Becker Elementary

Public PK, KG-5

 906 West Milton
       Austin, TX  78704-3436


 (512) 414-2019

District: Austin Independent School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
2668th of 4,179 Texas Elementary Schools


Student/Teacher Ratio:  12.2
Number of students:  325

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
58.8%
White:
29.2%
African American:
9.8%
Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients:  53.8%

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Compare Details In 2015, Becker Elementary ranked worse than 63.8% of elementary schools in Texas. It also ranked 55th among 79 ranked elementary schools in the Austin Independent School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2015 the calculated Average Standard Score was 41.8. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (58.8%), White (29.2%), African American (9.8%). (See more...)
Compare Details 53.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Becker Elementary is 12.2, which is the 10th best among 79 elementary schools in the Austin Independent School District. (See more...)
Compare Becker Elementary employs 26.4 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2015 Rankings:

Becker Elementary:

SchoolDigger Ranks Becker Elementary 2668th of 4179 Texas public elementary schools. (See Becker Elementary in the ranking list.)

Austin Independent School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Austin Independent School District 489th of 950 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Becker Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 52.98 1827th 3376 45.9% 2 star ranking
2005 25.37 2930th 3386 13.5% 1 star ranking
2006 35.24 2598th 3385 23.2% 1 star ranking
2007 34.37 2834th 3631 21.9% 1 star ranking
2008 21.10 3309th 3674 9.9% 0 star ranking
2009 7.93 3711th 3786 2.0% 0 star ranking
2010 76.65 671st 3835 82.5% 4 star ranking
2011 75.76 772nd 3989 80.6% 4 star ranking
2012 87.18 340th 4102 91.7% 5 star ranking
2013 79.65 666th 4117 83.8% 4 star ranking
2014 54.17 2048th 4154 50.7% 3 star ranking
2015 41.80 2668th 4179 36.2% 2 star ranking

Test score data source: test scores: Texas Education Agency, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Test score data source: Texas Education Agency

About the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness: Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.

Source: STAAR Resources, Texas Education Agency

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by a parent
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open Quote Becker is a wonderful school being led by a new and amazing principal. An urban school with a small, family feel that challenges students and is more concerned with educating each unique human beyond a test! Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Open Quote Becker is a great, diverse school with a very strong Dual Language (Spanish) program, that most of the school's children are enrolled in. Principal Borchers leads a great team, and touches to the small campus like the chicken coop, mosaic and green garden make it a delightful place for children to grow. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Open Quote Becker Elementary is one of the finest schools I have had the opportunity at which to volunteer. I have four grown children and I am so amazed at the superior experience the Becker children are receiving. I am a grandmother of six and two of our grandchildren have the privilege to attend Becker. I volunteer in several capacities and observe almost daily the high quality and stellar education these children are receiving. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, September 22, 2014

Open Quote Becker Elementary, the oldest elementary school in South Austin, is in the heart of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood. It is one of AISD's Two-Way Dual Language (DL) schools. Becker has an excellent, enrichment academic program. Becker’s population reflects the breadth and depth of Austin and Becker proudly celebrates its diverse heritage.

In two-way dual language programs, students who are native Spanish speakers and native English speakers are taught together. Students are taught in both English and Spanish, in order to become academically bilingual by the end of the 5th grade: able to speak, write, and think in both languages. The research is extensive on the advantages of bilingual education and long-term benefits for both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers who begin early in their academic careers. See http://dlti.us/7.html. Indeed, native Spanish speakers who are enrolled in dual language programs outperform their native English speaking peers in tests of reading and writing in English.

The dual language program has drawn numerous transfer families, as well as families from within the neighborhood. The school accepts applications from students zoned to Becker and other AISD schools’ attendance zones (transfers). Becker has an "open-enrollment" Pre-K, meaning anyone who qualifies based on income or who speaks only Spanish can attend for free and anyone else can pay tuition to attend.

Becker’s teachers are well-trained and are committed to implementing the dual language program with fidelity. The school also has a Chicken Coop and Green Garden Classroom, where each class tends its own garden plot. It also enjoys the Any Given Child Arts' program and Social Emotional Learning. Together all are working together to build a vibrant, active, diverse community.

