School Details

Cambridge Elementary School

1001 Townsend Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 822-3611
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 1-5 805 students 15 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

89%
89%
76%
82%
75%
70%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Alamo Heights Isd average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
84%
74%
75%
73%
70%
79%
80%
73%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Alamo Heights Isd average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
88%
76%
89%
91%
79%
80%
83%
73%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Alamo Heights Isd average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cambridge Elementary School is a public elementary school in Olmos Park. The principal of Cambridge Elementary School is LAUREL BABB and can be contacted at lbabb@ahisd.net. 805 students attend Cambridge Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 4% of the Cambridge Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 18% of the 805 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 21% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cambridge Elementary School is 15:1. St. Peter Prince of Apostles School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Fencing
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 55%
Hispanic 39% 39%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 20%
Limited English proficiency 4% 5%
Economically disadvantaged 18% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    We transitioned to Alamo heights public schools from private school and I was very nervous about how my 5th grader would do but it has been the best experience of his life. His teacher has been there many years and you can tell she truly cares about the kids and making learning fun. They have technology available at their fingertips and they learn using computers iPads smart boards etc which keeps the kids interested. the principal does a great job keeping parents informed with weekly emails. Overall excellent experience.

  • (9 months ago)

    Cambridge is an amazing school. IT has a small town feel and teachers are constantly striving to engage students and creating live long relationships. Children are happy and the faculty carries a smile in their face

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended Cambridge from 2006-2010 and I had a fairly good education. Although I was bullied throughout my education was excellent- except 4th grade. I had good teachers and Ms. Reese was probably the best I had and Mrs. Alexander who has since retired. I was well prepared for middle school and I loved my experience at Cambridge minus the bullying problems.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has taken my daughter to an all new level of academic accomplishments and self awareness. She has a high self esteem and loves school. I have to give the credit to her first grade teacher Mrs. Harney. Mrs. Harney is my daughters other "mom" and my daughter professes her love daily for her teacher. This is a great school with great teachers!

  • (2 years ago)

    My children are in 1st and 3rd grade and are doing very well in their studies. I do agree that there are some teachers who are pushing green agendas but I think that is a direct influence by the Department of Education and a travesty for public schools in general. That said the class sizes are relatively small parents are actively engaged and to paraphrase the superintendent - teachers are encouraged to teach according to their lesson plans rather than teach to pass a test. While AHISD gets a bad rap for being elitist I think the atmosphere is fairly balanced and the children especially integrate well regardless of their economic backgrounds cultural differences and ethnicities. It really is sad that this distinction has to be made but since other posts alluded to it I wanted to make sure I addressed it and confirmed that Cambridge is a school designed to ensure all children thrive in their academic careers. There are an abundance of enrichment courses and physical education courses available it is worth the extra property taxes we pay to ensure our children receive the best education possible.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cambridge is an excellent elementary school and worth every penny we pay in Alamo Heights property taxes. Our son is in the Spanish Immersion program and Strings. His teachers have high academic standards and consistently teach with enthusiasm and creativity. While AH may be perceived as elitist our son has a diverse group of friends both in and outside of Spanish Immersion. Parents are highly involved and Cambridge administration is focused on preparing children for academic excellence.

  • (5 years ago)

    Change is a part of life when I had a concern regarding my child the principal he set aside time (from I am sure a very busy schedule) to let me discuss the situation. A plan of accountability was established and he asked me to follow up with him. I felt his genuine concern not only for my child but all the children at Cambridge. This is my 3rd child at Cambridge first time in Spanish Immersion her teacher is great! They encouraged more participation by urging her to test for G/T entering in the Technology Showcase not just to be satisfied for just showing up at school. The music program is great as a parent who son started in Strings and is now in HS Band. The HS Band fosters a family atmosphere which I know the Band/music directors from elementary to Jr High to High School strive for.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm frustrated with the revolving door of principals. The campus is definitely not what it used to be. Too many traditional teachers or too many green teachers. The spanish immersion program is too elitist. Also too many discipline problems.

