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Thomas Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 625 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $157,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,020.

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Posted February 18, 2014

Thomas Elementary school is probably the worst school in Plano. The principal Lynn Swanson is never there. My daughter was bullied for over a year and the school did nothing about it. I even went to the superintendent and nothing was done. It turns out that if the bully's mom is a teacher at the school then your child was not bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

Thomas is an excellent school. All the teachers I have met in the six years that my children spent there cared about the students. I may disagree with the principal once in a while, but she does keep a well-run school. The school has expanded the number of student clubs in the past few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2011

Thomas is a school full of teachers who truly care about the students and their families. We provided Christmas for close to 20 families at our school each year I have been there. Teachers spend unmeasurable hours before and after school helping our kids be the best they can be. We do not live in PISD but I choose to take my child to Thomas because it is so great.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2010

My daughters' first and second year at Thomas Elementary was great, the third year it was like a completely different school. My daughter even had a teacher that would try to provoke her; she constantly excluded her from classroom games, by always giving every student in the class a partner except my daughter. She has 3 more weeks at Thomas and I can't wait until it's over. I'm moving her next year to a different school. Thomas has been more problems than I could handle. I'm at risk of losing my employment if I leave my daughter at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

I think this school was a wonderful school for my son. It had a great sense of community and pride. And the staff and teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

We were very disappointed in our short experience with Thomas Elementary. Their security measures provide more inconvenience than deterrent to those who might harm the children. The first teacher we dealt with seemed aweare the school's many shortcomings, and cared very much for the children. She bent over backward to help. They downsized her. The next teacher we got was abominable. Her grammar was deplorable, her spelling was worse, and her attitude toward the children was shocking. Our child is still recovering after 2 months away from Thomas. We may have to move back to that area in the future, but will take pains to avoid that school at all costs. I deeply wish we had not bought a house so close by. Thomas takes no responsibility for the conduct of their students off school grounds, and the kids know it. Vandalism, bullying, and petty crime are absolutely rife outside of school hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2005

Thomas Elementary generally provided a positive environment for my children. The teachers love the students and welcome parent involvement. The program for building up character traits in the students (kindness, responsibility, etc.) is quite successful and encourages each child to become a self-manager. The PACE (gifted) program runs well and offers the students extra challenges/opportunities. We love Thomas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2004

The teachers at the school truly care about students! After school clubs provide students with varying interests to enrich their school day.
—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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education59%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
Black or African American75%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education57%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female88%
Male92%
Black or African American71%
Asian91%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education50%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students89%
Female93%
Male87%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education75%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education68%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education72%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black or African American77%
Asian88%
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education60%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%
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 Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
Black or African American70%
Asian80%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education50%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual78%

Math

All Students60%
Female60%
Male60%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education30%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingual100%
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 Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black or African American54%
Asian100%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education63%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingual14%

Math

All Students71%
Female70%
Male71%
Black or African American38%
Asian100%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education45%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)31%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingual25%

Writing

All Students70%
Female77%
Male66%
Black or African American54%
Asian100%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education30%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingual14%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Black or African American68%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education50%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)42%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female82%
Male75%
Black or African American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education44%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Black or African American71%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
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 "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 41% 52%
White 30% 29%
Black 19% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 4% 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) 31%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

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School Leader's name
  • LYNN SWANSON
Fax number
  • (469) 752-3501

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1800 Montana Trail
Plano, TX 75023
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Phone: (469) 752-3500

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