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Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 894

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17309 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77090

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(281) 891-8153
(281) 891-6652
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May 05, 2015
This school has been on a downhill slide since we moved here in 2008. They get really great teachers who are seemingly chased out the door in a year and sometimes even less. The parents are as disconnected as the administration to the students and let me tell you, it's not just the individual school, the top jokers are just as bad if not worse. I have had children in this school as well as its feeder schools. I pulled my two remaining children from the district this year and have never regretted it.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2014
Bammel is a great school with fantastic leadership and very dedicated teachers. I feel that the parents should be more accountable and involved.. I believe with more parental interaction and involvement- this school will go from average to excellent..

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2013
I went to this school 41 years ago and it was horrible back then. I have miserable memories of the teachers and the other students. Just for the fun of it, I looked the school up on GreatSchools and can't believe it hasn't improved.

- submitted by a community member

May 31, 2011
Bammel can be the BEST!!!! However, this school needs better administration. The teachers have very little support in the classroom as far as discipline issues are concerned, which hinders instruction tremendously. This year was a struggle 2010 - 2011. The teachers are overwhelmed and need union support on campus. There will most likely be another high teacher turnover this year as well. The tattling, backstabbing, and gossiping also needs to end between teachers it does not help the situation, but unfortunately it will not solve the problems at Bammel. And until the teacher demographic matches the student demographic there will be issues as well.

- submitted by a teacher

March 08, 2011
This school has almost 900 students....the future of the kids in that school depend on the principal communicating better with all her teachers, PTO, and staff....and making sure all the kids are safe....the teachers need to be able to teach and the discipline issues start at home. Good kids are being punished for the ones who don't make good choices. I am so sad by this school. The teachers are wonderful they just have NO room to breathe. But, communication between teachers and parents is lacking as well...I have sent letters in and rarely get reply's....but the teachers are so distracted with the loud, disrespectful and bullying children. The staff needs are warm loving principal as well as the kids need one. As a parent she is cold and hard to approach. From speaking with teachers it is the same for them...they have no communication but are told what they are to do and that is that. I hate to have to take my kids out. I have 2 one in 3rd grade one in 2nd...and the higher up in grades the worse it gets it seems....but violence is present in the 2nd grade right now and discipline is a major problem. Sorry folks right now this school is awful...used to be awesome! :(

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2011
This school is depressing I have two students in this school, that I will be withdrawing them as soon as I move in the next couple of weeks! Some of the teachers do seem to care, but as a whole the school and its students are horrible. I grew up in this area and am sad to see how much the district as a whole has gone way down hill! Both of my kids complain on a daily basis that the kids in their classes are always acting bad, and beacuse of that my kids can't do their work and suffer from it! I hope this school can turn around, I know some of the admin. staff has changed maybe that will help, BUT I wont let my kids suffer while the schools staff figures out a way to improve it!

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2010
Bammel can be a good school. There are some very dedicated teachers and other staff willing to go out of the way to make it an awesome campus. However, we need a solid, unified, knowledgeable administration with excellent leadership. We won't beat the TAKS until we learn how to deal appropriately with our discipline issues. We can do this. Other schools have done it. We just had a new principal join our ranks and hopefully that will begin a new chapter.

