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Johnston Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 838 students

 

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Posted January 26, 2012

My children attended AS Johnston in the 90's, and now my grandchild is attending his 2nd year. The school has improved, greatly. In the 90's I ended up pulling my children out and homeschooling them. However, I believe my grandchild is receiving top-notch education. The teachers are available, daily, for conferencing. They always answer their email. The teachers seem to be sincerly concerned about the child's progress. The principal is very approachable and actively involved in the daily operations of the school. The classes are small (in spite of the operation cuts). I would highly recomend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Would not reccommend this school to anyone. Three of my children have gone here, and I regret daily my decision to move into the neighborhood so they could attend a 'better school.' Communication between teachers and parents does not exist. Principal has a very condesending attitude, and only TAKS skills are taught. When my oldest child went on to 6th grade in the GT program, his new teachers have commented that he is far behind other students who attended other IISD schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

Johnston has come a long way. It has changed in so many ways. The administration is great. They are always thinking about the students. And yes they do have new teachers, but very good ones at that. Changes do happen in a lot of places and school is also a place where changes are made. Always remember that changes are good. And by reviewing the TAKS scores you can also see the effort is has taken to come this far. And also the students are very very happy. Also Johnston does need more parent volunteers in the school. But again I would highly recommend A.S. Johnston to anyone. Johnston will shine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

My child has attended Johnston for 3 years. I have been extremely impressed with the science, math and reading curriculum. My child enjoys the hands on experience in science and math. I have been impressed with the administrative push towards reading. I have had several conversations with ASJ's new adminstrative team. WOW! they really know curriculum and they seem to care about my child and the other 500+ students at the school. They are really trying to build a community within the school. This is refreshing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

As a parent, I feel that Johnston is a great school. My child has gained tremendous confidence in herself academically. I know that she has enjoyed attending Johnston and cannot wait to return next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

I am proud to say I am a very happy parent at Johnston. I have had 2 chilren go through Johnston and I now have a child in the first grade. Under the new administration the school has completely turned around. The TAKS scores speak for themselves. They went up considerably from previous years and that is hands down due to the new administration. Teachers are more involved then ever before. If more parents would get involved it would be close to perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

This school lacks communication skills to inform parents of students progress in class as well as conduct of their children. I would not recommend this school to no one who is thinking about sending their child there. Though the teachers are good there still that huge lack of communication which is not good for a parent to hear. The administration staff there is a lack as well. I would recommend Townley Elementary they are more structured and invovled in communicating with parents. No school is perfect, but Johnston does not get my vote.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

Not seen bad school than this. Staff looks negligent and school administration does not care. Teachers change and parent does not know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2007

I feel the school has poor promotion of what they would like to see at the school. There is poor communication between some of the teachers and that effect parent involvement. This is my childrens first year in Irving ISD and I think the district not just the school has a cry for help, more involvement of the public and community would help the schools along the road to success
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

Admin office is very poor in this school. Encouragement for parents to help that don't act like they care if you do because of no communications and doesn't want you to bring the young siblings with you during meetings and others. Activities for student they are none. They just want to ship you home and no family nights. Can hardly get the principal to call you back or meetings with her. But the teaching staff is 100% excellent they want to put more effort forward then allowed. My family members have been to other schools in district and well johnston is not the best. But they are better then some. Just need way better admin. Staff there for the children and not for the paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

New teachers, new students (an increase of about 150 from last year), new opportunity. Parents, please get involved with your child and their school. Join the PTA (for more information about PTA in general visit www.txpta.org). Statistics prove students do better when parents are actively involved. Trust me, somewhere there is something you can do to help. Do it now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

I have not been pleased with the experience at this school, and woyld not recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

My child attends this school and had to take a step back from what he learned in kindergarten. While he was already spelling, reading, and doing basic math, the review he's received hasn't been much new. The only thing he's gotten from the school so far has been some phonics which has helped his reading slightly. I don't attribute this to his teacher as much as to the corriculum of the school. The teachers are pleasant to deal with, but the communication tends to lack at times. Once, I received a note from the teacher saying that my child could not count, even though counting is something my child could do at 4 years of age. When asked, I was told that there must have been some sort of error. (Just an example of incorrect communication.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Johnston is a great school. The staff are awesome. My children have learned so much thru the reading programs at Johnston.
—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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

77 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education60%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education60%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students73%
Female83%
Male62%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented94%

Writing

All Students91%
Female97%
Male83%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented95%

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male84%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male75%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented95%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
43%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%
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 Students78%
Female74%
Male84%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual82%

Math

All Students60%
Female55%
Male67%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingual70%
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 Students67%
Female68%
Male66%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingual75%

Math

All Students53%
Female51%
Male55%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)51%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingual64%

Writing

All Students51%
Female60%
Male42%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)46%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted40%
Bilingual47%
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 Students72%
Female70%
Male73%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education40%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual69%

Math

All Students59%
Female55%
Male63%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education50%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted55%
Bilingual42%

Science

All Students52%
Female47%
Male59%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education22%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)39%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingual41%
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 "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

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 74% 52%
Black 16% 13%
White 7% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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) 56%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 11%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • TINA RICHARD
Fax number
  • (972) 659-7799

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2801 Rutgers Drive
Irving, TX 75062
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Phone: (972) 600-7700

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