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Jim Plain Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 813 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2014

My son is currently attending Plain Elementary and we love it. His Pre-K teacher was engaging and set the tone for his school years. His kinder teacher last year was the BEST teacher ever. I almost hated to see my son move up. Her class was fun, exciting, and she was always ready to talk to me and help with my concerns. This year he is in 1st and his teacher is always ready to help, she responds to emails and notes, and had helped me find out if my son has a learning disability. I'm looking forward to him attending next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

no lesson plans for parent volunteer of a Kinder class for the poor substitute. Really shocked, looking at other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I think that Jim Plain is a great elementary school! My daughter is a kindergartener here and has had a wonderful first year of school. Her teacher is real enthusiastic about teaching and loves to see when the kids apply what she has taught throughout the year. My little one is very happy here. Thumbs up from me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

Jim Plain is an amazing elementary. It prepares students on an above grade level, which helps more than an average school. It is outstanding. An B at Jim Plain would become an A+ in other schools. If your a student in third grade, and get 85+ grades, in another district in the next grade level, those could be up tp 95% and above. I would recomend Jim Plain as a top educational school.


Posted February 4, 2010

Jim Plain is an excellent school!!! My daughter has enjoyed k- 2nd grade with her wonderful teachers through the years. I believe the teachers and principals set goals with high expectations in mind for the future generation. What a friendly and dedicated bunch!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

If you have a special needs child, find somewhere else. If your child has trouble with other children, good luck... Poor teachers and administration..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

This is my sons first year at Plain. He is a 1st grader and transfered from another school district. I have been extremely happy and impressed with there staff.. esp his teacher. She has gone above and beyond to make him feel comfortable with this transistion to a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

My son is a first grader at Plain and loves it! The first grade teachers are wonderful and love the kids. My son's teacher goes above and beyond her call of duty. Great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

This scool is safe and my kids love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

My son is a kindergartener at Jim Plain and it has been a wonderful experience for our family. We always get positive feedback from the teachers and principals. They are quick to respond to any questions or comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

This is our first year at Jim Plain and we really love it. It actually feels smaller than it is because the staff treat our family like they've known us forever. It was a hard transition for our fourth grader, but his teacher was extremely helpful. Mr. Koller gave us a tour of the school....how many assistant principals give tours of the school three weeks before school starts?! So friendly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Awesome school, staff and students! This is our daughter's first year at Jim Plain and she absolutely loves it! The teachers are all very hands on. The school is beautiful and very safe. I have not had very many good experiences with my kids' schools in the past, so this is a refreshing change. My daughter has been to 4 elementary schools since she has started kindergarten and it hasn't been easy on her. I was leery about the 7 out of 10 that Jim Plain got but don't let that scare you. I don't think enough parents have reviewed this 'new' school. Plain deserves a 10 in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

Our son was recently diagnosed with autism, and while it's been the hardest time in our lives the staff and teachers have helped us tremendously. We are constantly amazed by the care given by everyone involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

We moved here from out of state and are beyond thrilled with this school. My sons grades have improved even though the curriculum is more difficult than his previous school. His teacher is amazing, the faculty has been so welcoming and very positive! We don't have a single complaint. We were a little put off initially by the low rating on this site for the school when house hunting but soon realized that it's likely due to lack of information since the school is so new...don't let that scare you off because Jim Plain has been a great school for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

I love everything about this school. The principals and teachers are fabulous! The teachers have high expectations for their students, and go above and beyond helping each child reach their goal. Walking into the school, I feel such a friendly welcome. Great atmosphere! Great teaching! Great learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

We searched many schools and districts before deciding on this one. I will say the teachers and principal have exceeded our expectations. I have two children that go there and they love it. We couldn't be more happy with a school and the hands on dedicated approach to education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

Last year was the first year it was open and we moved there from PH in LISD. My boys loved it there, the teachers are all very nice and they did a great job. Looking forward to this upcoming year.
—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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

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 85% in 2011.

124 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

127 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

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 82% in 2011.

113 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education67%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 Students82%
Female92%
Male73%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education46%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented91%

Math

All Students83%
Female90%
Male75%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education47%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students83%
Female93%
Male74%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education42%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
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 Students95%
Female93%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education33%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education57%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education83%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female66%
Male70%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education60%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted66%
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 Students72%
Female66%
Male80%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education60%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students64%
Female64%
Male64%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education38%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students46%
Female46%
Male47%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Special educationn/a
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented69%
Non-Gifted42%
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%
Female81%
Male81%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education60%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students54%
Female52%
Male57%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education22%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female68%
Male66%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education27%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted58%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 29%
Hispanic 30% 52%
Black 6% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
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) 5%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
  • EVELYN CRISP
Fax number
  • (512) 570-6605

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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501 South Brook Drive
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: (512) 570-6600

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