- submitted by a teacher

June 05, 2010
Bammel has the potential to be a great campus again. However, this school needs better administration. The teachers have very little support in the classroom as far as discipline issues are concerned, which hinders instruction tremendously. This year was a struggle. The teachers are overwhelmed and need union support on campus. There will most likely be another high teacher turnover this year as well. A new campus will be nice in August, but unfortunately it will not solve the problems at Bammel. And until the teacher demographic matches the student demographic there will be issues as well.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
April 20, 2010
I think this school is awesome! The principal is trying to bring Bammel Elem. around through intense tutoring of students and hiring and retaining strong staff. The boys and girls at this school live mostly in apartments, The student turnover rate is nearly 50%! They love our kids. The administrative staff has undergone big changes this past year. I see real improvement! This school strongly supports our families through great programs and superb communication! Kudos to Bammel!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 19, 2010
No need to sit and gripe. Get up and help solve the problem. The leadership in many of the Spring Schools are under intense 'fire' by the Central Office. All they do is ridicule the campus administration and demand nothing but TAKS, TAKS, TAKS. The teachers and administration at this school have given up almost every Saturday to get the results. Yes, that causes some to be disgruntled. Get in there and volunteer instead of sitting at home and passing on negative comments.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 07, 2010
This school I have had nothing but trouble with and they do not work with at you ALL. Teachers and staff at the school are suppose to help stundents. At this school they just sweep you under the rug and dont want to deal with any child thats having a little trouble with things. I will never have another child in this school EVER

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 18, 2010
This school is moving forward. The teachers and staff work hard under the pressures of a district that must bring its scores up. Don't place blame on anyone thing. The leadership is working under great pressure to get the teachers to put forth more effort with little support from parents. Of course some parents try to help at home, but too many think that it's the teachers job to see that their child learns. Teachers send home notes with instructions on how to help, make phone calls and still no response. Stop, blaming and get a positive attitude. When attitudes change, results happens!

- submitted by a community member

January 17, 2010
The school has great difficulty with its current administrator. Teachers are constantly under scrutiny and are greatly underappreciated by its administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 21, 2009
Although everything posted is true, it is sad that Bammel is getting this reputation. The principal knows very few students-probably only the ones that parents came up to complain about things (if all those). She did not take the time to get to know her staff members either. In order to run a school successfully, you need to know the people there-staff members, students and their families. Many things were announced last minute. The principal did not seem to think about the Bammel families If it worked for her then it should work for others. Bammel is losing many excellent teachers because of the principal. It appeared that teachers that had their act together threatened her and those were the ones she 'picked' on and will not be returning. Hopefully next year will be better for all those new students and teachers and those that are returning.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
May 19, 2009
This school used to be great. I now have a daughter in middle school and she throughly enjoyed attending Bammel and she had wonderful teachers. Now however I can not say the same. I have a child in the second grade and he enjoys his teachers, but I refuse to be involved at the school where teachers nor parents are recognized for the work that we do. Since the new principal has arrived I have yet to meet her. There is very little parent involvement because of her. My child had an incident at the beginning of the school year with another child and I contacted the school via phone, letters, and in person and here it is May and I have yet to receive a response. It seems the only way you can get anything resolved from her is to contact the District Office. She needs to Go!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2009
This school used to be up to date on the latest curriculum,policies and procedure. As the principals and teachers come and go this school should be shut down. The accountability with the each student in' no child left behind 'is a joke. My daughter was promoted to 5th grade this last school year however when I found out who the principal was going to be I was told by her peers to pull my child out as fast as I could. She is now in another district and when her reading was tested,her level was at 3rd grade...I was in schock..She is now above grade level thanks to her new school,higher expectations and nuturing teachers. If your child attends this school or if your thinking of enrolling please stop and think twice. You have to be an advocate for your own child .

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2009
Bammel kids and teachers are amazing! One of the parents has figured this school out. The others have fell for the 'show.' Unfortunatly, the school is a very unhappy place to work, for both teachers and students. The new leadership has taken the happiness from a wonderful, small school. Teacher appreciation week has come and gone and not one word of appreciation from the leader of the school to her teachers or staff. She shows us each day how much she does not appreciate us and is telling great teachers to transfer out. I am deeply afraid of what this school will turn into. These kiddos deserve more. The principal does not do whatever it takes for the students of Bammel. She does whatever it takes to make herself look good; and can't even accomplish that. Bammel kids and teachers are amazing!

