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Harry C Withers Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 401 students

 

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Posted September 15, 2013

We were hesitant to go to a DISD public school and figured the obvious choice would be one of the abundant private schools in the neighborhood. I am SO glad we listened to the enthusiastic push by the many people who told us "just give it a try - what coud it hurt?" BEST DECISION EVER.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

We LOVE Withers! I grew up in Dallas and attended a private school growing up. Withers has exceeded our expectations as a parent and our kids love it. If you are in the neighborhood, strongly consider sending your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2011

Withers is a wonderful place to work. My co-workers are dedicated, and the support of the community is amazing. I would like to note that the test scores posted by Greatschools are incorrect. We are a TEA Recognized school with a Reading score of 84%, not 72%. Thank you for your interest in Withers Elementary!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 5, 2011

Best Parent involvement Best teachers and Principal. Lot of support from the Latin parents. Best PTA. Great Community


Posted October 26, 2010

Great stability, leadership and community support. Everyone works toward student success. Its a complete effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Great school! Great Teachers! Great Administration! And yes I agree, parent involvement is outstanding. I have never seen a more involved PTA, Dads club, Hispanic Group ever. Such a large parent involvement makes me want to be as active as I can to help out. I proudly take my two daughters there and know that when I drop them off in the morning they are excellent hands. Thank You Withers community for the excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The principal, teachers and parents work together to make this an extraordinary place for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Experienced teachers, small class sizes, great support groups, dual language program, abundance of extra-cirrucla activities for a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Great principal, great teachers and huge parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Families. Teachers. Principal. Art and Creativity. Dual Language. Dads' Club. They're green. United Community. Come see it for yourself.... And I forgot to click the frog?!?!?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Dual languange program & parental involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

School is great because evryone works together as a team. From the principal, to the teachers, to the parents, to the students. Everyone is involved which is great and Iam very happy to be a part of that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Withers' staff has really helped build the self confidence in my two children that currently attend. With the strong help and drive from the teachers, my 5th grader was able to achieve perfect TAKS test scores and has been accepted to attend a top rated magnet middle school for 6th grade. I know my kindergarten child will follow in the same footsteps with the continuing support of Wither's staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

The reason I love Harry C. Withers is because it's such an awesome school. The teachers genuinely care for their students. Students here are involved in many activities put on by the teachers themselves. It's again just an awesome school. I wish every child could have a school like this to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Challenging curriculum, high quality teachers, high level of parent involvement, 2 way dual language program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Dual Language program, highly involved principal, teachers, parents and kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

great curriculum even better teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Involved parents and teachers, great principal and unique opportunity for my son to learn a second language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I have two children in school at Withers and I am extremely happy with the quality of education and level of professionalism and caring of all the teachers and staff. They are in a fantastic dual language program that is such an enrichment to every aspect of their curriculum. They are benefitting more from this program than I ever imagined.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

My son is in Pre-K and loves going to school everyday. They are very helpful with any concerns or issues.
—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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

19 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

47 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students95%
Female89%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female92%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)97%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education80%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
64%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students95%
Female89%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
Bilingual100%

Math

All Students78%
Female72%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual77%
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 Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingual87%

Math

All Students81%
Female76%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual86%

Writing

All Students91%
Female85%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingual100%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingual87%

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingual77%

Science

All Students87%
Female83%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingual81%
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 "Recognized".
  • 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

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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
Hispanic 78% 50%
White 18% 31%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 13%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Andrea Cockrell
Fax number
  • (972) 794-5001

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3959 Northaven Rd
Dallas, TX 75229
Phone: (972) 794-5000

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