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Donald Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 503 students

 
 

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Posted May 13, 2014

We came from this school from out of state and had heard great things about this school. We experienced two bad teachers during the year we were there. One lazy teacher and one really horrible teacher. After many conferences with teachers and some with the principal we suffered through the year and decided to homeschool just in time for the school to pass out Ipad's to every child. They got rid of drama and minecraft replaces Art most days. We were so disappointed with this school, the poor quality of teachers and leadership, and the lack of parents speaking out. Smaller class sizes and higher quality of teachers would help this school tremendously. Enrollment is down, charter schools don't have room for all the students that want to move, public schools are doing too many things wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

My daughter is entering 2nd Grade this upcoming year and we could not be more thrilled with the education she is receiving at Donald. The teachers, staff and families all work together to form a great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2010

We moved from a Chicago suburb in 2005 to Donald Elementary. The then Assistant Principal, now Principal, walked us through every step of the way. My 3rd child just entered Kindergarten...so I have a 4th Grader, 2nd Grader and Kindergartner at Donald. Teachers are wonderful, families are wonderful and staff is wonderful. Go Donald Dolphins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Wonderful teachers and administration. Donald always maintains an exemplary rating and is a Texas Blue Ribbon School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

Amazing staff and principal at Donald Elementary. We've been there 10 years and have a few left. Donald Elementary has provided a positive learning environment for all 3 of our children. The big bonus is that we are part of the only Blue Ribbon School in LISD!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

My son is a third grader at Donald and we love it. The new principal has made a great school even better. Academics are fabulous and the extra activities offered are fabulous for a public school. Strong parent involvement also adds to the overall strength of Donald.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2008

'Well My daughter Loves this school the teachers are nice and fantastic she is in Mrs.Wensels 5th grade class and loves her!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

Bullying was a huge problem. Our experiences there were awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

My children attended Donald between 2004-2007. My reviews are mixed. I found it to be academically excellent, though teachers were forced to teach too much to the TAKS tests. I loved the drama and art classes, as well as the multiple extra-curricular activites, like UIL and DI. However, as a parent, I never felt particularly welcome in the school. Likewise, too much emphasis is put on proper behavior; for any number of (very minor) infractions, children are given 'checks' and made to stand on the 'yellow line' during recess. Parents (for safety reasons?) are not allowed to walk their kids to class. Fourth and fifth grade also rotate the kids through teachers, to help them prepare for middle school which I found disrupting and unnecessary. Out of the 12 teachers my kids have had, 8 were great. The middle school that the kids go to after, however, is fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

My child attended Donald from kindergarten to fifth grade (2001-2007). She loved every year there. The teachers were caring and supportive. There were lots of fun and creative ways of learning. The drama, art and music classes are great. I only wish they offered Spanish class for fifth grade, as living in Texas I feel this would have benefited my child tremendously and made learning a foreign language easier in years to come. The principle runs a tight ship and although she is not a 'social butterfly', she has helped make Donald a National Blue Ribbon school. Security and safety is taken extremely seriously. Bullying was never a problem. Lots of parent volunteers. Lots of fun activities. I highly recommend Donald Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2006

My children came to this school from an out of state school. This school was so far behind academically. We were blessed with good teachers. But even the teachers our children had expressed frustration that the principal limited the teacher to what would be on the state testing. Long division was not covered until very end of fourth grade because it was not on the fourth grade TAKs test. Writing was not done in fifth grade because it was not on the fifth grade TAKs test. The bullying at the school was very bad. The principal was beyond apathetic. She concerned herself only with the TAKs scores and not at all with the students. Many parents expressed frustration with the principal's out-of-line behavior. My family has found this school to be an academic joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

This is our 5th year at Donald and I cannot even dig for one complaint! The school really is excellent. The teachers DO encourage parent involvement and the response from parents in incredible! What a great group of people. I think the teachers and principal would agree that the parents in this community really help make the school what it is... FANTASTIC!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

Donald is a great school! The PTA is very active and supportive, and a great proportion of the teachers are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

We relocated to Flower Mound from Canada and my son loved attending Donald. It was only for three short years but the caring teachers and staff were outstanding. My only regret is that my daughter who is older did not have a chance to attend this wonderful school. The parental involvement is also fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

Excellent parent involvement, excellent programs offered for all different types of learning abilities. Teacher abilities were mixed -- three excellent teachers and three not-so-excellent ones (during four years there with two daughters). Principal leadership is weak and non-responsive when there are problems, but fortunately there aren't too many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2004

Donald Elementary is a very good school. It is very safe and they take special one on one time with their children. I would recommend this school to all new students in the area.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

78 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

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

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

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

All Students94%
Female100%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education80%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female100%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education85%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
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 Students95%
Female100%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education86%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female91%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian83%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education86%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education89%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students98%
Female95%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
97%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education60%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female56%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education10%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted55%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian83%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education90%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female77%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian67%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education80%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female87%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education73%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented95%
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

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Female93%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education75%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female98%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education78%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female91%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education67%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
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

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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 71% 29%
Hispanic 16% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 3%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Flower Mound, TX 75028
Phone: (469) 713-5198

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