School Details

Highland Park Elementary School

528 Kingston Lacy Boulevard, Pflugerville, TX 78660
(512) 594-6800
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 837 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

89%
82%
76%
77%
74%
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
  • Pflugerville Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
76%
74%
84%
73%
70%
85%
73%
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
  • Pflugerville Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
82%
76%
83%
83%
79%
72%
76%
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
  • Pflugerville Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highland Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pflugerville. The principal of Highland Park Elementary School is TANA RUCKEL, who can be contacted at tana.ruckel@pfisd.net. 837 students go to Highland Park Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Multiracial. 35% of the Highland Park Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 50% of the 837 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 57% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Highland Park Elementary School is 16:1. Blackland Prairie Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Asian 8% %
Multiracial 5% 4%
Hispanic 48% 46%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 24%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.04%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 54%
Limited English proficiency 35% 20%
Economically disadvantaged 50% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    GREAT SCHOOL!!! Dedicated teachers!! Supportive administration!!! The fact that this school is overcrowded isn't their fault. The fact that my child is getting a wonderful education is something that I love! When a child is excited about going to school that really speaks volumes! Learning is fun and challenging at highland park! (Thanks to the dedicated teachers) I definitely recommend this school!

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is not good. The past two years the teachers have not been a good example for the children. Their communication (when lacking or excessive) is unprofessional. At the meet the teacher night even the teacher was wearing flip-flops and inattentive when I was trying to speak with her. At our parent teacher conference she appeared she had just rolled out of bed - in jeans t-shirt and half open eyes. It seems fairly clear the teachers my child has gotten are either under qualified or under prepared to actually foster the children (WHO ARE CHILDREN by the way). When I was a child in school the teachers were well put together role models. They dressed well and spoke professionally. My child is 7 years old on honor roll and is consistently getting ridden at school about "talking" and homework homework homework and tests - she's also been mocked by her teacher to myself... in front of her. The principal is not helpful in these situations either. We want out of this school very much... and are working on it.

  • (10 months ago)

    The school is safe caring and continually is improving. The are very well organized and have teachers that care.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is overcrowded. The teachers never smile and say hello. You feel overwhelmed by confusion by just entering the school. If you don't speak Spanish you are even more out of the loop. If you can put your child into another school do it.

  • (1 year ago)

    This scool has gotten over 15 new staff members over the summer. The new principal is great but I cant tell my little bro who the good teachers are anymore. The school I went to k-5 virtually doesnt exist anymore and Im only in the seventh grade!

  • (1 year ago)

    Its sad to see what the school has become this new school year it used to be a great school 3 yrs ago. its now way way over crowded and there are way too many students in each class the building is busting at the seams . its a travesty! it seems as if the administration caters to students and especially parents that there first language isn't english. its horrible! makes other parents feel uncomfortable!

  • (2 years ago)

    Without a great administration it s difficult for any school to be successful. This new administration lacks in attentiveness social skills and direction. There is a lack of community feel which I feel is primarily due a PTO that isn t quick to make anyone feel welcome and prides itself on itself. Fundraisers and the funds collected come from the entire HPES Family yet the PTO tends to take the glory for it all while the Administration seems to lack the personal skills needed to create a communal atmosphere. The lack of personality and inclusive attitude seems to plague the campus.

  • (3 years ago)

    It is unfortunate that Pflugerville ISD has managed to hire the two worst principals in Texas to lead Highland Park Elem. The current principal walks down the hall telling students "don't make me get CRUNK with you!" among other inappropriate words and gestures.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was surprised to see the negative comments about this school. My daughter is a first grader there and we have been very happy with the staff and the level of education she has received this far. We are relocating out of state after Christmas and are very sad to be leaving this school. I can only hope to find one as good where we are going.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school personnel is friendly. Students seem to really like the teachers. Nice school environment. Have seen many improvements this year.

