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Palestine High School

Public | 9-12 | 801 students

 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $90,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $668.

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Posted February 27, 2009

Palestine is not a great school for your kids. This school is going down the drain too many students going to SAC or ISS and Friday Night School. As long as this go's on than more students grades will drop because they are in diffrent rooms other than the room they should be in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

Palestine High School has improved with the new administators. They try their hardest to keep us in line and they in force the rules. Palestine has recently gotten a dresscode of only solid color polos and i think its great. The teachers are wonderful and they help you to the best of their ability. I have wonderful friends here and most of my classmates are very friendly. I am glad that i go to Palestine High.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2008

HI.. my name is casi, and as a former student, but not a graduate. i have to tell the truth.. the teachers are amazing and quite a pick. All the staff members are there for good cause and purpose. i just wish i would have realized that when i attended from 2004-2007. i like the fact that the campus is secure and strict on the rules that they have written and enforced. The extra curricular activities are what kept me out of drugs and drive byes. there are a lot of females who get pregnant in high school, to include me.. so i just wish that they had a class or something to help young mothers who are alone or even help preventing high school pregnancies..
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2007

Palestine high was good when I attended and graduated in 2004. We used to have a thing called chatter box that came on every Friday or Monday that was really fun to watch. Because the seniors did so well putting it together and showing game highlights and all that good stuff. I loved my Drill-team director and my teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2006

Palestine probably isn't the best learning environment for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Although the academic programs are competative with others in the area, I find it curious that the chair of the English Department does not teach English and is located in anotehr building (Career and Technology). This year, 2005-2006, there is a choir director, finally, and after almost 2 years without one dedicated to the position; others have been 'filling-in'. The most disconcerting aspect of the campus is the lack of parent involvement; those who are involved, are involved frequently as the result of student misbehaviour or other disciplinary action. In all fairness, there is a core of concerned parents and community leaders who give of themselves tirelessly. The campus seems to lack focus...other that TAKS-directed curricula.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2005

Palestine High School is a great school for students to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2004

Palestine High School Is a great school to attend. The school is not perfect but is a school that parents can be confident that there kids will be safe. The teachers do a great job of teaching the children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2004

I am a current graduate of Palestine High School. The best thing about the school is it's teachers understanding of students. The teachers at PHS are some of the best I have ever found in a public school. The principal Mr. Scoggins works hard to see that a good staff is running things under his wing. I am proud to be a graduate of such a school and parents would be wise to look into this area of Texas if a move is nessacery.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 10, 2004

I feel that our schools need a great deal of improvement. We need experienced teachers. Not all the teachers that are employed at this school have the education which gives them the right to teach. By saying this I'm referring to those that teach students with learning problems and emotional problems.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 9, 2004

I am not a parent! I have visited this school and was highly impressed at everyone I met and talked with! Coach Harrell is very impressive, as well as Mrs. Williamson! Their staff were very courteous and helpful! I was also impressed with every student that I came into contact with! Ths short time I spent at the school was delightful! I thank each of you for a wonderful experience! I wish my school was full of great leaders like yours is. Thank you!


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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

205 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
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 91% in 2011.

226 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

220 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

219 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

220 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

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 95% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students89%
Female90%
Male87%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female98%
Male92%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American98%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
38%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
67%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
71%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education17%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
Female81%
Male74%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education36%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students47%
Female58%
Male36%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education17%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students29%
Female39%
Male19%
Black or African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Special education5%
Not special education31%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted26%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Black or African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education14%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students28%
Female35%
Male21%
Black or African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Special education0%
Not special education28%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted25%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students45%
Female60%
Male32%
Black or African American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Special education10%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted42%

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students49%
Female59%
Male39%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students58%
Female55%
Male60%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education33%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted55%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students55%
Female52%
Male58%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education40%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted53%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 37% 52%
White 34% 29%
Black 27% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 2%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • WILLIAM STEWART
Fax number
  • (877) 839-6489

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