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Posted June 8, 2013

I was new to the district this year and was disappointed. This school is terrible and I have never been so unhappy to go to school ever and dreaded going everyday. There are fights everyday, a huge drug problem, the students aren't motivated and therefore are loud, obnoxious and rude, and the teachers aren't motivated. I hear my teachers always say the first chance they get, they will leave Desoto. But, not only are the students and teachers unmotivated, the administrators and principal are doing nothing to make the school better and are unmotivated. All they care about in Desoto are the sports and think of ways to get better academic scores but do nothing to persue the idea. Thankfully I took all Pre-AP courses and were with more self-motivated students who took their work somewhat seriously. Over all, however, this school is terrible and I can't wait until I get out of this district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2012

If you plan on attending this school, make sure to take pre-ap classes. The teachers are much more motivated than the regular teachers and the students are bearable. The teachers at this school will do anything to assist their students. There are many sports and clubs/extracurricular activities that you can take at this school. I have to say that the being a freshman here was very enjoyable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2011

I currently attend this school. At first glance, I was incredulous, but my insight has changed. The teachers here are amazing and the curriculum is thorough. There are still some students who tend to disrupt the classroom, but I am actually excited to go to school since attending the Desoto Freshman Campus. Each day is a surprise (in a good way) and I feel like both my education and ethics have changed since starting this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2011

As a parent coming from Arlington ISD I must say I am utterly dissapointed with the very low quality of education this school has shown. My son attends this school and has never been this unhappy in any school he has ever attended. He complains everyday how he hates the school and feels he has not learned anything. He has told me stories that are jaw dropping from gangs in the school, fights weekly, and teachers have no interest in teaching or motivating these kids to want to learn what they have to teach. What kind of teacher tells a student, " she will make sure no one passes her exams and brags about! The falculty seems to care more about the kids clothing than there edcuation! Its no wonder they have so many freshman still at the campus failing....this is a concern this community of parents should be concerned with! I will be working move my son away from this school before he ends up in trouble and I would recommentd this school to anyone who is seeking quality education for their child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

My son attends this school and we are new to the district. I must say that I am disappointed with the quality of education they are providing and how the administration handles the students that don't come to school to learn. I understand the no child left behind concept for elementary students, but at this age, if the children don't want to take their education seriously, they should send them to alternative learning centers so those that really want to learn, can and in an enviornment that is not distracting to the other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

Desoto Freshman Campus is pathetic, the School is over Populated, the Teachers are very low motiivated, and are not driven enough to educate the students to their fullest potentials. Too many freshmans are failing at this Campus and are being repeated with no more higher learning standards set to improve. This campus is a disappointment and need severe improvement in a desparate way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

The majority of the teachers and definately the asst. principal are not really that concern with growth and advancement of the students. Only thing noticable about this school is reprimand, not achievement.
—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.

748 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

733 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education54%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education24%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented96%
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 "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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
68%
Algebra II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%
English I Writing

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

738 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
42%
English II Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

737 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%
World History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students54%
Female57%
Male51%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education22%
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant54%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education46%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students51%
Female58%
Male45%
Black or African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education12%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted47%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students36%
Female41%
Male30%
Black or African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Special education5%
Not special education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant36%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted30%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education18%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a
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
Black 81% 13%
Hispanic 16% 52%
White 3% 29%
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%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 1%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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DeSoto, TX 75115
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