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John D Spicer Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 674 students

 

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Posted July 27, 2014

My son has completed his first year at Spicer. I have mixed feelings about this school. On one end they have slightly increased my sons comprehension level in reading and math, but on the end, my son was bullied this year as well. Once the school was aware of it they resolved the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

I refuse to say anything good about this school.My little girl use to be an outgoing little girl she would see nothing but rainbows and butterflies in the world.My daughter hates school after attending here.The reasoning behind my little girl hating school is because since she started school at spicer she has been bullied almost everyday.My husband and I have gone to the school several times to try and stop it.This is what we have gotten from them we will check into it.Maybe her hair fell out because of her medical issue mind you there were chunks of hher hair pulled out no where near her medical issue. My favorite one was the little girl who is bulling your daughter bullies every student in the school. My daughter has stated several times that no one listen to me mommy I ask them to help me but they don't. My daughter has gotten into trouble for standing up for herself I do not believe in fighting I am strongly against it but the school does nothing about anything. But one of the best parts is that they know the family I married into. If you want to keep your child safe I would not send them to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Our children have both had an excellent experience at Spicer Elementary. They are excelling on many levels academically as well as their social skills. This school keeps the parents highly involved and hosts many activities outside of school hours for the families. Our oldest started with Spicer in Kindergarten and is now finishing the third grade. All the teachers from years past still follow up on her learning and are a positive influence on her motivation to succeed. They strive to making learning fun while balancing discipline and inspiring strong ethics. Spicer also does a fantastic job of recognizing achievements within the student base.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

I love this school and wished they offered education until 8th grade as oppose to 5th. The principal is a wonderful woman, she is very outgoing, friendly, and definitely has a way of making parents feel at ease when speaking with her. The teachers and staff are very professional, polite and go out of their way to ensure the children are in a safe and positive learning enviornment at all times. My daughter has 2 years left with them, and I will definitely be a little sad to see her move on to the middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

I went to John D Spicer when I was in 4th grade. I am now 21 years old living in the Philippines, doing missionary work. I can say ,being a former student with reading difficulty, that Spicer Elementary provided me with a lot of help. I wish I could specify more but I don't remember the program I was in. I do remember however, that I was finally started to get it. I was only able to attend this school for a year and a half, due to moving a lot. Nevertheless, this school left a positive impression.


Posted March 2, 2010

Wow, I've had the exact same experience as the parent who has to reteach her child. I've actually hired a tutor, Mr. Dukes is very kind, but it really seems he has no clue on how rude and uncaring his female staff is. I wish there were more I could do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

First year here and I wish we had one of the teachers that the other parents have talked about. I have to work with my child for him to understand. I found out which way is easier for him to understand and I work with him, otherwise he would be continuing with the bad grades he was getting. I asked to visit his classroom and was told I had to give 24 hours notice. After I asked them why I could not visit without notice, they asked the teacher and let me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2008

This used to be a great school! It was a Texas Blue Ribbon school but the quality of education has declined in the last 5 years. The teachers won't help the gifted children excel but rather dumbs them down. I ended up pulling my child out and now she's excelling in her new school. She was also very behind in math and had to catch up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

we have been going to spicer for 5 years now and we have loved each teacher we have had. the tier 1 school does bother me and some of the kids in our class are questionable but the only answer is to be invovled! they do offer alot of extra currircular activies and the staff works really hard to make sure the children are learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Great teachers are found here. They all seem to do whatever it takes to help my kids get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

A good school full of devoted and dedicated staff seeking to enrich lifelong learners.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 17, 2005

What a great school. I have 2 children at Spicer that have attended since Pre-K. All of their teachers have been outstanding. They go the extra mile to make sure the kids do well. The principal, Mr. Dukes, is so kind and cares so much about all the students. Students attend P.E. each day, have music lessons, book clubs for girls and boy's read. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved and it is always encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

Kids play area needs alot of work. Also, the school has been turned into a tier 1 school. School is over crowded now. 22 Per class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

I would like to comment on what I have read from other parents. Spicer is a tough school. Students are expected to behave in class so that everyone can learn. I have volunteered at the school and see that many of the children that are behavior problems are ones that keep others from learning in the classroom which then they should be removed. I have always been welcome to come to my child's room to observe; however, I do not make a habit of it because it is true that parents are a distraction to their child and others. Why would I want to do that. Spicer is an excellent school and I would recommend it to anyone because the teachers expect a lot from their students. They want the students to succeed....not become idiots.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

I hope that I will be moving so that my son will not have to go to this school ever again. This school does not like to deal with your child unless they are perfect. If your child is not perfect the solution at this school is to put your child on medicine or send them home for the day so they don't have to deal with them. I would not bring your child to Spcier unless they are PERFECT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

As a parent of a 3rd grader at Spicer, I just wanted to comment on the dedication of my daughters teacher. She is the most wonderful and caring teacher I have met, always there to help when my daughter has trouble with understanding certain assignments. I have yet to see a principal who is so involved with the children's well being. Mr. Dukes should be the role model for becoming a principal at an elementary school. I feel very confident that my daughter will achieve all that she is capable of in her adult years with the education that was offered, while attending John D Spicer Elementary.
—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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black or African American89%
Asian87%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Proficient in English85%
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 Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
Black or African American73%
Asian100%
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education50%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Black or African American58%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education33%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
Black or African American96%
Asian93%
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education67%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black or African American76%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Black or African American59%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
79%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%
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 Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Black or African American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education45%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female74%
Male66%
Black or African American71%
Asian100%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education36%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
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

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Female72%
Male59%
Black or African American45%
Asian67%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education33%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female67%
Male66%
Black or African American45%
Asian71%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education44%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Black or African American55%
Asian78%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education56%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted69%
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 Students77%
Female87%
Male68%
Black or African American67%
Asian79%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female67%
Male68%
Black or African American35%
Asian85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female67%
Male62%
Black or African American33%
Asian77%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education0%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted58%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

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 31% 29%
Black 26% 13%
Hispanic 25% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
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) 29%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • CHERYL WADDELL
Fax number
  • (817) 581-5497

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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4300 Estes Park Road
Haltom City, TX 76137
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Phone: (817) 547-3300

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