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Pleasant Hill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 742 students

 

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Posted August 28, 2014

Mark Koller is a top notch principal that goes above and beyond to address any parental concerns, and to make the students of this school feel excited about going to school and belonging to Pleasant Hill. We were rezoned this year to his school from a much higher ranked elementary school on this site- and Mark and his staff went above and beyond making our kids and parents feel welcomed and excited about the change. We have already had concerns about the bus route after the first day of school- and Mark Koller rode the bus home with the students the 2nd day of school! Changes were then made and implemented the 3rd day. This speaks volumes to the character and leadership that the students of this school are under. My two kids have attended well over 8 schools between them, and there is no other school I or my son have been more excited to be part of. The leadership, staff, and environment of this school are heads and shoulders above others in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

Pleasant Hill is a great school. As you can see by the reviews/ratings, people are much happier with it than the GreatSchools rating shows. Our oldest child went there K-5 and excelled there and beyond in Middle School and our youngest is there now and is a part of the Quest program. We had one questionable teacher in all those years, but teacher is no longer there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Love the school. ..love the teachers and staff! I have 3 kiddos and we have been at phe since 2010.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

Pleasant Hill, Nice neighborhoods feeding into school. Would recommend. Middle and High School also great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

My grandson went to school here. We moved him to Georgetown District. His father was not impressed with the principal or with the teachers.


Posted June 2, 2012

I have two kids that go to this school and love it. The teacher's and staff are friendly and really care about the kids. I like that they have the quest program at this school because my daughter really enjoys it. The community is wonderful and quiet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

This is a good school with active parents and teachers who really seem to put in the extra effort. It's with great relief that my child with minor special needs has found a place to be encouraged, be motivated and be given needed confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

This school is great! My two daughters are fortunate to have such a great place to begin their education. The teachers and staff are focused on getting kids to perform to their maximum potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

My 2 kids love school! We have had a wonderful experience at Pleasant Hill. I've been very impressed with the leadership and level of caring from the teachers. They go above and beyond! There is also a great number of volunteers at this school and I think that really helps to support the staff and let staff know parents care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I think we lucked into this school when we moved here. At the time we moved to Leander we didn't have kids in school, and now we have three! PHE has devoted staff. I've heard other parents at other schools complain about poor communication and lack of parent support. That is NOT the case at PHE. They seem to really have their act together and have parents in their corner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

We just moved to the school district and my son is in first grade. This school has been very great for him. Very structured and organized, no complaints so far what so ever. He has learned a lot and every day the staff is smiling and waving to everyone that they pass. The staff even works the school crossings which I think is great for safety of the kids. So far we have been happy and we are almost at the end of our first year with no complaints. They comunicate great with the parent/teacher binder. RIght now their homework is on a sheet in the binder they do it for a month then swap out so it goes with what they are currently working on in school. Wednesday folders are great I love they bring all that stuff home once a week instead of daily, but thats just my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

We've been a part of the PHE family since the school opened and we love it. My daughter really enjoys school, she is part of an excellerated math program and last year she participated in the QUEST program. She's had a great relationship with all of her teachers and so have I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

We transferred over in 2008 and we have been pleased with our experience so far. The teachers and staff really care about the children and their level of success. They're quick to respond to parental involvement, and encourage us to stay connected. I was concerned about how crowded the school seemed to be but our kiddos are pretty happy there! We're looking forward to another great year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

I have been very disappointed in this school. I never see anyone smiling; not the teachers at any rate. Too much regimentation, and not enough creativity. The music, art, and theater arts classes are a joke. My child came home with two ceramic discs from art during two entire years. During theater arts they were told to sit still and be quiet. Music? unless you are in the third grade there isn't much music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

My son is a student in this school and overall the teachers are good but it is a little too crowded for a new school. The whole fifth grade is housed outside in portables and the school just opened last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

My daugher is learning a lot however I never see her come home with any school work. I also don't get daily homework assignment even though I asked for it. If they do get homework a whole week is quickly noted on one piece of paper.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

This school has wonderful teachers! They are committed and devoted to each student's success!
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education50%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education50%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education70%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students87%
Female86%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education70%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented91%

Writing

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education40%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education77%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education78%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students85%
Female84%
Male87%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education40%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%
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%
Female89%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education33%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students54%
Female61%
Male47%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education14%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant54%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted46%
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 Students69%
Female73%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education42%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students55%
Female48%
Male62%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education60%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented86%
Not Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female78%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education42%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted69%
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 Students81%
Female82%
Male79%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education40%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented91%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female56%
Male57%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education0%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant56%
Gifted/talented83%
Not Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female65%
Male66%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education27%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented83%
Not 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 "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

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
White 61% 29%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%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
  • MARK KOLLER
Fax number
  • (512) 570-6405

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1800 Horizon Park Boulevard
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: (512) 570-6400

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