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Big Country Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 646 students

 

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13 reviews of this school


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Posted January 20, 2011

I agreew ith the last comment. I have 3 kids that attend this school. Every since they came to this school there grades have dropped tremendously. My son was on the gifted and talented at previous schools and since we been here he is failing. What I dont understand is how is he failing a class but he passes his benchmarks with 100's and he passes his TAKS with above avg? Someone tell me what sense does that make. I am looking for another school for my children. I have communicated with all there teachers and no one as yet to help me out. I carea bout my childrens education obvious they do not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

The school went from Exemplary to academically acceptable in the last couple of years. The only major change was a new principal and vice principal. I get the feeling that most of the teachers don't want to be there. The new principal seems nice enough but the schools scores have steadily dropped since she took charge. I am very disappointed with the school and its performance. Since I looked at the latest test scores I am looking for an alternative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

The teachers & administrators are fabulous! The school has several activities throughout the year to help parents get involved & to keep the year fun for the kids. Just because this is a Title I school, don't think for a minute that children are getting anything less than an excellent education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

Hi, I really like the teachers and administrators at this school. My son has attended here for the past 2 years and he loves it. It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

Big Country is the best school my children have attended. We moved from the NISD and I couldn't be happier. My son is a bit advanced for his age and his teacher took extra time to make sure he didn't get bored. I would certainly recommend the school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I also would not recommend this school to anyone. This is the fourth year my child has been there and the worst year thus far. Most of the teachers do not look like they want to be there. This will definitely be the last year my child attends this school and I would not recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I find that the communication betweenschool personnel and parents is limited. Since the switch of administrion in 2005 and 2006, the quality of instruction has declined.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

I would not recommend this school to anyone who is considering it. Teachers do not look like they want to be there. They ask for volunteers, but volunteers are not treated well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

I am very disappointed with the current principal leadership at this school. I feel as though they do not want any parental involvement what so ever at this school. I've been involved at this school as a parent for 7 years now and have done much volunteering. This is the first time that I have felt very discouraged and intimidated by this school. Overall the teachers are great, which is why my children are still attending. However, I no longer feel comfortable on continuing to send my children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

I have two children that attended this school. I have experienced quality education. My son had trouble in reading and writing, but now I see a great improvement thanks to Mrs. Alvarez and Mr. Rice. The principal and vice principal posses great leadership skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Excellent school and very wonderful and helpful staff. My child has attended this school since first grade and haven't had one of those teachers you wish that you had got stuck with. All the teachers work together very well. May i add, once again, great staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2005

Big Country has a dedicated Staff that is consistently developing and refining programs to improve the opportunities for their students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2004

My daughter is in kindergarten, our first year in school. Big County and Mrs. Stolte, the kindergarten teacher has made our first year an unforgettable one. Thank you Big Country. Thank you Mrs. Stolte.
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

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

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students90%
Female87%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education89%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education78%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/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

English Language Arts

All Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education71%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education71%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female95%
Male85%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education40%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talentedn/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

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female85%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education80%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students89%
Female85%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education80%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students77%
Female84%
Male71%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education25%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual58%

Math

All Students61%
Female56%
Male65%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education11%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingual38%
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 Students75%
Female73%
Male78%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education57%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual33%

Math

All Students53%
Female53%
Male53%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Special education57%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingual22%

Writing

All Students74%
Female82%
Male67%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education57%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual56%
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 Students73%
Female77%
Male67%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education80%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingual50%

Math

All Students58%
Female56%
Male60%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education30%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual25%

Science

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education78%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingual50%
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 "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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 83% 50%
White 8% 31%
Black 6% 13%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Pamela Dahlquist
Fax number
  • (210) 645-7561

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2250 Pue Rd
San Antonio, TX 78245
Phone: (210) 645-7560

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