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Pearce High School

Public | 9-12 | 2176 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $175,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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Posted April 16, 2014

This is an incredible school. The administration, coaches, directors and teachers work hard to allow students to be in multiple activities, if the students are willing to make the sacrifice. Perfect example is the athletic director. He performed (yes, singing and dancing) at the choir show last fall. The latest theater production this spring, Beauty and the Beast, included quite a few athletes. The academic expectations are very high. Fine arts programs including choir, theater and band are top notch. I have had one child graduate from JJP and three more in the pipeline. We are very pleased with the expectations, teachers and opportunities at JJP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

I'm an international school, i want to attend this school in grade 10th. Do you think i can catch the lessons? Are there any int' students in this school?


Posted April 1, 2010

I graduate from this school in 2008 after spending only two years there. This is one of the best public schools in America. Pearce students are expected to excel in both academics and extracurriculars. I am currently ranked number one in my class at a top North American university and I believe my years at Pearce had a huge influence on that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2009

My child was on 'homebound' schooling for her 7 & 8th grades due to a serious illness. Despite the 2x a week in-home teachings, she fell behind in her learning. Upon entering JJ Pearce HS, I told the principal and counselors of her condition, obtained some tutoring and with a little help from the principal and counselors, my daughter not only is passing her classes, but thriving in this school. The wonderful, caring staff of this school have made such a difference in the life of my daughter. Life could have been much harder for her to adjust and integrate back into school, but everyone at Pearce has given her the understanding and a little extra 'push' to help her through this transition period. My sincere thanks to everyone at Pearce for helping her so she can finish high school and become a healthy, productive individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I attended Pearce from 03-06 and I loved it! Talk about a great mixture of academically involved students. Thanks to the brilliant teachers at Pearce and a great environment I was able to balance varsity sports, my high G.P.A., a social life, sports newspaper editor, my own volunteer organization and much more! The parents were down right awesome too as well as the counselors and principals. You will not find a better public school out there. Oh, and so much better than HIGHLAND PARK...okay that's just my rivalry-instincts speaking! =)


Posted July 14, 2006

It doesn't get much better than Pearce H.S. Great neighborhood and great school. High expectations for all students in academics, athletics and fine arts. Excellent theater program that welcomes all kids. Faculty is top-notch. Principal provides leadership and vision. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be involved. Very active PTA and booster clubs support all areas of the school. There is something for everyone at Pearce if you choose to participate.
—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.

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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.

558 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

548 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

497 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

493 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

490 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

490 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 95% in 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Social Studies

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

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • 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

Algebra I

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

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

467 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%
English I Writing

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

613 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%
English II Reading

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

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
70%
English II Writing

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

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
50%
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.

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
89%
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.

550 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%
World History

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

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

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 Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education73%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education89%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education78%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students79%
Female84%
Male75%
Black or African American64%
Asian70%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education44%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students62%
Female68%
Male57%
Black or African American41%
Asian70%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education21%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students66%
Female71%
Male63%
Black or African American33%
Asian81%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education5%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
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 Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education79%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

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

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 Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black or African American81%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education80%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students88%
Female83%
Male93%
Black or African American84%
Asian100%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education53%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted86%
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
White 49% 29%
Hispanic 38% 52%
Black 7% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 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) 5%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%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
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • BEVERLY VANCE
Fax number
  • (469) 593-5169

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
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1600 North Coit Road
Richardson, TX 75080
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Phone: (469) 593-5000

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