  • (6 years ago)

    Cambridge is an amazing school. Our son came here for 3rd grade from an ISAS private school and this school is light-years ahead than anything his old school had. Wonderful caring teachers. Outstanding fine art department - the annual family art night is an amazing event & the afterschool music program is just fabulous. The librarians worked up a summer reading list for our son tailored to his interest & needs. The dyslexia program is 5++ stars - Mrs. Dolan you are a treasure! There is limited teaching to TAKS needed because the students know the work already. Students are happy at this school and it shows.

  • (6 years ago)

    Cambridge has seen an enrollment increase due in part to its emphasis on enrichment opportunities including a four year Spanish immersion program strong after school opportunities including gymnastics cooking chess pottery etc and an emphasis on technology integration. Over half the teaching staff have a Masters degree and the partnership between parents administration teachers and students is terrific. It has a small town feel in an urban setting. The new principal is doing a great job of bringing in the best talent and maintaining excellence as many veteran teachers approach retirement.

  • (7 years ago)

    Have several kids enrolled here for years. It is not as good as it use to be. The few old teachers that remain are pulling the load for the weak green teachers that have been recently added. This use to be the best school in SA no now. My child TAKS scores dropped last year even though she made all 'A's.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is currently in third grade & daughter in first grade at this school. I LOVE it. Unfortunately we are moving hence the looking around on this website. Cambridge is a wonderful neighborhood school with excellent parent involvement (PTO library volunteers field trips etc.) Many families walk to school. The faculty is concerned with safety and communicates well with the parents on all issues. We have a new principal & new VP this year plus about 19 new teachers - everyone seems pretty happy with the new additions & changes so far. PTO runs a fantastic after school program. (gymnastics fencing cooking chess football spanish etc) I will be VERY sad to leave.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter just completed the first grade at Cambridge and she had a wonderful experience. The school has a small town very personal atmosphere. It is an academically rigorous school with a very bright student population as well as very developed art and music programs. The teachers are all fantastic and very experienced. Even thought it is a a public school it almost feels like a private institution perhaps becasue of its relatively small size and that most students live within a few miles from the school. The parents are very involvd in the school and this really makes a difference in terms of special events such as family art nights etc. Cambridge is truly a unique and special place.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Cambridge for two years. We came to it from a private school in Los Angeles and have been consistently pleased with the quality of the education and the warmth of the teachers -- I consider a warm student-teacher relationship important to the learning process. Although there is some 'teaching to the TAKS test' Cambridge has the high-caliber student body and resources to go far beyond. The fourth grade put on a musical whose professionalism astounded me. The arts program is highly valued and the evidence is all over the school's walls. The library is enormous and despite the size of the school the librarian is able to recommend books for each individual student. The administration is highly responsive. All in all Cambridge combines academics with varied and creative approaches to learning.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school dedicated teachers. Lots of parent involvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school may be inner - city san antonio but it has rural qualities. The staff and teachers are fantastic and they do there absolute best to find out all about your child; as well as how to help your child to have a wonderful and progressive year. I am sad to have to leave but hopefully I will return the following year and my child will again attend this alamo heights school district of san antonio texas.

  • (9 years ago)

    i am amazed at the level of education. The amount of national honor society awarded through this district are high.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have been very happy at this school. They provide a good environment and involved teachers. In our classes the teachers have commented that their are virtually no discipline problems. Teachers a excellent and have a variety of experience from recent grads to 20 years of teaching. They have good programs GT spanish immursion reading music and after school enrichment classes. The school seems to be a little of a throw back to the 1950's - which is good. The school is within walking distance for most people and is in the center of the neighborhood. This is a school where most teachers and administration will know your child's name and yours. Other parents look out for your children as well as their own. Parents are welcome at any time and there are several opportunities to get involved. PTA is very active. Parents in this school put education as a high priority.

  • (11 years ago)

    its the greatest school! we especially like the heights program and the heights teachers ms hansel and ms veasy. -emily

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