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J A Vitovsky Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 639 students

 

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Posted July 20, 2014

I despise this school. My son should have a comprehensive 504 plan in place, after pushing for two months to have the meeting, very little accommodations were actually implemented. My daughter, an A/B student, was having a hat year with math. I requested numerous times that she receive additional support. She was denied that support throughout the school year. Then came STAAR testing. She failed math. All of a sudden, to protect their school rating, she was given intensive math counseling for 3 weeks so she could pass it. They do not listen to parents input, are not supportive, the walls are prison white when every other MISD elementary school is colorful an displays children's artwork. Speaking of which, in the 3 years my kids have attended, I have NEVER received any artwork. They are fully aware the art teacher throws it away. Nice way to build them up JAV!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2014

Had a parent/teacher meeting, which also included the principal. Meeting was upon parent request. We asked how the teacher introduced certain routines in the classroom. The teacher replied that she had introduced routines the same way every year and would not change anything that she was doing. Surprisingly, the principal seemed supportive of the teacher's response, because he sat silently. Neither the principal nor the teacher seemed to truly care about our child. They were very defensive, and their attitudes never portrayed one of wanting to be helpful but of being argumentative. I have never witnessed such unprofessional behavior; especially from a principal. Instead of answering parent questions, the principal and the teacher rolled their eyes and never offered any helpful suggestions or answers. It leads me to assume that answering parent curriculum questions is very much frowned upon. I question whether the principal has ever taught elementary education. The teachers that our child was "learning" from seem to be ill-equipped at managing and teaching young children. Professional development in classroom management and professionalism is greatly needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

This school is great. The teachers are caring and purposeful in their teaching. I had one son complete his elementary education here and my second one is in the 4th grade. I love the bilingual interaction that all students share.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I love this school and so does my kids. The staff and teachers are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

My children LOVE this school. We are fixing to move and when looking at houses thats all they asked was not to move schools. The teachers I have dealt with from K- 3 are awesome. They are very caring and communicate well. They always contact me if there is a question or a concern. The principal and assistant principal are just as caring as the teachers. I love working with all the volunteers at this school as well. This is a school where you can learn, have fun and still be a kid at the same time. I think some of the rules in the cafeteria were a little ridiculous last year but it seems that has changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

My son loves this school and when given the opportunity to skip on his birthday he chose to go to school. Then after his first nine weeks having a 95 in one class he drops to a 30 in that same class this nine weeks. All I can think is he is not having to turn in any work, because I received no warnings. My daughter loved school until she came here, no she complains that it is disruptive and the students are mean to her. In her last school she was one of the most socially loved and the grades for her remain the same. I can't wait to move away and get my kids out of this school. As a single dad it is tough enough, and having counselors calling CPS for neglect on me doesn't help. Someone needs to teach the teachers here to teach not preach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I love this school. The teachers and principal work very hard to make sure that the students excel and have fun. Even though they have the most underprivelged families in town, they do really well in attendance and test scores. My son loves going to school and is actually upset if a break is 'too long' (Christmas break) which is odd but refreshing. I'll be moving away soon which makes me sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

My daughter started kindergarten this year here and she loves it, I also really like the way they have their car pickup setup, I feel like my child is safe, and wont be able to be picked up by some wack job off the street.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

this school does not concentrate on a learning enviroment, it seems to be off focus with the children, some of the teachers are very unfair with discipline and seem to have a sort of click formed with other teachers and are very argumentative with the students, they seem to forget that these are children that they are dealing with and expect too much, some of these teachers are absolutrly not equiped to work around elementary children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

great school!!! The leadership of this school is excellent and the teachers care about the children. I have yet to see a better school than this one!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

this school is sweet. the pricipal is very cool. the quality of the bathrooms is simply splendid. the children are plesant and polite.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education86%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female100%
Male89%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education78%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female90%
Male95%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education57%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female90%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education83%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students97%
Female96%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education78%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male82%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education100%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingual89%

Math

All Students61%
Female58%
Male64%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education31%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingual89%
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 Students70%
Female73%
Male68%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education42%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingual44%

Math

All Students62%
Female59%
Male65%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education33%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)46%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingual56%

Writing

All Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education36%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingual43%
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 Students78%
Female76%
Male80%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education40%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual50%

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male88%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education38%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingual78%

Science

All Students74%
Female67%
Male83%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education27%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingual33%
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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • 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
Hispanic 48% 52%
White 44% 29%
Black 5% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 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) 30%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • KYLE CHAMBERS
Fax number
  • (972) 775-5532

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333 Church Street
Midlothian, TX 76065
Phone: (972) 775-5536

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