at students:small school but a friendly environment great educational strategy:is overcrowded now a bit:i highly reccommend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2006

The students have little or no motivational incentives to encourage good behavior and good grades. Hard to reach and schedule a meeting with the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

Both of my kids go to Bethune and as a parent I am happy with the teachers, staff and principal. I am able to talk to the teachers when I have concerns regarding my kids schoolwork and conduct. I like the fact that the school encourages more parent & child learning interactions by hosting family math night or other family night functions. I like the way the staff encourages the kids to do their best. I do wish the school offered after school programs for extracurricular activities (ie: cheerleading, art, mathletes, etc). I feel that in due might be possible. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

My children are students of the above school. This I think would be a good school, if the teachers would send progress reports to parents. Many parents do not know how well their child are doing, not until they recieve report cards. How are we suppose to help our children improve if there is no notification what so ever to parents. So as for me, I would highly recommend is for the teahcers to find away to help students out and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2004

'Mary Mcleod Bethune influences parent involvement and yet we have poor turn up. In my opinion it lacks extracurricular activities for the students, such as basket ball or baseball for the boys. We are in a high delinquency area and keeping the students busy is one of the best ways to keep them out of trouble, this also helps keep our children with high grades do to the no pass no play rule. The staff is very untimely in providing the parents with notice of the planned events. The PTA meetings are always a chaos they lack organization and several one s I have attended the PTA members are not present and school staff is lacking also. When they do get their act together the meetings are informative and full of school spirit. The school/students need their programs to be more complex, I have a high expectation of my son and the programs he has been in are lacking interesting dialog. There is no imagination in the drama department. The children like to pretend they play their part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2004

Mary Mcleod Bethune influences parent involvement and extracurricular activities but they are very untimely in providing the parents with notice of the planned events. I like that my son's first grade teacher is very involved with the kids. The PTA meetings are always very informative and full of school spirit. I agree that Bethune is one of the best schools in town.
—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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

124 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

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

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

128 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

127 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students93%
Female97%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students77%
Female71%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education67%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students82%
Female94%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented93%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students83%
Female82%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education83%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented94%

Science

All Students68%
Female66%
Male70%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education80%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English80%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
53%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted84%
Bilingual86%

Math

All Students79%
Female74%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted75%
Bilingual83%
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 Students78%
Female85%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingual59%

Math

All Students72%
Female68%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingual62%

Writing

All Students80%
Female92%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted75%
Bilingual64%
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 Students72%
Female69%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted54%
Bilingual67%

Math

All Students70%
Female68%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted53%
Bilingual74%

Science

All Students65%
Female63%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted45%
Bilingual66%
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 "Recognized".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 97% 52%
Black 2% 13%
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) 59%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • ROCIO BERNAL
Fax number
  • (972) 502-1301

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1665 Duncanville Road
Dallas, TX 75211
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Phone: (972) 502-1300

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