The school’s website is: www.beckerelementary.com. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, May 21, 2012

Open Quote I had read many wonderful reviews about Becker and wanted to check it out before we moved to the neighborhood. I was very disappointed with the lack of help and information I was given when we went into the office to speak to someone. I even asked if I could schedule a time to come back at a more convent time to get information but they said they were just too busy to fit us in. I would never put my daughter in a school that made me feel so unwelcome. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Open Quote Becker es una escuela lindisima con maestros excelentes y muy dedicados al exito de todos los estudiantes y padres muy comprometidos y trabajando juntos para crear una comunidad de alumnos motivados. Estamos muy contentos con el curriculo, la facultad y la comunidad en general. La recomendo mucho! Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Open Quote Fantastic neighborhood school. Family atmosphere and great diversity. Dual Language program is a fantastic model . . . this school is a gem very close to downtown, in South Austin! Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Open Quote My son is a kindergartner at Becker and we are having a wonderful year. The principal is very involved with the students and takes a lead role in community activities, such as reserving school buses for students and their parents to attend the Marathon Kids kickoff event. The teachers are wonderful and engaging and the school itself is a gem - historic building located in a historic neighborhood. The school received the state's Exemplary rating last year for academic performance and just this year instituted a dual language program, which has the goal of helping students become bi-literate, able to read, write, and speak in both English and Spanish. The community (both within the school and the neighborhood) is engaged and supportive. The school is one of the few within Austin ISD that is truly ethnically diverse, and the lessons my child is learning about living in a global community are priceless. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, October 4, 2010

Open Quote Becker Elementary is a wonderful school nestled in the heart of south Austin's 78704. We absolutely love the entire school community...amazing families are highly involved in making this school the success that it is...amazingly dedicated educators work tirelessly creating a wonderful school environment for the children here. The Dual Language program adds a unique and rigorous learning environment where the children become biliterate as well as bilingual. We love the Green Classroom (community/school organic garden), the chicken coop, and the bungalow art house! I'm so glad that our family has landed here...we love it...and look forward to many years of great involvement in this school as our children are a part of the Becker family! Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Open Quote A campus listed on the Texas Historical Commission register, nestled in the greenbelt right in the heart of the urban inner-core of the city, Becker Elementary has STRONG community support and involvement and an academically "exemplary" rating. With one of the most diverse student populations in the Austin Independent School District, Becker also offers a variety of interesting and challenging specialized programs, including The Chicken Coop/Green Classroom, Two-way Immersion Dual Language and Open enrollment Pre-Kindergarten. School administration, teachers, staff, parents, community members and campus organizations (PTA and Campus Advisory Council) all play a hands-on role in making Becker Elementary a nuturing and empowering educational environment where young students can and do thrive. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, October 1, 2010

Open Quote ** So glad we transferred in! **

We started our daughter in Kindergarten at Becker this year, after transferring in from another school. We knew that Becker had earned exemplary school status last year, but we still weren't sure what to expect. Overall, we have been tremendously pleased with Becker.

I cannot praise the administration highly enough. The principal or the vice-principal stands outside of school each morning, greeting children and families as they arrive. (By the second week of school, the principal knew the names of every child at the school--amazing!) We've also been able to meet privately with the principal and discuss our child's special needs with her. She was understanding, responsive, and immediately started working with us (and our child's teacher) to accommodate our concerns.

As for the student body, we've been surprised and pleased by the diversity in this little school. Children of many racial backgrounds--Caucasian, Hispanic, and African-American--are all well-represented, as are children of different socioeconomic backgrounds. What an asset to find a school that is so inclusive, so diverse, and still so academically successful! Becker is able to offer our children all the advantages of a cultural "melting pot," in addition to the great academic focus we expect from schools.

Yet another aspect of Becker that has really impressed me is the level of parental involvement. The parents and families of children at Becker truly care about this school and are committed to working for its success. I can't imagine a harder working, more supportive group of families than those at Becker. They spearhead new projects, support awesome extracurricular activities for students and families, and are just generally nice folks to chat with while waiting for school to let out each afternoon.

