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Plano East Senior High School

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Posted January 26, 2013

Plano East is a Great senior high school. The campus has a layout as a college campus has, preparing you for when you graduate and go to college. Excellent Teachers and Programs for all students, Has a good mix of races which is a good environment for students to be in. Also has an IB Program which not all schools have, I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

I AM A STUDENT GRAD CLASS OF "10" if it wasent for the teachers that Ihad Iwould have given up on ever trying my best in hs. Everybody talks down on plano east hs, but for me Ifelt like Ididnt have to be something Iwasent. I felt like I belong somewere for the first time in a plano school. So the people that talk down on plano east hs maybe you are looking for the wrong things in a hs. Maybe you should be looking at the hearts of the kids instead of the major apperence
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

I had really high hopes for this school for my child, but it really didn't meet his needs. The teachers, on the whole, are substandard compared to others with whom I have worked (Garland ISD). As one parent wrote, there are teachers here who feel they are beyond reproach and outright defame their students. Tutorial help is a joke - it's like a classroom of students who don't understand a thing. I moved my child out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

I am a former student (class of '08) I moved to Plano my sophomore year and my peers were rather welcoming, diverse, and accepting. They treated the students as very capable adults. Formerly a Mesquite ISD student, I wore standardized dress, didn't have off campus lunch and had less than 30 minutes for lunch. The education is also superior to that of Mesquite's--no doubt. I'm glad I moved here, I just wish I would have done so sooner.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2009

Amazing school! great staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I am a student that graduated in 07'. I am very truthful of wether something is worth it or not. Plano East is definitely worth it. I was not one of the very brightest like many of my friends, but regardless I always had the assistance needed. This school is different since its diverse I strongly feel this brings encouragement among many to become successful with great help of the teachers that listen to the student and help them. A special thanks to a teacher that motivated me and assisted me in obtaining a scholarship that pays for my education today.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2009

It has a diverse program from Baccalaureate to basic classes for all race, color and greeds!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

If this is the best the Plano school system has to offer, then we're in trouble. This school has a history of bad principals and teachers who think they're beyond reproach. Cheerleaders, star atheletes and 'popular kids' in general aren't held to the same rules as the rest of the population. It's a recipe for rot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Strong academic expectations combined with award winning extra curricular activites
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 5, 2008

I was class of 08' at PESH and i belive that school is one of the best, the teachers are great and help you in any way they can so you will graduate.


Posted October 12, 2008

I'm in the IB program at PESH, which is pretty good. All my IB teachers and my AP teachers except for one are all beyond stellar, willing to listen, and teach because they want to teach and not because they failed at becoming something that pays better. They make me actually want to learn and study, something I honestly never really did in junior high. The AJROTC here is also pretty good, especially its orienteering team. One thing that I don't like about here is the offices - they take forever to respond, keep directing you to other subareas, and don't seem to prioritize very well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

i go to this school and it's great. the teachers have no problem asking them a million questions. the school is absolutly gorgous. the white buildings and pond. you'll feel like a collage student. they have portables in the back because of maybe over population. it's big. you'll love it. i think PISD is where everyone wants to be
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

PESH is a great school. This is my son's first year there. He's learning a lot and all of his teachers seem sincerely interested in helping the students succeed. So far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

From the dedicated principal to the enthusiastic teachers - PESH is an awesome school


Posted January 25, 2008

We moved to Plano because of the information about the School System. Our son started and finished in PISD. There are many opportunities for the children to enhance their lives. The academics, sports and many extracurricular activities gives our children a much better chance for success. Our son played several sports and still maintained advanced placement classes along with opportunities to volunteer within his community. He graduated in 2004 with 12 college credits. He was also able to test out of 9 credits at LSU so he entered college with 21 credits hours. The teachers and staff at East encourage and prepare our children for college which, in turn, gives them a much better chance for scholarships. Parent volunteers are invaluable to the district and it's success. After College visits it became very apparent Colleges are aware of Plano Academics. I highly recommend PISD to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2007

Great school - three of my three children have graduated from PESH over the past 5 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

Both my children graduated from Plano East (1999 and 2002). Plano East provided them a very strong base for academic success in college (both graduated from a major university in 4 years, one of them graduated from college Cum Laude and the other was just short of Cum Laude). Both of them entered college with 12-15 hours completed through advanced placement classes at Plano East and both commented that the excellent academic and classroom experience at Plano East had prepared them very well for the challenges of college. They also found a wealth of extracurricular Fine Arts opportunities at Plano East that enhanced their high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

Excellent School, emphasis on academics is superb
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

I went to PESH and it was an awesome school. Extracurriculars were so good they don't even compare to most other states high schools or colleges.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 3, 2006

I had one child who attended PESH and was extremely pleased with the quality of the academic programs at the school. I had heard that PESH was the red-haired step child of the plano schools but found the contrary. PESH has a wide range of programs - music, sports, etc. and my daughter found the academics to be challenging. Parent involvement didn't strike me to be overwhelming. It was as I expected
—Submitted by a parent


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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 95% in 2013.

1404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

1394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

1392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

1392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%

Math

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Asian98%
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
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Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%

Science

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Male96%
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Asian100%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
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 "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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

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

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Biology I

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

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The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

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English I Reading

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

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

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

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

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English III Reading

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

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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U.S. History

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

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36%
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

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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
White 41% 31%
Hispanic 26% 50%
Asian 15% 3%
Black 14% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Karen Mcdonald
Fax number
  • (469) 752-9001

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3000 Los Rios Blvd
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