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Lancaster High School

Public | 9-12 | 1748 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 13 ratings

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Posted April 21, 2004

Lancaster is the worse school in the Dallas area. The teachers don't teach at all. Children are running around the school acting crazy. Kids are fighting instead of learning. Ther's more kids in JJAP than in the school. I wouldn't recommend any parent send their child to Lancaster High School. You will have a better chance at Wilmer Hutchins High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

I have 4 children that went and graduated from this school.....I can say that this last school year was my absolutely worse experience at this school......I have always been very active in the school district served on various committees but this year the new staff (mainly administrators) did not welcome the pta or volunteers in.....Even though the new superintendent asked each parent to committ to volunteering in the schools....I tried.....And done what i could.......I know for a fact that if parents are involved student achievement is increased for the better......My child got into more trouble this year than ever.......Not good....I have spoken with several veteran teachers and administrators and they don't like the current situation either.....There is a greater focus on extracurricular activites and not education as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

When my children entered this school there were many teachers who were both uncertified and incompetent, some teaching honors and pre-AP courses. There has been substantial improvement in the last year and the quality of Teachers is greatly improved although district priorities seem to be out of whack, in that a bond was recently passed which spent millions for new athletic facilities while the current AP-Physics classes do not have enough text books to send them home with students. The TAAS/TACS issues is a crippling program with which public schools throughout the state must contend. Most public schools have learned that success is measured not in what the kids have gained in cognizant skills but in what they can recant during a two day testing period. True learning suffers at the expense of testing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2004

Lancaster Elsie Robertson High School is adequate for school education, and lags not far behind Bishop Dunne Private School. Most parents who have major problems tend to be bigots and send their children to schools without racial diversity. As long as your student is attentive and enrolls in mainly honors courses they should do fairly well. In most of my subjects I seem to have brillant teachers, and in those that I don't it may simply be a comprehension problem on my part because physics and chemistry are not my strong suits, but I believe if the principals, teachers, parents, and students keep striving for greatness then we will one day be a school others admire.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2004

This school is alright. Some of the teachers here are there to teach while others are just there for the pay. I would recommend a child to take the dual credit classes here and as many honors classes that they can stand. In the normal classes teach on a below average level while in most of the honors classes they teach on an average to slightly above average level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2003

Terrible school do not send your kids here they will learn nothing they would almost be better off at a home school. This is the worst school in the state. The will only learn how to pass the TAAS. Some of the teachers are good but even the good ones are bogged down by the forced TAAS assignments if this school was good at all they wouldn t have to teach the TAAS the kids would know how to pass in the first place.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

461 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

465 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
43%
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 91% in 2011.

368 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

361 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

360 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

358 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
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 95% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

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

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
28%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
32%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
45%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students58%
Female59%
Male58%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native33%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education17%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native83%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education44%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education22%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students51%
Female59%
Male44%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education11%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)10%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented85%
Not Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students29%
Female33%
Male25%
Black or African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native38%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Special education3%
Not special education31%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant29%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted25%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Male61%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education13%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students31%
Female36%
Male27%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special education3%
Not special education34%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant31%
Gifted/talented68%
Not Gifted27%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education21%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students66%
Female63%
Male68%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native57%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education26%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education7%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%
Gifted/talented78%
Not 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 81% 13%
Hispanic 16% 52%
White 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Lancaster, TX 75134
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