Academic Performance

Study SLAM

In order to help students succeed academically, we have organized a before school program called Study SLAM. 

Study SLAM is held in the community room every morning from 7-7:40 a.m. in the community room.

 Any student can attend Study SLAM to: study, complete homework, work on missing or late assignments, correct tests/quizzes, or obtain general assistance in any content area.

Instructional coaches as well as trained tutors are present at every Study SLAM session.

 With Study SLAM, you can ensure that your child will have a quiet, structured setting to focus on his/her academic studies.

SLAM stands for Science/Social Studies, Language Arts, Math.

Parent Portal

Parents can monitor their child's academic standing for every class and request to receive email notifications involving grades. Register now at  EPISD Parent Portal .


STAAR stands for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness and has replaced the TAKS test as the state's standardized test.

The STAAR test is timed (4 hours) and is considered to be more rigorous than the TAKS test.

STAAR testing dates are as follows:

  • March 29, 2016:  8th grade MATH, 7th grade WRITING
  • March 30, 2016:  8th grade READING
  • May 9, 2016: 6th and 7th grade MATH
  • May 10, 2016: 6th and 7th grade READING
  • May 11,2016: 8th grade SCIENCE
  • May 12, 2016: 8th grade SOCIAL STUDIES

In preparation for the STAAR exams we will be offering various STAAR camps.  Attendance at the camps is voluntary but is strongly encouraged! Dates to be announced.

 Visit for more information about STAAR.

Parent TIPS for STAAR Success!

The following are ways to help your child perform well on testing day:

  • be sure he/she gets an adequate night's sleep the night before testing. Do not send your child to school tired on testing day.
  • be sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast on the morning of testing. Students will need a good source of energy for all the brain power that will be used.
  • be sure to have your child arrive to school on time. The STAAR test will have a time limit therefore it is essential to begin on time. Do not let your child be absent on testing day.
  • be sure that your child does not have a cell phone in his/her possession. Cell phones are a severe violation of testing procedures and will render your child's test void.
  • have your child dress in layers to remain comfortable in the testing environment as room temperatures may fluctuate.
  • your child will NOT need to bring lunch on testing day.  A nutritious sack lunch will be provided to ALL students and will be eaten in their classrooms.
  • have your child bring two sharpened #2 pencils, an eraser, and a highlighter to their testing room.