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Grand Prairie, TX
Students enrolled: 687
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2675 Fairmont Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

(682) 867-0400
(972) 595-0405
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January 05, 2014
My two children have attended Starrett for the last five years. I would have given it 5 stars several years ago, but with the demographic change, the school has more discipline problems in the classroom. I know this from speaking with my children and seeing many of the more educated and stable families move away. Like any other public school it has its issues with overcrowded classrooms. The teachers have been great. The Strings program is wonderful. The principal is not easily available but friendly. This school is a good public school to send your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
4 out of 10 or even lower is probably right. I had bad experience with people at the office of the school. I wouldn't trust to have them guide my kids. I went to different school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
My child attended preK 3&4 and she absolutely loved this school. She learned to read difficult books like Dr. Seuss ' ABC's', 'I can read read with my eyes shut', & many more. The school is convenient and walking distance from our home. As for the office staff very helpful and always busy, parent involvement could be better, but overall a great school!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
Complete lack of professionalism. I am absolutely appalled by the carelesness of some teachers. Maybe it's time for some of them to retire. I could never get a full explanation of my childs grades. It is a tragedy how these so called teachers can stand in a classroom and not "teach". My son saids there are students that are too afraid to ask questions for fear of a teachers reaction.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
This school is one to watch. Excellent leadership and great teamwork. The counselor is one of the best.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
I believe that the academic programs are challenging in a good way at Starrett. The students need challenges that will help them grow academically. However, the teach quality and principle leadership are both very poor. What ever happened to mentorship and leadership? Myself and my husband both make it a point to speak with my daughter's teacher throughout the week and everytime we attempt to speak with the principle, he's unavailable. Additionally, the principle has no interest in the feelings of the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I have been a Starrett parent for 3 years and I have absolutely loved my child's experience there so far. Every teacher has been qualified and caring in every way. I am a certified high school teacher and have been very involved in my childs education. I have volunteered and been on the inside and even subbed and seen behind the scenes. I have Never seen or heard of any incident where the teachers were not caring towards their kids. I feel they have worked hard to meet any need my child has had. I am thankful for the hard work these teachers put in every day! This year my childs teacher sends a newsletter home every Monday and at the end thanks us for untrusting our child into her care. My advice...if your having a bad experience there maybe you should be there more helping and advocating for your child!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2006
Starrett is a great school. The leadership and teachers have been involved in extensive training to meet the needs of children. Starrett is part of the National Network for Educational Renewal. That is quite an honor that indicates a belief in the success of all children. As well as orchestra and band, students may be involved in Bell Choir, Science Club, Mad Scientist, Chess Club, or Drama Club. Starrett Starbucks emphasizes good behavior and honors children weekly. The environment emphasizes a safe orderly environment. Peer mediation emphasizes settling differences in a positive manner. This school constantly looks for ways to improve children's learning experience.

- submitted by a administrator
August 05, 2006
I am the parent of a Starrett student for the last 3 years and the only feedback I receive is poor. Thankfully she is a smart girl and I can only hope that her future teachers will be more helpful. The staff is somewhat unprofessional, the lunch lady fed my child green beans and bread when her money was out, and the Principal never has time to 'talk' to me about anything. The one thing that gets me the most is how much time they spend writing all the negative reports and not enforcing the positives. I'm always concerned that her self-esteem will be low due to all the discipline she receives. Yes we do need a change in the way the staff runs.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
The level of parental involvement is not that great. The PTA doesn't seem to do that much at the school level. Not fond of the principal. She isn't very accessible. Haven't had any problems or complaints about my children's teachers. They have been great. Does have the districts only bell choir.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Classrooms are too big. No individualized attention. Too much time spend on discipline rather than teaching. Level of parent involvenment is poor. Need more positive leadership. Extracurricular activities are so slight, few and far between.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2005
Starrett is a great school. The teachers and principals are wonderful. My children love it here and so do I. I would like to see more parental involvement though.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
Starrett is a wonderful school with great teachers, parents and students. It has a very active PTA. Students can take orchestra and band in the fifth and sixth grades which is rarely offered in a public school.

