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Highland Forest Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 538 students

 

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Posted April 10, 2014

.I just want to say this is the best school ever My daughters teacher Mrs. Rodriguez 2nd grade has helped her so much before we moved my daughter's grades were slipping and she was not happy at her other school but now that we moved she loves to go to school each and every day at Highland Forest her grades have improved so much we are so proud of her and all that the school has done to help her succeed I love that they let parents come and eat lunch with them they. The staff is so nice I m so glad that we made the right move I just wish we would have moved sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2010

Since the previous principal, Mr. Ornelas, moved to another school in the district, everything has gotten worse at this school. Luckily, my child will be finishing up this year and will be moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

The dual language program at highland forest is impressive. My child went into it not know any spanish and just after one year, knows so much! I am extremely impressed at the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

My son just finished kindergarten at Highland Forest and we couldn't have been happier. His teacher, Miss Emmons was wonderful and he excelled in her class. We are very sorry that we will be moving out of state and leaving this school. It is a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

My son entered the 2nd grade this year as a new student to East Central district, and I am mad that I didn't do it sooner. His teacher Ms.Madigan, the principal, vice principal and the school staff could not be more dedicated to their jobs than they already are. To see the principal and vice principal out to greet the students every morning is quite impressive, and it goes to show how much they care for the school and its students. I have nothing but great praise for the school and would recommend that all parents in the area let their children attend Highland Forests over private and charter schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

My child's teacher, Ms. Kasper, was amazing. She is so committed to the kids. She exemplifies what a teacher should be. She really strives to make the kids excited about learning. I was always impressed by her complete focus on learning and acheivement. She truly does it for the kids. The school had a few administrative and staff problems this year but the whole staff handled it well, never losing sight of the kids education. The individual attention to each child's needs was wonderful. My child was so inspired by Ms. Kasper. I saw a complete change in her attitude last year directly due to Ms. Kasper. She is truly an angel!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2004

I think Highland Forest is a great school. I know this year will be just a great as last school year. Mrs. Mazzy is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

Most of the teachers at Highland Forest are caring, committed, educators. There are, unfortunately, a very few teachers who are teach because it's a secure job with lots of vacation time. These teachers do not have high standards and are not dedicated to the students. Provided that your child has one of the many awesome teachers, she or he will have a great year of growth, but given the wrong teacher. Also, the district spent all the funds on building an attractive structure, and there are hardly any moneys available for supplemental curricum or needed supplies. This is a ECISD problem and blame falls on the board and main office.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2003

Being a new school, I had looked forward to a rewarding experience for my grandchildren. It was a year of nightmares. I hope they can improve for the children's sakes. We moved out of the district to avoid having to go through another year.


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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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

126 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students87%
Female93%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education75%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female87%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education90%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not 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

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%
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 Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education67%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female76%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education44%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted63%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 91% 52%
White 6% 29%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 16%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • SHANNON FULLER
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  • (210) 333-4069

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3736 Southeast Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78223
Phone: (210) 333-7385

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