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Schell Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 657 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted June 22, 2014

No doubts this is an amazing school. From the principal and office staff to the amazing teachers I couldn't be more happy with the experience we had this past year. My son was in first grade and it was his first time in Texas as we moved from Miami. From the first time I felt welcomed and informed. My son's teacher was amazing. Always approachable. The academic program is exceptional. My son was always learning new things and engaged. Every activity the school had which were not many but enough the staff and principal were always there to greet us and make us part of the school. The counselor which is leaving was outstanding...so sad she is leaving. We are transferring to another school distric and are very sad but we are moving so the only reason why we are leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

I could not disagree more with the comment below. Mrs. Beall has done a phenomenal job . She is professional and approachable. Mrs. Code is the true heart of the school. She is positive and has been a support for my children for many years. She was on mat leave for part of the year and is always very immediate when I call her. My kids absolutely adore her. The special ed department invests so much time into their students. I witnessed a teacher balling tears of joy after finding out that one struggling student passed the Star Test. All of the staff members are hard working, talented, and put their heart and soul into the students. We are so sad to transition to middle school, we feel like we are losing part of our family. Fortunately, my child is well prepared and has gained the tools to succeed thanks to the 5th grade team and other teachers along the way. They have challenged him and encouraged him. Unfortunately, the school lacks parent involvement. I volunteer when I am not working. I hope that the parents who view the school negatively take time to support the staff and get to know them rather than complain. You get out what you put into your child s school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

Mrs Bealle is a horrible principle! PISD needs to sends some undercover people to schell to see how abusive some teachers are to the students. I would not send your kid their unless you want your kid to be abused! I called the counselor ms code four times and never once got a call back and the principle says to just work it out amongst yourselves! THIS SCHOOL NEEDS TO MAKE SOME SERIOUS CHANGES AND THE FIRST THING TO DO IS TO HIRE A NEW PRINCIPLE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

Donot like school !They also have too many activities!!!Approximately 5200 billion... I understand parents are to be involved with children schools but its over the top! And wayyyyyyyyyy too much!! Ex: School Shirt Day; Crazy slipper day; College Tshirt day; Donate a book day; Favorite Team Shirt Day; Cowboy Boots Day; Bring a book day; Watch a DVD that we sent home with your child; Create a paper doll; Create a story with pictures and send it back.....You know Im like.. okay... "Teachers aren't this your job!!" Do it!!... and leave me out.. i have enough parenting to do... that's why i send them to school for you to teach and entertain.. leave me OUT!!!lol!, not to mention I just don't have one child to focus on/ that school is over the top/ and the stuff they do should drive them crazy!!... Absolutely do not like this school/ but my child seems to enjoy it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

My 2nd grade child goes to Schell. Very disappointing and unfriendly class teacher will not show up most of the time. I wonder if PISD has any rules for teacher attendance. And there is no one substitue which makes it harder for both (kids and sub teacher) to progress in the syllabus. In the few days, the teacher shows up they spend time watching videos on Youtube (serious waste of tax dollars). Art and music teachers are fair. Principal needs to take steps and change things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

I completely agree with the parent whose child is in special ed at Schell. My child is in special ed as well and the program for these kids is inadequate, the support staff under trained, and the services are horrible. We haven't really had a great experience with any of the staff either. All in all a terrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

Schell is a great school. The new principal, Mrs. Beall, is great. She is approachable. The teachers and staff are great and friendly. I love how the teachers in each grade work closely together and collaborate. They work on knowing each student in their grade level. Schell has a gifted program on site which starts at kindergarten. The PTA offers many after school activities like Drama and Chess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

My kid goes to special education at schell and its horrible,infact before this he went to west plano school and it was the same,true PISD is horrible at providing special services,no life skill at early age as they say "the fancier the restaurant the blander the food"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

Schell Elementary is a GREAT AND OUTSTANDING school. The art teacher is awesome!! My daughters are so motivated and happy! The principal (Mrs Danztler) is a very respectful and kind person, she's always smiling and caring with her students. Go COYOTES!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

The principal is awesome, and her leadership is evident in every aspect of this wonderful nurturing school environment! It's a place where teachers smile and students feel happy, safe, and encouraged to reach for the stars. The specials staff offers a great compliment to the curriculum with a challenging art program, an outstanding music curriculum, and an upbeat PE crew that motivates students for a lifetime of healthy habits. The diverse student population is served by a dedicated and creative group of teachers. All in all a great place for students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

Schell Has Fantastic Teachers and Students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Schell Elementary has an incredible staff, everyone from the principal to the custodian contibutes to the school and provide a wonderful atmosphere to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

It starts at the top. The principal- Mrs. Susan Dantzler is outstanding and has hired excellent teachers in all areas. The music and art teachers are gifted artists and the team leaders in each grade do a great job. The school nurtures individual strengths and makes each child feel valued.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

This school is excellent for a number of reasons: 1) The administration and teachers are excellent, 2) The student body is talented, focused on school, and very diverse (It's like a Walt Disney Small World), and 3) the parent involvement is very good. As a parent I want my children to be academically challenged, have an opportunity to relate to a diversity of people, and be in an environment in which they are happy an safe. Schell does a great job of accomplishing all of those goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

very excellent school and wonderful teachers,my son is having a blast every day,and a wonderful excellent principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

excellent school and wonderful teachers!!
—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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

109 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian98%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education83%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female93%
Male100%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education71%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African American92%
Asian97%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education80%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian98%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education80%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%
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 Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black or African American92%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students87%
Female85%
Male88%
Black or African American75%
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
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

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female87%
Male96%
Black or African American91%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education43%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female87%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education83%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
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

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asian94%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Black or African American86%
Asian97%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
Black or African American100%
Asian94%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%
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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Pacific Islander 58% 4%
White 24% 29%
Black 10% 13%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Two or more races 3% 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) 19%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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5301 East Renner Road
Richardson, TX 75082
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