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 above average high schools: Seguin High School and Arlington High School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the ARLINGTON ISD.
Seguin High School’s regular student population is 1,630 with a student-teacher ratio of 13.5 students/teacher ratio. The student population at Arlington High School is 2,674 students and a student-teacher ratio of 16.9 students/teacher ratio.
Seguin High School was accorded a State accountability rating of C (70-79) 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, 81 in school progress and 73 in closing performance gaps. It scored 79 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, Arlington High School also earned a State accountability rating of C. The school posted 80 in student achievement, 79 in school progress, 73 in closing performance gaps and 78 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 three distinction designations or awards for performance. For Seguin High School these are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies and with 25% student progress while Arlington High School secured in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Science and Social Studies.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, African Americans comprise the biggest group at Seguin High School. They make up for 34.72% of student population, followed by Hispanics (32.58%), Asians (16.26%), Whites or Caucasians (13.80%), Two or More Races (1.96%) and Native Americans (0.55%).
The student population at Arlington High School is also predominantly by Hispanics at 44.76%, followed by Whites or Caucasians (30.82%), African Americans (18.55%), Asians (3.03%), Two or More Races (2.21%) and Native Americans (0.52%).
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, Seguin High School has 269 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 16.50% of student population. Arlington High School has significantly more ELLs at 426 or about 15.93% of student population.
In addition, Seguin High School has 16.01% bilingual students, 8.59% are in the gifted and talented program, while 9.14% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Arlington High School with 15.59% bilingual students, 9.54% gifted and talented students and 7.97% students in the special education program.
Seguin High School's 120 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7 years with individual teaching experience averaging nearly 10.8 years. Arlington High School's 158 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7.7 years with individual teaching experience averaging close to 10.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, Seguin High School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 14 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 32 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 37 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 28 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including eight beginning teachers. Arlington High School has four teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 17 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 43 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 40 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 46 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including eight beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. Seguin High School employs 66 female teachers and 54 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 23 special education teachers are being assisted by 16 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs five staff members in the school administration department and 15 more working as school support staff.
On the other hand, Arlington High School employs 90 female teachers and 68 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by 12 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs eight staff members in the school administration department and 17 more working as school support staff.
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