- submitted by a staff
November 01, 2005
Great School, my daughter is in Kindergarten. She has learned so much in the short time she had been there. Her teacher keeps the parents well informed.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Parent involvement is adequate Academic Programs are adequate Too much focus on discipline

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
Big Disappointment in 'gifted and talented program'. Gym or PE is hardly Physical Education. Academic programs not challenging. Cater to the eco disadvantage.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
I have been involved in starrett for several years. It isnt a place that I would recommend anyone to attend. The staff in certain grade levels are good, not great. The staff refuses to do anything to help build up our school unless they are forced. The majority of the time each grade level or teacher does what they CHOSE. It greatly affects my children when they arent allowed to talk, EVER. Your children will be treated like they are in boot camp here. Myself and several other families have left the area, or transfered out. The teachers and staff are lazy!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2005
I believe this school's staff works as a team to make the best for the children. As far as the parent involvement their is very little and it is the same people always doing everything. Come on parent's care enough about your child get involved in some way!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2004
My child has been at starrett since kindergarten. Some individual teachers have been wonderful, but for the most part most have been just average. We asked 2 years ago about a 'pyramid' class and the assistant principal, counselor, and office staff told us they knew nothing about it. We asked about gifted and talented and were told that it did not start until 6th grade. We now know that it starts in kindergarten. The counselor and teachers do not seem to know the requirements for getting into the program. We were told that once the kids were in, they didn't have to maintain grades, discipline, or anything else. They were in for good. How many kids have been overlooked because the teachers are overloaded with kids, don't know about the program, and really don't care? Society and our kids are the losers.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2004
I have had my child in Starrett for 4 years. I would not recommend it to anyone who wants a quality and caring environment for their child. I have had several encounters with several teachers and staff members over the past 4 years, none have left me with a feeling of even one of these people really caring about the student or parents. These people are there to collect a paycheck and nothing more. I feel that to be a teacher you must at least like children, I don't get this feeling from most of the staff or teachers at Starrett. You are just a face in the crowd. I am looking at private schools or moving into another district just to avoid another painful year at Starrett, not only for my child but myself as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
I am a parent at Starrett with several years experience. I too have homeschooled and then returned my child to Starrett - only to find disatisfaction once again. I believe the high student/teacher ratio is partially to blame for the the behavior and academic problems at Starrett. The classrooms are busting at the seams and the students and teachers both suffer. Every year we loose a handful of teachers and these days it seems there are more UTA Student Interns teaching our classrooms than there are teachers. Way too much emphasis on dicipline with very little reward for good students. Any reward usually comes from individual teachers anyway. There is a clear need for a fresh adminstration and strong new leadership. Fortunately there is a small handful of extraordinary, caring teachers who basically are the 'glue' holding the place together! Thank God for them.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
My child was in a private school. We took him out and enrolled him at Starrett. We absolutely love everything about Starrett. My sons teacher always goes above and beyond anything that is expected. He has learned so much more at Starrett this year than he learned in 3 1/2 years at his private school. We highly recommend Starrett to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
My child also came from a private school. We enrolled our child at Starrett in the middle of the year. The principal was so nice and welcomed our family. My child's teacher was also very nice and has taught my child so much in such a short time. My only regret is that we went to a private school first and didn't start at Starrett!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
My child goes to school at Starrett. Starrett has helped build his self confidence. His teacher works with him one on one and in small groups. They are constantly assessing the children to see where they are academically. They also provide during school, and after school tutoring. A lot of the teachers even give up their own time to tutor children after school with no payment. The teachers at Starrett are building life long learners and well rounded chlldren. My child loves the after school program, Mad Science. It is once a week after school for an hour. It really nourishes my child's love of science.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
When my family moved here, we were excited about being in the Arlingon Independent School district because we heard good things. After my child finished two years at Starrett, I have since changed my mind about AISD. My child experienced two very bad years at Starrett. Because of these terrible two years, I have decided to pull her out and homeschool her. We cannot afford a private school, but do not wish to continue with AISD. I hope someone will read this and take it to heart. Something needs to be done. The teachers are overwhelmed because of the size of the classes. Some have the attitude of not caring about the students or their parents. They act as though they are there because they have to be. The principal pussy foots around any kind of conflict and does nothing to make things better. I know that my child will be better off learning at home.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
I read the comments of the parent who was not satisfied with the school. I too had similiar experiences with my child and chose to transfer. Staff are unprofessional, there is poor control over the classroom, they are biased. My child was transferred and is doing well, honor roll, awards,and improved self esteem and behavior. Your complaint is not a new one and has been that way for years. Lots of parents have moved their children for the same reason.

- submitted by a parent

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Starrett Elementary School
2675 Fairmont Drive, Grand Prairie, TX  75052
(682) 867-0400
Last modified Starrett Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Starrett Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top