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Highland Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 837 students

 

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Posted May 7, 2009

I too am scared about he teacher turn-around rate at this school. It seems that the teachers who truly care for their students, who are willing to take the time to work with those students, are leaving . The principal seems standoffish and rarely looks happy. It is clear that the principals have favorites among their staff. I have witnessed a student disrespect a teacher and when that teacher reports it, the administrators just sit the student in the office for a short time and then sends them back to class! There are good things going on here as well, but they are overshadowed by the negative. The PTO is the most awesome PTO I've ever known of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

There are a lot of great things going on at HPES. There are teachers who tutor students after school, after school programs (basketball, soccer, art, math ) that are free to students, dedicated teachers who spend many hours planning for the needs of all their students. There is a great PTO-great parents and students. How about being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem? I am both a parent and a teacher at HPES and am incredibly happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

My elder son did his 5th grade in 2006-07. Never had any issue. The teachers were good, my son who had ADHD issue until 4th grade, did pick very well from this school. In fact his grades went up. My second son now in pre-kindergarten, same school. I'm very happy with the way the teachers & staff are shaping him up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

I have never had a problem with this school. My son is in Kindergarten and has ADHD. We have had some issues with discipline and focus due to this, and his teacher and Assistant Principal are working with me to keep him on the right track. It is very difficult to read all these negative reviews because I have not experienced any of this. When I drop items off for my son, the office staff is always jumping to help me. The faculty and staff do referrals, believe me, my son has had some. I have never seen misbehavior in the hallways when I go in. Everyone is always willing to help! Also, misbehavior is a reflection of bad parenting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

I was quite interested to see the reviews of the other parents as well. I am sure each individual case is different. I have a 2nd and 5th grader at Highland Park and I am not such a happy camper. They seem to have severe discipline issues and the teachers just throw their hands in the air as one told me that they get no backing from administration. Their appears to be no professionalism in this building at all when you walk through the halls. The turnover rate of experienced teachers is horrifying and the Superintendent offices in admin appear to not care. Our house is for sale and we are headed to Round Rock. That was the only answer we could think of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

This is my son's first year in kindergarten. I had read the reviews on here- but despite of it decided to give it a chance- I have seen none of what the other parents have complained about and I theorize that since this school was brand new last year that some latitude should be given. That said, I do see that they are experiencing some overcrowding this year- but that has not affected the level of education. I am so happy with this school- My son's kindergarten teacher has successfully balanced the needs of the gifted with the beginners without anyone being left behind or anyone being bored. Now that is the mark of a true gifted teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

I can't believe the mismanagement of this school. Not a good atmosphere for any type of leaning needs students. My child is in special ed and the service we had in Houston was ten times better. They are not fit for any special learning needs. The administrators are rude and set a very rude tone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

Glad to hear it isn't me. This school needs and overhaul. Last year I went to school to take my child out to lunch and walked in his room and no one in the office would help me. The principal was rude and standoffish. My son didn't even know the principal's name and it was March. It seems as though few staff members are happy there and the discipline in not to be seen. What I saw in the halls that day was a free for all and my son's fourth grade teacher told me it is always like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

I would so like to agree. The discipline at this school is wild. I subbed there for three days and said not again. The teachers have told me that they're not allowed to write up students for misbehaviors, that swearing, spitting, talking back and refusing to do their work is not ground for a referral. I have a 2nd grader there and if it doesn't get any better; we are moving to a near-by district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

I have had several dealings with this principal. Notice the turnaround rate of teachers at this school. In my dealings with her, she is immature, shows favortism amongst her teachers, and couldn't tell you the name of my child or anyone elses. Every good teacher has left that school. I only have one year left there with my child, stay away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

I have been very, very pleased wih this school. The faculty and administration are friendly, helpful, and genuinely interested and involved in my child's needs, as well as every other child. My son is a GT student and has truly benefited from his time at this school and grown under the teachers he has had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

This is a terrible school the children are out of control. My child is a G/T student and he very well mannered and my husband and I have taken alot of time and will continue to do so to help keep our son on the right track. However, it is very hard to do this when you are made to take your child to such a terrible school The office staff is rude and the principals are not that helpful. This school is horrible I wish I didn't have to have my son here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2008

This school has excellent staff and principals but the students are not very well behaved at all. There are many discipline issues and much time is spent trying to get control in the classrooms. All of my children have attended this school but I am seriously considering homeschooling.
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female91%
Male95%
Black or African American85%
Asian91%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education83%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students91%
Female98%
Male85%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education40%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented94%
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 Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education80%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education83%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
Black or African American75%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education83%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female67%
Male83%
Black or African American69%
Asian100%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education67%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingual75%
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 Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
Black or African American76%
Asian90%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education22%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students82%
Female73%
Male89%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education45%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingual67%

Writing

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education63%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
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 Students76%
Female73%
Male78%
Black or African American63%
Asian85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education67%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual57%

Math

All Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Black or African American73%
Asian77%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education33%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual44%

Science

All Students66%
Female62%
Male70%
Black or African American50%
Asian69%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education71%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingual38%
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 "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
Hispanic 48% 52%
White 22% 29%
Black 17% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 5% 2%
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) 35%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • TANA RUCKEL
Fax number
  • (512) 594-6805

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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528 Kingston Lacy Boulevard
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Phone: (512) 594-6800

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