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Mesita Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 847 students

 

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Posted August 31, 2007

mesita is very well known for extraordinary parent involvment, but we definately need more involvemt day by day and of course new faces would be wonderful too. Academic is top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

We moved our student to Mesita from a private school because it is down the street from our house and my husband and I had heard great things about the dual language curriculum. My daughter tested into the dual language program, but her private speech therapist recommended that we keep her in an english-only program for one more year while she overcame her stuttering issues. She was placed in a english only classroom for 1st grade and was going to be pulled out for an hour a day for enrichment. My daughter had anxiety attacks in the lunchroom and nobody offered her assistance. When I was told that I could not stop in to have lunch with her, red flags went up! I could go on and on...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

Mesita Elementary is Awesome! I love it. I have 2 children that attend Mesita and they love it. Staff encourages parent involvement, and there are numerous activities to be involved in or support. I enjoy being a parent Mustang!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

I love the school it has a kid friendly enviroment and has various good teachers. The gifted and talented program only adds more spice to the great things the school can offer. From its musical programs to its fitness programs everything is to the max level of kid friendly enviroment. It also still helps maintain the kids morals because of the respect and responsibility material the school counselor distributes to the children.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 5, 2006

I hate that my children must attend this public school! There are good and bad teachers in the mix, so it's pretty much hit or miss from one year to the next. Discipline is definitely a problem with consequences for misbehavior being wishy-washy and slow at coming. Valuable teaching/learning time is robbed because of this reason in many classrooms, if you have the misfortune of ending up in one of the inadequate teacher's classes. The pricipal (L.F.) is not only unfriendly, but down right hostile to parents. The assistant principal (M.W.) is no better. The office staff is the rudest bunch of sour-faced women I have ever had the misfortune to have to deal with. There are actually signs posted in various places throughout the school telling parents to stay away/out. Campus is open and unsafe. Bright spots here are the caring counselor, music staff, art teacher, and science teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

The talented and bilingual programs are very very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

The 'Connecting Worlds Program' is absolutely fabulous! My son has top grade teachers, access to resources he wouldn't normally have, he's educated with students he 'fits in' with, and is fluent in reading, writing, and speaking spanish in just two years. He is actually excited about the projects he does because he finally feels challenged. HIGHLY recommend this program to any parent of a gifted student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

My son attended kindergarten and 2nd grade at this school and both teachers allowed the parents to be very involved with my son's academic programs. They also actively took an interest in my son's outside activities such as his acting and karate classes. I saw my son blossom under their tutelage and their interest in my son was genuine. We moved to California in the middle of the school year and my son was so far ahead of his fellow students at his new school it was like he was having a refresher course.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

I pulled my daughter out of a private school and put her into Mesita. She had to catch up to the class at first, she has been there for over a year and is excelling! I couldn't be more pleased with the education she has received and wish I had saved my money with the private school and started with Mesita at the start!
—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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

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 85% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

132 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

131 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented98%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education86%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education86%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)98%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted95%
Bilingual98%

Math

All Students93%
Female90%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education83%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented99%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingual98%
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 Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingual92%

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingual97%

Writing

All Students92%
Female97%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented95%
Not Gifted88%
Bilingual100%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingual98%

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingual91%

Science

All Students86%
Female81%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingual88%
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".
  • 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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 85% 52%
White 12% 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) 32%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • LAILA FERRIS
Fax number
  • (915) 534-7010

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3307 North Stanton Street
El Paso, TX 79902
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Phone: (915) 496-8180

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