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Van High School

Public | 9-12 | 654 students

 

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Posted April 15, 2014

Both of my sons graduated from Van. One was an athlete while the other was not. They both had a great high school experience and the non-athlete was not treated any differently than the athlete, which is often the case in a smaller school. They both have become successful young men thanks to the knowledge and preparation they received at VHS, one as a four year letterman in college, and the other enjoying a career in the military. You couldn't ask for a better counselor than Bill Giles. He helped my boys make some tough decisions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

We were fortunate enough for our son to be able to transfer to this school in his Junior year. He has struggled through school his whole life with teachers from another district just wanting to put him in Special Ed Classes and he was put through extensive testing at the Scottish Rite Hospital and they said NO special ed! The teachers at Van from Day 1 took the time to look at his papers and see what he had done incorrectly without knowing his history. From that point forward, he has been an A-B Honor Roll Student! Kudos to these teachers for taking 5 minutes out of their day for ONE student.....it changed his life!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

This school has been great for my son. He drives half an hour to school each day and he chose to go to that school when they had open registration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

i went to van for 2and 1/2 school years and loved evrey minit of it i have also been to lindale high school faris isd and robert e lee high school in tyler but out of all of them thear was no school that ever came close to the quality education that i receved from van ; ex vandal charles barbarick
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2008

If you want your child to go to a school that's about what's best for kids- then Van is it! Kids really do come first. Overall, almost all of the teachers take a vested interest in their students. The teachers are more like mentors then simple instructors. During the difficult teenage years, that often makes all the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

I choose to go to Van even though i live out of district because it is that good! I would not want to call my self the alumni of any other school. As a 12 year student of Van i can tell you as well as anyone that Van's teachers, principal, and staff care about the students and want them to succeed. No matter what some students of parents say, this school has equiped students for the future better than I even thought possible. If anyone at Van does not succeed it is not the fault of the school... The teachers are always showing us our potential! The blame can only lie on that student for not sharing in the drive to succeed. Our Acedemics, Sports, and Extra-Curricular activities are amazing and students who are involved and determined go far!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

3/26/2008 I agree with the other parent who rated on 9/11/07. This school does not recognize each students individual needs. I have made every effort to work as a team for the success of my child, and I feel my childs success is not important to them, it's swim or sink. I know my calling or e-mailing for my childs status even sparked a complaint from the teacher to my child. I wished they worked more with the students needs and help from parents to reinforce at home...they are not interested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2007

this school puts kids in 'boxes' and doesn't strive to get all of the kids to work hard to do their best. They try to teach to all kids the same way. The children are not individuals. They are just another child. The personalities of each child should be considered more by all teachers and administrators. There are only a handful of teachers that have realized this and utilized this in their teaching style. They are the best teachers. They want to find a way to get all children to perform to their highest potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

Van is a great school. Most of the teachers really care about the school, and they teach us well. They prepare us for the TAKS wonderfully. Because of my history teacher, I only missed one question on the Social Studies TAKS, and I have friends that didn't miss any. The teachers here equip us with knowledge so that we can pursue whatever it is that we want to be.
—Submitted by a student


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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

158 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

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 95% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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%
Female100%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students90%
Female95%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education75%
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 "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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%
Algebra II

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
38%
English I Reading

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

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%
English I Writing

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

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%
English II Reading

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

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
73%
U.S. History

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%
World Geography

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
64%
World History

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

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 Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education41%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education47%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female85%
Male68%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education38%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students64%
Female70%
Male57%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education23%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students48%
Female58%
Male39%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education8%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students80%
Female90%
Male69%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education38%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students57%
Female68%
Male46%
Black or African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education6%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted54%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education67%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
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 Students73%
Female67%
Male80%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education50%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted71%

World Geography

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education29%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Male63%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted58%
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 80% 31%
Hispanic 14% 50%
Black 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Spanish
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  • Mr Jeff Hutchins
Fax number
  • (903) 963-5591

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  • Spanish
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985 N Maple
Van, TX 75790
Phone: (903) 963-8623

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