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Posted August 28, 2014

An amazing, personal, caring school who challenges students to give their best! I am shocked at the negative comments about BETA. I can only guess that these reviewers are venting and I know for certain that this is not typical of the majority of BETA students/Alumni.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 12, 2014

I attended school here for four years, it was the worst school I've ever attended. The teachers were horrible and the principal was terribly inefficient
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2007

I think this school has really gone downhill; not that it was much better before. Let's hope they don't close it down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

My child has been here 2 years and has absolutely flourished. In 8th grade, he is learning geometry and reading Night by Elie Weisel. He has been encouraged to volunteer his time in the community and at the school and has made a lot of wonderful friends. BETA is truly a school where learning is the main point, not football or cheerleading or acting like a hoodlum. In 2 years, he has had only 1 teacher I thought was less than stellar. This school is incredibly better than the local middle school that he attended in 6th grade. Parents, I know it is hard to switch your child from the school district you and he have always known, but make the effort if you want him to be a safe, disciplined, caring environment where he will actually learn a lot. You'll be so glad you did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

I am not a parent; I am currently a senior at BETA to graduate in May 2007. I have attended the school since 7th grade, and I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today if I had not taken the decision to come to this school. BETA is not a school for just anybody. The classes are challenging, and the teachers are highly qualified. I am currently in the top 10 percent of my class, and I have enjoyed every moment of the BETA experience. I can not guarantee that BETA is the school for your child, but I can tell you BETA is definetely beyond your average high school. Even though our school does not have sports, I am currently vicepresident of National Honor Society, future president of Spanish Club, co-captain of the Current Events UIL Team, among others. I hope this helps. :-)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2005

BETA offers alot of high-level classes, and allows students to get more credits than at normal high schools. There aren't any sports at BETA, but there is band and choir. There are alot of clubs including Garden, Adventure, UIL, Guitars & Waffles, Yearbook, etc...
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2004

Overall, we are pleased with the school. A good education can be had if a student will apply him/herself. Not sure that all students are there for the education--many sent by parents looking for a 'safe' situation--and then they act up to get sent back to home school? School materials say no tolerance for...foul language...yet the 'F-word' is commonly heard in the halls. Dress code is not consistently enforced either, with many 'goth' attired students. Was disappointed to see TAKS scores--think students (including my own) should have done better. Would like to see 'correct spelling' and handwriting standards enforced across the board. Have about come to the conclusion that it is not done generally in any of the schools because not all teachers can spell correctly themselves. Hope that is not true...
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

191 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

152 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

152 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
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 95% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

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

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students93%
Female91%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students98%
Female97%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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 "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

Algebra I

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%
Algebra II

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%
English I Writing

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%
English II Reading

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

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%
English II Writing

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

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%
English III Reading

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

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
100%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%
World History

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

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%
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 Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students90%
Female89%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented95%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students67%
Female70%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian80%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted90%

English III Writing

All Students75%
Female71%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted75%

Geometry

All Students83%
Female77%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted81%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)54%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students79%
Female71%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented81%
Not Gifted79%
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
Hispanic 92% 52%
White 5% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
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) 3%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MAGDALENA GUTIERREZ
Fax number
  • (956) 383-8544

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Business
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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