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Brandenburg Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 924 students

 

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Posted June 5, 2014

While the campus seems nice and they appear to have adequate resources but not state of the art by any means. The real issue with this school is consistency. They will tell you at the beginning of the year that additional instruction will be needed but then don't start tutoring or additional instruction for "average" kids until close to STAAR testing. I have never spoken with the principal and I was informed once that she didn't wish to be disturbed. The dual language program does not seem to be beneficial to english language speakers; if they stuggle the teacher response is "we can't help". Parent involvement seems limited to school district employees who have kids in the school. There is a communication issue with parents and getting volunteers. Overall, I am disappointed that I wasted several yrs of my child's education in this school. We are moving to charter school that will not be overcrowded and learning can be personalized. Perhaps the new principal coming in next year will improve the school. Just to note, great teachers Mr. Singh, Mrs. Cruz, Ms. Seminario.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

Well I just graduated from this school like 2 weeks ago & I really loved it there! I haven't been in Brandenburg since kindergarten, I started going to Brandenurg at the age of 7 I was about to go to 2nd grade but my parents decided to move from the house we where before. So then my dad found the perfect house, and my mom was looking for a school & she found Brandenburg. My teachers of 2nd grade were amazing well all of the teachers are! Even though I haven't been in that school since kinder, I am going to miss that school so much! Oh also Brandenburg has this thing called "Dual Language"! Dual language is something that helps you talk & right in English & in Spanish! I love this school so much!! :)


Posted November 17, 2009

My son attends Brandenburg and I am totally satisfied and impressed. The teachers and principal go above and beyond in making sure the kids are well taken care of. You will see lots of teachers guiding them at the carpark, every corner of the hallway in the mornings.They have also conducted heaps of programs for parents, e,g , Strong Fathers, Carnival, just to list a few , making it fun for the kids. Great Job !.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2009

Had Mrs. Corton and Mrs. Fernandez this year and it was wonderful. They were excellent teacher. Communication was great -- they not only informed you of what was going on but was was expected from your child at different stages of the school year. They push their student to a higher level, they do not baby their student and the students are so much more awarded academically. Both our kids have really enjoyed the dual language program. We are staying in the area just for the dual language program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

My daughter goes to Brandenburg and is in their dual language program. We have really been satisfied and impressed with the dual language. I feel like we are finally catching up with the rest of the world in teaching our children two languages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

My daughter attended this chool from K through 3 and we moved to N Arlington. We are planning to move back to Irving for her 5th grade year because of their dual language program at Brandenburg. The teachers worked well together and the students could speak English and Spanish very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2007

I too have a child in Ms Corton and Ms Fernandez class and strongly agree with previous parent about communicaton between teacher and parent. He was also at Brandenburg last year and excellent communication between teachers and myself. Both years I was able to have meetings and conference calls when I was unable to make it to the school. I really appreciate the new security proceedure put into place for visitors on campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

Hello- I just wanted to take a minute and say mrs. Corton and mrs.Fernandez are awsome. I am very pleased with all my girls have learned so far this year. Communication is great as well as the one on one time. Kuddos to you both!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

this is my sons second year there and i have no complaints i think everything is good. good communication between parents and teachers in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

This school is poorly organized and out-of-control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

I think that Brandenburg Elementary School is a great school. I think that having communication with you childs teacher can take you a long way. I have no complaints about this school. my son learned alot and I am really thankful for his teachers and everyone that helped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

Highly disorganized school, lacking in communication with parent(s), teachers are disinterested regarding students' well-being. Requested several times with teacher, staff, and principal to have items addressed throughout the schoolyear, such as safety, organization, actually meet the required amount of parent-teacher conferences, and things have only been shuffled around and excuses given. Planning on moving out of this district as soon as possible to put my child into school where the staff members will care, and education will be put first instead of last. The school is good about planning extra-curricular activities however, anything so they won't have to focus on the actual child. Just don't expect to be notified about said activities, or given the information needed to ensure your child will have lunch, necessary uniform, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

Good school; strong teachers and good leadership apparent. Willing to try new programs for the success of the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 17, 2005

At first this school looks nice. Clean, organized, overall nice feeling. Seems that classrooms are a bit out of control and the feedback from our daughter's teacher was less than impressive. This school has lost any luster it had and we're moving out of this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

I went to Brandenburg Elementary. It was a very good experience for me as far as schools go. I enjoyed the teachers that I had and the classrooms were a good size. The teachers made the classrooms fun, which made me want to try harder on my work. I am a mother of two now and I am moving back to Irving so that my kids can have a good elementary experience like I did.
—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 89% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

109 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

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 82% in 2011.

124 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

128 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

130 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education20%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education13%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented92%
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 Students73%
Female77%
Male67%
Black or African American86%
Asian80%
Hispanic65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education29%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented96%

Math

All Students82%
Female84%
Male78%
Black or African American86%
Asian80%
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education25%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students89%
Female93%
Male83%
Black or African American100%
Asian80%
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education20%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not 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

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education40%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented96%

Math

All Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education58%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education17%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students79%
Female80%
Male78%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted74%
Bilingual90%

Math

All Students62%
Female71%
Male54%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education20%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted54%
Bilingual81%
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%
Female67%
Male66%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education33%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted62%
Bilingual70%

Math

All Students57%
Female65%
Male50%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education0%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant57%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted52%
Bilingual55%

Writing

All Students52%
Female63%
Male40%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education0%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted45%
Bilingual57%
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 Students71%
Female75%
Male67%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education33%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Gifted/talented95%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingual52%

Math

All Students53%
Female54%
Male52%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education0%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)39%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%
Gifted/talented74%
Not Gifted48%
Bilingual44%

Science

All Students62%
Female67%
Male58%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education14%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted55%
Bilingual51%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 72% 52%
White 13% 29%
Black 10% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 44%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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School basics

School Leader's name
  • YANIRA OLIVERAS
Fax number
  • (972) 258-7199

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2800 Hillcrest Drive
Irving, TX 75062
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Phone: (972) 600-7100

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