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Joella Exley Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 977 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 18, 2014

I've been a parent at Exley Elementary school for 8 years. I've been a teacher there for 6. I have seen principals , teachers, and staff come and go but the quality of education has stayed constant. The students are amazingly smart and most are exceptionally well behaved. I have not witnessed discrimination of minorities. On the contrary, I've seen nothing but compassion and respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

My child is in this school, and I wish we would have chosen another district when we moved to the area. The teachers are mostly great, but the principal is awful. For instance, the children don't get the mere 27 minutes of physical activity TX recommends each day. Recess is 20 minutes per day, so when they walk to and from classrooms, they must do it in complete silence to make up for those 7 lost minutes. In addition, she puts the school on silent lockdown during test times with NO recess for any kids on those days, not even ones not being tested. She also has serious social issues. If for some reason, you walk into the school with your child for an event or something, she only addresses the child, and completely ignores you, the parent. She also ignores the concerns of parents. When a few of them complained about how a teacher roughly handled a child in line to walk home, she dismissed the complaints and even tried to excuse the teacher's behavior. Also, the PTA is clicky. The school could greatly improve with a better principal. She just started 2 years ago, so we may be out of luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

It's a wonderful school with great teachers, staff, students and parent volunteers. One I'm pround to say my son has been a part of since the day it opened, his Kindergarten year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

The administrators and teachers are attentive to the needs of the students. They maintain a strict ratio of teacher to student that affords them the ability to work closely with each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

We moved to Katy a year and a half ago and couldn't be happier with the area and Exley. The staff and teachers at the school are always friendly; and I have been impressed not only with how much my daughter is learning but with how much she seems to enjoy going to school. Moving from another state we were worried about our daughter making new friends, but she seems to have fit right in. From what I have seen when visiting the school to have lunch with my daughter or for school functions, the students are well behaved and the staff seems to be in control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

Exley is an awesome school with great staff. The Principal is among the best! I am so happy my kids are at Exley - my son is in 1st grade and he has had 2 of the best teachers I could of asked for. We love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

If you child is bullied at this school, they will teach your child 'strategies' so they will not be bullied. They will teach them to jump through hoops trying to figure out how not to be bullied. Nothing will be done about the bully. Then they will tell you your child is just too 'sensitive' or 'misunderstands the bully's intentions.' The teachers can be found sitting on a bench together at recess instead of watching the children. Then they can say they never saw anything happen. Ignorance is bliss. There are many better schools out there that put a higher priority on character and respecting each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I am glad we didn't go to the school you went to where they behaved worse than at Exley! Children at another school are so much more respectful and polite than at Exley. Example: At Exley, parent brings cupcakes to school and children behave like pigs and ask for bigger cupcakes. My child has many friends now, but found it impossible to break through the cliques at Exley. Also, when my child made 100 on a test, the teacher never let anyone know about it. But if the student forgot something, the teacher humiliated my child in front of classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

We moved to Katy last year and we love it here. This school is the best that I have ever seen. I will tell you that every person in the school is very helpful, knowledgabel and friendly. I am so thankful that my son is able to be apart of this school. The teachers are very friendly and helpful. My son loved his teacher last year. He has ADHD and with the help of the school he is getting the special assistance that he needs to help with his education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2007

Teachers are too young. My child is a 4th grader and every teacher except 1 was in her 20's and had never had a child. I have found that there is some issues they just don't get because they are too young and have not experienced having their own child. Katy is a very friendly town and almost everywhere you go here people are open to making new friends. But I have not found this to be the case here at this school. There needs to be punishment for relational bullying, which is done mostly by girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

Good school, but there are too many cliques among students and the teachers do not do anything about it or take it seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

The campus is clean and nice. Both of my childrens teachers were enthusiastic. However,this was Kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

Tests scores are very high with exception of Science. Principal is making necessary changes to increase this score. We are happy that emphasis is on academics - the principal isn't caught up in how shirts are tucked in, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2005

We move here from El Paso, Texas. I retired from the Marines and have seen the school systems in many states around the country. In North Carolina my daughter was held back 2 years. In Texas she was immediately diagnosed with a form of dislexia and given special education to aid in her condition. When I left El Paso the principal suggested Katy ISD because it was known throughout the state for its exemplary achievements. We moved to Katy and comute to Houston for work. While in Texas, my daughter is catching up fast from the damage of those awfull schools in North Carolina. The teachers here are great. It is this schools first year and the personnel are tremendous. The security is ahead of its time and the area is beautiful. Even the crossing guards are very helpful. I Would love to continue writing but this school must be experienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2004

The principal is awesome, the assistant principal is awesome. They're both beautiful, smart and lead with great success. The teachers ROCK!
—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.

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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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

159 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 85% in 2011.

160 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

160 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

158 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

195 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

194 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

193 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asian94%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talentedn/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

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female96%
Male97%
Black or African American73%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
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 Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students96%
Female94%
Male98%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education67%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black or African American91%
Asian97%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted94%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black or African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%
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

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black or African American93%
Asian97%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education50%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female98%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education67%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted95%
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

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Female92%
Male88%
Black or African American80%
Asian91%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education44%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black or African American70%
Asian91%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education44%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female90%
Male84%
Black or African American60%
Asian91%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education60%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not 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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 40% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 25% 4%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 25%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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Katy, TX 77450
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