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Bell High School

Public | 10-12 | 2069 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 9, 2013

I ended up losing 3 credits because I transferred here because of there idiotic trimester system. I had to make up hours because I was absent so I went to Saturday school, you can't even get inside without an id which you have to pay for. I don't understand why I can't just give you my id number like I do for extended day. I had to wait outside in 30 degree weather waiting for my grandad to pick me up. They don't fix anything in the school that needs to be repaired. Almost all of the bathroom stalls don't lock and some even missing. If you live in the area and are wondering what school to go to, go to birdville or trinity


Posted May 7, 2013

We were a bit nervous moving from NJ to Texas given the media pounding of Texas schools. We could not be happier with the education and more importantly the opportunities proved to our sons by this school system. Professional from top to bottom with high standards for both the staff and students alike. I not just happy with this school, I feel blessed to have my children go to Bell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

I wento LD Bell and graduated from there. I loved the school because we always felt safe as there were no socila problems there. The teachers were in touch with their students and they got to know the students personally. The school did provide opportunities and an excellent education. The facilities were top of the line.


Posted February 1, 2011

L.D. Bell and our sister school Trinity both offer the International Baccalaureate program which delivers a world class college preparatory curriculum. The principals and the teachers are deeply invested in the success of the students at L.D. Bell as well as the community/school spirit and the involvement of the student body. It's a positive place for kids. What I like about it is the general air of wholesomeness about it. And L.D. Bell band is nationally recognized. We love them. This is a school where kids and many parents get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

My daughter has only been at this school for less than a year and we have seen a remarkable difference in her grades and her disposition. In her prior high school, (Bell s Rival) there were fights every day and things would get stolen from her often. Everyone was picked on and given a hard time. It seemed as though the principal and teachers had no control over what was going on with the students. Bell is completely different. The kids seem to be well rounded and there is rarely ever a disturbance, The students there are kind and the teachers are excellent. Some teachers talk to the kids every day about their futures and what they are going to do after college. This school has given us hope and I cannot say enough about it!


Posted September 16, 2009

I believe this to be the best high school around. My kid loves to go to school here and she excels here. The band is fantastic and is 1st class. State Champions and National Champions. The parent support for this school is also over the top. The school is very much supported by the community which in return supports the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

This school is one of two in Texas that offers the International Baccalaureate program. I earned 24 hours of college credit in highschool! Our marching band, drill team, and gymnastics teams all compete on a national and state level, and we often take 1st place. This was a great school to go to, and it prepared me for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2008

my child loves this school. they think it is a great school .i love it to my kid is in njhs band soccer and volleyball.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

I graduated from Bell & had the opportunity to teach there several years ago. The academic standards are high and the school offers both AP & IB programs. The teacher quality is excellent -- it's a reflection of the administration striving to be one of the highest paying districts in the state every year for teachers so they get the cream of the crop. In fact, I challenge you to find a district in the area that pays more. There is a variety of extracurricular activities -- band & gymnastics, in particular, are state finalists year after year. The whole athletic program is competitive and has state of the art training facilities. The student population is more diverse than when I attended, so it's capable of producing a more well-rounded student than ever before. Solid school & I'm proud to be a Blue Raider.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 3, 2005

My daughter goes to this school. It is absolutely wonderful. The students are all diverse and very helpful. The academic programs, IB/AP, are wonderful for students who plan on taking there education far. They have an excellent band...#1 in the state. They have a fine theatre arts program..great sports, with a fine selection to choose from! The parents are ALWAYS involved. They encourage kids to envolve their parents in school, and Bell High School has done a fine job of doing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

Mr. Bannister, the principle at this time (2004), is awesome. Great guy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2004

Great curriculum, up to date education options and advanced placement/college level choices in an award winning extra-curricular environment! Quality and education level is outstanding!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

L.D. Bell High is a great school with outstanding programs....academic and extracurricular. It holds the best of the best and is a role model for many other schools. Go Blue Raiders!
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.

654 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

637 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

638 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

638 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

645 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

638 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

642 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

636 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black or African American99%
Asian95%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African American94%
Asian95%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%

Science

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Black or African American99%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American98%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education88%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
n/a
Algebra II

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

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

8 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

646 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Writing

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Reading

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

660 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

661 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
n/a
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.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
n/a
World History

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

645 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

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 Students53%
Female50%
Male56%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander100%
White100%
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-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students75%
Female83%
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Black or African American95%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students32%
Female36%
Male29%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Special education17%
Not special education34%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted32%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students21%
Female16%
Male23%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Special education0%
Not special education25%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted19%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male88%
Black or African American88%
Asian95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander100%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education59%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)39%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students70%
Female73%
Male67%
Black or African American62%
Asian86%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander86%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education23%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted66%
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 Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education81%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
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 Students35%
Female43%
Male17%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White14%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Special educationn/a
Not special education31%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students89%
Female86%
Male92%
Black or African American85%
Asian97%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander86%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education60%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
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
White 56% 31%
Hispanic 22% 50%
Black 12% 13%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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