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East Ward Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 470 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I am a former student of Eastward Elementary (2008-2011) this is one of the best school's I have went to during my elementary years. That's saying a lot considering I am a military brat, hence causing us to move around a lot. The teachers are very friendly and take their jobs very seriously with their students and co-workers. The environment is safe and positive. Every morning when I woke up, I was ready to go learn with my peers. I love Eastward!


Posted September 10, 2013

My son school is awesome the teachers are great they teach and have fun .But most of all how to be great Americans and to have compassion along with a great mind. That they can achieve great lengths of patriotism. And be successful at there own pace and they find ways to teach in so many different ways my son learns in visual learning thur proper testing they found this out henceforth my son is receiving this best teaching ever. So thank you Eastward for all that you do good job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

Absolutely love this school! Their staff is great, they offer free breakfast to all children, they have a later start time, and they have great class to teacher ratios. Their communities in school program really helps the students and the teachers really care. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

I absolutely love this school and my child's teacher. The school is an "exemplary" school (a title not every school can earn). The teachers truly care about their children - I've often times seen them spend their own time and money to make sure these children have what they need. I'm glad my child gets to attend East Ward -- I wouldn't have him attend anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

I have two children that go to this school. I can honestly say that overall I am not pleased with how this school runs. On many occasions I have witnessed teachers SCREAMING..not loud tone, literally screaming at the kids, which I am not okay with. They seem to overlook children being bullied. And then the moment those being bullied get fed up with it and yell at the other students, THEY get put in ISS or suspended for defending themselves when the teachers wouldn't listen to the initial cryouts of bullying happening. The teachers that my kids have had so far do not keep up with contact on how the kids are doing. You physically have to go up to them and ask before you can get a definite answer. And usually it's during their conference time, which is not always convenient for other people. Any other conversation with the teacher, like right before class starts, seems to be highly frowned upon and I have even been turned away and told to come back later, after I told them that I was busy and couldn't make that time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Our daughter has attended this school for only 2 years. She had great grades before and is very smart. The teachers & staff are very good at informing parents of what's going on. The only thing is that they don't discipline students. They have no consequences for bad behavior. My daughter started acting out and the school doesn't help- Her only discipline is at home. I do my job of making sure her homework is done, the school needs to do their job and make sure it's turned in. And watch the students more closely. My ELEVEN year old daughter walks around holding hands with a boy and no one notices- Her friend was the one who told me she had a boyfriend! She back talks and the teacher doesn't put her in detention, Iss, I or anything. It didn't kill us- It won't kill our kids!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

Staff is great! a year went by and my child barely learned- yes, the teacher was great and she did her job. It's not her fault so please parents teach your kids-'home school vs public/private' never should be there should always be home school. A school can teach but you need to go further at home; before they start school and while they are in school -teach our future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers are friendly and helpful, They make it a point to bring to our attention any concerns and ways that we can aid in making a difference in the education of our children daily and from year to year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

All 3 of my children attend east ward and this school I can honestly say has a fantastic staff. The teachers care and they have great programs to involve the students and their talents. It may be in a bad neighborhood but the school is awesome and they are trying to help the kids who are from that neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

The staff is fantastic there and the kids love it. I have 3 of my kids attending there and I am trying to make them continue to go there because we are not in that district. That is just how much I want my kids to still attend there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

the school is in a bad area of killeen but the teacher's love what they do and it shows. They give every child a chance. And the new principal Mrs. Crayton is the most hard working and caring principal I have ever came across. There needs to be more Mrs. Crayton's in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

The teachers at East Ward Elementary School really care about the students. They have excellent extra curricular activities such as drill team, chess, choir, as well as hosting a Communities in Schools site. Great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2004

This is one of the best schools in killeen, I had all 3 of my children attending and the ESL program was magnificent and the afterschool help was outstanding... i would recomend this school to any parent of a bilingual child, as well as any others.
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

66 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education80%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education60%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education71%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education50%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education86%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education50%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education17%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%
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 Students85%
Female93%
Male75%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education67%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students48%
Female54%
Male42%
Black or African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special education33%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted48%
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 Students73%
Female68%
Male79%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female58%
Male75%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female66%
Male70%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted64%
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 Students83%
Female91%
Male76%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female63%
Male86%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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
Black 39% 13%
Hispanic 34% 52%
White 15% 29%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 16%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • HILDA ARNOLD
Fax number
  • (254) 519-5648

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1608 East Rancier Avenue
Killeen, TX 76541
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