Hardly the teacher's pet

San Antonio elementary schools struggle to make the grade in new ranking of Texas’ best

Local elementary schools struggle to make the grade among Texas’ best

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Local elementary schools aren't exactly acing this ranking. Photo by Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

When it comes to the San Antonio area’s elementary schools, some aren’t really making the grade, particularly when compared with schools in other Texas metros.

 In U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of the state’s best elementary schools, which delved into the inner workings of 4,446 elementary schools in Texas, no schools in the San Antonio area ranked within the top 10. In fact, only three schools in the region ranked within the top 100 elementary schools in the Lone Star State.

Among those earning mediocre praise were Hardy Oak Elementary, at No. 70, and Timberwood Park Elementary, at No. 96.

For the brand-new list, U.S. News ranked schools according to performance on state-required tests, graduation rates, and high school preparedness. 

Hardy Oak, part of the North East Independent School District, has a student enrollment of 663 in grades pre-K through 5. The publication notes that only 84 percent of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 81 percent scored at or above that level for reading.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 53 percent; the student population is 49 percent female and 51 percent male; 9 percent of students are classified as economically disadvantaged; and with 43 equivalent full-time teachers, the student-teacher ratio is 15:1.

Timberwood Park Elementary, which is part of the Comal Independent School District, has a student enrollment of 728 in grades pre-K through 5. Only 81 percent of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 79 percent scored at or above that level for reading.

The minority student enrollment at Timberwood is 46 percent; the student population is 52 percent female and 48 percent male; 10 percent of students are classified as economically disadvantaged; and with 44 equivalent full-time teachers, the student-teacher ratio is 16:1.

The only other area elementary school to rank in the top 100 was Hoffman Lane Elementary in New Braunfels, which came in at No. 36 and is also part of the Comal Independent School District.  

It has a student enrollment of 793 in grades pre-K through 5. Some 85 percent of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 85 percent scored at or above that level for reading.

The minority student enrollment there is only 24 percent; the student population is 48 percent female and 52 percent male; only 6 percent of students are classified as economically disadvantaged; and with 47 equivalent full-time teachers, the student-teacher ratio is 17:1.

Unlike its annual list of the country’s best high schools, U.S. News & World Report didn’t come up with a national ranking of elementary schools. Rather, it published a ranking for each state. 

According to U.S. News, the 10 best elementary schools in Texas are:

  1. William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted, Dallas ISD.
  2. Windsor Park G/T Elementary School, Corpus Christi ISD.
  3. Old Union Elementary School, Carroll ISD.
  4. Carroll Elementary School, Carroll ISD.
  5. Hudson Elementary School, Longview ISD.
  6. Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy, Dallas ISD.
  7. Canyon Creek Elementary School, Round Rock ISD.
  8. Carver Center, Midland ISD.
  9. Cactus Ranch Elementary School, Round Rock ISD.
  10. Creekside Forest Elementary School, Tomball ISD.