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Grand Prairie High School

Public | 10-12 | 1864 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted September 16, 2009

I really love the atmosphere of the whole place. I find the teachers are really fun and that the staff actually take the time to make 'friendships' with the students....
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

this school might be over crowded but it is great with teaching students discipline and making the student work the hardest they can
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

it's a great shcool although sometimes it gets out of control, i tihnk they try to do all they can for the students to succed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

Ok first of all I'm a graduate of class of 05. The school is great and so are the teachers. All the ones I had really tired to push the students to do great. The parents are the ones that need to encourge their kids and push them to do better. After all the teachers do all that they can do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

I am a college senior that graduated from GP in 2004. While I had my share of ups and downs throughout my teenage years, I would have to say that the school still prepared me for my future. So many of the comments on here blame the school for so many of their childrens' shortcomings when in reality it is the parents that need the reality check. My mother made sure to force me into extracurricular programs, and I am all the better because of it. My involvement with the track team, step team, and student council really helped me to become the leader that I am today on my college campus. While there could def be some improvements with the staff, you have to remember that they are not the only influence in your children's lives. Parents need to make sure to provide that extra push and encouragement needed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2008

I attend this school and I don't think its as bad as people say it is. We are not all the same and there are actually some kids that care about there education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2008

This school has been accademically unacceptable for 3 years and has also failed the improve as required by the state. Since there are only two high schools, we have no choice but to send our kids to this inner city ghetto. It is horrible that we have so many kids and parents that don't care about education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

school does not prepare students to be able to compete in college or at the univesity level of classes. I have two kids in college, and they are struggling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

Things to be proud of about GPHS. TAKS results do not tell the entire story. Of just under 600 seniors: 113 are 'Great Texas Scholars' - program sponsored by Chamber of Commerce that encourages community service, participation on local government, attendance at Council & School Board meetings, and more rigorous courses. 313 are college-bound who have been awarded in excess of $1,700,000 in scholarships. Those who have pride in themselves, have pride in their school, and they exhibit it well. Parental involvement is subject to a number of factors. Those committed to their kids and their community are involved here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

The campus looks like an inner-city campus. Dress codes are not adhered to, and offensive clothing prevails. We have had real problems this year with counselors and the principal. They don't listen to parents. They are ready to give you answers even before you ask your question. Our children need (if not deserve) better leadership than this. It's clean-up time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

Grand Prairie High School has the potential to become a great school, but no one puts forth effort. There needs to be more interaction between staff and students. On one hand, you have a lot of teachers that are amazing and really help your child with their education. Then on the other you have teachers that don't even care to teach your student the proper skills they need. My opinion? Keep the trimesters and filter out the bad teachers. This is a good school with good people it just needs the right conditioning. More involvement. If you bring your child here, the best thing to do is to put them in an AP class so they get an excellent education because the regular classes at this campus are no where near beneficial.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

Grand Prairie High School desperately needs new leadership. The current principal is unwilling to involve parents and does not answer parent phone calls or e-mails. The school is going downhill fast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2007

The student body suffers from a total lack of school spirit, which manifests itself in student apathy. If a way could be found to turn this around, I believe the number of students leaving for other schools would decline and students might actually try harder to succeed. GP is a great campus with a lot of excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

The school is okay. not the best, but good enough.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 4, 2006

This school has great teachers. many are involved and truly care about the students. It has many exracurricular activities and the best football statium around the dallas area
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2006

GPHS has a great variety of programs for its students. Students that are on the college track or the vocational track can have their educational needs met at GPHS.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 9, 2005

Grand Prairie High teachers work really hard to help the students get a quality education. The level of parent involement could and should be better. The school has great extracurricular activites, but not enough students willing to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Grand Paririe High School is a great school.


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 91% in 2011.

659 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

620 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

618 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

636 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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 95% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

449 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

449 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

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

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%

Math

All Students87%
Female86%
Male87%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%

Science

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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 "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

8 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
n/a
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
31%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

634 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

609 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
10%
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

607 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
0%
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
0%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
63%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
n/a
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

636 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
0%
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

Algebra I

All Students13%
Femalen/a
Male14%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education13%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English17%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted13%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students36%
Femalen/a
Male29%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted36%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students69%
Female75%
Male62%
Black or African American65%
Asian70%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education39%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students58%
Female63%
Male54%
Black or African American49%
Asian60%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education28%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students28%
Female34%
Male21%
Black or African American18%
Asian40%
Hispanic26%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Special education4%
Not special education29%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
Gifted/talented77%
Non-Gifted26%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students93%
Female100%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students72%
Female78%
Male67%
Black or African American61%
Asian57%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education48%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male38%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted33%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students49%
Female46%
Male52%
Black or African American49%
Asian70%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education27%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted45%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 75% 50%
White 13% 31%
Black 10% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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