School Details

Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy

511 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 735-2341
2

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Charter Grades PK-12 735 students 19 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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TX00194

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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2010-2011, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in reading in grades 3 through 9; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in English language arts in grades 10 and 11; in mathematics in grades 3 through 11; in science in grades 5, 8, 10 and 11; and in social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. 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 grade 11 Exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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TX00194

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About this school

Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy is a charter high school in San Antonio. The principal of Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy is CLAUDETTE Y YARBROUGH and can be contacted at cyarbrough@higgscarterking.org. 735 students attend Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 8% of the Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 99% of the 735 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 53% have subsidized lunches.The class size at Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy is 23, and the ratio of students to teachers is 19:1. Positive Solutions Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 86%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 5%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 98%
Limited English proficiency 8% 8%
Economically disadvantaged 99% 99%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    The teachers are the best part of this school. The reading program is off the charts but what brings the rating down to a 2 star is the dirty building and portables. The school would be the best in this city if it was a lot more organized and if they cared about the environment that the students and teachers have to study in. There is also no library most teachers carry school books in old milk crates. The administrators seem to have very little concern about the smelly backed up restrooms and rat infested portables. My students teacher should not have to clean up rat droppings then interact with the students.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you value your child their education and their future Do Not Send Your Child To This School!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has a great motto 'doing whatever it takes' with no follow through. The principle is highly unprofessional and difficult to talk to when looking for answers. There is no support with discipline there is no support for children with special needs and in general there is no supprt for a decent education. My child was in a classroom that was too small in a building that was falling apart and moldy with no resources to learn. A terrible school all around...except possibly the teachers who work hard in such an environment.

  • (3 years ago)

    While attending graduate school I had plenty of time to decide what type of school I wanted to be associated with. I knew it had to be a school that cared about their students I knew it had to be a school where I was able to be a bit creative in my teaching (so that my students could soar!) and I also knew I had to be in a place where everyone worked as a team; being on one accord...main focus were the students. When Mrs. Yarbrough interviewed me I knew HCK was it! We are an accelerated school that uses the 5 Components of Powerful Learning (Authentic Interactive Learner-Centered Inclusive and Continuous). We make learning fun and meaningful to our students. Prior to school starting we have a meet and greet night where I introduce myself and let parents know what their child will be capable of doing by the end of the school year; I heard a parent say "yea right". Well within 3 months that very parent came to me and apologizes; he said they could not believe the type of things their child was learning and astounded at how smart their child truly was! This was a confirmation of skills I learned at HCK; thank you Mrs. Yarbrough for giving me an opportunity to teach!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have incredible teachers incredible parents and the brightest students around. We consistently win awards each year for our teaching and the student's achievements. HCK is a school full of caring teachers and staff that put their hearts into every minute of teaching.This is a wonderful school with caring teachers who are willing to do what it takes for our children to become the leaders of tomorrow.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a certified teacher and this is my second year teaching at Higgs Carter King. I was told before I was hired that it is not an easy job. I was also told that Higgs Carter King does 'whatever it takes' to ensure the success of each student. This is all true. Higgs Carter King embodies my belief that no child is in a 'box' and we as teachers must find each child's learning style. It is not easy to do however it is extremely satisfying to reach each child and see him or her learn to the high expectations we have for our students. I love it here. I beleive that if parents wish for a great education for their children Higgs Carter King is the place to find it!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a certified teacher who has been working at HCK for a few years now and I can honestly say I love my job. We are an accelerated school that teaches at your child's level. If your child is a 3rd grader and comes to HCK reading at a Kindergarten level we will do whatever it takes to help your child be proficient. If your child is a 3rd grader and comes to HCK reading at a 5th grade level we will teach them at THEIR level. We do all that we can to ensure no child falls through the cracks or goes without being challenged. Indeed we may not have the white boards or the brand new school but we make learning powerful and engage our students. Parents continue to bring their children back to HCK year after year because their priority is their child's education. We have had parents withdraw their students to enroll them in a bigger newer school closer to their homes just to have them come back the year after and say "I love HCK" or "I love the teachers here." If you're interested in enrolling your child at HCK ignore the negative comments on here. HCK may not be for everyone but it's definitely a school for many students and teachers that consider it their second home.

  • (3 years ago)

    Do not enroll your students in this school. I think it is a bad place for teachers and students.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has been attending HCK for 4 years now and has learned so much. The teachers are great. They make sure every child learns. Also they care about all the children. The negative comments left by a so called teacher are false. The parents do not pay for anything. HCK provides all school supplies and school shirts. This teacher probably was fired because she couldn't keep up with training. Only the best work at HCK.

