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Psja Southwest Early College High School

Public | 9-12 | 1743 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

THE WORST, IN SECRETARIAL PROFESSIONALISM, PLEASE GIVE YOUR STAFF SOME TRAINING. AS A PARENT OF 4 MY KIDS WHO ARE 23, 19, 17, 14. NEVER HAD I EXPERIENCED STAFF EMPLOYEES BEING UNQUALIFIED AS THIS SCHOOL. WITH ALL RESPECT WE ARE FROM LAS MILPAS AREA AND NOT BECAUSE OF THAT DO WE DESERVE LEAST. BUT YOU ALL HIRING THESE INDIVIDUALS SHALL HAVE OTHER STANDARDS TO MAKING SURE THE SCHOOL MEETS SKILLED INDIVIDUALS...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

This school is run like a middle school and most of the teaching is the same too. The classes are either AP or Pre-AP, but either way your student will fail when test time comes if its not the TAKS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2013

Horrible administration. Ginnie pig school. Make sure your kid is ready for college courses because if he or she flunks out of the class he or she is in it will effect his or her eligibility for financial aid in the future. Many of the students are just being pushed into college classes without any real advisement or knowledge of the college system or knowledge of how financial aid and or how financial aid eligibility really works. Administration is constantly changing which is a testament to its poor leadership. Discipline is an extreme issue at this campus. Their are tons of students constantly walking the halls and not in class. Their pre-ap classes are a joke. They just throw all the kids into pre-ap and expect the brightest students to learn while the worst are distracting/disrupting the class. This school is poorly managed and poorly run and the current principal is simply Dr. King's tool.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 12, 2010

Although this is a brand new high school, the entire staff is is extremely committed to the children's education. Their motto is "establishing a legacy of College Readiness". The teacher's provide tutoring as needed, coming in early and staying late.
—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.

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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.

307 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

300 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
n/a

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

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 Students91%
Female96%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%

Math

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%

Science

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)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.

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 Unacceptable".
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2008-2009.

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.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
65%
Algebra II

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

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

646 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
34%
English I Writing

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

685 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
22%
English II Reading

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

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
89%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
52%
World History

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

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

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 Students29%
Female31%
Male27%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Special education21%
Not special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)16%
Proficient in English38%
Migrant35%
Non-migrant28%
Gifted/talented58%
Non-Gifted28%
Bilingual61%

Algebra II

All Students89%
Female93%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingual84%

Biology I

All Students54%
Female57%
Male50%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special education36%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English71%
Migrant48%
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingual79%

Chemistry

All Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Special education8%
Not special education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English44%
Migrant33%
Non-migrant36%
Gifted/talented75%
Non-Gifted33%
Bilingual59%

English I Reading

All Students28%
Female36%
Male22%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Special education16%
Not special education29%
Limited English proficient (LEP)12%
Proficient in English43%
Migrant23%
Non-migrant29%
Gifted/talented85%
Non-Gifted25%
Bilingual68%

English I Writing

All Students16%
Female21%
Male11%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Special education3%
Not special education17%
Limited English proficient (LEP)4%
Proficient in English26%
Migrant11%
Non-migrant16%
Gifted/talented67%
Non-Gifted13%
Bilingual44%

English II Reading

All Students49%
Female55%
Male43%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education13%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English65%
Migrant41%
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingual71%

English II Writing

All Students22%
Female23%
Male20%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Special education0%
Not special education22%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English29%
Migrant13%
Non-migrant22%
Gifted/talented71%
Non-Gifted18%
Bilingual48%

English III Reading

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

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 Students55%
Female58%
Male53%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education29%
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English64%
Migrant47%
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented74%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingual69%

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 Students44%
Female43%
Male46%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education20%
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English62%
Migrant27%
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted41%
Bilingual78%

World History

All Students40%
Female34%
Male45%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special education7%
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English49%
Migrant18%
Non-migrant42%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted37%
Bilingual70%
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 99% 52%
White 1% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Black N/A 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 33%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MELBA LOZANO
Fax number
  • (956) 354-3172

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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