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High Country Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 639 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 24, 2014

One of the better area elementary schools, but that is not saying much. Some good teachers and the office staff is great, but the pace program is a joke and not worth the time. PTA does nothing for the students just a political group that sponcers lunches for the teachers as a way to promote their own kids. Lucy the lunchroom lady is great and knows almost all the students names. She is one in a million.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

High Country has a wonderful and friendly office staff, that always greets you with a smile. An awesome hands-on principal, She is out greeting the kids in the morning and visit classrooms often. I feel blessed that my sons transfer request was approved, I would not want him to go anywhere else. and he is excited to go to school, as a parent that means more that any star rating :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

huh, temporary building.........not sure what this comment is referring to, there is no temporary building, the school is almost new, 10 years old and all student are comfortable seated in classrooms. This school is a awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

To the June 27 post about not being exemplary: HMMM--They are EXEMPLARY!!!!!! There was a letter sent out weeks ago with several schools ratings incorrect-High Country being one of those. Go to www.emsisd.com and verify it. The teachers at this school go over and beyond to give the students at High Country the best educational experience possible. The class sizes are larger than some schools, but this school has MANY transfer requests EVERY year because parents want their children at this wonderful campus. If you are that unhappy, put a request in and take your child somewhere else. I'm sure the district would approve it. Way to go HC--EXEMPLARY ONCE AGAIN!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

Was exemplary. Now just recognized. Hmmm. Class sizes are larger than listed on this site. They even had temporary buildings until this year. They were only removed because the city made them get rid of them. Great Schools also says High Country is exemplary. It isn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

My daughter attended this school for the 1st time this year. She has done an outstanding job in her classes, has a great teacher. Nothing but great comments for this school !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

My daughter has Mrs. Lenth this year and yes she is an AWESOME teacher. She is so consistent in everything she does. We feel so blessed that she is giving Ash a terrific start to grade school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

My son attended this school during his Kindergarten and 1st grade years. I was impressed with what he learned at such a young age. The school makes the first 6 weeks of 1st grade challenging, but afterwards, you are grateful for that strong discipline. Mrs. Lenth is a tough 1st grade teacher, but she is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

There are no reading classes for the kids that need a little more help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

I have two children who currently attend High Country Elementary. My oldest child is about to start his 5th year at High Country. I love the school. We have some of the most loving people that work at our school! The teachers are the best and they work very well as a team. The teachers and staff are very involved with the PTA and are amazing people. The school's PTA is very involved in making monthly programs possible and helping make every year wonderful for the students! I would recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2007

High Country is a great school because of the unity and caring attitude of it's teachers. They genuinely love the students. The principal lacks social skills, interaction with the students, parents and faculty and a severe lack of care of tomorrow's future. The school offers many quality programs such as a student choir, cup stacking club, community service projects, and special programs (opera, author visits, special pe programs, family math night, etc) to provide the kids with exceptional education experiences. Overall, with the exception of the principal and some ridiculous policies set at that level, the students are receiving a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2006

This school needs a change in leadership. The teachers are good, but they are mostly very young and they need better guidance. If you have a problem with a teacher, move to another school. Do not expect your problem to be solved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

I am very disappointed with school administrators and district leaders. Despite repeated attempts to get information regarding current school/district policies, all such requests have been ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

Parental involvement is tolerated, but not encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

This school has high expectations for it's students. If you are a parent who really has no high standards for your child's education, then this is not the school for you. The teachers are wonderful and loving to the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Great school...Great teachers...Principal is not very involved and doesnt seem to want parents around
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

This is my two children's 3rd year at High Country and we absolutely love it. I have one special needs child and he get's all the help and one-on-one attention he needs to help him succeed. I would highly recommend this school to everyone I know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2004

I have three children who attend High Country Elementary. I am very impressed with how well the teachers work together to plan lessons yet tailor their instruction to the needs of their individual classroom. (I see evidence of this first hand because I have twins in separate classes.) There is a wonderful parent volunteer base, high community involvement, and an active PTA. We have many night time programs so working parents can also interact with their child in the school environment. I love walking down the halls and seeing all of the work the students are doing. I am proud of the school my children attend!
—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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

119 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

134 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

130 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

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 Students96%
Female98%
Male91%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education80%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education80%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students88%
Female98%
Male78%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education60%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students92%
Female100%
Male84%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
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 Students96%
Female99%
Male91%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%
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%
Female91%
Male91%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female67%
Male51%
Black or African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education67%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted53%
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 Students76%
Female74%
Male79%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education100%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female65%
Male68%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education50%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female86%
Male70%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education50%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
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 Students84%
Female89%
Male76%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education60%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education40%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female73%
Male67%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education50%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 29%
Hispanic 31% 52%
Black 10% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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) 8%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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