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Jack E Singley Academy

Public | 9-12 | 1679 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2005

The Academy is doing a great job educating our students. There has been a major turn-around within the last two years. Irving should be greatful for this wonderful institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

The Academy has many good qualities, for one it teaches students and gives them the opportunity to become a better well prepared young adult. It helps them become more organized, to follow what will be their future. Teaches great aspects, towards getting along with any religion, race, etc. There are no 'cliques' majority of student body knows each other. There is also a unique type of bond with student to teacher way, the teachers have become a friend to the students. Yet they know when it is time to be a friend, and be a teacher and teach. These students have come a long way, longer ways then a handful of them would of gone, if it weren't for this school, they would probably be at their home school just slacking off. I believe this school has had a great impact in all of these young adults. Good Luck!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2005

This school is not as great as most people says it is. Everyone from students to teachers are too reliant on the computers. There is little or no emphasis on extracurricular activities. The students at this school are selfish and show little drive towards their education. If you are a student or parent considering to go towards this school, take my word for it if you value your or your child's education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2004

This is an awesome school. Visit Academy Website at http://academy.ws
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2004

I think this school is a great opportunity for our our children. The only complaint I have is there are not enough extracuricular activites.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2004

As a Junior Student of The Academy of Irving ISD I think of this High School is one experience of life, the one day I will tell my sons and grandsons that I went to a creative and technological enviroment of a great school named The Acedemy of Irving ISD. As right now my English had improvement, English as second language, let me tell you something about my first day of school when I begann as freshmen. I used to think this High School is not for me. This looked like a office school. All of us with laptops and no bells in the interchange of class of periods. Then I thought I should give more time to this 2 years old high school, back then was 2002.T hen today as a 11th grade student, I think this [is] goint [to] be a great year.(If you want me to explain more please write a review about this.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2004

The school is under new leadership this year. My child is a freshman and so far I would have to agree with the negative feedback. Having responsible students is one thing, but ignoring the responsibilities that administrators and instructors have is another. It's only been 3 weeks, but I don't see a lot happening. There has been practically no homework and the so-called Blackboard system isn't being utilized yet so there is no feedback from instructors. As for the student who thought the Academy was wonderful - students usually feel this way when allowed to have their way. In support of the new principal I can say that he seems to have the attire under control. Let's give him some time and maybe his leadership will foster positive changes. My child does have one instructor that I can say is very caring and the school nurse is also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

I think the Academy was a bad investment in our districts money. The money spent on this place could have been used for better quality in our three main high schools. The school district should really revise the education continuing at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

Its true, this school is a great school. I don't know who is going against it, but, I'll make it clear that the reason the academy is like that is to teach kids some responsibility. There aren't any babysitters here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2004

The leadership at this school is atrocious. There are no policy or procedures set in place and there is no parental involvement or encouragement by the administration of this facility to involve the parents in a structured environment to keep up with the student's learning processes. Teachers are lax in getting grading done and contacting parents whose children are at risk of or are failing core subjects. Very few of the teachers at this facility make an effort to go the extra mile to make sure that students learn up to there full potential. The counselors at this facility all need to be replaced or sent to training classes on how to interact with the parents in a more effective and positive manner. A lot of restructuring needs to be done at this school, and fast if the tax payers of Irving expect on getting any return on their investment!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 89% in 2011.

474 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

471 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

464 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

460 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

462 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

463 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

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 Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American96%
Asian97%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%

Math

All Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black or African American88%
Asian94%
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%

Science

All Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Black or African American96%
Asian94%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American96%
Asian97%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)96%
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 Acceptable".
  • 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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
70%
Algebra II

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

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
71%
Biology I

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

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
98%
English I Reading

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

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
58%
English I Writing

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

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
47%
English II Reading

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

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
98%
English II Writing

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

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
98%
English III Reading

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
79%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%
World History

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

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
100%
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 Students47%
Female51%
Male44%
Black or African American50%
Asian71%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education36%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted47%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Black or African American83%
Asian94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education67%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black or African American67%
Asian95%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education19%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students48%
Female54%
Male43%
Black or African American67%
Asian65%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education26%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talented75%
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students38%
Female46%
Male30%
Black or African American54%
Asian75%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special education10%
Not special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%
Gifted/talented46%
Non-Gifted38%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black or African American70%
Asian100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education38%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Black or African American45%
Asian86%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education15%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented85%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students86%
Female92%
Male79%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented87%
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students77%
Female79%
Male76%
Black or African American74%
Asian89%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education47%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)54%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
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-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students74%
Female70%
Male79%
Black or African American88%
Asian88%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education18%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingual80%

World History

All Students59%
Female54%
Male63%
Black or African American58%
Asian91%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education28%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)26%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted53%
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
Hispanic 74% 52%
White 10% 29%
Black 8% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 14%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DAVID SAENZ
Fax number
  • (972) 258-5301

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Library
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Media arts
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4601 North MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, TX 75038
Phone: (972) 600-5300

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