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S Gus Alexander Jr Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 509 students

 

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Posted January 26, 2014

The school used response to intervention only on bottom 30%. The rest. Oh well. They also violate testing guidelines too. Contact Partnerstx.org which is the parent information center for Texas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

I agree with some of the previous comments. I am leaving this comment in the hopes that someone will get the message. This school could be better. Alexander has a lot to work on. My child is in the 4th grade and has been there for three years and I am unimpressed. The teachers are great. The administrators need to be reorganized. The principal is a lot of the issue. I believe that parental concerns have been ignored. I believe that there is a lack of innovation on the part of the principal. I do like the Assistant Principal...But ultimately, the principal makes the decisions and she is inflexible and is getting a wake up with no PTA and no parental help. Parents inaction speaks volumes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Alexander has good teachers despite an administration that is "out of touch". The teachers would be even better if they had a better leader. Low Morale of the teachers and parents plague this school. It shows with the lack of PTA and other activities. believe this school probably was good and is living on past achievements rather than setting and or raising the bar. The rating of 5 is accurate. I also think that there is an attitude of unprofessionalism right down to the flip flops the teachers wear. Sidewalks they want the kids to sit on are never clean. Dismissal procedures are unsafe. Too few staff members minding the ship. Chaotic. I've had kids try and get in my car. Adults that (in an effort to get to their kids at dismissal) frequently cut in the kids single file lines. It's a lot of problems at Alexander. Are the teachers good? Well that's a mixed bag much like the school. It's too few good anything at this school. The great school and TEA ratings are accurate. Mediocre at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Alexander is a great school, all of my children go to Alexander. Alexander is located in a little neighborhood in Duncanville TX. The only thing I don't like is how parents will lie in order to get their kids into our school. If you live in Desoto, or Lancaster please take your kids to the correct school. I can see the school from my front porch and go there all the time for activities. Administration does not let out of control kids run the school, admin runs the school. I can say that because my kids have gone to the school since kinder. No body is perfect but your children are able to learn in a safe, happy, controlled environment. If you don't like it take your child to a private school and stop hitting "messy" low blows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

The staff is great with the parents and the students! I have always enjoyed volunteering at Alexander and helping staff and students when I can. I know we all work and it is hard to find time but if we can give a little time we could make this great school even better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

Alexander is a great school. These teachers work to help each child. If you think your child is not progressing here, look for some other cause than the teachers. Why would a school that works so hard for its great ratings purposefully ignore a child? These teachers want success for every child.


Posted January 22, 2007

I do not feel my child has learned that much here- I feel it has put her more behind than when she started. She does not bring home books to read out loud in Kindergarten- very concerned and pulling her out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

After two years at this school, I have nothing but the highest respsect for its' staff and faculty. My son looks forward to going to school most everyday and absolutely loves his teacher this year as well as his teacher last year. The faculty is always more than willing to help, whether it be answering a question regarding schoolwork or questions regarding advice on how to handle certain situations between school and home. Go Alexander!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Alexander is the best elementary school is Duncanville. It has unique programs that helps the students academically achieve. It has reading programs for the younger grades, math programs for the upper grades and an awesome art program led by the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2004

Alexander Elementary has earned its reputation as a great school. The best in the duncanville system and surrounding area. Unfortunatly, dogma of the current school board and upper administration, coupled with mindless zero tolerance and TAAKS testing overshadowing actual education is ruining the district. The dress code is absurd, enforcement draconian. The school day too long for elementary students especially considering they are often denied recess, on 'silent' lunch or given very little time to learn social skills. Physical education and art-music programs are depreciated. It seems rather than give kids a liberal education the admins preference is producing unthinking, unquestioning cogs for the corporate machine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

The dress code in the Duncanville school district is a waste of time. They try to run the PE classes like a boot camp. Give me a break. Respect these kids and give them recess. I don't choose for my tax money to be spent degrading these kids in this manner.
—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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

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 85% in 2011.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students92%
Female87%
Male97%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students89%
Female87%
Male90%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education88%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education45%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education20%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%
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 Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education71%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingual63%

Math

All Students55%
Female57%
Male51%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education63%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted50%
Bilingual57%
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%
Female70%
Male74%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted69%
Bilingual72%

Math

All Students47%
Female43%
Male52%
Black or African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education20%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant47%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted42%
Bilingual79%

Writing

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingual89%
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 "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

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 49% 13%
Hispanic 41% 52%
White 6% 29%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 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) 22%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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  • LINDA SORENSEN
Fax number
  • (972) 708-2525

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510 Softwood Drive
Duncanville, TX 75137
Phone: (972) 708-2500

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