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Burges High School

Public | 9-12 | 1433 students

 

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Posted June 7, 2014

i what to know the abenses of my son Moises Cazares and his grades to please i am worried about him and his grades i whanted him to graduate thank you Irma Cazares
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

I've been a student at this school for two years and I'm currently entering my junior year. The school itself is in pretty bad condition and huge budget cuts by the El Paso Independent School District have really taken their toll. However, all of the teachers I've had at this school really care about the students and try to make the best out of what meek resources they have. The Journalism program is outstanding. The real problem is the students. Many of them are good, rule-abiding students, however the troublemakers are the students that commute from Ju rez and refuse to speak English. They are normally very disruptive and are best to be avoided. Other than that the school is superb and I'll be proud to call myself a Burges alumnus, come 2013.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2010

We are a military family that moved to the area at the beginning of the 10-11 school year. 2 of my sons attend this school. Although the school's staff are great, a lot of the students have a problem with kids that do not speak Spanish and are not of Hispanic origin. There has been name calling and being told they "do not belong there". There is also a lack of adult supervision (there is no supervision) in the student parking lot after school during after school activities. Kids are aloud to run ramped and bully other kids during this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

Great school! My son is so happy with his teachers. Principal Watts is wonderful! I am also a graduate and really had a great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Excellent Theatre/Drama Dept!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

This school is so awsome! I just love to 2 years i have spent here at Burges!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

Excellent sports and academics is really all that I look for in a school for my children and I have to say Burges has all these qualities and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

This is one of the best schools of all time. Most of the teachers are terrific. We learn alot at this school. It should be a 10 out of 10 GreatSchools rating.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2007

My daughter is a freshman at Burges High School, and all the teachers and most of the kids there are great, it's the attendence office I have a problem with. The female workers (with the exception of 1) that work there, are all fairly rude, and unhelpful. Not to mention incompetent. At least in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

My son is a freshman at Burges High School this year and has experienced a superb transition to high school from Middle School in all areas, academics, sports, and socially. As a military parent who has lived in many different communities, quality schools are always an important element of relocation. Burges administration, faculty, and the student body has quickly made our son feel accepted at his new school and he is excelling in a superb learning environment. Mr Watts is an excellent Principal and Burges High School reflects his quality leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

My son just graduated from Burges, and there seems to be a steady decline in the school's academic programs. In the past year Burges High school has lost many of its best teachers, and school spirit is at all time low. There seems to be very little administrative support for the successful organizations in this school. The Journalism Department is consistently awarded national awards and the school seems to disregard the departments outstanding achievements. In conclusion, if you desire for your son or daughter to participate in a good college preparation program, and if he or she is interested in something other than Theater, Journalism, Choir, or Tennis, enrolling into another high school would be the best option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2006

Burges is a great school students get well prepare gaining more knowledge for every step in life go burges!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2005

Good school with awesome alumni. Needs more improvement on showing the community who they are.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 20, 2005

This is a fine school with equally fine students. It holds great academic and athletic traditions from a state ranked theatre company to a tennis team with a 12 year district championship streak. The school offers great teachers and holds its own as one of the best high schools in the city. I'm proud to call myself a Burges Mustang!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2004

I'm a 2001 graduate of Burges and there's no where else in El Paso that I would be prouder of graduating from. The faculty and staff at Burges are some of the most dedicated in El Paso. I feel very fortunate to have had such a positive high school experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 12, 2004

This is a great school for leaders to become of. The Teachers are great, very enthusiastic of our students. This school is led by great leadership, every thing at matter is dealt with great attention to detail. This High School has helped me to create great children for the future. I should say great leaders of the future. I can only hope to expect my younger children to lead in the same foot steps as my older children have, by attending a great, a beautiful, and motivating school. Thank you Burges High School, and the teachers that make it great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2003

Burges High School is a very good school. Well improved school. The faculty is outstanding and they care about their students.
—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.

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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.

406 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

413 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

300 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

301 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

298 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

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

All Students87%
Female86%
Male87%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%

Science

All Students88%
Female87%
Male90%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)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.

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 "Academically Acceptable".

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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%
Algebra II

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
41%
English I Reading

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
73%
English I Writing

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

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
52%
English II Reading

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

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
43%
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
48%
World Geography

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

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%
World History

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

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

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 Students79%
Female84%
Male76%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education62%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students95%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education71%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education64%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students55%
Female64%
Male48%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education21%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students40%
Female50%
Male31%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Special education26%
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted34%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education40%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students46%
Female48%
Male44%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education10%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented79%
Non-Gifted40%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students27%
Female35%
Male21%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Special educationn/a
Not special education27%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Gifted/talented54%
Non-Gifted23%

Geometry

All Students87%
Female88%
Male87%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education50%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted85%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students76%
Female75%
Male76%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education59%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students61%
Female54%
Male67%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education45%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)31%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted55%
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 88% 52%
White 7% 29%
Black 3% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 10%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • RANDALL WOODS
Fax number
  • (915) 771-6914

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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