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Gonzalo and Sofia Garcia Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 651 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2013

GES a great school, because you care about their students, looking for ways to learn in a more creative, so that everyone learns the same way, to develop all their skills and potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Garcia is filled with excited learners. Students have really taken ownership of their learning through the dedication of their teachers. Teachers and parents have teamed up to serve the students with the best academic challenges. Garcia Elementary has incorporated many different facets of learning such as college destination, art classes, top notch band and choir programs and UIL. Our desire to develop life long learners.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2011

Focus of the school is on college readiness as exemplified in the Destination College program. Each grade level has adopted a different college/university as its mascot. Students learn about the college/university through the year and about what it means to be prepared to go to college. This program was developed under the current Principal.


Posted January 22, 2010

This is a TEA recognized school, which is awesome considering the school is only about 3 years old. The staff is always courteous and hard-working. There is a lot of transition in the district right now as far as top-management, and the recent tax rate election did not pass, but these challenges have in no way affected the quality of education that the students receive and that's what's most important.


Posted August 10, 2009

Garcia was a great school for my kids. They are both honor roll students and are offered many academic opportunities. They are challenged by their work and love their teachers. As a student I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

Taking in to account that the school has been operating for less than a year; I believe that we have a great institution that is mainly focuse on education our kids. All extracurricular activities will come along with the parents help and support. I do Thank you for the effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

As the previous person mention; our priority shall be education and dicipline at this point in their lives. The fun games and extracurricular activities can be provided at home while the school gains more support from parents and state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

I feel this is the worst school and school district that I have ever seen. I came from California and even worked for LAUSD. They had better education systems in place in California than they do here. The children are taught only to get good scores on the TAKS test, not at the actual level they should be taught at. The levels of education being taught here are inferior to other locations. The staff doesn't discipline the children correctly. Many of the children 'cuss' and are out of control. This is not even a safe place to send your children. It is also ridiculous to spend our tax money on P.E. teachers in an elementary school. I want my tax money spent on actual education-education that will help my children in the future. After all, our children's education directly affects our future and the future of the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

Very disappointed that my daughter in grade 3 has nothing to play with during lunch. Smaller playgrounds are very unsafe due to the amount of children using them at the same time. Lunches are set up so children can make no choices but are told where to sit and how load they can talk. No parent involvement is welcomed. They would rather turn you away. Like the mother said below the teacher do teach our children well. Next school think about investing in playground equipment rather than so many cork boards that are not being used.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

Parents are not welcomed into this school like we are in other schools. Principle seems like she wants no parent involvement. Lunch is eaten military style where children are told where to sit and when to go outside. Every child must face the stage and not one another. Teachers do a great job teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

this is the best school my son has attended. the staff is excellent and are always friendly and willing to lend a hand with students. i am pleased with the programs they have to offer. i am pleased that they work with the children that have behavior problems, most schools would just turn their backs on those children. here, children are given a chance and are taught that they are important and can be anything they set their mind to. big thanks to the principal, assistant principal, the teachers and the entire staff. keep up the awesome work!!
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

95 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

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 82% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students94%
Female88%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 Students86%
Female82%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female83%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female88%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Proficient in English91%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students84%
Female81%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English88%
Migrant50%
Non-migrant87%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
48%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students81%
Female85%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingual95%

Math

All Students68%
Female66%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingual95%
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 Students77%
Female82%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingual85%

Math

All Students60%
Female56%
Male64%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual67%

Writing

All Students72%
Female77%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual80%
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 Students84%
Female78%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingual77%

Math

All Students80%
Female76%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual75%

Science

All Students77%
Female63%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education33%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual64%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 90% 50%
White 8% 31%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • MS SHERYL MAXSOM
Fax number
  • (915) 877-7678

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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6550 Westside Dr
El Paso, TX 79932
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