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Fernandez Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 644 students

 
 

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Posted March 24, 2013

I was heartbroken when the Air Force transferred us out of San Antonio a couple of years ago and I had to pull my girls out of this school. My kids attended Fernandez and they absolutely loved it! All three of my kids were in the Multi-Age program, which is fantastic! (Mrs. Smith was outstanding) We are transferring back to the area and I still have one child in elementary school. We are including the neigborhood in this area, because of this school. I do not know the new pricipal, so I couldn't give a 5 star rating. We never had any issues with the teachers, the other students or any of the staff. The school was always clean, the students well behaved and the playground equipment was in good shape.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

Typical government school in a below middle class area; nothing great. The teachers pile on work and see who can do it. It's the new definition of "teaching". NISD is nothing great either but it's the best San Antonio has to offer. It's sad especially when it comed to the competitiveness of our kids after 12th grade. Best not to live in SA area if you have to move here, go north if you are interested in better schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

The multi-age program at Fernandez is excellent and the new principle Michella Wheat has been a much-needed breath of fresh air. She is very receptive to parents' ideas and concerns, and works well with the students. My primary complaint would be that the quality of the teaching staff is VERY inconsistent -as it is in all public schools due to teacher tenure. After my son's horrible experience in second grade, I would not allow my daughter to attend unless she made it into the multi-age program. Fortunately she did, and Mrs. Smith and her team are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The teachers there are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

I'm so pleased to see Fernandez' Exemplary status for 2008-2009. The teachers are awesome and staff is most supportive for all parents and families.


Posted August 3, 2009

This is a great school. The teachers are kind and really care about all students. The school administration works well with all community members and goes out of the way to be helpful. This school delivers a top notch education!


Posted March 28, 2008

This our 7th year at Fernandez Elementary (and our last as kids are moving on to middle school)). Our children have been extremely happy here and the teachers and staff are most supportive. The PTA is greatly involved in many aspects of the day-to-day life at Fernandez and welcomes all who are able to participate. The annual PTA sponsored school carnival in March is awesome and is greatly anticipated for all our families. The special needs programs are most qualified to help in the care of our children with a caring and involved staff. I have seen many of these children blossom during the school year! Mr. Raul B. Fernandez and his wife Sylvia are very involved in our school with both the staff and the students. It's not often you have the namesake of your school coming in and out and joining in for many of the activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

We attended Fernandez Elementary for 2 school terms and were extremely disapointed. The school itself is okay but the principal is cold and am not impressed with the office staff concerning security of the students. The PTA is good at raising funds but can be very hard to break into if they decide they dont like you. They have some excellent teachers inter mixed with some mediocre ones and they have stellar multi-age program that we did enjoy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Fernandez has been the absolute Best elementary school I have dealt with while raising 3 sons. Leadership is accessible at any time, teachers are grade A, and the safety and discipline of the children is of highest priority. Extracurricular activities include Bull Dog day; many hours are spent preparing for this extravaganza. Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez are visible and committed to the quality of education and support students and employees receive. Parents are constantly urged to be active in whatever capacity they can perform. Overall, Fernandez is tops in creating a healthy academic and social environment for its children. Employees seem to be contented which lends to a more pleasant learning experience. Keep up the great work! Carolyn Crowe (Wesley)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

This school/district has no idea had to handle kids with special issues. My child's appendix had ruptured when she was 4,ever since then she has suffered severally when it comes to her uncontorable bowel problems. tehy made her feel bad and told me she was doing it on purpose, but it was a medical condition. The teachers/ special education dept, who has no medical training thinks that it is okay to say that all mental/ medical issues has nothing to do with academic issues. The administration talked to my daughter and scolded her for having a accident in her pants, Without: notification to me her mother. I found out durning a ARD meeting.I would not reccommed this school for nothing. NISD, needs to get there act together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

This school and district are not concerned with children with special needs, although they do the necessary procedures to stay within the law they patronized my husband and I when we tried to get all the help our child needed. It basically came down to the districts money and special education program 'qualification rules'. We do not reccomend this school or district.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education67%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education67%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students95%
Female94%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education90%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male98%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education70%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education64%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-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

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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

All Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
Black or African American73%
Asian50%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education63%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female85%
Male62%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education38%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
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 Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
Black or African American57%
Asian80%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education40%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female97%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education60%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female82%
Male88%
Black or African American100%
Asian80%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
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 Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black or African American100%
Asian83%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education25%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female93%
Male96%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted94%
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
Hispanic 68% 52%
White 19% 29%
Black 7% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
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) 5%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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