Students enrolled 1050
School leader Williams Simms
Transportation options Yes
District South Redford School District

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26255 Schoolcraft Avenue
Redford Charter Township, MI 48239

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(313) 242-0600
(313) 592-0740
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3 stars
Based on 32 ratings

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November 20, 2013
Teachers are very caring and every teacher has tutoring hours after school for extra help in classes. Lots of AP classes and college prep stuff.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
In the last four years that my son attended the school has seen "transitional periods". The school met my son's needs but did not offer much in the way of challenge. If the parent is involved then the most of the school staff is open to communication. There are some that don't wish to be bothered but that is found everywhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
I have 2 children that have attended THS, one of them still is and does ok there and likes it. The other had ADD and THS was not able to help us with that issue in a timely manner while her grades and self esteem were dropping, so I pulled her out. She is a respectful, sweet girl but was being treated like a delinquent due to her grades dropping and it literally made her physically ill. I'm not saying it's a bad school, but they either weren't capable or didn't attempt to help us even though the state says they must.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
This is my sons first year at the school and so far I am pleased. Staff really shows they care.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
Thurston High is a very good school. The teachers are very well educated they teach strong material. The principal leadership is very good they keep you on top of everything that is going on in the school. The academic programs are wonderful

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
I have a 10th grader at THS...Thurston is a very good high school that keeps you informed about everything that's going on. I love the parent connect which helps me keep up with grades. The teachers that I have encounter last year and this year, are very concerned with my childs education. I am very impressed with all the honors classes that are offered...

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
Because my granddaughter attends school there. They have a brand new auditorium for school plays and other school events. Their choral group is great.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
This is our 1st experience in a public school , my daughter has been in a private school since Kindergarden . So far all has been great , Thurston has a wonderful caring staff , lots of great classes & programs . Also they has a new auditorium thats soooo nice & state of the art . Their media program has a awsome teacher & their media studio is the same as CSN . My child is doing great & happier than she ever has been in school

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September 11, 2009
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September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 27, 2009
I am a student at ths and i believe our school & district strives to achieve more than any other school i have attended.. The staff as well as principal and authorities appreciate as well as genuinely care for students ant their well being. It has great college prep classes & not to mention an amazing music program! go band! i believe they do the best they possibly can in the current economical slump.

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October 10, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2008
I am a Thurston Alumni and I loved it. the teachers are great and all of the students got along. At any high school there will be problems, but it is all what you make of it individually.

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August 26, 2008
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August 23, 2008
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May 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 14, 2008
Thurston is a school divided. There are either the students who appreciate and respect teachers, and those who don't. Some teachers simply cannot get through to the students they teach. If you aren't in the 'hard' classes with the 'hard' teachers, then your time is being wasted. I often heard parents blaming the teachers for their poor teaching, when in all actuality, the students are mostly disrespectful, very righteous, and annoying.

- submitted by a student
December 25, 2007
The Thurston experience varies on which classes and programs you're in. If you are in the advanced placement programs, Thurston is a really good school. If you're in the average classes, Thurston isn't so great. A lot of the students don't care and it really hinders the learning process.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
This is an excellent school in a safe, affordable neighborhood. I have sent 3 children there; one of whom is currently studing to be a doctor; a graduate of University of Michigan - Ann Arbor; and one currently at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Without the helpful teaching staff at THS, none of my children would have gone on as they did.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 26, 2007
Parent involvement is poor, except for a few truely dedicated ones.

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January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2006
Most of the students my son has been around have no respect for staff or even the school itself. When I have been there to pick him up, I myself have experienced this type of behavior and nothing seems to have changed in the past 3 years, I am glad he will be graduating and of Thurston this year. By far it has gotten worse!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 07, 2005
This is by far the worst school I have ever been to. The school has so much violence and empathical students who do not want to learn. Every year that I went here, it seems to be getting worse. The school however does offer a good band program, probably one of the best in the area. They have gone to Carnegie Hall and many other places and are just getting and better. The school's lunch is pretty good as well, but the school's sports are average. The school is receiving a huge bond to build a new auditorium and new classrooms, but with this school's rate the new stuff will not last. As for academics the school does petty average, but with the amount of empathy in the kids in this school, it may deffianetly bring you down. At times I could not learn because of the people around me.

