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Tom Lea Junior Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 672 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2014

My daughter has Ms. Rodriquez for 2nd grade this school year. My daughter loves having her as a teacher and I have heard no complaints about the other instructors she has. I can tell she has a lot of patience with my child. Her reading and math are all at the level they are supposed to be at for 2nd grade. I love how the school is so military friendly and I've found that parents are very involved with their children at this school. My daughter has not had any problems with other kids in her grade, unlike her 1st grade class at Desertaire Elementary. I think the only thing they could improve upon would be the amount of homework they receive every week. It does amount to about a good hour every day after school, not including the reading they are required to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

My eldest began attending Tom Lea Jr. last year for morning pre-k. This year he is in kindergarten and I have had a great rapport with both of his teachers, the staff in the main office and even those in the cafeteria. As a military family we are thankful that they have a counseling group available for children of deployed soldiers. When we had to pull our child from school for pre-deployment travel the vice principal was very helpful in assisting us with the excused absence paperwork. There are classes held weekly for parents on topics such as child development, homework tips, nutrition, etc. Tom Lea also works with Nixon elementary to host monthly military coffees for networking and to exchange ideas in regard to providing support to military families. If you are a parent interested in volunteering within the school there are many ways in which you can do so. Just ask your child's teacher and/or one of the staff members in the main office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

We are a military family with two children who attend this school. I feel it is one of the better schools in the district. It is located in a nice area of newer homes. It is brand new and is working hard to make changes that need to be made. There was bullying by middle school kids after school and now they are not allowed in the school without permission. They even have soldiers helping out, by being there at lunch recess, and after school to help monitor the students. I do wish that the students had the day off, during teacher training (workshop) days. A lot of the subs don't speak English well and get angry with the class and yell and use words like SHUT UP! Not acceptable as far as I am concerned. I would rather my kids go to school an extra week in the summer, then have so many subs. This is a district problem, not just a school problem though. Overall, this school is better than most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

Keep in mind this school was just built in 2010. The ratings are based off of one year of data. Based on first impressions, the school is brand new, but already the tiled walls have damage and graffiti on them. The school staff was not very welcoming when we registered our kids (we stood at the desk for 15 mins before any one of the three women talking about the summer even acknowledged us) and we even had to request to meet the school principal even though she was standing there when we asked the ladies to meet her. Our smiles digressed to blank stares and we couldn't help but wonder if this was a prelude to how the school handled things. It was. Unfortunately, I only have 523 characters remaining which is not enough to type up my experience with the school, but one issue is regarding staff teachers who I assume should be there 5 days a week, but has a sub 1-2 days almost every week and it's acceptable. An explanation would be nice, considering the fact the teacher evaluates each child for an academic year. Yes, there is good things to say about the school, like there are teachers who care and teach well, but one would find that at any school - the good, bad, and ugly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2010

This is an excellent school! It is a mixed ratio of local and military children. It's conveniently located in NE El Paso near good neighborhoods (and some newly developed ones). The principal runs the school very well instilling school pride in the children and getting parents involved. The cirriculum for my 1st and 3rd grader (this is their 2nd yr) is challenging and progressive. 1st yr (2009-10) the PTA was installed and has been actively raising money for the school. Love the fact that when there is a need for change, the principal/teachers see the need and make changes. One example I've witnessed myself: last year the children were throwing away most of their lunch/or rushing through their lunch to go out & play before lunch time was over. This year, the children have recess first building up their appetite for lunch. Definitely a positive change.
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
99%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education100%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education100%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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 Students91%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female98%
Male90%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education78%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education67%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students93%
Female92%
Male98%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education78%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%
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 Students90%
Female93%
Male88%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-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

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
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 Students85%
Female81%
Male91%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female89%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education100%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female87%
Male97%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2008-2009.

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 57% 50%
White 18% 31%
Black 17% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Orchestra
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs Blanca Garcia
Fax number
  • (915) 821-3665

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
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