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West Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 514 students

 

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Posted April 13, 2014

Faculty and staff strive to challenge students in their education at West. Constantly searching for opportunities to create an ever-growing enthusiasm for learning and critical thinking. As a district, our motto is "One Team, One Purpose!" That is our ultimate goal: to prepare students for their next journey in life and encourage them in their endeavors. Every teacher is well aware that we have the opportunity to make a difference in children's lives . Each day, every year! As a third grade teacher, my reward is knowing that I have made a positive difference in a child's growth and development. They depend on us and look to us for guidance. I think,as educators, we should always be trying to improve and search for ways, to increase our effectiveness and teaching style. I consider five stars to be perfect. But if we are always looking for ways to improve, we will never have five stars. For the last 3 years, we have been implementing a guided reading program, including a number of staff training on reading/writing workshop. We are in desperate need of up-to- date reading material for whole class and small group. $5,000 would be a dream come true!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 23, 2010

All 3 of my kids have gone here and the teacher are very understand and patient with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I wrote a review on this wonderful school and began raving about my son Christopher's teacher. Silly me forgot to tell you her name. Ms. Brooke Thomas 2nd grade teacher! This teacher is as good as it gets! Never did I as a child have such a teacher. I had some good ones, but never one that had me so interested in learning the way she has my son. also, I do not ever recall having a principal that seems to care as much as the one hear at West. We came from a different city last year and little did we know that we hit the jackpot! This is an amazing school.Thank you for having such a womderful group of teachers that seem to care and a leader in a principal & vice principal that is truly outstanding... Thanks again- Lacee, a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2006

Well I know that West is a great school from first hand experience. I attended West when I was a child. Now my daughter attends and she loves it. She has a speech problem, but it seems to be getting better. She is excited to go every morning and loves her teachers. Thank ya'll for being such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2006

West Elem. is the best! My son attend Pre-K this past year 2005/2006, he has a speech problem and they worked so hard with and myself. He is doing so much better because of West Elem. The teachers are aswsome! Thank you so much for your great work with my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

The teachers at West Elementary are trully amazing. They not only focus on the academics but they focus on the childrens social skills and provide a very safe and loving enviornment. Sometimes the children may not have a great home enviornment but their school envirnment is fantastic, so kids feel like they are trully loved and cared for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

It is okay but it will be better when the remodeling is complete.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2004

My child and I had the best first year of school experience ever. Mrs. Brannon and her assistant Mrs. Bainbridge were phenomenal in their deliverance and participation. I am very proud to say my little boy attended West Elementary at Arlington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2004

Congratulations West Elementary!! Your EXEMPLARY rating from the great state of Texas just lets everyone else know what we've always known: West is the Best!! The staff of this building have to be the nicest and most helpful people ever! If you want to see REAL teamwork and consistent action behind the spoken goals, just spend a day at this school. The staff is always happy and upbeat resulting in happy and successful children. We are consistently touched by the heartfelt dedication we see here! Keep up the fabulous job, West Elementary!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2003

Both of my boys go to this school. They enjoy going everyday to see their friends and their teachers. They have learned alot of new things.


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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students90%
Female87%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education71%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students83%
Female74%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education38%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
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 Students83%
Female94%
Male75%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education67%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students86%
Female88%
Male85%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education60%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students88%
Female94%
Male84%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education56%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
50%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

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 Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education53%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingual88%

Math

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education31%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingual71%
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 Students70%
Female63%
Male75%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education33%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingual100%

Math

All Students62%
Female67%
Male59%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education20%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)54%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingual75%

Writing

All Students56%
Female59%
Male54%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education0%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingual75%
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".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 29%
Hispanic 40% 52%
Black 6% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
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) 19%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • ROBERT HERRERA
Fax number
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8901 White Settlement Road
White Settlement, TX 76108
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