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Mendenhall Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 579 students

 

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Posted October 24, 2013

Mendenhall is an elementary school with 600 students K - 5. 539 of those students are economically disadvantaged. The principal, Karen Noble, is a wonderful woman. She knows every child by name and makes a point to speak to them individually and give hugs when so many schools say don't touch. Her teachers are a direct product of her leadership. They all volunteer to tutor children every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school year. About 40% of the students do not speak fluent English and come from homes where no English is spoken. The school has a high number of students with special needs, both cognitive and emotional. It is not unusual for the teachers to supply their students with supplies and snacks. The attitude of the staff is positive and happy. This school is a good example of how it takes a village to teach a child. Mendenhall has an active PTA that works very hard to raise money for the children to experience those activities and field trips that the more financially stable schools get to experience. This diverse population is not always easy to work with or accommodate. Many long hours are spent with staff and PTA to make this school successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

This school was the best elementary school I went to. First I started in bilingual classes but up to third grade they switched me to an al English class and entered the PACE program. They didn't let me be in a class where I wasn't supposed to be at. They prepared me for middle school, they prepared me to enter all honors classes. The teachers are very nice. They make sure that you understand everything and make sure you do your best. They kept my parents informed about everything that went on in the school.


Posted November 10, 2010

This school has been a blessing for my child. She did not do well at her last school, but has blossomed and excelled at Mendenhall. The teachers are amazing and truly care about every student, and they offer plenty of extra activities. Furthermore, they focus on teaching students how to learn, rather than just teaching to a test or giving students facts to remember. The principal is very concerned and involved, and they do a great job of including everyone. More schools should follow their example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

This is not a good school. They focus on the lower students to the detriment of the smarter kids. Smart children deserve to be served just as much as ESL and lower level kids. This is also a very rough school with many discipline issues and problems with the kids after school. We are moving to get away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I do not recommend this school because they focus more on bilingual education rather than academics because most of the students are Hispanic. There is too much focus on discipline rather than encouraging the children. Test scores have gone done in average in the recent years. Many of my neighbors have sent their children to other schools, and so will I in the upcoming year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

I love this school. We have had 3 of our 4 children go thru Mendenhall, and they have all excelled in honor, pre-AP, and AP classes. The teachers are very loving, kind and interested in your children's education. No school is perfect....but Mendenhall is pretty close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My own kids went to Mendenhall. The teachers invest themselves in the kids by building relationships and helping students succeed. Teachers tutor after school and Saturdays to see that kids soar academically. There would be more parent involvement, but many of our parents are employed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 17, 2007

This is the worst school that my children have ever attended. The parents are not kept informed as to what is going on w/the children, you find out everything last minute. My children will not be returning to this school in the fall.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

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 85% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students94%
Female100%
Male89%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female100%
Male86%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
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

All Students86%
Female100%
Male69%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education71%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female98%
Male72%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education60%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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%
Female91%
Male94%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female91%
Male100%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%
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 Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education86%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual65%

Math

All Students60%
Female68%
Male56%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education25%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingual74%
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 Students48%
Female43%
Male54%
Black or African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingual33%

Math

All Students51%
Female44%
Male58%
Black or African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingual60%

Writing

All Students49%
Female53%
Male44%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingual27%
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 Students66%
Female66%
Male66%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education29%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingual31%

Math

All Students55%
Female55%
Male56%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education30%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingual31%

Science

All Students60%
Female56%
Male64%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education18%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingual23%
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
Hispanic 72% 52%
White 14% 29%
Black 11% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 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) 57%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • KAREN NOBLE
Fax number
  • (469) 752-2601

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1330 19th Street
Plano, TX 75074
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Phone: (469) 752-2600

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