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Lamar Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 742 students

 

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Posted July 21, 2014

My child attended kindergarten at Lamar. She had a wonderful year, learned a great deal and is reading beyond her expected level. The teacher kept in contact with us and updated on behavior and progress. They had many activities for parents to participate in. I noticed many parents participating in the school events. Overall, we had a great experience and hope the next few years go just as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

I love this school because of the diversity. My 9 year old attends Lamar and is learning a lot while also developing her creativity. The after school program provided by the YMCA is phenomenal. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

The teachers and staff at Lamar are quite friendly and the school does well with discipline. They also have great test scores and parent involvement in the PTO. Coming from another school last year I do find a few things lacking. Some teacher websites have not been updated from last year or are blank. Others have a bare minimum and are rarely added to. They should be used as a weekly or monthly newsletter to help inform parents what students are learning. When serious illnesses go around a class you find out about it when your child starts to mention the number of absences or comes home ill. No notes get sent to inform or warn you. Parents are also very under utilized in classrooms. They are not asked to help with math or reading groups but only to photocopy or be class moms. My son's teacher sent out a form requesting volunteers and I am told none have been contacted as to when they can begin. The school is good but a few small changes can make it great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

My son attends Lamar this year, and we could not be happier with the teachers and administration at this school. Every single staff member is very caring and they make sure the kiddos have the best possible school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

We moved to this school from a wonderful school system in another state. It has been an excellent transition for my other children who attend other schools, however, Lamar has been much more difficult. The faculty punish students for poor benchmark performance and give detention to students who do not perform well. The also give soda and candy to those who do well on practice STARR tests and ridicule those who do not. It's academically a good school but they test and prepare for the standardized testing so much that they lose focus and site of what is important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

LAMAR truly IS a great school. My husband and I are so happy with Lamar. My son loves Lamar and is doing very well there. All of the other parents in my neighborhood, really love Lamar, too. I know that, because (before enrolling my son)--- I would ask neighborhood parents and their children, "Do ypu like Lamar?". The answer was always an enthusiastic " We love Lamar!!!!" It's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I have two children attending Lamar, one entering second grade and one entering first grade. I have had very positive experiences with the teachers, the principal and the staff. It is a caring environment for the students but academically challenging as well. My kids are happy and secure at Lamar and I am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

My daughter loves her school and Miss Murphy is a great teacher ! She has helped her a lot with her transition from an out of country school to an american school. The principal was very nice with us as well as her staff . So , Thanks Lamar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

My son went here for kindergarten last year and I was not impressed. The teachers and administration for the most part were unfriendly and didn't seem as if they enjoyed their jobs very much. The principal and a few teachers can also be found across the street at the gas station during the school day smoking. I drove by one day and was shocked. What a poor example for children. The teacher complained about my son non-stop because he couldn't sit still very long. Go figure. He had just turned 5 right before school started. If you can avoid it, I think there are better schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

My son attended Lamar in 4th grade. A situation involving bullying, which led to an assault on my son and his friends, was not reported to the parents. When the parents confronted the principle, the bully was forced to sit in the principle's office for a week, then returned to class. I find it alarming that I did not receive a phone call when my son was punched, but the principle did find time to fit in her schedule a phone call to me when my son was sick on a TASK test day. I am one of three families that has pulled our children out of Lamar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

Lamar is an excellent school in most aspects. The school is well-organized and safe. The teachers seem to genuinely enjoy children and stay for many, many years. The weak link in this school is the gifted program. Once a child qualifies for GT, they are placed in a class with other GT children, but there are only 5 -7 GT kids in a class of 22. This means the curriculum is aimed at the majority, which are average students. When asked what my child would be doing differently as a GT student, the teachers could not give One example of Anything she would be doing differently from the average students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

I have 3 children & thank god for leading me to Lamar. My 7 year old failed 1st grade at his old school, I was even told he needed medication and that he was out of control. Long story short, my son passed 1st grade at Lamar with an excellent report card. My preschooler has advanced tremendously and is interacting with children , something she would not do before. My oldest son was an honor roll student at his other school. Yet I saw he was challenged and kept on his toes year round. I have all the faith in Lamar and think they succeed because they truly care. Kudos to Lamar !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

My child was not challenged enough and the teacher has ignored my requests of giving her harder assignments because she was way above level. Also, too much concentration on reading/writing leaves no room for math exploration and advancement. I believe the classroom dynamics were set to favor the weaker students (which is great) but the stronger students were left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

The individuals that work at this establishment are totally dedicated to children. This is what makes them stand apart from other schools in the area. THEY CARE!


Posted December 1, 2006

My daughter goes to 3rd grade at Lamar. We've moved around alot and have other schools to compare Lamar to. Lamar stands out as the best of the best. The teachers are wonderful and care very much for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

My son came from other country, his was at Powell School but they didnt have a ESL program. So we transfer him over Lamar and He had been really happy and his english had been improved a lot. His teacher Miss Machos is amazing. He feels capable and with the desire to study every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

Principal Lisa Garrison is a gem. ESL program attracts many foreigners, making this school more diverse and interesting than others in The Woodlands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

This school is very student oriented. Their academic achievments speak for themselves. The teachers and other staff take a true interest in the children. My son's teacher was wonderful about communicating with me and listening to my input. The school also heavily promotes parent involvement. I am definitely happy with my son's experience at Lamar.
—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.

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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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

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

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students95%
Female100%
Male89%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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

All Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education78%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students89%
Female85%
Male93%
Black or African American56%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education100%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted88%
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 Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female77%
Male84%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
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
White 52% 29%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 12%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MARY JANE KIRBO
Fax number
  • (832) 592-5810

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
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1300 Many Pines Road
Spring, TX 77380
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