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Amber Terrace Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 677 students

 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 5, 2014

This school is horrible. They have absolutely no communication with parents. The kids are not disciplined at all. I feel that if the school would send out emails or have a facebook page for each grade or something, it would help better. You have to bug the school to find out what's going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

Adults bully the kids with intimidating language and aggressive behavior. The kids bully each other based on what is being modeled by the adults. The best interest of the child is at the bottom of their priority list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

no one at this school cares about my child. They only care what grade he gets on the stupid state tests. My child has also been bullied by a few kids and no real action has been taken to stop it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This school year is going great so far they seem to be well prepared and organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2011

Since this school year started I have seen about 10 vehicles having to break in the bus area due to kids shooting out of the school.... No teacher is there helping them cross and yet at the entrance of the bus area there is a crossing guard and two, TWO, teachers....... Those kids need someone there so they don't get hurt.... Please think about them...


Posted September 27, 2008

Child in Pre-K, so far so good. Mrs Roland is great at trying to include parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2006

Racism is tolerated too much in the entire district! By both teachers and some parents. I do not raise my children to judge a person by their skin! My daughter come home upset because the kids won't talk to her because she is white.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

My child wemt to Amber Terrace and was in the gifted program and really enjoyed it, but didnt like how the gifted children were usaully seperated from everyone else and looked at as they were uppity because they were smart and the principal one year just didnt understand. But the teachers Mrs. Hien and Mrs Mull really were fantastic
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2004

My child was tested and put in the gifted program. (EAGLE) He has received an excellent education his 5th grade year. He has been is several school settings (not in TX) because of parent re-locations and we have been most pleased with Amber Terrace. The teachers care about and love these students, provide many opportunities to learn outside the classroom and highly encourage parent participation in their child's education. I am very impressed with the DeSoto ISD overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

My children and I have had a tough 2 years at this school. The practice of zero tollerance often leaves children who have special learning needs (ADD/ADHD)with no options but alternative school. These kids are labled at trouble makers and often singled out as 'problems to be eliminated'. School should provide alternative means to teach children with problems retaining directions and staying focused.
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

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 82% in 2011.

77 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students71%
Female82%
Male59%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education17%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
Black or African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education50%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
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%
Female78%
Male85%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education50%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education50%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students88%
Female97%
Male79%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education33%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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 Students97%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education67%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education100%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students90%
Female92%
Male87%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

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

All Students65%
Female61%
Male69%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education40%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students43%
Female34%
Male55%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted33%
Bilingual27%
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 Students49%
Female61%
Male40%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students44%
Female58%
Male33%
Black or African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education0%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted36%
Bilingual70%

Writing

All Students55%
Female72%
Male42%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted45%
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 Students71%
Female75%
Male65%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingual44%

Math

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
Black or African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education40%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingual69%

Science

All Students55%
Female52%
Male60%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingual54%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

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 60% 13%
Hispanic 34% 52%
White 5% 29%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 24%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • ANGELA WILLIAMS
Fax number
  • (972) 274-8247

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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