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Milam Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 471 students

 

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Posted August 15, 2007

I was shocked to read some of the comments that have been posted. I have to disagree with the parents who made negative comments about Milam. It is a great school located in one of the safest cities. The school is small, kept clean and very inviting. The teacher to student ratio is excellent. I personally got to see what teachers do and they do a great job. I am disappointed at the fact that I can't say the same for the parents. There were very few who volunteered to help monitor or make copies, etc. I was one of the parents who joined PTA so I was able to see how much parents truly involved themselves with their children's education. Not many parents help but are quick to gossip, judge and blame the school. This was the reason I stopped volunteering frequently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2007

I am proud to be a teacher at Milam and proud of the work I do. I teach what the state of Texas requires me to teach and yes, part of that is the skills and strategies every child needs to pass the TAKS test, a test mandated by President Bush. The teachers at Milam work very hard and go above and beyond the duties of our 8 hour work day. With parental support we can accomplish so much more. Parents, realize that even though you are in El Paso for a short time, the invaluable volunteer time given to your child's school is a gift we would all appreciate and treasure. After all, the true treasures are your children, and what benefits them, benefits us all.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2007

My children have been at Milam for 2 years and we are heading in to our 3rd year there. They started in Kinder , 2nd and 3rd grades. I was pleased with the level of education my children received and loved the cultural knowledge of the area that my children acquired. Each year my children left Milam as well rounded students and I enjoyed all of the special events held at the school. The level of parent involvement needs to be stepped up quite a bit. Only very few of us would show up for events and or meetings. It is a small community and if we all do our part as volunteers we can accomplish so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

I have not been impressed with the quality of teachers or Principal in this school. They are more concerned about State testing then preparing the kids to move to other school. Tutoring is only offered for graded doing State testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

My son currently attends 1st grade at Milam and we love it. His teacher is very nurturing and sweet. The school is small, inviting and very clean. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in any way they can and are welcome in the school and classroom which is not always the case. The pricipal is very hands on and does her best to satisfy everyone, which is impossible. This is a wonderful little school and we could not be more satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2006

My child attended this school for the third grade. The school seemed to be more focused on the children passing the TAKS test than in the over all acedemics of the students. Pressure is put on the students to pass or not get promoted to the next grade. Sure enough 100% of the third grade students passed the reading TAKS, because that is what they teach. But look at the math scores. They are low because the students aren't required to pass math in order to move on to the fourth grade. The focus should be on overall acedemics and not the TAKS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

My children have attended this school the past two years. I agree, the math program they had a couple years ago wasn't the greatest. However, this new math program (Everyday Mathematics) that the district has implemented is wonderful. As far as teachers are concerned...they are some of the nicest people I have met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

My daughters attended during the 2004-2005 school year in grades K, 2nd, and 5th. I can honestly say that I was terribly unimpressed with the quality of the academic programs. Especially, math, the primary program used was intended to be used supplementally. The fifth grade received math textbooks mid year only after many complaints from parents and confused students. Their band consists of only stringed instruments which doesn't provide a lot of variety for the students to choose from. Another drawback is the absence of sports programs. The parent population is predominantly active duty military and they're generally pretty involved which was indeed the case here. The parents in the community are very hands on. Volunteering for special projects, beautification of school grounds, teacher's assistants, crossing guard duty, etc.....Alot of events the children thoroughly enjoyed would not have been possible if it weren't for the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

I have read the reviews of this school and they sadden me. I currently have 3 children attending this school. Being a military brat and currently a spouse, I have learned that there is no perfect school. Every state has their own standardized tests and if parents took the time to look over released tests online, they would see how complicated the TAKS test really is. Parents complain that the school teaches to the test but this comes from the state not the school. The teachers teach the children alot to have the skills to pass this test and they treat them with respect. The school has a wonderful open door policy to allow parents to come in and volunteer, to have a voice and most don't. When they have had activities to address needs of parents, there is very little turn out. This school doesn't deserve criticism, it needs volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I have had two children attend Milam Elementary School in the past 3 years. The education has been adequate when compared to other schools attended by my children. If you are new to the Texas Education system (especially if you are coming from overseas DODDs schools) you will find that the education has a greater emphasis on the child passing the TAKS testing requirements and that learning at the Elementary school level is not as fun as overseas. My children have had a positive experience at this school and have enjoyed both administration and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2004

Servicing children who will relocate to another state or country within a year or so, the school needs to provide educational skills on a national curriculum to befenit the child's academic level, so that when transfering to another school the academic level for that child's grade would not be a disappointing issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

I wish that I had read this review before my child attended this school. If you are a parent please reconsider this school. The teachers are new and still learning themselves. When my husband and I attened meetings to understand the schools system; We felt like parents are talking but NO ONE was listening to the parents needs or concerns. My husband and I thought that the parents were asking were great questions. All I recieved at the meeting is its our way or No Way. What a shame....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2003

We have been a part of this school for three years and I am so dissatisfied by this school and its teachers. I have seen the new Principal for the past two years not enforce any disciplinary actions towards students when it is truly needed. She is far from a leader. The majority of children at this school are military and there is no help when the children are going through changes due to the way the world is. The PTA is in no way helpful. This is not the best school for any child.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

47 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

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 85% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

58 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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education100%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female93%
Male100%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
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%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%
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 Students87%
Female81%
Male92%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education71%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female72%
Male86%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education50%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
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 Students89%
Female90%
Male86%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education80%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female81%
Male91%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education100%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education33%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education80%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female82%
Male97%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education89%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education55%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted74%
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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • 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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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
White 38% 29%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Black 16% 13%
Two or more races 9% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • ARMANDO LLANOS
Fax number
  • (915) 562-6448

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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