Choosing the best possible elementary school is critical to a child’s foundational development. In Texas, public school districts adopt curriculum standards set by the State Board of Education. The current standards, called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, outline what students should be able to learn and do in each course or grade. The curriculum is structured around the fundamentals of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, music and reading.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average elementary schools: Alamo Elementary School and Ashbel Smith Elementary School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the GOOSE CREEK CISD.
Alamo Elementary School has a regular student population of 727 with a 13.8 students/teacher ratio while Ashbel Smith Elementary School has 633 students and a student-teacher ratio of 14.4 students/teacher ratio.
Alamo Elementary School earned a State accountability rating of B (80-89) 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 79 in student achievement, 90 in school progress and 88 in closing performance gaps. It scored 89 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, Ashbel Smith Elementary School also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 73 in student achievement, 88 in school progress, 78 in closing performance gaps and 85 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.
It is in this area where the two schools differ. Alamo Elementary School's four out of seven distinctions are in Science, post-secondary, with 25% student progress and 25% closing performance gaps. Ashbel Smith Elementary School’s two out of seven distinctions are in Science and post-secondary.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Alamo Elementary School. They make up for 61.07% of student population, followed by African Americans (18.98%), Whites or Caucasians (12.24%), Two or More Races (4.40%), Asians (2.75%) and Native Americans (0.55%).
At Ashbel Smith Elementary School, Hispanics make up 85.62% of student population, followed by Whites or Caucasians (6.79%), African Americans (6.16%), Two or More Races (1.11%) and Native Americans (0.32%). There is no Asians student in the school.
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, Alamo Elementary School has 223 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 30.67% of student population. Ashbel Smith Elementary School has slightly more ELLs at 241 or about 38.07% of student population.
Alamo Elementary School’s bilingual students comprise 30.81%, gifted and talented students, 7.43%, while 8.25% are in the special education program. Ashbel Smith Elementary School bilingual students comprise 37.91%, gifted and talented students, 5.53%, and 13.74% are in the special education program.
52 teachers employed at Alamo Elementary School have been teaching in the school for an average of about 9.1 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.1 years. The 44 teachers at Ashbel Smith Elementary School have been serving the school for an average of 6.9 years with individual teaching experience averaging 10.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, Alamo Elementary School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has four teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 19 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 18 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while nine teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including one beginning teacher only. Ashbel Smith Elementary School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has six teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 16 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, two teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 16 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including three beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Alamo Elementary School there are 49 female teachers and three male teachers. Of its teaching staff, five special education teachers are being assisted by 21 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
At Ashbel Smith Elementary School there are 39 female teachers and five male teachers. Of its teaching staff, five special education teachers are being assisted by 18 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and seven more working as school support staff.
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