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Berkner High School

Public | 9-12 | 2528 students

 

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Posted November 27, 2011

I am the father of 3 girls who graduated in 1999 and twins in 2005. They all loved it and one went on to get her PhD and our twin daughters recently received their master degrees. I liked the diversity. I think more could have been done to encourage dialogue among the students on diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2010

This is one of THE best Public High School in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex! The teachers care, they don't give up on the student, and they grade it fairly. I saw a huge increase in my son's mathematics skills in two months!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

I am currently a Junior at this school, and have loved it since Freshman year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

Berkner is a large, very diverse school, where students receive a quality education and are exposed to students of many backgrounds and cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2005

Good academic program. Music program excel within the state. Many students receive scholarships to universities. Sports and drama are available as electives. Overall good school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

I'm attending the school now and I would recommend attending Berkner if you want your child to be exposed diversity of cultures, religions and education. The exposure a young athlete can receive by football (won district championship this year), basketball (lasted to second round of playoffs, won district championship), tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, drill team, etc...is outstanding. If you're blessed enough, you'll receive a teacher that pushes you to the max, I have several and those are the best kind...the ones that want you to get past high school and beyond. The school actually pays for PRE-SATS when you're in the 10th and 11th grade to prepare you for SATs in twelfth grade. The counselors are extremely involved in fulfilling the desire of a student and what they want to accomplish after high school. Berkner is great for those who are expecting more and yearning for more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2005

I went to this school a few years ago. Overall I'd say it is a great school,with one a few flaws. My sophmore year I skipped 60 out of 80 days and they didnt contact my parents to inquire about this until the very end. At this time, we had some really great principals, an officer on duty in the building and a great lunchroom (had taco bell, subway and chik fil a in school! Caring teachers and was a good experience when I straightened up :o)
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.

683 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

669 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

601 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

590 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

584 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

585 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

549 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

546 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

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

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African American93%
Asian92%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American88%
Asian96%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%

Science

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Black or African American93%
Asian95%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American99%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)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.

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.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%
Algebra II

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

578 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

679 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%
English I Writing

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

744 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%
English II Reading

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

580 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

586 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

569 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%
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.

601 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%
World History

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

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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 Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
Black or African American70%
Asian89%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education43%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Black or African American90%
Asian94%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education71%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African American92%
Asian97%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students66%
Female72%
Male61%
Black or African American59%
Asian61%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education31%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)15%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students47%
Female56%
Male39%
Black or African American36%
Asian51%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education5%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Black or African American70%
Asian82%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education56%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students50%
Female54%
Male45%
Black or African American34%
Asian58%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education11%
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black or African American88%
Asian95%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education69%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students96%
Female94%
Male97%
Black or African American95%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%

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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students84%
Female81%
Male86%
Black or African American77%
Asian89%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education54%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
Black or African American69%
Asian88%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education43%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 30% 52%
Black 29% 13%
White 22% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 15% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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) 8%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

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

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • RON GRIFFEN
Fax number
  • (469) 593-7211

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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