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Washington B T High School

Public | 9-12 | 773 students

 

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Posted December 27, 2013

Students develop an attitude of not caring because when they get to the school, that's the attitude that is encouraged. The school environment is unsafe and the students are out of control. Good teachers leave because they are treated poorly and only unqualified staff stays. So many unprepared students are mixed in with the magnet students in the magnet classes that magnet classes must be watered down to compensate for students with lack of reading and writing skills.


Posted May 27, 2011

I attend this school and the opportunities that the engineering program offers are amazing. I recently took a trip to Fredericksburg TX with my rocketry class and launch our high powered rocket. The launch of our rocket was succesful and we all had a great time building our rocket. The various amounts of careers that this school can prep you for are great. This school can lead you into any engineering field. I am currently seeking a career in mechanical engineering.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2011

I'm a senior at Booker T. Washington currently and I'm going to have to disagree with all of the previous reviews. I've really enjoyed my years at Booker T. and learned a lot about engineering. I recently got accepted to Rice University for mechanical engineering.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2009

I believed the recruiting hype and sent my child to this school wanting a smaller, more personable environment. I find the pre-AP curriculum below standards and more like TAKS prep. While the teachers are personable and 'friendly' with students, I am disappointed in their lack of structure and rigor. The teachers are not well-supervised and do not 'team' to support students. The magnet coor. is rarely in the building and spends most of her time recruiting outside the building. There are very few computers/technology for student use. Smart students are admitted but will continue to score well on TAKS/Stanford despite the poor teaching quality. I do not believe that a students needs to be overloaded with homework--but I do expect good instruction and my student to be prepared for college. Think twice before experimenting on your child at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

Booker T Washington is going down every year. As a parent I care about my child and the education that he is getting from Booker T. Washington and I can say that it's sad.I not let my our kids go to Booker T Washington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

i am a 10th grade student here at btw and i do not like our new dress code,rules are principal and i'm sure all the other students would agree with me. i remember when the kids in my area always saying they would come to this school. but now we are under a new principal and he acts likes he doesn't care about the kids only about getting an exemplary. the rules are too strict now and it seems to me like everything is falling apart. i really want mr. wesley back he was the old principal he was there when my dad went to btw. i think everything should go back to how it was before.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2006

I recommend this school to be close down or get some work done to it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2006

I graduated in 2004 from the engineering program and went to a 'good' university. The place is not suburban-squeaky-clean but the environment is safe enough and the teachers strong enough for a student to excel academically. Most grades would have 5-10 very intellectually gifted students, and the school did a good job with that group. The athletic department is mostly full of coaches who genuinely care about students as well as the history of BTW. Some of the sports are very competitive, while others feel alot more like 'intramural' sports in college. Arts and foreign language are very lacking. A motivated kid who wants either of those things can still pursue them, but she may have to get them outside of the school. The magnet emphasized hands-on solo and group projects as well as extra-curricular design projects instead of lots of 'homework.' I came out smarter and more confident because of it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

My daughter goes to the school and she loves it. It has a great learning environment and everyone is really helpful.
—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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

221 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
50%
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 91% in 2011.

224 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

207 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

210 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students88%
Female85%
Male90%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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

Algebra I

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

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
68%
Algebra II

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

24 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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
44%
English I Writing

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

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
37%
English II Reading

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

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%
English II Writing

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

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
23%
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
39%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%
World History

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

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students46%
Female51%
Male41%
Black or African American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Special education40%
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students96%
Female92%
Male100%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education64%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students43%
Female44%
Male43%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Special education36%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted40%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students29%
Female31%
Male27%
Black or African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White17%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special education7%
Not special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)4%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted25%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students60%
Female58%
Male62%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education14%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students36%
Female32%
Male40%
Black or African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Special education0%
Not special education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted29%
Bilingualn/a

English III 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

English III 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

Geometry

All Students73%
Female70%
Male77%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
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 Students52%
Female45%
Male58%
Black or African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education36%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)32%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students51%
Female46%
Male57%
Black or African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted46%
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
Black 59% 13%
Hispanic 37% 52%
White 2% 29%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 5%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • LASHONDA BILBO-ERVIN
Fax number
  • (713) 696-6657

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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