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Helen Ball Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 937 students

 

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Posted September 27, 2013

The school is great, from the director to the teachers they are there for the learning of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

There is alot to say about a school that is Exemplary 3 years in a row. It takes effort from all teachers and students to accomplish this and my child has lived up to the high standards in this school. Great staff, beautiful, clean school and nice students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

This school is garbage just like all the other schools in this city. Every teacher ( except one in my experience) is just incompetent and only teaches to get the summers off. they have no passion for there students or teaching. Can;t wait to leave for my kids sake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2010

All three of my children attended this school. I have seen many Principals come and go. The current Principal IS too involved in fund raising and teaching to the State Test (TAKS) instead of allowing the Teachers to do their job. The Teachers are great! The Parents are VERY involved. All my childrens' classes always had too many parent volunteers for field trips and events. If the Principal would just allow the Teachers to do their jobs this School would be top in the nation. She also does not allow FULL parent involvement and gives parents a sense of being outsiders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

Not impressed with this school. The Principal only cares about test scores, not children. Most of the teachers are new, and seem lost. There are a few good teachers, but you have to "know someone" to get your child in their class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

This school is a great place for my children. The leadership is great and we have been so excited with the quality of the teachers. They do an excellent job!! Go Dalmations !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

We have a great new principal and gets involved in all necessary issues. She is great at directing traffic. You won't see too many principals getting this involved to assure the safety of our children. More and more teachers are pursuing their masters. Go Dalmations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

Helen Ball is a good elmentary school,some of the teachers there are not that great.But the new principal and assistant pricipals are not that good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

This was a top notch school SY02/03, but suffered under a lax principal since that SY. This SY (SY05/06) new leadership has shown that the basics count, and that both parents and teachers are accountable. I already see a change for the positive, and see this school becoming the jewel of El Paso public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

I was very satisfied with the school and teachers at Helen Ball. My children attended for three years until we moved out state. The teachers were great and the attention given to students is better.
—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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

139 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

136 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

144 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education75%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female87%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education100%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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 Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education86%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education86%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 Students94%
Female97%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education17%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education83%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students95%
Female96%
Male96%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education67%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%
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 Students80%
Female83%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingual74%

Math

All Students73%
Female75%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingual79%
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 Students76%
Female77%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual42%

Math

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingual60%

Writing

All Students72%
Female76%
Male67%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)54%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Female92%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingual72%

Math

All Students86%
Female84%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingual72%

Science

All Students69%
Female74%
Male63%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingual50%
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 "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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 88% 52%
White 7% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 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) 23%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • AMY SERAFINI
Fax number
  • (915) 856-1478

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Phone: (915) 937-8200

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