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Ab Harrison Intermediate School

Public | 5-6 | 610 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted December 14, 2012

Not a great school at all. The easiest way to describe this school would be militant and uncaring. Harrison uses a trust card system, which is essentially a require name badge for the students. The principal and staff would tell you it's a privilege-based system, giving students special privileges for wearing them. It's actually a tool for organized teacher bullying. Students are punished by getting their cards removed. Kids without cards, either because they were taken away or because they left them at home, are forced to sit at lunch in desks facing a concrete wall. With a few exceptions, teachers are rude and uncaring for students and parents alike. Parental concerns are never addressed...in fact they are often mocked. If you have it within your ability to avoid this school, please consider doing so. My child said it best when the conversation of bullying came up a while back. When discussing what to do when a student bullies you, my student said, "But the teachers are the bullies, what do I do about that?"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

We were sorely disappointed with this school last year. Our daughter was in 6th grade. Having moved from another school where she was in the Gifted/Talented program, it was disappointing to find that Harrison only has 1 GT class, Language Arts. The teacher of that class is disorganized and knows nothing about what it truly means for a student to be gifted. It is not simply being smarter than the other children. They need particular attention, helping them foster their critical thinking skills, etc. This teacher does nothing for that. The other 6th grade teachers that my daughter had seemed to focus their efforts on the struggling students and would ignore the brighter children. My daughter ended up having a mediocre year of school because of the lack of interest in her education and as a child. My daughter loves science and would frequently go to the science teacher and ask an 'out of the box' type question, she would normally be shrugged off and told to "go look it up". HORRIBLE school and pathetic teachers. I'm glad we are done with that place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

My daughter has truly excelled at Harrison. The teachers are tough but fair and the principal provides great leadership. We are looking forward to another positive year at Harrison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

This school is disorganized, poorly managed, and the staff is uncaring. As long as you are athletic, you are okay in this school. If you are geeky or nerdy, God help you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

The teachers are reasonably tough and they truly care about bringing out the very best in the students. They seem focused on true achievement, not just 'feel good' teaching. Gifted and Talented program is great. Our son is actually asking about college! At this school, its more than teaching to the TAKS, they are on track for real education. This school is a fresh breath.
—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 82% in 2011.

278 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

279 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

277 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
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 84% in 2011.

333 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2011.

335 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asian80%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education67%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black or African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education80%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 Students92%
Female98%
Male87%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education56%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African American84%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education79%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 77% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%
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 71% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%
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

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

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Algebra II

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

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Biology I

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

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

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English I Reading

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

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2012

 
 
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English I Writing

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

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2012

 
 
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English II Reading

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

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2012

 
 
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English II Writing

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

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2012

 
 
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English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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U.S. History

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

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2012

 
 
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World Geography

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

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2012

 
 
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World History

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

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2012

 
 
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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 Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Black or African American54%
Asian90%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education60%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female78%
Male84%
Black or African American58%
Asian90%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education65%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female82%
Male88%
Black or African American58%
Asian90%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education77%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted84%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male84%
Black or African American68%
Asian92%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education50%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Black or African American72%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education73%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-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

Algebra I

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Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

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Biology I

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Chemistry

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Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

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English I Writing

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English II Reading

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English II Writing

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English III Reading

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English III Writing

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Geometry

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Physics

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U.S. History

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World Geography

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World History

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 31%
Hispanic 22% 50%
Black 8% 13%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1001 S Ballard
Wylie, TX 75098
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Phone: (972) 429-3300

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