School Details

Polk Elementary School

940 Belvidere St, El Paso, TX 79912
(915) 832-6970
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 583 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

96%
80%
79%
90%
77%
69%
96%
80%
79%

TX00194

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  • This school in 2013
  • El Paso Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
73%
72%
96%
77%
68%
92%
73%
72%
90%
72%
71%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • El Paso Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
78%
77%
99%
84%
75%
97%
78%
77%
96%
78%
73%

TX00194

None
  • 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

Polk Elementary School is a public elementary school in El Paso. The principal of Polk Elementary School is Ms Micaela Varela and can be contacted at polk@episd.org. 583 students attend Polk Elementary School and identify as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 22% of the Polk Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 23% of the 583 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 33% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Polk Elementary School is 16:1. Children's Courtyard Montessori School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 72% 81%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 21% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 5%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 68%
Limited English proficiency 22% 29%
Economically disadvantaged 23% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Everyone at this school is friendly and smiling from the office staff to the librarian. It's a small school feel where everyone knows who your child is. Picking up your children after school is very easy as you can park right behind the school where they come out. The teacher is average where there is not much communication with the parents however my child loves her and is receiving good grades. Overall we are happy with this school. Improvements could be communication between teachers and parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved here in December 2012 and was able to get a spot in the Pre-K AM class. The principal's office was very welcoming to us and my daughter's teacher Mrs. Wicker. She introduced her to the class and welcomed her in a few days before she would start school there. I have been pleasantly Happy with all that the school has to offer. The teachers have a sense of loving what they do and are friendly. I would recommend the PRE-K program to any of my friends. Thank you for a job well done.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both my kids go to this school and I am happy to say that they are reaching their greatest potential. The GT program teachers are phenomenal. I like the feeling of a small community school. I strongly recommend this school. The principal teachers and parents work together to make this school Excellent.

  • (2 years ago)

    My 3 kids been attending Polk for over 4 yrs and all I have to say is that this is the best school.the principle and teacher are always trying to solve any issues or concerns.The only bad thing that I've seen in the last couple of years is that us parents our just complaining a good school is made of good teachers as well as students and most of all us the parents .Polk been known for parent involvement unfortunate this has dropped in the pass 2 yrs.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has become such a disappointment I'm at my wits end waiting for the school year to end. This school really ruined not only my faith in the public school system but my son s as well. My child went from being excited to go to school and graduating with his childhood friends being discouraged by the entire school system and not caring even to finish off the year. I DO NOT recommend this school. For those of us who like to be involved in our children's education it and get regular feedback on their progress and expect their children to be treated with respect and fairness this is not a desirable school for you. Not only that but their curriculum is backwards they are tested on material before it is ever sent home for review and teachers freely mis-grade students with no penalties.

  • (6 years ago)

    Moving from out-of-state all research stated that Polk Elementary is the best. Unfortunately all research is based solely on test scores not an all-around education. I find Polk to be very unfriendly and unknowing in the entire administrative department. Although very stand-offish and cold the principal addressed our concerns and our child was moved from the initial assigned class to another more appropriate classroom. 95 percent of the teachers are warm and caring - what is wrong with the administartion?

  • (6 years ago)

    The Principal is more concerned in maintaining her school's good standing with test scores than addressing complaints from parents regarding the Teacher. The Teacher we have is very disorganized and is not teaching my kid to the best of her abilities. I am very disappointed in this school and feels she is not getting as good of an education as the other schools we've attended.

  • (6 years ago)

    The schools in El Paso are not the best in our country. They are under funded under staffed and not supplied with everything they need to help every child overcome learning issues. This school is the only exemplary elementary school in town. Does that make them perfect? - NO. Every school has issues that are not resolved to the parents liking mine included. This school however has been consistently excellent for years and years. Budget or no budget. But remember.. Parents are always the key to a child success. It is not just the school. (See May 16 2007 comment)

  • (6 years ago)

    'I am disappointed in the school's administrators and their so called 'importance.' The teachers along with the Principal and Vice-principal. I can't wait till my child goes to Tippin.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is our first year as a Polk Panther family. Some things are good with this school others are not so great. The staff is excellent and very caring. My daughter is learning a great deal. There is no longer a music or art program officially in the curriculum though once a month parents can volunteer to bring art and music to the classroom. The students are pushed to excel which is not necessarily a bad thing. The PTA here is above and beyond good and they are responsible for alot of projects and fun things for the kids that go on throughout the year. But at times I feel like I am in a constant fundraiser at functions. I wonder where all our excessive property taxes go? School lunches are somewhat disgusting so I would brown bag it if you like your kids healthy. Cheeseburgers are a frequent guest on the menu.

  • (7 years ago)

    We were at Polk the last two years and It has been the worst school any of my kids have ever attended. There is no communication sent home from the teachers about what is going on in the classroom with different subjects during the week. We were very disappointed that our kids are not getting as good of an education here that they have gotten in other parts of the country.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has attended Polk for 3 years and I have to say that it is one of best schools in El Paso. Classes are challenging and teachers are dedicated and really care. The only down side is the lack of structured/dedicated art music and science curriculum. Also I was shocked when I found out that they didn t teach Spanish a critical knowledge in such a multicultural city. I believe that Spanish instruction is currently being taught for children now entering kindergarten.

  • (9 years ago)

    Super school. Our daughter just finished 2nd-5th grades and we could not have been happier. Small school enviroment with a super music program. Overall curriculum good - G/T program not as strong as in other schools but they have instituted program changes to bring it more current. Parental involvement very high with the PTA providing great monetary returns to the students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Polk Elementary is an exceptional school. From the teachers to the staff everyone is dedicated to the students that attend this special little school. Parents are welcomed and abundant. The teachers are caring and cooperative. My son attended this school for almost two years and he misses it very much.

  • (9 years ago)

    We've been at Polk for 4 yrs now and have loved it. My child has learned so much loves school and consistently performs well. We'll miss our Polk family!

  • (9 years ago)

    My son started KG in this school now he is in 1st and me and my wife are happy with his improvement. I would suggest to join kids in this school because all the staff are friendly.

  • (10 years ago)

    So far I have been impressed by my son's Kindergarten Teacher. She is sensitive to each child's needs and open to suggestions and ideas. Walking through the halls at Polk I have sensed a positive atmosphere by teachers students and parents; the Principal is the key to this school's success!

  • (10 years ago)

    Since sending my children to this school I have nothing but praise for them. The staff is wonderful! My daughters are doing so well now the teachers take the time to make sure the students comprehend what they are doing. Overall this is the best school my children have ever attended.

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