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12501 West Hawk Rd
Big Lake, AK 99652

(907) 892-9400
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April 17, 2012
All of these negative reviews are biased and silly. I have been going to houston all four years of my high school career and it's been the best thing to happen to me. There are no cliques, we all treat each other like equals, and IF there is a bully situation if ANY at all, the wonderful staff and students know how to protect each other and deal with a rude individual. Which leads me to the teachers--We are the luckiest school in the entirety of Alaska in my opinion. We have top-notch teachers who will honestly know your name, get to know YOU as a person, be your best friend if you want, and teach you to the highest of thier abilities. Any of our teacher could take jobs anywhere in the state or out of state and make it great if they so chose, but they chose to stay and teach us. We have great test scores because of these great individuals who know what thier doing and do it in excellence. I'll admit we have a small school size, but maybe that's what makes it great. We all know each other and the school isn't crowded in the least. We need more electives, but it has come to my attention that we will recieve more. We are not perfect, but I can honestly say I LOVE Houston High!

- submitted by a student

April 05, 2012
Wow, time for an up-to-date review. I've been at Houston (both at the middle school and high school) and reading these old "reviews" makes me grin. The teachers care and do nothing but assist students to improve their education. Those that can comment on the leadership of this school are not willing to look at the other possible problems. In addition, Houston does well with challenging academic programs if the student is willing; the small student body does alter the classes available but there are opportunities. Now to address the other concerns - Houston is very open; the "cliques" cross. Vandalism is very rare. Backpacks are freely left out of lockers and alone because of this. Understandably, the beginning of the year provides problems for the newcomers but dwindles down quickly. If no one new feels welcome, I'm sorry. I, among others, try to prevent this. Especially with the new boundary, we've done well to try and make everyone feel that we're a small, everyone-knows-everyone school. Business Professionals of America, Student Government, National Honor Society, sports are extracurricular activities available. It's not perfect, true, but it's changed drastically since 2009!

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May 22, 2009
The teachers are great but some arn't that good at explaining stuff. Just because the test sores are good dosen't mean its a great school. i have been going there three years and the students are selfish and spoiled and unwelcomeing and so are the parents. The school is mostly focsed on spots. The proncipal is great. He tries to be everyone's friend and the students respect him. I just have to tell all the parents before they send their kids there think back to when they were in high school if it was great for you it might not be great for your kids. Those parents that hated high school i am sure its just like that only kids these days are meaner.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 22, 2009
so i am now a senior and i am going to a different school i can't stand it at houston. The kids are mean to you unless you are a skinny spoiled little girl. or a rude good for nothing guy. i was never welcome there at all but when i was a freshman alot of the seniors liked me but ever since then nope i had a close little group of friends. Theres to much drama over which girl stole someones boyfriend. Not to be mean but there are a ton of girls at houston that are sluts in every grade it dosent matter how old they are either. Teacher and classes were great. But the vice principal is a jerk thats putting it nicely. I hated it. i'm glad i'm going somewhere else for my senior year. it's not crowded at max 320 kids. Its not that small.

- submitted by a student

February 18, 2009
I currently attend this school and admit that it's not perfect. When I was a freshman (I'm a senior now) I took Honors English I and as a sophomore took Honors English II but this school, due to its small population, got such classes cut. Quite a dissapointment. I will say that Houston has an excellent English department with awesome teachers like Mr. and Mrs. Helle. I love how the teachers really do know us by name and personality, not just as another student. And yes, there are problems here, but nothing that isn't normal in a small American high school. We do not have frequent acts of vandalism and are a pretty tight knit group. I've met some of the best and more intelligent people here. One of my friends was offered to attend Yale. Now tell me that we have idiots here at Houston.

- submitted by a student

September 27, 2008
and another thing. seeing how there were 300 seniors in that school, the teachers didnt even know eveybodys name because the school was so overcrowded. I came back here to graduate so that when i walked up on that stage to get my diploma everyone would actually knwo who i was.

- submitted by a community member

April 15, 2008
I graduated from Houston last year and I hated it. I remember that the teachers were extremly religous sided and some were very sexest. The vice principal was an absolute joke also. I did however like the principal. The extracurricular activities were ok, the school didnt exactly take much pride in them. In all, im telling you to send your child to wasilla where the teachers actually care about the students there and arent so much of a joke.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 03, 2008
i went to houston and i think the school needs more activitys for the kinds

- submitted by a student

November 02, 2007
This school is filled with academic programs, and many extracurricular activities for my fellow students. the parent involvment is extremely good; the special effects were third rate, but the acting was better than i expected, i gave it a thumbs up. there is never a moment when my parents don't know what's happening at the school. I personally think this is a great scool.

