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Palmer Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 399 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $99,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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4 stars

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Posted January 22, 2014

The school is very old and needs cosmetics done to the building BAD. In some of their classroom I was told there was no air conditioner, I don't know if that's because it needed repair or it was never available in that part of the building. The teachers are nice but I feel are dressed very sloppy for their profession; crocs, flip flops, t shirts, jean capris just to name a few. It was quite appalling and hard to respect someone who appears to have just rolled out of bed; MAJORITY of the teaching staff looks this way I'm afraid. Also, be sure to your child a lunch because the food there is barely edible... My biggest complaint is that they seem to be behind compared to other schools. It is not challenging for my child and I did talk to one of the teachers about that and she said it maybe a little bit easier just because of all the REPEAT children she had in her class who had failed the previous year. Completely unexceptable in my book. Will be taking my child out of this school as soon as the school year ends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

This school is amazing. Everyone is so nice and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

This is a great school. It is run efficiently and the kids are the always first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

I think Palmer Elementray is a very good school if you want your kids to go to a small country school with other kids that there parents and or brothers went to when they were in school at Palmer. They are a acadimic school and have very good teachers. I know the time my kid spent there her teachers were really interested in her and how she was doing in all subjects. They have great extra activities and are aways good in there plays. The parents that have children that go to Palmer Elem. I really don't no how involve they are because they have a PTO and some of the members are only there for the politics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2004

I just moved my children to the Intermediate in the 2004 school year. My kids like the school and so do I. My dughter is making better grades and my son is still maintaing his 'A' average. The teachers are organized, involved and hold the children accountable. That is very important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I have been very impressed with the Plamer schools. My children just transfered from DeSoto, and I love the fact that now they will go on field trips and such. The school spirit is outstanding, there is a real sense of a community.
—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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female86%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female89%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
51%
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 Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education71%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education44%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted76%
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 "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

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 50% 29%
Hispanic 47% 52%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Black 1% 13%
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) 14%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 10%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • ALLYSON SPURGEON
Fax number
  • (972) 449-3472

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P O Box 790
Palmer, TX 75152
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