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2009
This school could stand for tons of improvement. I have a child in the second grade and the change from the years past to this year is quite depressing. Thankfully many of the teachers are fantastic. I feel terribly bad for them at times and the children often. The new principal of the school is cold, stand offish and very negative. My son didn't even know who she was until a month ago (and I write this in May). She is not only rude to the teachers but the parents as well. During music performances she has talked down about the parents that did not show up. The neighborhood has people who need to work nights and I was very upset that she spoke down about these people. She does not know their situation. The school no longer has the warm and fuzzy feeling it did in the past...COLD.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2009
Bammel Elementary just broke ground on it's replacement buiding. Everyone is excited about the beautiful, modern building to come. The 2008-2009 school year brought with it a new principal and a completely restructured and revitalized PTO. Both are working very hard every day to support the students and teachers. One of the main focuses of the school is to maintain the Recognized status the school gained in 2007-2008. This has some challenges due to some transiency in a few apt complexes within the school boundaries. The school has a very good tiered academic system in which exceptional students can work up to two grades ahead. My children are doing very well within this program. While some parents have expressed displeasure with some staff, I am confident that the new school and it's new amenities will revitalize everyone. At that point, I will be able to give the school a higher rating.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2009
2008-2009 school year - Bammel is in the beginnig of a great revival of parent interaction and participation. The PTO has been completely restructured and has a new president and a new school principal is in place as well. I look forward to the future with my 6 yr. old currently attending and my 4 yr. on her way.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2008
I was a teacher at Bammel Elementary for several years. Things have changed from the last school year due to a new principal and many new staff members. The focus is no longer on the children. Some of the staff members only care about making other teachers look bad, so in turn they will look 'good'. Some teachers often yell at students when they misbehave instead of a 'tough love'approach. This is not a school environment I care to work in, nor would I send my children to this school. It appears to be a sinking ship and I am glad I got off before it sunk.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
April 01, 2008
Bammel Elementary school is a great school, with a dedicated and motivated principal and teachers. However their are certain elements or personel who are very rude,not only to parents but to fellow members of staff, hence one of the major reasons for low parent involvement

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2007
Bammel Elementary is a very good school but i think it needs some kind of renovation the school is very old.the teachers are wonderful,I just wish there was more parent involment and more open houses so parents and teachers can sit down and discuss the childrens progress.Also there should be more fields trips involve in this school so children can learn more for example if their in a subject in science they can go to the museum and learn more about it. I have 2 children going in this school and up in till now my children don't have very much interest in what their learning because i think the teachrs don't motivate them.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2006
Bammel has been a great help for my child education. When they notice she was a litle advanced instead of holding her they notified me telling me they were putting her in advanced classes. The teachers are very understanding.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2006
Bammel has suffered over the past few years. It is expanding more rapidly than funding allows. Bond issues have had difficulty passing. That said, the principal cannot be beat and most of the teachers are diligent and hard-working.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2006
Bammel Elementary has a great leader in Jo McDonald. Her teachers respect her, her students adore her, and parents are lucky to have her. Unfortunately, Bammel seems to have a revolving door, with many students coming and going as their parents change jobs and apartments. This leads to playing catch-up and not having a lot of continuity in the classrooms. Bammel also has taken in many students from Louisiana, following Hurrican Katrina, which has been wonderful in teaching children compassion, but has put some strain on already thin resources. I admire the teachers and staff of this school for doing so much for the children, but I still feel this school falls short. The buildings are outdated and many classes are in modulars. The enrollment is growing faster than the district can tolerate and things are showing wear. Good people are doing the best they can, but it isn't quite enough.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2005
Bammel Elementary School is a neighborhood school with a small-town feel, even though it's in a big city. The teachers and principals know the children by name. I have been very pleased with the majority of teachers there. And extremely pleased with the principal. There is a severe lack of parent involvement. Out of about 600 students, only 8-10 parents help on the PTO. Parents are more willing to help with a single event than to commit to helping on a continuing basis. The art and sports programs have been wonderful. The music program leaves much to be desired.

- submitted by a parent

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Bammel Elementary School
17309 Red Oak Drive, Houston, TX  77090
(281) 891-8153
Last modified Bammel Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bammel Elementary School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top