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Hay Branch Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 679 students

 

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17 reviews of this school


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Posted April 28, 2013

This started out as a great school. I liked that they informed us about every little thing, but that became annoying quickly. Children are active and they don't always comply but that is what these teachers went to school for! My child has been picked on and bullied and nothing has been done other than suspending her off the bus or putting her in ISS. I will be removing my children after this year because this school upsets me....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

Great changes finally happening. Kids love going to school, great teachers, and highly visible principals. New safety measures ensure my kids will be safe and my kids have plenty opportunities for extra help with after school tutoring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

I was highly disappointed with this school this year. The way my child was treated at the school, no child should ever have to deal with. The administration did nothing more than try to cover their own back side during my entire complaint process. I ended up having to withdraw my child from this school and move her elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

Hay Branch Elementary school is outstanding. The entire staff is very caring and concerned about my children. The staff values the development of the 'whole child'. This is shown by the number of afterschool activities that are offered and the number of teachers that are involved in volunteering to lead them. All staff seem to go out of their way to learn about all students and make them feel important.Calling them by name and even knowing about their pets. One can truly feel love here. I am so pleased my children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

I transfered my child from another district school where my child was actually failing every subject. After a short time, his grades improved as well as his behavior and self image. The staff is concering, caring and involved. I'm looking forward to another suceessful year for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

This school is awesome so far. My child just started last year and had a wonderful teacher. The staff in the front office is very helpful and pleasent. The principal and assisant were very welcoming and wonderful with the kids. I plan to get more involeved with all the acticities the PTO has. Its a great school to be apart of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

Hay Branch is over all a good school. My child is a 5th grade TAG student and is on the A Honor Roll. t My daughter also attended as well as two neices and a nephew. The one thing I do see they could improve on, is follow through of complaints and issues. I find that when I do have problems nothing is every really addressed and some teachers would rather not pay attention to issue and just pretend they don't happen. While my kids have had some great teachers and expirences, the problems that we have had out weigh the good. With nothing being done, where can a child go to get an education with out all of the bull that never gets addressed fully and completely?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

my daughter is currently a student at HB and she loves it she's in kindergarden with mrs. mckenzie and was in pre-k with ms. hollingsworth. my child is always coming home with something new that she'd learn for the day and cant wait to tell me about it. i have no problem with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2007

My daughter has been going to HB since K, she is now in 3rd grade and we all love it. The morning drop off is stressful, but other than that, we haven't had any problems with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

Both my children went to Hay Branch and 2 of my nieces. I was very involved with their teachers and volunteering at the school.I had such a great experience there, that I applied for a job as an aide. I was encouraged by the administration and teachers alike to get my degree to teach. I now teach Kinder and every day I wake up I love going to work. I know that sometimes misunderstandings occur, If you do please let someone know. As a school I know we welcome opportunities to improve and meet the challenges that living in such a diverse community bring.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 4, 2007

Parent involvement is not encouraged. Eat lunch with your child and do spot checks, you will not be pleased. One of my children is a TAG student, the other two, A honor roll and they were miserable. When I took my concerns to the VP and the principal they were swept under the rug with the other parents who also tried to have a voice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2007

I have three daughters who attend school there ranging from pre-k to 2nd grade. My youngest who is in pre-k has the best teacher I have seen in a long time she is very hands on and my daughter loves to go to school everyday, my daughter who is in 2nd grade is in a class that is small and very personal. I feel that Mrs. Cox is an very special woman and I hope that my other children have opportunity to be one of her students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

My children go to this school. Although the principals seem nice, and some teachers are of great quality, there is a lot of other teachers and staff that grossly just do whatever they want and are of very poor quality. I noticed that they are never talked to about their poor behaviors. Thus, I think that the nice principals should demand more results from their wayward staff and get rid of staff members who are not only not doing their job well, but are standing in the way of others who are trying to do their job well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

This is a great school! My son is shy, but with his teacher here he has opened up a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Teachers are super with many programs to fit all students' learning needs. Music and PE classes are in schedule weekly with certified teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 15, 2004

I know that this school is a comfortable place for my child to be. He really enjoys attending school here and I do to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

My son was taught in a Pre-K special education program last year by Kathy Anderson. She went above and beyond to help him with his problem areas. I personally witnessed her lavishing love and understanding of children with special needs. I don't think I could have hand picked a better environment for my child. She was caring, yet firm when necessary. I was very pleased with the quality of learning that my son received at Hay Branch Elementary. The school offered so much more than the 8AM-3PM school day. In the short time that my son attended he got to see a Hot Air Balloon, helicopters and go to the zoo. He had so much fun. I can only hope that his future teachers and schools will be as great as this one.
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

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 82% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students90%
Female95%
Male86%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education60%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education80%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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 Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education25%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students72%
Female73%
Male72%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education50%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education56%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
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 Students91%
Female97%
Male85%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education50%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female97%
Male88%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education50%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education57%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
64%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
77%
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 Students66%
Female60%
Male71%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education60%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female46%
Male56%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education50%
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted50%
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 Students71%
Female70%
Male73%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education25%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female59%
Male60%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education0%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students47%
Female48%
Male45%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education0%
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted43%
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 Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male75%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education40%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female63%
Male62%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted61%
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 "Recognized".
  • 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

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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 44% 13%
Hispanic 24% 52%
White 19% 29%
Two or more races 10% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 6%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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School Leader's name
  • BRENDA MARTINEZ
Fax number
  • (254) 680-6602

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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6101 Westcliff Road
Killeen, TX 76543
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Phone: (254) 336-2080

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