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Santa Fe High School

Public | 9-12 | 1416 students

 
 

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Posted April 13, 2012

My husband and I graduated from Santa Fe High in 2000. We both went on obtain a masters and doctorate degree. The students for the most part are nice at SFISD. The city is sterotyped as a bunch of "red necks" but there are a lot of good people in Santa Fe. I would not live anywhere else and believe me I have lived a lot of places. My children attend SFISD elementary and we like the school. I just want people to know SFHS does not always get the credit it deserves. Several of my friends who attended SFISD are now a Dentist, Physical Therapist, Pharmacist, Veterinarians, Teachers, etc. SFISD produces educated people! My only suggestion is I wish the school would put more money into their Career Technology program for seniors. The kids need more vocational certifications so they can go to work right after high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The kids are being taught to never give up....never ever. Teachers are spending lots of time with kids that want to learn & counseling those that don't as to why they should. They are going the extra mile.


Posted May 28, 2009

It is an average school, but there could be more discipline put forth from the teachers. In my personal experience at other schools, I'd say Santa Fe could push us, the student body, harder to prepare us for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2009

This school is awful, my kids were doing great here, but when I moved they were so far behind it took massive amounts of tutoring to get them up to the other kids. They are doing great now but I would never let them go back there, the teachers don't care and the principals are worse. Teach the taks is their motto!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

Wow.. It's Santa Fe! Everyone that goes to Santa Fe knows. Its just like every school some teachers are willing to go that extra mile some are not so willing. I believe if you want to exceed you can, its about what the student want. I will always look back and remember fun times and grat people! Former student of Santa Fe High 2004 Lacy
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2007

The dress code is not enforced for all students - If you are not a football player or your parent is well known in the community,you get called on the code. I see gothics with multiple piercings, pipe pants, chains walking out of the school! With all Texas schools, they teach TAKS and not the basics. That is why so many students do not succeed after high school. I feel the teachers are limited on what they can teach! No creativity is allowed, just TAKS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

Santa Fe Schools are very poor in there teaching. All this school worries about is money. Another subject Santa Fe schools only worry about is dress code. The staff only worries about what the students are wearing, instead of caring about their grades. I think Santa Fe Schools need to start focusing on the more important things, and not how our students look.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

The problem is not the teachers or staff but the rules and way it is ruined
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

A nice acedemic program and very intellegent teachers. But there do seem to be a lot of fights and racial issues have been present.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 26, 2005

First off, you have to look at the percentage of graduates who later went into the military or are only going to College of the Mainland or ACC. My graduating class had maybe 10 people who went on to bigger and greater things. I bore witness to people sleeping in class and getting graded on being able to tell the teacher what day it was. There were more drugged people than you could believe sitting in classes. The staff and teachers were more set on just making it through the day with the minimal amount of effort, but still be able to supply the test scores needed for funding. I as well as several friends were basically pressured to step down from the advanced classes and join the regular classes. Hopefully it has changed since 2000. But if those teachers are still there, then it hasn't. It's all about sports there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2005

The principals I would have to say are the most active with the students. The teacher quality is very poor, they don't help the students who are having a difficult time with the work. The way the teachers figure is if you are failing them there is no hope for you. There are a few extracurricular activities but this school is all about the band. The school reciently put in a CSI course, there is also choir, and art. But for extracurriclar that is all there really is. Parent involvement is low because the school keeps you informed with letters and not many of thoes make it home. The safety and dicipline are very poor. The school officers are rarely ever there and the students get to choose their discipline. They have the choice of Saturday detention, In School Suspension, or the paddle.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

340 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

343 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

328 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

322 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students80%
Female77%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education77%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
69%
Algebra II

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%
English I Writing

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

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
38%
English II Reading

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
24%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
10%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
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.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%
World History

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

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 Students48%
Female55%
Male42%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education10%
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant49%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education45%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students68%
Female72%
Male64%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education50%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students55%
Female64%
Male47%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracial44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education18%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted54%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students39%
Female48%
Male30%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special education4%
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant39%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted37%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male64%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education13%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students41%
Female49%
Male33%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Special education13%
Not special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant40%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted38%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students70%
Female74%
Male66%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education38%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted68%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students64%
Female66%
Male63%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education22%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students57%
Female46%
Male67%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education36%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant57%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted55%
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 79% 29%
Hispanic 18% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 13%
Two or more races 1% 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) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 17%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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