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Venus Elementary School

Public | 2-5 | 608 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2014

This could be a great school with a different principal. She is the root of all of the issues. The teachers are terrified of her because she is bully, which affects the students. It is so sad that we don't have a choice to send our students here. It is not surprising that there are so many new teachers on this campus every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

My child was screamed at by teachers on a daily basis and not only did the principal do nothing, she allowed it to happen. All year long because they were screaming about doing better on the state tests. It's not ok to scream at my child to the point that she doesn't want to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

This is just not a great school. There are some teachers that are good and really want the children to succeed. However, there are a lot of issues with the kids not being able to sit down and eat their lunches, they get maybe 10 minutes for recess which is right after lunch and many kids don't want to play since they just ate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

I am very disapointed with this school. No text books available for students or parents. Lunch is a mess with cafateria employees telling children not allowed to finish. Teachers screaming at students an inch from there face. Bullying is a big problem by adults and students alike. Teaching for the test is priority at this school, with no concern for development. However with members of the school board who have been serving 20 years you cannot expect improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

In response to the March 12 post. It is true that VES did not meet standard one year. However, due to the state testing changes, VES has not had the opportunity to show what we have done since then. Unfortunately we were below standard in one subject in one grade level. The students, parents, and staff have worked hard to correct that challenge and look forward to the new state rankings to come out soon. It is true we do not issue textbooks to the students. This is in consideration of the weight of the books and backpacks the students are having to carry. Also, contrary to the way we were raised, most modern lessons are being taught without the use of textbooks. However, VES will be glad to issue textbooks for the year to any parent that requests them. We do have a caring staff and great students at VES. Please take the time to check us out yourself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2010

My experience with this school has been a very positive one. My daughter attends this school and she is pushed on a daily basis to do her best, help others, and participate in after school activities. I have also substitute taught and seen the inner workings during a school day and found the teachers to be caring and very competent with the curriculum. This district has some growing pains to work out as all districts do but with more active and participating parents supporting the admin, teachers, and staff this district could easily be a 10 out of 10,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

I thought moving to this area would provide my child with the advantage of having a more personal relationship with teachers since it is a smaller area. The education standards are poor and the teachers are not interested in kids doing well or most of them don't understand the curriculum themselves. Some of the staff is rude and unprofessional. I will not stay in this area another year. If you can avoid this school district, do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

A school where teachers care about the education of their students. I'm proud to have had all 3 of my children attend VES and I look forward to having my 4th child attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

My children have been going to Venus ISD their whole lives. They all excel academically and in extracurricular activities. They've all liked the teachers they've had so far. I've never had a problem with the teachers or the staff at the elementary school. Quite the contrary. Every time I've met with them, they seem sincere in wanting my children to succeed. I don't know the problems of some other students and their parents, but I, for one, love this district and my children couldn't imagine going anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

Pricipals are self absorbed and lack of attention focused on the children doing well is less than satisfactory. Parent involvement is not accepted and frowned on. The teachers are told that if they accept help from parents they are not doing their job. The secretary is rude to many parents and is not kind to the children. Think twice before moving here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

i love venus schools my daughter seems to be very happy with this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

My girls are in 3rd and 5th grade the teachers are great, but the assistant principal and are not very helpful with problems. The food served is very poor and of low quality if you can avoid this district I would.
—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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

124 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

142 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
86%
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 82% in 2011.

156 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

156 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education29%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)66%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education57%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
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 Students70%
Female77%
Male63%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education29%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)51%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education29%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students66%
Female77%
Male56%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
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 Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education88%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education63%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students78%
Female75%
Male80%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education86%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%
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 77% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%
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 Students74%
Female74%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted72%
Bilingual48%

Math

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education20%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)51%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted60%
Bilingual48%
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 Students62%
Female66%
Male58%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education20%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)49%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted57%
Bilingual52%

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education20%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted72%
Bilingual92%

Writing

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education0%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted58%
Bilingual46%
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 Students83%
Female77%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingual69%

Math

All Students85%
Female80%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education60%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingual88%

Science

All Students76%
Female67%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education40%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted72%
Bilingual65%
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 "Academically Unacceptable".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 52%
White 41% 29%
Black 2% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 34%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 13%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • TAMMY WITTEN
Fax number
  • (972) 366-8808

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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