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.
Ware Elementary School has a regular student population of 478 with a 16.3 students/teacher ratio while East Texas Montessori Prep Academy has 1,021 students and a student-teacher ratio of 17 students/teacher ratio.
Ware 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 70 in student achievement, 85 in school progress and 78 in closing performance gaps. It scored 83 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, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A. The school posted only 97 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.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Ware Elementary School. They make up for 60.88% of student population, followed by African Americans (29.50%), Whites or Caucasians (6.49%), Two or More Races (2.51%), Asians (0.21%) and Native Americans (0.21%).
The student population at East Texas Montessori Prep Academy is also predominantly by Hispanics at 42.41%, followed by African Americans (40.45%), Whites or Caucasians (12.34%), Two or More Races (3.72%), Asians (0.78%) and Native Americans (0.10%).
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, Ware Elementary School has 240 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 50.21% of student population. East Texas Montessori Prep Academy has significantly more ELLs at 271 or about 26.54% of student population.
Ware Elementary School 12.13% are in the special education program, 0.42% are in the gifted and talented program, and bilingual students comprise 50.42% students. East Texas Montessori Prep Academy has no gifted and talented student, while 5.58% are in the special education program, and bilingual students comprise 26.35% students.
29 teachers employed at Ware Elementary School have been teaching in the school for an average of about 2.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 7.4 years. The 59 teachers at East Texas Montessori Prep Academy have been serving the school for an average of 6.4 years with individual teaching experience averaging 10.2 years.
Of its teaching staff, Ware Elementary School no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has two teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, seven teachers have worked for 11-20 years, two teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 14 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers. East Texas Montessori Prep Academy 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, 12 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 24 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including one beginning teacher only.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Ware Elementary School there are 26 female teachers and three male teachers. Of its teaching staff, three special education teachers are being assisted by six teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has one staff members in the school administration department and six more working as school support staff.
At East Texas Montessori Prep Academy there are 54 female teachers and five male teachers. Of its teaching staff, three special education teachers are being assisted by 38 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and eight more working as school support staff.
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