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Birnham Woods Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 799 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 6, 2014

My son just started kindergarten here. Keeping in mind this is my first child to be of age to attend school I have been impressed with my experience with the school and staff. The staff is very helpful and polite. When I speak to my sons teacher she is very informed about his interested. She is also realistic about his strengths and weaknesses. My favorite thing about the school is that they have a great reward and recognition program for students who behave correctly. It is well balanced and rewards students while not creating a sense of entitlement. There are also a ton of activities and events. As a father I am also impressed by the amount of things that father's are invited to be a part of. If I could ask for one thing to be done better it would be communication. I don't understand why the online slander for the school doesn't have more info on it. The ones that they send home with you child is great but the one on the website lacks even the most basic information making it useless. The website overall feels dated and is not the easiest thing to navigate. Other than that it had been a very pleasant experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

My son attends Birnham Woods and I must say, I can't wait until he is finished with this school. The lack of communication and ability to work with strongwilled children is disappointing. Teachers are very quick to point fingers at certain students and even go as far as diagnosing students with ADD/ADHD when the student doesn't cooperate. Teachers have forgotten their job is to teach and help kids not dictate and toss aside kids due to the teachers inability to teach properly. If you don't enjoy teaching then get out and find another job. The kids are paying the price for the teachers not doing their jobs correctly. Too much politics involved these days rather than teaching. The leadership in this school is saddening as they have no clue what is taking place nor do they care. They continue to side with the teacher no matter what. I'm very close to contacting my lawyer and filing suit due to situations that have occured.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

Love the school and the teachers. Had an issue and after a little while, it was resolved. My son is in first grade and loves it. I volunteer and really enjoy it. I can't wait until my other son is going there too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2013

This is an incredibly diverse school in all areas. Socio-economics are highly mixed, religion is highly mixed, racially mixed and filled with not only a large GT population but many inclusionary/special needs students. It is also (currently) the largest elementary school in the district (one of the largest in the state). It will lose close to half its population next year with a new elementary school opening. It has it's problems. It also has many good points. Administration is 1 principle and 2 APs. Concerns are always listened to, but they stand behind their staff sometimes to the detriment of the kids, follow protocal a bit too much at times (no gray areas), but if nothing is standing in their way, they go out of their way for the kids. I've had a bullying problem 2x and they jumped all over it. The counselor is excellent. Most the teachers are concerned and approachable, just a few rotten apples and in a school that large, not surprised. Most tend to really look out for the kids and if you are at all slightly involved, you can see how much is done for the students at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

The school is very large, shy kids may get overlooked and bullying is ignored... My boys attended 2011-2012 school year. My oldest in 3rd grade had wonderful teachers. However, my 2nd grader was a different story. The lack of communication at this school has me at a lost for words. When we had our final conference with the 2nd grade teachers, I was appalled at the disrespect and rudeness sent towards my husband and I. The Ast. Principal who was also present, seemed clueless to what goes on at the school, and ignored the arrogant attitude coming from one of the teachers. Needless to say, we couldn't wait for our lease to be up, and move far from this school zone. We look forward to attending our new school this year, Timber Creek...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

best school ever,they realy teach here at this school,not like other schoolsmy name is rhonda how are u today
—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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

171 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

166 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

155 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education50%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female83%
Male96%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education57%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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 Students90%
Female91%
Male88%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education71%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female90%
Male91%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education67%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male80%
Black or African American47%
Asian40%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education56%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female78%
Male79%
Black or African American53%
Asian60%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education70%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female82%
Male62%
Black or African American47%
Asian40%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education56%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted68%
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 "Exemplary".
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2008-2009.

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 59% 29%
Hispanic 23% 52%
Black 9% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 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) 4%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

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31150 Birnham Woods Drive
Spring, TX 77386
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Phone: (832) 663-4200

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