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James Bowie High School

Public | 9-12 | 190 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $63,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $630.

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Posted October 18, 2012

Great school, great spirit, amazing educators, and an awesome administration and school board. I am a graduate of James Bowie and I am now working on my Masters in Education. There is no doubt that I would love to return to JB as a teacher and invest in the schools already bright future. The students there have so much potential, but so many of them don't see it because they think to themselves "well i'm just an ol Simms boy, college isn't for me." The thing is that higher education is available for everyone no matter who you are or where your from, and that's what we need to get into these kids heads. In the past five years the administration has really stepped up and made some great changes. I hope they keep up the good work.


Posted May 19, 2010

i went to school at James Bowie from first grade till third. There's just something about that school that sticks with you! I'd love to get back down there someday and have a look around. As i remember it, school spirit was huge back then! I loved being a pirate then and am still proud of my days at James Bowie!


Posted March 7, 2008

Our school is dull... We no longer have any pride and some of the teachers are too noisy and never stick to their own classrooms! I think that some of the rules are violateing our right of Freedom Of Expression! If a guy wants long hair or a earing, then let him wear it! Its not the school's life... its our life that our parents pay for... not them! I understand the fact of respect, but you have to give some in order to earn some! Not-to-mention the fact that us Jrs. have lots of good ideas but our sponsers refuse to hear us out! So for a warning, if you have ideas... save time because they arn't going to listen!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

I think the Ag program is the shining star of this district. It is by far tops in the whole county and probably one of the strongest in the state. More students are successful in this program than any other on campus. It all starts with their teachers. I don't know what they make but it ought to be higher than most. This Ag program puts others to shame. My kids went through this program and are better people as a result. They teach real life skills that last a life time. Overall it is a great district. Small enough to care but big enough to provide a good education. Good administrators, good teachers, safe environment and great kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

To clarify a few things this district has the lowest tax rate of any K-12 school in the county. We maintain one of the highest graduation percentages in the region 8 area. Our technology level is well above average. Our administration and faculty are caring trained professionals that do a superb job in preparing our children for the next stage of their life. Bo Rogers Proud Parent and School Board Member
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

My children enjoy this school. We moved here about 10 years ago, and I have never felt so welcomed. The teachers are great. They know the students, they are on top of things. I appreciate them. As far as not agreeing with all of the things the professionals in their field do, we haven't walked a mile in their shoes either. There are a lot of good teachers at James Bowie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

The students here are outstanding. Unfortunately the administration and school board is a joke. It is a shame that such great students can't have the best qualified teachers and are being held back. The TAKS scores are less than desirable. Alot of negative publicity because of the actions of people who are supposed to be in charge and 'be professionals' in their field. A very high tax rate for such a small country school. The money is definitely not going toward hiring the best qualified teachers. This school needs a house cleaning starting at the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

Extracurricular activities are awesome for a 1A school. Lots of areas for student and parent involvement. Constantly striving to improve educational envionment to serve students better. My experience is that the leadership teams REALLY want your child to succeed. If they go into the military, maybe it's because thats all the PARENT expects of the child. It's not up to the teachers to raise our children. We must be active and interested what they choose to be active and interested in. I love the genuine concern for the community as a whole that is found there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

Great environment. Moral and ethical teachers, administrators. Students who are willing to learn will be well prepared for college. The counselor is very helpful in getting students and parents the information and forms needed to get aid or scholarships to great colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

No school spirit, teachers do not seem to care what grades are made by students. Most student go off to the military for a career.
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

47 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

39 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

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 95% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students90%
Female100%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special education70%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%
Algebra II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
25%
Biology I

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

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
44%
English I Reading

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

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
63%
English I Writing

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

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
51%
English II Reading

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

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
50%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
79%
World History

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

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

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 Students76%
Female94%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female100%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students68%
Female91%
Male45%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students44%
Female56%
Male33%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted41%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students82%
Female93%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students47%
Female64%
Male35%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted41%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students78%
Female100%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted67%

World Geography

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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students48%
Female62%
Male40%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted43%
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 94% 29%
Hispanic 3% 52%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Black N/A 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 0%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • (903) 543-2512

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