  • (3 years ago)

    I used to work at a teacher there and this school absolutely shocked me with what was happening. While the teachers are excellent they are working in such a harmful and stressful environment that they cannot give the children the education they deserve. The children are given very little resources and the administration is very disorganized. As a result of this disorganization my students had their schedule changed more then three times in one week and at least once a week since the school year began. I had to change grades because they had to be approved by the superintendent so you will never know if grades came from your student's work or from the superintendent. I was constantly asking for special need support for some of my students and never received it. I also had to seek resources on the internet because there is no curriculum or textbooks so I felt very limited with the education I was providing to students. I could no longer work there because I constantly felt like the people that were being cheated were the students and I couldn't live with that guilt.

  • (4 years ago)

    The adminstration is none existent. They dont understand what is needed to run a school. I had to make copies for the teacher because the office wouldnt. The parents are expected to totally fund the kids education which is ok but I would just do private school then. The school doesnt use books so I never knew how to help my child learn certain concepts b/c I didnt have reference material. The teachers there are really caring but they have a high turn over because they dont want to stay working in such bad conditions.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children used to attend this school and it was an awesome school. They always made my children feel special . We moved far and couldnt attend this school anymore but we really miss everyone and hope everyone is doing great. Castro family

  • (8 years ago)

    Ms. Yarbrough again I can not express enough Thank You s for everything you have done not just for Joseph but for my other two children as well. We see good results in them. Our daugher is doing Honor classes and passing them with B s. Our eldest son is also doing great. But we owe a lot of this to Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy and the directions you helped us guide them to. You will always continue to be a friend for life.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a new parent at Higgs Carter King I must admit I am very impressed with the commitment and dedication of the teachers. I have already been called several times by the teachers letting me know valuable information. Teachers here appear to exhibit a great deal of integrity. In all of my dealings with teachers they have kept their word to answer questions to follow up with answers right away. This never happened at the other schools my children have attended before. Even though I am new to this school I very excited about my children being taught by the teachers I have met. These teachers really seem to care and express thier commitment to excellence in ways I am unfamiliar with. I know my children will have a great time learning here and I plan to be very involved and assist in anyway I can.

  • (9 years ago)

    I Renelle Wilson am sure that Higgs Carter King is the school for your children because it is talented and active. You can trust them and your kids will learn a lot from this school and so can you I promise! They also have the most greatest teachers! The principal for this school is Mrs. Yarbrough. She's best of all. To learn more about this school visit her in her office down the hall. Thank you!

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two children that were fortunate to receive their early education at HCK. Both of my children started at HCK in PreK3 and stayed till 3rd and 4th grade. My children were there when the school first started and I witnesed the ups and downs of starting a grass roots school. Even though the school did not have new furniture or a 60 million dollar facility my children are well educated reciving comendable TAKS scores. The only reason they are no longer at the school is because the overwelmingly friendly and caring atmosphere is not the real world. I wanted to expose them to the hard knocks of regular public schools before they got to old and got culture shock.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has helped a lot of kids perform better in school. Teachers at this school really help all of the students not just the so-called smart kids. Everyone at the school seems to love all of the teachers and the teachers seem to love all of the students.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school offered a very unpleasant experience for my child and me.I was misled with 'Gifted and Talented' on the school's name. Although my child's classroom teacher seemed to be very caring and knowledgable I feel like the principal needs to get a grasp on the lack of organization and planning.The teachers would tell me one thing and adminiatration would claim something else. Compared to public schools this school was extremely ineffective. This school is known to not score certain students TAKS scores. My child's test was not scored because he seemed too nervous on the day of the test. With a scam like this it's no wonder the school has great TAKS score percentages. The teachers and principal probably have a clue about who will not be passing the TAKS test. As a taxpayer I am very concerned our money is being provided to ineffective schools such as Higgs Carter King.

  • (9 years ago)

    My experience with this school has been very unpleasant.It is very disorganized in the way the administration manages the school. Just from observing the students and staff at this school you can tell that not enough is done to correct misbehavior. You hear kids cussing yelling at the teachers and treating each other with little respect. I've heard administration talking about other staff. I've never seen things like this go uncorrected at public schools. You can see the teachers working hard because my child's teacher use to hound me about homework and school activities. They really care about their students but seems like they have no support from administration. I can't belief tax payers contribute to these type of schools. I was misled with the name 'Gifted and Talented' they don't even have such a program. I will never enroll my child at this school again.

  • (10 years ago)

    There's no doubt that teachers and staff have the credentials and knowledge. However with the principals I don't care attitude it's spread throughout the school. This school dosen't provide too much for their staff at all. It takes a little more than a building and a desk to be a school. So even with the right credentials knowledge experience and know-how an educator dosen't have what it takes at this school because this school lacks all the resources.

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