- submitted by a former student
July 05, 2005
Thurston provided me what I would consider the best highschool education available. The teachers there are more than dedicated and will go to extreme measures to help students who actually care about their education. The school was recently renovated, and asside from an occasional leak that its quicly repaired the school is in great condition for a school of its age. The technologies available to all students are remarkable. I am currently a student at one of the University of Michigan campuses I can honestly say their technology preparations for their students are absolutely capable of preparing students for their next step in education. Parent participation is the only thing that is lacking at this school, parents remain completely uninvolved until there is something happening that they don't like and typically that is what makes the media and becomes the focus of attention of many former students.

- submitted by a former student
April 24, 2005
As a graduate of THS a few years ago, I have to say that I couldn't of had a better high school experience. I participated in band, SADD, Track, and Volleyball, and had wonderful mentors in and out of the classroom. It's sad that the culture of a school can change, and I would never believe that of THS unless I viewed it myself. That is my recomendation for you, visit the campus and see if it is right for your child. The band program is one of the best in the nation, they have been choosen to play at Carnegie Hall in N.Y.C. twice in the past 4 years. Each time they are one out of a select few in the nation. Mr. Lucius is a wonderful mentor for adolecents, and the conselors do support commumity college enrollment for select students who are eligible. Parents get involved!

- submitted by a former student
January 18, 2005
The school in general has gone down hill from when I attened and graduated in 1983. We recently moved out of the south redford school district do to a private account were the principle was of no help to my son or myself. The ceiling in the cafeteria was leaking, the bathrooms were downright ubtrusive, and the lack of supervision the students had in the hall was suprendus. There have been more fights in the hallways during passing time than actual prevention methods being practiced. There have been numorus bomb threats agianst the staff and students, I have threatned to go striaght to the press, at that time the districts lawery threatned to sue from negative press attention and harrassment. It's time some things is going to be done about this horrible school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
This school has deffiantely went downhill very fast. The school offers great lunches and after school activies as well. I would not recommend sending your child here. I am moving to another town, and one of the reasons is to go to a much better school.

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December 01, 2004
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2004
I am currently a sophomore at Thurston High. Thurston is a school I would want to send my kids to in the future. I'm pretty sure the quality has gone down over the past 20 years, but what school hasn't? Teachers Quality, I would have to rate a 6 out of 10. Of the two years I have attended, I have had wonderful teachers. There are some bad eggs that prefer to teach one way and not try to reach out to students who are unable to learn this way. The best thing to do about teachers like this, is to find another teacher that can help. I honestly don't believe that uniforms will do anything to help the quality of the school. The one thing I would say that needs attention is parent involvement. You need to know whats going on with your child.

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2004
I think Thurston High could be a great school, if this one and all public schools went to Uniforms. Clothing seems to be a big part of the students interest, instead of the subjects offered. Plus the faculty doesn't seem to instill much pride in the school, that the students could pick up on. The teachers also don't put enough effort into helping students that appear to need it, whether they ask for it or not. Everyone likes to feel special and cared about.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
Best teacher there was Mr. Sabatini. Now he's gone. Now the best is Mr. Spier. Have enjoyed Soccer team but I would wish we could have a winning season. Mixture of blacks to whites is about 50-50. Good school for band. Football team is not doing so weel this year(2004.) Take A.P. History, it can and will challenge you.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2004
I am a graduate of THS and had a great HS experience. I was a member in the bands, soccer, cross country, S.A.D.D., NHS, and drama. The teachers were very helpful and I learned a great deal there. I only wish they had prepared me for the 'real world' everything I did to prepare myself for college I did on my own, there was no help offered. They did not help looking for scholarships like the counselors were supposed to be there for. I have been back to visit a few times and it seems the school has gone down hill rapidly. My kids would only attend THS to be a memeber of the band as I feel Mr. Lucius was a great mentor, I only wish the rest of the school could be the same way.

- submitted by a former student
March 08, 2004
This school has gone downhill fast. The makeup of the class has changed dramaticly in the past 20 years. Test scores are down, the good teachers have left and the rate of violence has increased.

- submitted by a former student
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Lee M. Thurston High School
26255 Schoolcraft Avenue, Redford Charter Township, MI  48239
(313) 242-0600
Last modified Lee M. Thurston High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lee M. Thurston High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top