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T.H. Harris Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 722 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

T H Harris is a school where every child can get a great education. It is truly available to any one who wants to learn. The faculty creates a safe/secure environment for the students and go out of their way to support them. There is a lot of diversity at Harris, which means that the students are being prepared for LIFE/SOCIETY as it is...many different cultures, all contributing to our community. Would be great to have a school based service club that could do things like, paint the parking bumpers along w metairie...encourage recycling at the school...provide homework help for struggling peers???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

My child went to this school and it was one one of the worst schools ever. My child has medical issues and learning disabilities and falls under 504 accommodations. NONE of the administration or teachers accommodated my child in any way. In fact, after my child was tested for reading, I was told my child was lazy (in front of other parents and students) bc it took them longer to take the test. Even though, I took the time to speak, email, and put to paper all my child's issues and concerns things were still neglected. Im just glad my child got out of there worse off (and that's thanks to MY parenting). Word of advice to all parents (esp those with special needs: DOCUMENT EVERYTHING!!! EMAILS!!! FIND AN ADVOCATE. CALL SCHOOL BOARD! They can't tell you you didn't do your part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2014

I am going to be graduating this year and I have been at Harris for all three years and each year was absolutely wonderful. I loved the teachers and the principal and dissaplanarions are very understanding and focused. I loved my years at Harris.


Posted April 29, 2010

The principal, faculty & staff works at keeping the student focus on making education first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Best teachers in the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

I am a parent as well as a member of the T.H. Harris PTG. There is every opportunity for parents to be involved at making thier child's experience at Harris extremely successful. Likewise, the students are afforded an excellent education that they choose to accept...or not. One's school experiences, for both parents and students, comes down to choices. I choose to be an active and participating member at Harris. I know what goes on there, and I am glad to be part of a great educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

My son goes to TH Harris it is not a very good school the principal and vp along with the teachers are useless that is all the kids do is fight and curse at each other the teachers are afraid of the kids so they just close there eyes to everything .... please do not send your child there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

After being involved with the school, I am convinved that teh school's focus is on providing a quality education in a safe and caring environment. Calls to the administration are returned promptly; teachers are focused on engaging their students, and technology (lots of it) is in use in every class and throughout the school. Great school; great teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

This is my sons 1st year at Harris. In the beginning I was very very concerned. We had a little bit of a teacher problem. But I spoke to the VP and my son was removed from the class. And put into the correct class. The Office staff is great. And their are a few teachers that are amazing. Most of my sons homework is done with on-line text books. It is a great school, there are always a few students at every school that could be a problem. But its the parents responsibility to make sure you've taught your child it be responsible for there actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

My kids go to th Harris and they are in 6th and 7th grade and they love it there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

I sent my son to this school after Katrina for he was awaiting the re-opening of his school. The students and faculty were very friendly, the administration was easily accessible, and my son enjoyed his time at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2007

If you care about your child, do not send him/her to T.H. Harris! I am a very involved parent, and I know first-hand that this school is unsafe and un-caring. If this is your district, you would do better to get a permit to send your child to another middle school. I wish someone had warned me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2007

I sent my child to T.H. Harris, and I regret very much sending her there. The quality of education and student services is poor. The new principal distances himself from the functioning of the school. The kids are great, but the school needs better teachers and better leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

My child very briefly went to Harris last year,and its not the staff its the students.I am comparing Harris to a catholic school my child went to prior to Harris.All the boys want to do is fight,fight,fight! The students curse,threaten each other on a daily basis,and smoke as they walk across the street when the bell rings.It definetely was not the school environment I was used to.With all these distractions I dont know how the students learn anything at all,except how to defend yourself!In this case I firmly believe that you get what you pay for,which was nothing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2007

I went to 6th grade at this school and absolutely hated it. The school itself is not in a good location at all. The bathrooms are disgusting, they never have any soap, there's never any toilet paper, and the toilets always overflow. The morals and ethics in this school are horrible. In gym class, you could only have a bigger locker if you were a part of the schools athletics. I think this school is perfect for students who don't want to learn. Signed, an unhappy student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2006

Totally unsatisfied with the teachers..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2006

Harris is an excellent school with superior staff and teachers. My son has attended Harris since 6th grade, he is now an 8th grader, and I wouldn't dream of sending him anywhere else. In fact, we specifically returned home after Hurricane Katrina in order for him to finish middle school at Harris. After Hurricane Katrina, the staff returned, rolled up their sleeves, and produced another great year for the kids. I was a little concerned when we changed principals for the 2005/06 year, but Mr. Guichet is an awesome administrator making the school year fun for all. Academic achievement is rewarded appropriately giving under achievers incentive to work harder. The school is very safe as well. Parents sending their children to Harris will not be disappointed. Teachers genuinely care about the students' education and will make time to meet with parents. Donna P., Proud Harris Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

I'm a student from T.H. Harris Middle School. I now attend Archbishop Chapelle High School. It was a big change going from a public school to a private school, but I was prepared because of T.H. Harris. My first two years at T.H. Harris, I dreaded because I didn't make it great like it could have been. My last year, I cleaned up, got involved with numerous extra-curricular activities, and pulled up my grades. I'd have to say I'd never take my years I had at Harris back. It showed me that I have to work hard for what I want and true responsibility. I loved Harris, and I would recommend any parent to send their child there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 3, 2004

I'm not a parent at the school but I am a student. I went to T.H. Harris for sixth and seventh grade, and it was the worst experience of my life. I'm not even joking, I now atttend Archbishop Chapelle High School, and am experiencing first hand all of the education I did not recieve in those two years. Don't get me wrong, the school is good for students who dont want to do work and dont want to learn but for students and parents trying to obtain a good education it's not the best choice! Signed ~Hated Harris~
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

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66%

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66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 47%
Black 35% 45%
Hispanic 18% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Otis Guichet III
Fax number
  • (504) 733-0953

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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