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Serna Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 648 students

 

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Posted October 11, 2012

I have been trying to call and it saids wrong number.. (210) 650-1508. Please give me a call at (956) 832-5150 or (956) 373-4298.


Posted June 4, 2012

Think about it like this: eight out of ten of the last postings had errors. Look for yourselves. The only two which did not, were one sentence each. Think about this very hard.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 18, 2010

My both my daughters have always had problems with reading and math. Only my younger daughter goes to Serna. Well let me say that Serna has done their best to help her with her math and reading. She had dramatically improved on her math skills. As far as her reading they saw the problem and stepped in to give her speech therapy, which she needed. The speech therapist is so patience and kind, as is the dyslexia specialist. They have been working with her and help me feel like they are doing everything they can for her. The dyslexia specialist has even helped me get help for my middle schooler when I was having problems with her school. When I moved I was worried about my daughter leaving this school and having to start all over again. But her principal Mr. Price assured me that he would let her stay, to get the help she needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2009

this is the best school that my child has ever been, she has come so far here and the staff and teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

The teachers work so hard to accommodate the students. It is a Title 1 school which only makes it all the more challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

The academic programs seem to need small improvements.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 14, 2005

The school is an older school. The teachers are very helpful and love their jobs as well as the children. They are a Title 1 school. This is a good and a bad thing. My child can read at 5, so she is board some of the time. But I see it working for the school. I like the school and the staff. They do not have an art class. There doen't seam to be alot of parent involvement, but the ones that do are very detacated to the school and to the PTA. They need to come up with a better way of getting the children to the busses in the P.M.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2005

Serna is a high quality state recognized school. We are luck to live in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2005

This is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers. Many activities that involve parental involvement and fun learning for the kids. I wish we hadnt had to move away or my kids could still be here enjoying the warm atmosphere this school offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

We feel that the teachers are too immature to be teaching. Our teacher that we had this year had no patience and tried to be friends instead of an adult, whenever the kids got silly or loud she would loose it. I know kids get crazy but you have to have the maturity to handle this. The teachers are stressed and that leads to the kids being stressed it is a wonder that they even passed their TAKS test at all. My daughter who was an 'A' 'B' student when she arrived at the school suddenly was struggling to get a 'C'. Then when all the pressure from the taks test was off she returned to a 'B'. I say stop the pressure and teach. Stop being their buddy and be an adult. If kids get on your nerves don't be a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

the facilities at serna were disappointing at best...there is little effort on the part of most teachers to really help teach the children. My daughter went to school to receive an education , what she got in reeturn from her teachers was a friend or in other words a tolerable adult figure to let her slide in school...especially on homewrok. When confronted one of her teachers said she just did not have much time to be able to dedicate extra time to some of her students. we will be moving back to texas in the future but will not choose serna as an option for our kids.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male81%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
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 Students76%
Female84%
Male68%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students72%
Female67%
Male79%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students90%
Female97%
Male82%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students91%
Female87%
Male94%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education86%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students84%
Female71%
Male97%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education88%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
66%
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 Students64%
Female80%
Male47%
Black or African American75%
Asian50%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students42%
Female44%
Male39%
Black or African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education14%
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted40%
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 Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education33%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female49%
Male45%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education33%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female61%
Male55%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education33%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted54%
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 Students64%
Female68%
Male59%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students54%
Female61%
Male47%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female50%
Male56%
Black or African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted51%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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

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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 61% 52%
Black 19% 13%
White 12% 29%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
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) 11%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • JOEL LUTHER
Fax number
  • (210) 650-1508

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2569 Northeast Interstate 410 Loop
San Antonio, TX 78217
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Phone: (210) 407-7200

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