Andress High School

5400 Sun Valley Drive, El Paso, TX 79924
(915) 832-8600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1809 students 15 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS 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 2013
  • El Paso Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


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 2013
  • El Paso Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Andress High School is a public high school in El Paso. The principal of Andress High School is CAROLYN LEGORRETA, whose e-mail is 1,809 students attend Andress High School and identify as Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Andress High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 1,809 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 60% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Andress High School is 15:1. Parkland High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 73% 83%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1.0%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 70%
Limited English proficiency 4% 24%
Economically disadvantaged 55% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Ashley Biever! I saw your post....I'm a few years late but I wanted to put this out there. I was in love with you in high school! I think you left the city many moons ago. I hope you found what you were looking for!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had two children who have attended Andress High School. I also attended Andress High School and know first hand what the schools like. It has always had a bad reputation due to its location and diversity(the only diversity in El Paso at one time). Its really up to the parents involve ment and just keeping up in your childrens lives. Obvious answers to those of you who give one or two stars. Although EPISD not the school itself needs to screen their staff AND COACHES much more thoroughly.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am a parent and my daughter goes to Andress High. She has ton of problems with her counsulers not responding for her credits and absences that are not suppose to be there. I wouldnt recommend this school for any other parent

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is headed in the right direction. Realistically we cannot expect changes overnight. Great things are being done and will continue. One thing that has to be restored is pride. Having pride in your school and what it means to our community is vital. Be mature in your choices and your choices will pay off. GO EAGLES!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is fantastic with the best band in the city

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is exquesite! Im very proud that all of my children curretly attend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a wonderfull school and I see no danger around the students.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a student at Andress HIgh School. We now have a new principal and since then i think our school has higher standards. We have improved majorly in our academics sports activities and dicipline. We all get along very well and do take class seriously. We imporved drasticaly on our AYP. Our academics have also had a major change. If your child is failing at Andress maybe you as a parent should involve yourself instead of blaiming it on the school that 'you' enrolled them in.

  • (8 years ago)

    Andress High School is a good school for academics and sports. We got to give it up to the teachers at Andress for making the students excell. Andress is also strong is sport especially basketball. I do reccomend Andress High School

  • (8 years ago)

    Andress is a fine quality school. Top notch teachers in social studies science and math make it a solid academic school. Most teachers demand excellence and work athletics is strong especially football and basketball. Administration though weak in the past has stepped up (new crew) and done a fine job. Lots of opportunities to keep up with assignments and homework.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Andress is an overall good school because the teachers really try to get the students all the help they need. Most of the time it is the students who want to differ with the teacher and that is why they get a rep of being bad. Yes some teachers act like they don't care but that is only a few. As for the administration i beleive they are confused about what to do with all the conflicts within the student body. They will put in a certain consequence in effect yet never make it stick. So with the students and administration both being confused the whole school is seen as not knowing how to control the kids. Parental involvement has grown this past year as i've seen it. It is a very good thing to let your child know that you are there for them!!!!!

  • (9 years ago)

    Andress High School gets a bad rep.because of the location of the school but this school has wonderful teachers and students. The band is superior to the other high schools. Last year the band won quite a few honors and even went to state competition. I do recommend this school because no school is perfect but in my opinion this school has more positives than negatives.

  • (9 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school to any parent unless you are willing to to be involved 100% in your childs Education. You must understand the path your child needs to take for graduation and keep them on that path. I had to correct the counslers on more than one ocasion. You must understand which classes are required and when they must be taken. You must know who the following personnel and they must know you 1. The school Principal and Vice P. 2. Counsler 3. Attendace office personnel 4. Your childs teachers If my child missed school for any reason I would get at least two phone calls one would be from the attendance office and the other would be from one or more teachers. I would also inform them in advance if my child had to miss school. You should do this at any school but at Andress High it's a must!

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school! It has a lot of different ethnicities because of the military base nearby which allows for friends from around the world. The teachers are great and the athletics in the school are great. People might bash this school a little because it has had it's problems like any other high school but it is a great school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a horrible school. Andress High has a long reputation for sub-standard education and violence among the student body. EPISD loves to try to keep this hushed up. A new principal was named this year. The infrastructure of the school is shameful. No access to lockers--they are all bolted shut. I was advised that if your student 'stays in their group of friends and doesn't try to venture out' they will be safe. Some kids are successful there. Some are happy there. El Paso has 3 school districts. The east side is Socorro district they have better high schools (Montwood & Americas). Franklin HS on the West Side is OK.

  • (9 years ago)

    Fine Arts Sports and related activities have faculty members who care about excellence of instruction and performance from their students. Administration tends to dictate rather than to include faculty in building a effective instructional community.

  • (9 years ago)

    Andress have a few ethics problem within the school. Very poor leadership in the administration but they are getting better. The school does have quality teachers who have a genuine concern for the students. The school needs to screen there security personnel better prior to hiring them because its not just a job it about protecting the safety of the students. Some of the students do not have respect for security due to the fact of the unethical practices of the some security personnel. I would advise all parents to stay involved with their kids teachers and counselor while your child or children are attending this school. Most of all hold the administration accountable when the school is not during their part i.e. giving your child the best education for their future endeavors and a very safe environment to go to school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Andress is a really bad school theres are a lot of problems with behavior and overall do not like it

  • (10 years ago)

    The safety and discipline of Andress high school is much improved from that of 2001 and it is in great tribute to Curtis Williams. The problems with the school lie in the laps of the parents and their lack of involvement. Blocked fire exits due to construction cannot complained about because prior to the construction the 2nd deck floor was seperating from the walls which was much more dangerous than a cement building catching on fire.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think that we should have more parent involvement than they do now it seems like they really don't care about our kids and the saddens me.

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