  • (4 years ago)

    Prior leadership was greatly lacking and failed to take responsibility for mistakes made. No one is perfect however the past administration seemed to live under a double standard was unapproachable and "ruled" with an iron fist but was unwilling to get down in the trenches. Likes to point fingers but cannot take ownership. Teachers are the best they can be but was definitely toxic from the top down. Very unhealthy environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school my daughter always excited about going to school always clean every day I walk into the halls every morning i never seen anything messy everyone is super friendly.

  • (5 years ago)

    My two girls have been at HPES since 1st grade and are 4th graders now. My son is in 1st grade at hpes.Needless to say this will be our last year at HPES. It has gotten progressively worse. Students are not challenged academically have way too much freedom and the staff has way too much favortism.School is overcrowded and teachers have no idea!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Seems there is going to be a new face at HPES. Hopefully with the 'new' prinicple next year there will be a new outlook.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been very dissapointed with this school. Because my child is in K this is my first experience and so far I am not impressed. There does not seem to be a lot of accountability on the administrator's part there are a lot of excuses and passing of the buck nothing is ever resolved. I have had some serious issues in regards to my child's physical safety and it is unacceptable. While the principal tried to assure me that I had nothing to worry about everytime I drop my child off my anxiety goes through the roof. In addition the children are mostly obnoxious and undisciplined. Walking through the hallway it is unbelievable the amount of disrespect that is allowed on the students part. There is no challenge for my child they are often bored because aren't really learning anything. There isn't much in place for identifying truly gifted students.

  • (5 years ago)

    The problem with HPES is and always has been the leadership. And possibly perhaps the top leadership as they have let it go on this long..... I've had three kids at HPES one left last year and loves middle school. Next year we are moving to RRISD as I have had it. This principal has no leadership she fakes any concern for parents lacks any real heart to be associated with children. Good teachers have left the school due to her discipline her favortism and her immaturity. PISD is still good old boy system that has no idea how to handle the population that it is facing over the next 10 years. Diversity is wonderful if you're equipped and ready to meet the changes. House for sale as soon as the SOLD sign appears we are gone for good.

  • (5 years ago)

    I can go along with the teachers are writing the positive reviews or from what I know of the principal she is. Until she is out of there the climate of this school will not change. My son is a 3rd grader and we have had a miserable year. His teacher has no clue about discipline and should have stayed in the library. When you enter the building there is a solemn tone and when the principal ever physically leaves her desk she is rude and insincere. I was a very involved parent until this year and I have given up and decided to provide him with enrichment outside of the district. He is not challenged and all he has done all year are TAKS reviews and worksheets. If that is what it takes to get recognized then I'd rather be low performing.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think a lot of the positive reviews on here are from the faculty. Maybe not all of them but definitely some of them. All I know is that my oldest daugher went th HPES in the 5th grade and had a horrible horrible experience. Now my youngest is in 4th at HPES. I have a neighbor who put her son (who was in my daughters class) in a Charter School this year because of the bullying problem at HPES and when I asked my daughter which kid was doing the bullying she replied 'which one Mom there are a lot of bullies'. I know each case is different but I do know that my daughters teacher is also not doing her part academically or helping with the bullying problem. I am looking into a Charter school for my daughter for next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child who never had discipline problems before this is in trouble constantly for ridiculous things. He superiorly gifted and is bored. The school does not acknowledge this or give him extra work. It has been a horrible year. We are ready for private school after this subpar public school experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    Absolutely amazing! These are the only words that I can use to describe our experience with HPES. We moved here almost 4 months ago now from out of state. At the time we knew very little about the area and nothing about the school. One of my children has sensory and social anxiety issues and I was concerned about switching her to a new school mid'year. Three days after starting here every concern I had was completely gone. My child's teacher actually called me after the first day to let me know how my child did. As a parent I have been extremely encouraged to get involved. I have seen my children begin to thrive. They love school days now. I have heard nothing but positive things from all of our neighbors as well. And to top things off I have seen the most diverse mix of students and teachers ever.

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