School Details

Graham Elementary School

11211 Tom Adams Drive, Austin, TX 78753
(512) 414-2395
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 706 students 13 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

95%
83%
76%
94%
76%
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
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
78%
74%
97%
75%
70%
92%
78%
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
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
81%
76%
95%
83%
79%
92%
79%
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
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Graham Elementary School is a public elementary school in Austin. The principal of Graham Elementary School is BLAINE HELWIG. 706 students go to Graham Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 56% of the Graham Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 92% of the 706 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 89% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Graham Elementary School is 13:1. Holy Word Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 77% 60%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.006%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 61%
Limited English proficiency 56% 27%
Economically disadvantaged 92% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school. My sisters my niece and nephew went to that school. Now my son goes there to kinder and he has learned a lot. He knows how to read 1st grade level. He likes that school too. I like the teacher Mrs.GARZA WOOD.

  • (1 year ago)

    Only a good school if you dont mind your child being bullied or harassed by teachers and students. They turn a blind eye when it comes out that a teacher is harassing a student. My child has nightmares from all that has happened at this school. This school should be investigated and some of the staff fired.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing school every child is going to be a good professional in the future . Thanks for all Mrs.Guzman Mrs.Eiland and all the others teachers .

  • (4 years ago)

    its a great school with great staff that i personally think should be more ecouraging and more down to earth teaching.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a teacher I must commend Mr. Helwig for the tremendous job he has done in turning this school around from nearly unacceptable to exemplerary on the TAKS for the last two years since he has come aboard. He has a solid program that is carried out by a team of hard working teachers. He is truly involved in all classrooms and with all children. The kids are great and allowing them to realize their potential is a truly great thing to see. Other economically disadvantaged schools struggle to qualify students for charter schools Graham sends a plethora!

  • (5 years ago)

    We are going on the 3rd year of our kids going to Graham Elementary and are very proud of our children's accomplishments as much as the schools. Principal Helwig is dedicated to the children's learining as much as he is to his job; their success is a reflection of his. He involves himself in their lives reminding them to 'choose' to have a good day. We are able to meet with him anytime and always feel welcomed. The teachers cafeteria and maintenance staff all are doing a great job with the student's by recognizing them as individuals - greeting them and and motivating them to always to show their Scottie Pride by awarding them with a Super Scottie card for excelling behavior. Kids are then recognized by the school and get to exchange their cards for a gift such as a pencil. I observe the students pride and enthusiasm daily.

  • (5 years ago)

    The faculty members are great and my child has learned a lot since she has been going there. Mrs. Romberg my daughter's teacher is a great teacher and I am so glad my child is h-in her class.

  • (5 years ago)

    Having worked at other public elementary schools I have to say that Graham is by far the best Title I school in Austin ISD. The administration especially the principal are involved and visible all over the school. The students are pushed to not just 'get by' but to excel. I am so thrilled to be a part of this campus that is rated exemplary!

  • (5 years ago)

    I would like to brag how good the staff is along with it's leadership. My daughter has excelled along with so many other students. Mr Helwig and his assistants really love there job and are focused on the students and there learning.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that this is an Amazing school. The Principle there Mr. Helwig is on a first name basis with ALL the kids. The Teachers there go above and beyond for every single child. They have an excellent 'support' system in place to help the children falling behind. They know how to push your kid and they aren't afraid to do it to bring them to their highest level of achievements. I have put 3 kids through Graham my youngest son is in 5th grade and this is his last yr. I have had nothing but positive experiences with everyone at this school. I will miss them very much!! Go Scotties!! Sincerely Mrs. Williams

  • (6 years ago)

    This is an amazing school! My daughter went there up until first grade. she loves that school so much that she is always talking about it. She is now going to fourth grade and wants to move with her grama just to go back to Graham. Everyone there knows you and your children by first name. It's like a big family that truly care about all the children. Oh yeah and the office staff are the best They are there to help you with anything. go scotties !

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Graham since kinder and has now completed the 5th grade. I can honestly say this last year was her best. Principal Helwig has done an outstanding job in the one year he has been on board; he has great commitment to the student and is always easy to get in contact with. I feel that Graham is definately on the right track now I wish it included grade 6 so my daughter could stay there. Way to go Mr. Helwig!

  • (7 years ago)

    We just started school at Graham Elementary despite numerous negative reactions and comments received from the community (i.e. located on the East side primarily minority or ESL incompetent teachers extreme or inappropriate discipline etc). We decided that most were based on feelings rather than facts or personal experiences. Prior to the first day of school we met with the principal vice-principal and general staff to discuss our general concerns including the negative comments/feedback. We learned that the school has a new principal which is the 'Go! . He is open to parents concerns and issues. While we are fairly new to public schools we look forward to continue being as involved as we can and informed to ensure the school meets our high expectations not just for our kids but the entire school. If not yet we will be known on a first name basis as we visit the school daily.

  • (9 years ago)

    First let me say the bus system is horrible. My children academically have been getting worse since attending this school I feel like I am the teacher now I might as well just homeschool my children.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers at Graham Elementary want the kids to learn and they encourage and push them to what they are capable of. The teachers are always availabe when you need to talk.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that the faculty and staff at Graham Elementary is exemplary. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The teachers really seem to care about the kids and try to focus on positive reinforcement. Although many students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds the parents really seem to care about their children's education.

  • (10 years ago)

    My kids have been going to this school for 2yrs and I regret moving here. My daughter has always been a straight A student and I feel that this school does not challenge them enough. My daughter had a fifth grade reading level at the end of first grade and it started going down each year. It seems like the teachers are always behind and blame it on wasting time on the bad kids. My kids had been to 2 other schools before this one cuz we've moved and this one is the worst school they have attended. They are good about keeping kids safe though. Another thing this is the only school that my kids have complained about. They complain about all the nasty language and things they here in school.

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