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2006
I went to Houston High. and i got to say that i was wonderful i went to..i wish that i can go back. i loved the teachers there..they are so helpfull...they are also nice..n caring...

- submitted by a student

November 01, 2005
I went to Houston Jr./Sr. High School and Houston High School for my middle and high school years. I recieved a great education while I was there. There is no reason why anyone, parent or student, should not attend this school. I'll admit that the school does have some problems, but what school doesn't? I think that they have an excellent english, math, history, science, and foriegn language department. The teachers really do care about your child, unlike what you might have read. The teachers do try really hard to make a difference in your life, whether you are trying or not. Every school is going to have trouble makers and drugs. Quit complaining and play by the rules.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 04, 2005
From a parent: Yes, it appears Houston High didn't do a very good job of teaching proper grammer, diction and spelling to those few students who've commented here. Every one of the reviews posted here had errors in it. Our student has been happy so far as a freshman. Positive peer pressure can go a long way, too. Free thinkers made this country and I hope that's what we're trying to send out from this school. (Free thinkers who can at least spell and maybe as a bonus add and subtract.)

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2005
I graduated from Houston and yes some of the teachers were horrible but the majority were great. The only problem was the lack of the selection of classes to take but that is a given with such a small school. I felt that teachers really cared about the students and it is up to the student how well they did. I now have to siblings going to Houston and the major thing I noticed is the growing population of students using pot.

- submitted by a student

September 01, 2005
I went to this school for 1 1/2 years and was helped very little. There are a few good teachers but the majority rules that I was very unhappy with how it was run and how the teachers are more like babysitters then teachers. I recoment elsewhere.

- submitted by a student

February 22, 2005
I attended this school for two years and in that time my education suffered greatly. The majority of teachers didn't had adequate materials to teach the class. For example, many students would have to sit on the floor during class and the students would be sharing textbooks because there were not enough desks or textbooks. However, I would like to take a moment and recognize the few teachers I had that showed an effort and they were Trish Kohut, Kirsten Hammers, and Sean Murphy. These teachers made the most of what they had and put forth the most effort in filling the students minds with knowledge. I strongly recommend you give them some sort of recognition. Now, back to the bad. There are no well-developed school organizations and little to no parental involvement. Don't be fooled, the school's horrible. I strongly reccomend sending your child elsewhere.

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2004
I don't understand what people are talking about when they say that the teachers and administration are horrible. I graduated from Houston, and there is obviously nothing wrong with the teaching there because I am currently attending the University of the Texas Longhorns. Houston is a great school for kids to go to, the teachers, administration, and kids are all smart, kind, and very knowledgable.

- submitted by a student

October 20, 2004
I do not believe this school is run correctly and does not care about the over welming student poblem.

- submitted by a student

October 11, 2004
To whom it may concern. I do not like Houston, has a bad reputation, the teachers are horrible and I dont like the staff. I withdrew my child out of that school and a lot of other parents are thinking of doing the same. The only reason they still have their child in that school is because the only other alternative is Mid-Valley, if you live in Big Lake and cant drive into wasilla. I know many parents that have withdrew there children out of Houston and they now are doing well in Mid-Valley. They have a wonderful staff and teachers. I greatly recoment that school, check into it. -Anounomus

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2004
I would really like to know why people think that students from Houston won't amount to anything. I happen to know a few have gone very far, and have extremely great potential. I appologize if I might sound rude, but it really hurts me to know that nobody really gives a 'you know what' about the people at my school. Not only are the people very kind, but the students, and teachers alike, are highly intelligent. Thank You for your time.

- submitted by a student

February 19, 2004
A member of the MSBSD School Board once said to me, 'The students at Houston are never going to amount to anything anyway, so why should we give them adequate funding. Well, Houston has never had adequate funding and perhaps that is why the 'students never amount to anything.' The school doesn't even have enough money to pay the electric bill, so students spend days at a time with minimal lighting. The teachers are also bad for the most part. However, there are a few exceptions. One good thing about Houston though, is the people there are very kindd and racism and sexism, etc. is little to none. However, the best comment that school can recieve in that as people, the students, faculty, and administration there are great people.

- submitted by a student
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Houston High School
12501 West Hawk Rd, Big Lake, AK  99652
(907) 892-9400
Last modified Houston High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Houston High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top