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About This School

William Velasquez is a public elementary school. The principal of William Velasquez is Ms Heather Patterson, who can be contacted at 640 students attend William Velasquez and identify as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 17% of the William Velasquez students are "limited in English proficiency." 53% of the 640 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 54% are paying reduced lunch prices. Class size at William Velasquez is 40, and the student to teacher ratio is 14:1. Susanna Dickinson Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 42% 45%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 32% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 5%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 45%
Limited English proficiency 17% 12%
Economically disadvantaged 53% 43%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Velasquez Elementary has exceptional teachers at each grade level. The teachers are great with instruction but also very nurturing. My child has been treated with kindness and respect. She loves to go to school and she has loved her teachers each year. I am truly grateful for the education my child is receiving at Velasquez Elementary. I just hope the schools she will attend at the next levels can live up to the Velasquez standard.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have attended this school all 6 years it has been opened. I am extremely pleased with the quality of education my children get. The teachers truly care about their students. They go above and beyond their call of duty toin order to bring academic success to each and every child. I have walked in the building during the summer and tommy surprise seen teachers there working with struggling children. Velasquez gets an A+. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children.

  • (4 years ago)

    Velasquez Elementary is a school that is only concerned about their status ranking. I have two children nieces and nephews who attend Velasquez and are terrified of the principal. We have had incidents that occur ed at the school that were not reported to us parents. We found out through our kids. It is definately not a nurturing place for kids. I agree that the staff beginning with the principal would greatly benefit from continuing education on disciplinary strategies. Screaming is not a way of disciplining children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Velasquez is a wonderful school. I have 2 granddaughters who attend and could not be more satisfied in the teaching staff. My little kindergarten has learned so much with her wonderful teacher Mrs Hlavaty. She has accomplished so much this year. And also my 3rd grader. Wonderful principal who really cares about her children and their accomplishments. As Mrs Dow said those are her children when they are at school. Thank You to all the staff. Doing a wonderful Job!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I havethree children enrolled in their 3rd year in attendence at Velasquez. They are currently in the 2nd 4th and 5th grades. They may stress TAKS testing but with the funding that rides on it due to the constraints of the No Child Left Behind initiative who would'nt? I have found the school to be very responsive to the needs of my children and my 2nd grader in particular. This year we requested that he be moved to a differnet class and he was and promptly. I call that a nuturing response.

  • (5 years ago)

    Velasquez is a good school. The teachers are very caring and well equipped to teach our children. If you disagree you do have the option of homeschooling or private school. My children have a lot of fun and love their teachers. As for the counselor Mrs. Roberts I see her all the time and in fact have spoken with her on occasion concerning my children. She is wonderful with the kids. Good job Velasquez!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am totaly agree with you. The second semester of the school they do nothing but practice tests

  • (6 years ago)

    The staff is comprised of many ill-equipped teachers who would greatly benefit from continuing education classes focused on student diversity learning strategies and basic educational psycholgy. In addition Velasquez teachers and administration are overly focused on TAKS scores and the school's ranking as a result of those scores. This school is not a place to send a child if you want he or she to be nurtured especially if you want your child to be an active participant in their learning and/or if your child has learning differences. Furthermore a word about the counselor is there one at Velasquez?

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