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Larry G Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 752 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2013

My school is wonderful. The staff there is very caring and all about the students. I can see where the school has grown in a lot of ways. We have a youth leadership program, Parents that want to volunteer and teachers with open arms. Our staff is there to answer questions and help all students even the ones who are struggling. I think this year we will see a lot of improvements for our education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Both of my children attend this school. I adore it. The teachers work so well with the parents. Anytime I have had an issue, it's been addressed promptly and professionally. The teachers are amazing-I watched my youngest go from no confidence at all to being proud he can read so well. I recommend this school to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

This is my first year have a child that attends this school. I was so glad to see that everyone on the staff is helpful and willing to go the extra mile to make sure that all the children learn. I would tell people to sent there children to this school if you could choose. I am blessed to have my child in such and great learning enivorment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

My daughter was in Ms. Rubalcavas 2nd grade class and I believe that she learned soo much from her teaching. Ms. Rubalcava was really focused on her students and had a structured learning system in place. I really recommend her as a teacher. The Princile Ms. Morris is also wounderful. What a true principle should be. She is very involved in the school and is always connectiong with parents and trying to find ways to improve the school. I hope she is there for many years to come. The PTA is wounderful but needs more parent participation. I hope this information helps out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

very good teachers. that show that they care for the students. Teachers very friendly and always smileing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

My daughter was in Mrs. Martinez 1st grade class and I must say that she has learned alot. Mrs. Martinez takes the time out to help each child and although my daughter learns fast, Mrs. Martinez kept her busy. I feel that this school is better for my daughter because the previous school was horrible and I felt that she did not learn anything while in Kindergarden. Thanks Larry Smith for a great year and I am looking forward to another great year. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2008

My daughter in in Mrs. Bartosh 1st grade class.All I can say is I am HAPPY w/EVERYTHING Mrs. Bartosh has done this year. This is the first year Smith has been open and if the way Mrs. Bartosh has taught my child is any indication of how the school will be ran my baby will be there till middle school. I also like that the staff encourages parent involvement. It has never been a day that I felt like I was 'in the way' when I visited the school.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

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

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students74%
Female77%
Male73%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented82%

Math

All Students73%
Female79%
Male69%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education17%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
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 Students87%
Female83%
Male90%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education40%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education43%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education20%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-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

All Students80%
Female85%
Male76%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students77%
Female80%
Male75%
Black or African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
47%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
53%
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 Students71%
Female74%
Male65%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education43%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingual85%

Math

All Students53%
Female48%
Male60%
Black or African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education36%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingual66%
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 Students58%
Female67%
Male44%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingual85%

Math

All Students60%
Female56%
Male64%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingual70%

Writing

All Students65%
Female74%
Male52%
Black or African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingual95%
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 Students66%
Female71%
Male63%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingual78%

Math

All Students65%
Female71%
Male61%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingual78%

Science

All Students70%
Female65%
Male74%
Black or African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual83%
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 "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

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
Hispanic 76% 52%
Black 18% 13%
White 4% 29%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 51%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • LORA MORRIS
Fax number
  • (972) 502-4801

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5299 Gus Thomasson Road
Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: (972) 502-4800

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