School Details

Big Country Elementary School

11914 Dragon Lane, San Antonio, TX 78252
(210) 645-7560
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 694 students 17 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

73%
66%
76%
67%
61%
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
  • Southwest Isd average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
63%
74%
68%
63%
70%
73%
65%
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
  • Southwest Isd average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
70%
76%
82%
75%
79%
78%
69%
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
  • Southwest Isd average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Big Country Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Big Country Elementary School is TONI REISTER-WOOD, who can be contacted at TREISTERWOOD@SWISD.NET. 694 students attend Big Country Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 18% of the Big Country Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 63% of the 694 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 71% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Big Country Elementary School is 17:1. Fisher Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 84% 91%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 0.3%
Multiracial 2% 0.7%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.05%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 84%
Limited English proficiency 18% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 63% 81%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I agreew ith the last comment. I have 3 kids that attend this school. Every since they came to this school there grades have dropped tremendously. My son was on the gifted and talented at previous schools and since we been here he is failing. What I dont understand is how is he failing a class but he passes his benchmarks with 100's and he passes his TAKS with above avg? Someone tell me what sense does that make. I am looking for another school for my children. I have communicated with all there teachers and no one as yet to help me out. I carea bout my childrens education obvious they do not.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school went from Exemplary to academically acceptable in the last couple of years. The only major change was a new principal and vice principal. I get the feeling that most of the teachers don't want to be there. The new principal seems nice enough but the schools scores have steadily dropped since she took charge. I am very disappointed with the school and its performance. Since I looked at the latest test scores I am looking for an alternative.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers & administrators are fabulous! The school has several activities throughout the year to help parents get involved & to keep the year fun for the kids. Just because this is a Title I school don't think for a minute that children are getting anything less than an excellent education!

  • (6 years ago)

    Hi I really like the teachers and administrators at this school. My son has attended here for the past 2 years and he loves it. It's a great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Big Country is the best school my children have attended. We moved from the NISD and I couldn't be happier. My son is a bit advanced for his age and his teacher took extra time to make sure he didn't get bored. I would certainly recommend the school to anyone.

  • (7 years ago)

    I also would not recommend this school to anyone. This is the fourth year my child has been there and the worst year thus far. Most of the teachers do not look like they want to be there. This will definitely be the last year my child attends this school and I would not recommend it to anyone.

  • (7 years ago)

    I find that the communication betweenschool personnel and parents is limited. Since the switch of administrion in 2005 and 2006 the quality of instruction has declined.

  • (7 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school to anyone who is considering it. Teachers do not look like they want to be there. They ask for volunteers but volunteers are not treated well.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am very disappointed with the current principal leadership at this school. I feel as though they do not want any parental involvement what so ever at this school. I've been involved at this school as a parent for 7 years now and have done much volunteering. This is the first time that I have felt very discouraged and intimidated by this school. Overall the teachers are great which is why my children are still attending. However I no longer feel comfortable on continuing to send my children to this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two children that attended this school. I have experienced quality education. My son had trouble in reading and writing but now I see a great improvement thanks to Mrs. Alvarez and Mr. Rice. The principal and vice principal posses great leadership skills.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school and very wonderful and helpful staff. My child has attended this school since first grade and haven't had one of those teachers you wish that you had got stuck with. All the teachers work together very well. May i add once again great staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    Big Country has a dedicated Staff that is consistently developing and refining programs to improve the opportunities for their students.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is in kindergarten our first year in school. Big County and Mrs. Stolte the kindergarten teacher has made our first year an unforgettable one. Thank you Big Country. Thank you Mrs. Stolte.

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