As your children go through high school, choosing the right school is equally important as deciding on a perfect home. High school is when students are given the tools to figure out the paths they want to pursue as adults. There are more subjects and extra-curricular activities that students can choose from. Taking on their interests and passions help to shape the critical decisions they need to make as they plan their future.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two excellent high schools: Taylor High School and Tompkins High School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the KATY ISD.
Taylor High School’s regular student population is 3,014 with a student-teacher ratio of 17.3 students/teacher ratio. The student population at Tompkins High School is 3,484 students and a student-teacher ratio of 17.5 students/teacher ratio.
Taylor High School performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A (90-100) based on three domains: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. Scores are scaled from 0 to 100 to align with letter grades. The school scored 92 in student achievement, 88 in school progress and 96 in closing performance gaps. It scored 93 overall in post-secondary readiness, a broad term that refers to student preparedness to undertake multiple pathways after graduation, or specifically, their preparedness for college education.
On the other hand, Tompkins High School also performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A. The school posted 95 in student achievement, 85 in school progress, 94 in closing performance gaps and 95 overall in post-secondary readiness.
A distinction designation acknowledges districts and campuses for outstanding achievement based on the outcomes of several performance indicators. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics.
Both schools garnered only six distinction designations or awards for outstanding performance. These are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, post-secondary and 25% closing performance gaps.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Whites or Caucasians comprise the biggest group at Taylor High School. They make up for 41.74% of student population, followed by Hispanics (28.10%), Asians (16.32%), African Americans (9.82%), Two or More Races (3.72%) and Native Americans (0.13%).
The student population at Tompkins High School is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 36.83%, followed by Asians (26.09%), Hispanics (24.54%), African Americans (9.21%), Two or More Races (3.07%) and Native Americans (0.14%).
In terms of Limited English Proficiency (LEP), a term used in the United States that refers to a person who is not fluent in the English Language, mainly because it is not their native language, Taylor High School has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 8.26% of its student population compared to 3.90% at Tompkins High School.
In addition, Taylor High School has 7.60% bilingual students, 11.71% are in the gifted and talented program, while 8.76% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Tompkins High School with 3.73% bilingual students, 16.04% gifted and talented students and 7.92% students in the special education program.
Taylor High School's 174 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7.4 years with individual teaching experience averaging nearly 13 years. Tompkins High School's 199 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 6.1 years with individual teaching experience averaging close to 10.9 years.
Of its teaching staff, Taylor High School has seven teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 28 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 59 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 42 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 26 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including 12 beginning teachers. Tompkins High School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 19 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 73 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 46 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 56 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. Taylor High School employs 104 female teachers and 70 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 18 special education teachers are being assisted by 31 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs seven staff members in the school administration department and 21 more working as school support staff.
On the other hand, Tompkins High School employs 120 female teachers and 78 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 21 special education teachers are being assisted by 26 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs seven staff members in the school administration department and 23 more working as school support staff.
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