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About This School

Forest Trail Elementary School is a public elementary school in West Lake Hills. The principal of Forest Trail Elementary School is Mr Charles Mccasland. 597 students attend Forest Trail Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 4% of the Forest Trail Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 0.7% of the 597 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 2% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Forest Trail Elementary School is 12:1. Valley View Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 81%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 10%
Asian 12% %
Hispanic 10% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 3%
Limited English proficiency 4% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 0.7% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I just love the school. Been there for 3 years now the teachers are excellent they care for the children the school is beautiful parent involvement is high with a lot of success helping the school grow. Great resources for kids to study learn and have fun. However kids have to study they also care for test results (the way the rated exemplary every year is having high scores).

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved here from another State and in my opinion this school is awesome. Great leadership awesome teachers and very good programs. The computer lab/teaching is far superior than our previous school. High parent involvement. I don't have a special needs child but my friend does and she hand selected this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I had to remove my child from this school because it is not a safe environment. Routine bullying and extreme lack of supervision on the playground. Forget asking the principal to do his job; he looks quite tired and is below mediocre. School teaches to the TAKS. Not a good place for gifted and/or special needs children.

  • (6 years ago)

    The children have high test scores because the population of children in that area are very bright children. The teachers provide plenty of creative learning activities for the children especially the music teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are very good and I believe they have the best intentions however they teach to the test which may account for some of the high test scores. I was happy for my child to attend this school and district but I also found that it suffers from the same issues as probably all schools and districts including children with severe discipline problems who as a result require more time and distract teacher efforts with other children. There is also a lot of parent involvement but many times it appears to be a competition of parents to see who can 'one up' the other in terms of who has what and who can give what. Diversity is also lacking.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our son has been in Forest Trail for two years. We strongly recommend this school. Teachers are responsive parents are involved and the school sponsors numerous events that the children enjoy. Also our child required ESL assistance and this program is EXCELLENT. The teacher is dedicated to the childrens' success in English. She smartly uses science computers Lego robots and other devices to teach the language skills. We are very happy with this school and recommend it for anyone moving into the area.

  • (8 years ago)

    Being so lucky to have our daughter at Forest Trail is amazing. Everybody at the school is talented to teach and to deal with kids. Also having a daughter with english as a second language just havent been a problem in just a few months she was loike an American student...Re. activities I would prefer if the kids could be more outside especially in PE they are to much inside. Rest is fine. Parent involvemnet is fine in the beginning of the school year but I notice before Christmas people are just not interested anymore. The Principal is the most fantastic person he is everywhere and he is doing such a great job with all the employees and kids at school. You are lucky to have him at Forest Trail.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent teachers Debbie % Cheri in front office are wonderful involved parents

  • (10 years ago)

    I have children in both the special education and gifted and talented programs. Both programs are superior.

  • (10 years ago)

    My children have attended 4 different elementary schools in 4 different states. This one clearly stands above all the rest. Very high standards academically and behaviorally. A very friendly child centered creative staff.

  • (10 years ago)

    The finest example of what an elemenary school should be. Superior staff challenging curriculum safe and orderly learning environment high expectations high performance supportive community.

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