All in all, we feel lucky to have stumbled upon this wonderful community and would wholeheartedly recommend Becker to anyone researching elementary school options in South or Central Austin. (We drive 30 minutes each way from East Austin everyday, and we don't regret the commute at all!) Close Quote


Enrollment information for Becker Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 61 92 8 447 4 n/a n/a 0 612
1989 47 68 1 319 1 n/a n/a 0 436
1990 38 51 0 281 0 n/a n/a 0 370
1991 51 43 1 274 1 n/a n/a 0 370
1992 49 60 0 303 0 n/a n/a 0 412
1993 55 50 0 300 1 n/a n/a 0 406
1994 55 41 0 306 2 n/a n/a 0 404
1995 40 53 0 314 0 n/a n/a 0 407
1996 40 53 0 314 0 n/a n/a 0 407
1997 34 56 0 275 0 n/a n/a 0 365
1998 44 63 0 272 0 n/a n/a 0 379
1999 27 55 0 270 0 n/a n/a 0 352
2000 21 59 0 228 0 n/a n/a 0 308
2001 22 31 0 229 1 n/a n/a 0 283
2002 13 41 1 203 0 n/a n/a 0 258
2003 13 41 1 203 0 n/a n/a 0 258
2004 17 42 3 185 1 n/a n/a 0 248
2005 10 48 2 189 1 n/a n/a 0 250
2006 16 40 2 176 1 n/a n/a 0 235
2007 12 33 1 180 0 n/a n/a 0 226
2008 16 31 0 170 1 n/a n/a 0 218
2009 14 33 0 161 1 n/a n/a 0 209
2010 12 32 1 156 2 n/a n/a 0 203
2011 29 24 0 150 2 0 4 0 209
2012 62 22 3 188 2 0 3 0 280
2013 85 29 3 196 0 0 3 0 316
2014 95 32 3 191 0 0 4 0 325

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Becker Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 612 47.0 13.0 n/a
1989 436 n/a n/a n/a
1990 370 32.0 11.5 n/a
1991 370 31.7 11.6 n/a
1992 412 32.5 12.6 76.0
1993 406 32.0 12.7 84.7
1994 404 35.9 11.3 76.7
1995 407 31.5 12.9 83.3
1996 407 31.5 12.9 83.3
1997 365 32.0 11.4 81.9
1998 379 30.0 12.6 82.1
1999 352 28.4 12.4 88.4
2000 308 26.9 11.4 76.9
2001 283 26.0 10.9 77.7
2002 258 24.2 10.7 92.2
2003 258 24.2 10.7 92.2
2004 248 24.0 10.3 85.9
2005 250 25.5 9.8 50.0
2006 235 21.5 10.9 47.2
2007 226 19.5 11.6 89.8
2008 218 20.8 10.5 87.6
2009 209 18.5 11.3 86.1
2010 203 16.8 12.0 85.7
2011 209 16.2 12.8 78.0
2012 280 20.5 13.6 65.7
2013 316 23.1 13.6 56.3
2014 325 26.4 12.2 53.8

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the FRAC Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Becker Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 612 47.0 13.0 n/a
1989 436 n/a n/a n/a
1990 370 32.0 11.5 n/a
1991 370 31.7 11.6 n/a
1992 412 32.5 12.6 76.0
1993 406 32.0 12.7 84.7
1994 404 35.9 11.3 76.7
1995 407 31.5 12.9 83.3
1996 407 31.5 12.9 83.3
1997 365 32.0 11.4 81.9
1998 379 30.0 12.6 82.1
1999 352 28.4 12.4 88.4
2000 308 26.9 11.4 76.9
2001 283 26.0 10.9 77.7
2002 258 24.2 10.7 92.2
2003 258 24.2 10.7 92.2
2004 248 24.0 10.3 85.9
2005 250 25.5 9.8 50.0
2006 235 21.5 10.9 47.2
2007 226 19.5 11.6 89.8
2008 218 20.8 10.5 87.6
2009 209 18.5 11.3 86.1
2010 203 16.8 12.0 85.7
2011 209 16.2 12.8 78.0
2012 280 20.5 13.6 65.7
2013 316 23.1 13.6 56.3
2014 325 26.4 12.2 53.8

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Texas Education Agency.

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