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Psja North High School

Public | 9-12 | 2067 students

 

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Posted July 29, 2013

i'm sorry, but this is a great school with hundreds of amazing opportunities. It is a safe school. There's no fights during the school year, it's actually rare to find gang members. I hate that everyone believes that this school is unsafe because it's "ghetto". Go to school there and you'll see that it isn't what everyone makes it out to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2009

I had been to PSJA North the rate of quality and safety did not go down. The only reason we have publicity is because the people wants us to become a bad school just because they don't like us. But PSJA North is a very good school the teachers are great and i think they teach very well in my perspective.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2009

my opinion is that in my eyes this is not!!! a 'safe school'! lots of gang violence is going on ... it's not fair to teen agers that actually want to learn but can't learn because of teens that are just rude & mean & disrespect the whole class it's not right at all!!!!!-April
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

I had attended PSJA North when it first opened, and has dropped in Quality and Safety for our children. I do understand that it does offer AP courses for our children but when it comes right down to quality and safety it is still below the National Average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2007

Psja hs is honestly a great school and our academic programs are very difficult, our school offers the 'ap' program which will better equip us for the near future. I am currently in our school's symphonic orchestra and it is one of the most respected orchestras in the valley. My high school experience is, and has been absolutely fantastic and therefore I would never trade it for anything else. Go raiders!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2006

Actually a great school for any student, yet gets a bad wrap for the intangibles.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

568 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

550 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

441 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

439 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

436 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

434 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%

Math

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Special education35%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%

Science

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education40%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
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 "Academically Acceptable".

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.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%
Algebra II

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%
Biology I

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

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

617 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
39%
English I Writing

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

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
29%
English II Reading

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

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
92%
English II Writing

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

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
75%
English III Reading

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

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%
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.

578 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
60%
World History

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

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

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 Students50%
Female51%
Male48%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education29%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)34%
Proficient in English55%
Migrant36%
Not migrant50%
Gifted/talented78%
Not Gifted48%
Bilingual63%

Algebra II

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingual100%

Biology I

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education18%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English77%
Migrant58%
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted67%
Bilingual92%

Chemistry

All Students60%
Female63%
Male58%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education31%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English64%
Migrant71%
Not migrant60%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted55%
Bilingual80%

English I Reading

All Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education15%
Not special education32%
Limited English proficient (LEP)3%
Proficient in English40%
Migrant8%
Not migrant32%
Gifted/talented89%
Not Gifted28%
Bilingual69%

English I Writing

All Students22%
Female28%
Male17%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special education4%
Not special education23%
Limited English proficient (LEP)2%
Proficient in English28%
Migrant9%
Not migrant23%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted18%
Bilingual64%

English II Reading

All Students56%
Female62%
Male51%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education19%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English64%
Migrant47%
Not migrant57%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted51%
Bilingual74%

English II Writing

All Students29%
Female36%
Male22%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Special education0%
Not special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)1%
Proficient in English33%
Migrant21%
Not migrant29%
Gifted/talented63%
Not Gifted23%
Bilingual48%

English III Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%

English III Writing

All Students66%
Female71%
Male56%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented82%
Not Gifted61%

Geometry

All Students72%
Female73%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education43%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English77%
Migrant64%
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented82%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingual77%

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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students51%
Female49%
Male54%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education39%
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English60%
Migrant26%
Not migrant52%
Gifted/talented87%
Not Gifted48%
Bilingual79%

World History

All Students41%
Female42%
Male41%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education21%
Not special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English46%
Migrant47%
Not migrant41%
Gifted/talented84%
Not Gifted34%
Bilingual67%
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) 20%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • DALILA GARCIA
Fax number
  • (956) 354-3140

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(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
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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