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Col Santos Benavides Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 868 students

 

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Posted August 31, 2012

My daughter just started 4th grade, coming from a catholic school I was a little concerned. She has been happy to go to school everyday, she's reading every day and is more involved with class & school activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

I love the school I want my daughter to study in this school I can't wait to have my daughter here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2009

My son started 1st grade for the school year 2009-10. The Advanced Reading program is one of the best assets this school promotes. My son has read over 200 books in the past 3 months, and he enjoys it every day! His teacher always motivates each child and their individual level. Principal Villarreal is on top of everything that goes on in the school, knows every single child and is always readily available for parent's concerns. All staff is wonderful as well. My middle son will start K next school year and even my 3 year old daughet is looking forward to attend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

I am a parent of a soon to be 3rd grader and a kinder student. My children have had a wonderful experience while attending CSBS. Great teachers and staff. Students are always rewarded for their good work. It is a beautiful facility and students are encouraged to keep it looking beautiful. Principal always greats her students with a smile and makes them feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

My daughter is in her first year in the dual language program. The program lets her learn english and spanish fluently and her teachers are great. They have started in the new school and it is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

Thankfully, this school is moving to a newer building. Hopefully this will curb the HUGE overcrowding problem. The amount of students crammed into a small, outdated building was almost cruel to the students. It was impossible to get a quality education when children are crammed into old, infested portables. The faculty, staff, and administration did a commendable job with what was given to them, but with years of continued overcrowding in a substandard building, and no relief by the district until this coming year, I had no choice but to move my children from this school. There are boundary changes coming this year, and hopefully, the problems with the old school will not move with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

The school has been disappointing. The teachers are wonderful and do what they can to help the students, however the administration does not support the teachers and are horrible when it comes to discipline. The administration does not assist new teachers but rather makes it even more difficult for them to suceed. Upon driving up to the campus and even upon entering, the school is very uninviting. The principal claims to have an open door policy but it is only open to those she wants to speak with. I have seen teacher moral drop over the last 4 years and TAKS scores have gone down each year since the principal took over the school. The teachers can't do their jobs when they have poor leaders who focus on the wrong things to implement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2003

This school has the best administration I have ever seen. They truly strive to put the needs of the children first. The majority of the teachers are very good and are interested in the students personal achievement. however...due to serious overcrowding issues, the quality of the school building itself to serve the needs of the children is not there. They have almost 1200 students projected for next year, in a building that is to serve 550. It has serious growing pains. Classes are full, there is a portable city in the 'playground' with outdated buildings, it has problems with PE and Lunch being so crowded that it is akin to herding the children. I'm sure that if the district builds another school soon to lesson the school size, things should improve. It cannot continue to grow, no matter how good the staff is.


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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

141 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

141 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

141 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

139 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

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 Students95%
Female93%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female90%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%
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 Students84%
Female93%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingual88%

Math

All Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingual85%
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 Students86%
Female91%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingual86%

Math

All Students87%
Female95%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingual92%

Writing

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingual90%
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 Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingual89%

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingual83%

Science

All Students80%
Female79%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual80%
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 "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
Hispanic 95% 50%
White 3% 31%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Dr Myrtha Villarreal
Fax number
  • (956) 473-4999

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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10702 Kirby Dr
Laredo, TX 78045
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