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Hidden Lakes Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 558 students

 
 

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Posted December 16, 2013

This is my sons second year at this school and we couldn't be more pleased. The principal and vice principal are both incredibly kind and helpful. Our sons teacher last year had excellent communication with us, and his teacher this year has been absolute perfection. The ideal fit for his personality, which has made the year a breeze thus-far. The PTA is top notch, very involved. The counselors are also incredibly helpful and positive which is a nice change of pace from our last school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

Yes, the previous reviewer is right. The principal is cold & snobby. The vice principal is worse. He does not even know how to talk to parents without being rude. They do teach our kids at school, but we parents are not their students. I wish the principal would teach that to the vice principal instead of being rude to us. Test score may be high, but that's all they care at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

Some teachers are very friendly and nice but, the principal is too rude. I felt, multiple times, that she did favoritism. Also, their management is very poor in the parking lot, where parents come to pick or drop their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2010

Both of my kids went here. I can honestly say it's not all it's cracked up to be. Both kids had terrible kindergarten teachers. Some years were better than others, but overall an average experience. In fact, this year during a parent/teacher conference, my son's third grade teacher kept texting to someone! We reported her many questionable practices and the administration did nothing. She also agreed with another parent that there's no need for spelling lessons since computers have spell check. When I asked how students would learn the difference to, too, and two, she couldn't answer. The principal is terrible and the assistant principal is even worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

Great teachers..... horrible principle..... snobby neighborhood. My kids received a great education at Hidden Lakes, but there IS bullying in this school and the administrators DO NOTHING to protect the children. You must advocate for fair treatment if your child is the victim of bullying in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2010

My daughter just graduated from here and we have had an excellent 4 years. The teachers are very caring and focused on our child's needs. We made the mistake of attending a private Kintergarten prior to coming here and our daughter was behind in reading when she started at HLES. The teachers quickly identified the issue took quick action with extra work and guidance sent home and free tutoring at the school. My daughter now is a straight A student and excelling in all areas thanks to this schools efforts. I also want to point out the excellent Music program. My daughter learned so much in Hand Bells and on the recorder programs that she has learned to read music enought to sight read on our piano, without ever having a piano lesson. Thanks to Ms Isreal for identifying and letting us know of a special talent our daughter has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

My daughter started grade one late in the year (October) Her teacher made her transition seamless. She was buddied up with a friend so she didn't have to play alone, she was made queen for the day. At the end of the day she felt so positive about her first day. Her teacher also prepared all the children for my daughters arrival. This made the kids very excited to meet her! This year has been outstanding. What a wonderful school. We couldn't have asked for any better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

We were relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and, after much research, chose to purchase a home across the street from Hidden Lakes Elementary. We could not be happier with the school! Our children have attended HLES for 3 years and have thrived in the environment created by teachers and administrators. A truly exemplary school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

One word of caution concerning bullying at HLE. Just because one personally did not experience bullying at HLE does not mean that it did not happen. It happened for several years to several children. I am glad that you personally did not have to deal with any issue like that nor do I wish it on anyone. As for BCI as a parent I have listened to a lot of people concerning BCI and I agree with you and I would not just dismiss your experience/opinion with BCI just because I personally did not experience BCI myself. We have taken percautions and our child is not going to BCI because of issues just like you stated. I agree with you about HLE teaches way too much to the TAKS. School starts and kids are already stroking out about TAKS. The pressure is just too much on these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

We chose Keller because of the school system, and could be more pleased with our experience. Staff are outstanding, kids enjoy learning and it is a safe and constructive learning environment..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

My son, who previously hated school, feels like a celebrity here.Every teacher here has been GREAT with him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

I was a little surprised to read what some said about their child being bullied. Wait until they hit BCI (a school that I do not recommend) The staff and teacher are amazing. My child MISSES this school!! There is a very loving atmosphere. I am very picky, the only thing that is wrong is that recently they have started teaching a little too much toward TAKS, which is unacceptable. This is a first class top notch school, you will find no better elementary school out there!!! Unfortuantely I am not good with the written word so I cannot describe how fantastic this school really is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

My daughter has attended for 2 years. We love the school, love the principal, love all the teachers. Our children have attended schools across the country and this is no doubt the best of all of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

Office staff and teachers are dedicated, friendly, overall great. Admininistration is lacking and are clearly focused on the TAKs test and attendance, not the individual student. Administration seems to have forgotten that they are overseeing a school of children in grades K-4. Administration is not approachable, and they tend to overlook bullying, but yet give referrals and In Schoool Suspensions to 6 year olds (and up) who are having difficulty adjusting to this environment. Again, the teachers are great, just seems that administration road blocks them all the time. If your child/ren have any special needs (challenged or need to be challenged), persistance is the only thing that will hopefully get you anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2006

Wow! What a great learning environment for our children - great parent involvement, great PTA, great resources for children needed extra help, fantastic staff. Can't say enough. The chaos in the lunchroom is more than needed, but that is all relative in a school this size. Although it is a large school, it really doesn't feel that way. The co-curr classes are phenomenal, just wish Kindergarten could enjoy them too. Overall, A+ Few extra-curricular activities, but then again, few elementary schools anywhere do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Overall very pleased with staff. Would agree that Parent involvement is excellent. Academics definately need to be brought up an entire grade level. Excel program needs to be lengthened and better screened to meet truely gifted childrens needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

My daughter attended Hidden Lakes. Academically my child was able to progress at her own rate without waiting for the rest of the class. The principal knew the kids by name and is very friendly. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

We have been very happy with the strength of the academics.The principal is accessible and responsive and the teachers are enthusiastic and committed. Co-curriculum is average. Parent involvement is high. Excellent school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2005

Hidden Lakes Elementary school is a wonderful school. The staff is very helpful and willing to listen at any time. I am very fortunate that my daughter attended HLES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

Excelent Shcool. Good environement. Great kids. Mrs. Dotson, superb teacher, she knows how to take kids to their best performance, self steem, autosuficiency.
—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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

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 Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education87%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian80%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented98%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

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

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education83%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
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 Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education57%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted94%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education50%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education38%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
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 81% 31%
Hispanic 8% 50%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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