AMERICA'S BEST URBAN SCHOOLS SPOTLIGHT

James DeAnda Elementary School

Houston Independent School District

Houston, TX
Grades K-6
Principal: Lauren Mailhiot

ENROLLMENT: 690

Latinx
94%
Black
4%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free/ Reduced Lunch
96%
Students With Disabilities
8%
English Learners
64%

At James DeAnda Elementary School, students are learning that their challenging academic coursework is all about their lives.  The school’s mission is to empower scholars “to become global leaders, to strive for excellence, and to become responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and effective communicators.”  To achieve the mission, teachers deliver rigorous content through lessons that relate directly to students’ lives.  In their Symposium session, DeAnda leaders will explain how coaching and collaboration are helping elevate both rigor and relevance throughout DeAnda.  They will describe how the International Baccalaureate Program and other programs are helping them weave rigor and relevance into daily lessons.  However, DeAnda teachers are not struggling in isolation to learn how to maximize rigor and relevance.  Instead, regular coaching and focused collaboration are helping teachers build a sense of collective efficacy concerning their ability to make challenging curricula seem real and relevant to their students

AWARDS

2019, Children At Risk Gold Ribbon Award (#1 in greater Houston region)

2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll School

2019-2022 International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School

In 2019, James DeAnda received state distinctions for academic achievement in reading/English language arts, mathematics, and science. Additionally, they achieved distinction for Top 25 Percent Academic Growth, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

Platinum rating from Houston’s Family and Community Engagement Program

In 2017-18 and again in 2018-19, James DeAnda students took eight state assessments.  In both years, they outperformed the state of TX on all eight.

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