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Barron Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 517 students

 

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Posted April 4, 2014

We have been at this school for almost 3 years now, from 1st to 3rd grade. The teachers are awesome and enthusiastic, and the rest of the staff is amazing, and most are bilingual, to accomodate the large hispanic population. the biggest issue i have with this school is that the science teacher left at the beginning of the year, and has not been replaced. they still learn science in their classroom, but arent able to do work in the science lab. they have a wonderful music program, the phys ed coaches are awesome, and the facilities are well taken care of. I couldnt ask for a better experience. the area is somewhat low income, but you wouldn't guess that from walking around the school. We have never had any problems here. The classes range from 15-20 students on average, with bilingual helpers in the younger grades. Overall, its a great school with people who truly care about my child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

My children attended this school for the year of 2012 to 2013 and was the worst school my children have been to. So many problems throughout the school year, where do I begin? When I first met the teacher she could not tell me what to expect or what my child would learn. Instead remained silent and finally ending that awkward moment with telling her about my child. Later on that year I asked the teacher if I could sit in class to observe my child ideal question for a concerned parent. She then told me that the Principal did not like the parents sitting in because it disrupts the children. Being a frequent sit in and volunteer at my child's other school I asked the principal directly and her reply was that she didn't mind just ask the teacher to make an appointmen. So after being lied to I was not very happy with this school. I wish it ended there but it didn't . I had several problems with the school and teacher because a parent is always concerned with their child's education but because I made so much commotion over my childs education my child paid for it. I do not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

We have only been at this school a short time, but it is a bust compared to other schools we have dealt with. There is a huge lack of security. I have seen better playgrounds at daycare centers. Pick up and drop off is unorganized. Parent participation is low. There are no art programs. Very few music programs only allowed for older students. No before or after school programs available. Some teachers are great, others seem to be only following the others. Gym class everyday needs to be replaced with at least one music class and one art class at least once a week for every student. Every student get one computer class once a month, that is also far too little.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

We've only dealt with this school for a short time, but it seems a lot has changed since older reviews were written. We have been nothing but pleased with the staff and teachers at Barron. Friendly and helpful faces are everywhere, and they hit a great balance between fun and educational. They aren't afraid of change, and when they see an opportunity to improve they take it. The cirriculum is pretty serious, but the kids aren't overwhelmed with stuff to do. The amount my child learned in one year alone is astounding to me, but she always looked forward to going to school. PE is done everyday as a grade level, and the 3 coaches are enthusiastic and committed. I'm out of room here, but this is a GREAT school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2007

New principal has made immense changes to environment of school! Learning has become fun again and parents are now an equal part of the learning team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

Administration of school has serious issues. Over the past few years, extracurricular activities have dwindled. Parents are also given the impression that only Grades 3 through 5 counts since they are the grades that take the TAKS test. To summarize, the current administration creates a hostile environment for students and parents alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

As far as EPISD schools go, this one is ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Teachers seem helpful,very nice and available. The availibility of fine arts is terrible. PE is non-eventful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Most of the teachers at Barron are very good. There is a lot of pressure during TAKS though and it is definately a disciplined atmosphere. The principal and assistant are very strict with the students as well as the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2005

The school has a wonderful scienc, math, and reading support. The leadership should be more friendly to the parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

This is a good school but there is little parent involvement. However, the teachers are pretty good. I have been happy overall. It is a new school so I feel it will improve with time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Good academics, Needs more extracurricular activities, medium level of parent involvement but parents are sent info on how to be involved
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

86 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

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education100%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female84%
Male93%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education86%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English93%
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

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education88%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education57%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English97%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

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 Students78%
Female77%
Male80%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education29%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual76%

Math

All Students73%
Female73%
Male74%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education43%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
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 Students73%
Female81%
Male63%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education56%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual29%

Math

All Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education31%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingual44%

Writing

All Students71%
Female78%
Male62%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education55%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingual38%
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 Students78%
Female72%
Male84%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female72%
Male78%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female72%
Male78%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-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 "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 76% 52%
White 12% 29%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 17%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • ANTHONY TOMASHESKI
Fax number
  • (915) 822-1460

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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11155 Whitey Ford Street
El Paso, TX 79934
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