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9-12
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Arlington, TX
Students enrolled: 3,346

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2000 Sam Houston Drive
Arlington, TX 76014

(682) 867-8200
(817) 801-4505
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November 21, 2014
Best school in Texas, AISD, and best principal!! Love the school spirit and students. Its grown to be a better school year after year

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2014
I am an alumna of Sam that graduated just this summer. I was able to experience the difference that Sam had been undergoing and currently still is. I couldn't be more proud of my alma mater. I was in the orchestra, golf team, AVID program, National Honor Society, and also taking multiple Pre-AP and AP courses all 4 years at Sam. I am now at UTA and it has been a great experience and I believe it is because my teachers at Sam Houston prepared me well. College has been a breeze so far because a lot of the material that is being covered in class is material that my teachers taught me. I feel that any negative rumors that come outside of Sam Houston are people who have never walked the halls of the school. Any negative rumors that come from inside Sam are from the students that do not care for education and are unmotivated. Sam Houston has the best faculty and staff that prepare students for life beyond high school with so many opportunities available. Not only that, the teachers and counselors support the students and offer valuable life values. I love that Sam is changing and spirit is being reborn! Go Texans! GO BIG SAM!

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2014
Class of 2014, best high school in AISD. Our IB (International Baccalaureate) program, if which I was a part of, was unmatched. Best teachers in the business. I'm a current Mav and my experience at Sam has made the transition very easy, with all the diversity and involvement. If u ever pass by Sam remember "in the halls of Sam Houston there are no strangers" go Sam.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2014
With such deep traditions, amazing teachers, as well as incredible students that continue to strive for excellence truly do make Sam the best High School in AISD, hands down.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2014
Alum and former staff here - Excellent things are happening at Sam Houston High School! New leadership and a fresh school spirit and pride are sweeping through the halls and into the community. SHHS offers something for everyone. A cosmetology program, IB (International Baccalaureate) and AVID to mention a few. Caring teachers and staff who dig in and would rather be at Sam than anywhere else! Like any school that is allowed to grow so large, it comes with its own special challenges. Principal Benavides is an outstanding man and an amazing role model for the students.

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2014
Sam Houston H.S. is a really wonderful school with caring teachers. My child was in the band program all 4 years and loved her time at SHHS. I also enjoyed getting involved and attending events. Her high school experience was really wonderful and she is now off to college!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
There is no other school like Big Sam, where teachers will go out of their way to help students succeed. Lately, you've been able to feel the pride and school spirit in these halls that for a while was weakened due to false rumors; but no matter what this school has pulled through and has shown its true potential with the help of a great principal, Mr. Benavides. People who don't go to this is school are quick to judge so don't let their opinion affect yours. SHHS Alumna 2014

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2014
Sam Houston High school is a great school with caring teachers, counselors, assistant principles, and a principle that has gone well beyond to make Sam Houston the best in the city.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
Its an awsome school ! If you do it right, you'll enjoy your time making memories and lifelong friends.

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2014
My school is an important part of the community, reaching out to students and parents to become positive members of society.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
I graduated from SHHS in 1991. I love this school! I went on to graduate from a university and now I have a high paying marketing job. The teachers at this school are patient, kind and amazing. I always loved our school spirit. Go big SAM!

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
Sam Houston High School is on a comeback to being a school that Rocks, old Traditions are being reintroduced. There is a lot of Big Sam Pride . The kids there are receiving Scholarships right and left and doing accelerated classes to help them towards their goals in life. The Principal MR. B is gung ho on helping the kids from their Freshman year on, to be college ready The Alumni are proud to see the changes that are happening at SAM. Big Sam Loud and Proud

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
Best school in Arlington ISD! Proud of the diverse, well-rounded, rigorous education that I was afforded at SHHS. I was well-prepared and am a successful professional now. '87 Long Tall Texan alumnus!

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2014
A great place to work for the last 17 years (of 30 total in the district)! As far as the students? They are the best in the district! Of course, any school with over 3000 students will have its fair share of troubled teenagers. The large size is the district's fault; they should know and do better. As long as the people of Arlington treat this side of town this way there will be no relief. The staff, faculty, and administration are doing its best with the over-crowding issue. It is what it is. My students that I have had over the years there are incredible people who excel academically, give back to the community, and will grow up to be responsible and contributing citizens of our nation. I have been very blessed to have worked with these amazing young people and caring teachers! Come on Arlington, give Sam a break and ease the overcrowding there! And lastly, I thank the district for the honor and blessing to have worked at Sam. I thank the parents for trusting their children to me (hopefully I did my duty). Few people can say these things about where they work and who they work with over their career! No strangers, indeed!!

- submitted by a teacher
November 24, 2013
Surprisingly, as a substitute teacher, this school is not all that bad as most people say it is. There will be securities walking around making sure students are where they're suppose to be. There will be students who are just sliding by and some takes their education seriously. You will always get those type of students who doesn't know how to stay quiet and play their obnoxious rap music. Some students are really cool with you. Of course, you will find one who is pregnant, nothing unusual. The staffs are very helpful and supportive. I would go back and sub there again.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2012
I am a 2010 graduate of Sam Houston High School. From my experiences going there, it's an okay school as long as you stay out of trouble. A lot of the students there were trashy and ghetto, and there were fights all the time (sometimes there were up to three fights during one lunch period). There's a huge teen pregnancy problem, and most of the students come from low-income families. Still, if you are a current student, or have a child who's currently attending, then I would strongly recommend becoming involved with as many extracurricular activities as possible. There are a great many students who are hard-working, apt academically, and who manage to represent the school well.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2011
There's never a bad school but there's always great students. Teachers at Sam Houston HS do their best to prepare us for our future, is always up to the students to take that knowledge shared to us. I'm from Class of '04, honored graduate and all I have to say about Sam Houston is that is the best school I could have gone to.Thank's to all my teachers & I miss the halls at Sam Houston where there are no strangers. Go Sam!

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2011
That's not exactly true what the previous reviewer said about taking exams when they returned from Christmas. The final exams are actually about 2 weeks after the kids return from Christmas.

- submitted by a teacher
January 02, 2011
My son is special ed qualified and in general pop. because he's not "skills class" qualified. DO NOT expect any of the teachers to read their IEP and BIP no matter how many ARD committee meetings you go to & decide what accommodations to have. We have 2 years of wasted Spanish in which he was 1 of 3 kids that DID'NT already SPEAK SPANISH fluently. The teacher DID NOT teach at their level resulting in F's both years. The 2nd year I requested his principal put him in the "ESL" class for his foreign language credit and was told "but he already speaks English" That is no different than these kids receiving a free foreign lanquage credit for Spanish, They also have a class called "Native Spanish" They have 2 classes, what a joke. The lack of interest in helping kids with special needs shows me these teachers are there for nothing more than collecting a paycheck. This school rating should be 0 out of 10. Before Xmas instead of taking exams, they had "movie week" & when they return they will take exams. Does that make sense?

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2010
To the previous person who posted.... Sam Houston High School is in Arlington, Texas - which is between Dallas and Fort Worth in North Texas. We are about 250 miles north of Houston, Texas.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
This is a great school. The teachers are vary but overall they are very helpful. What I like most about our school is you can be yourself. When I was a freshman one of the MAC teachers mr hine made you laugh while you learned. ms mcreynolds has been the best princpail and I will miss her when I garduate. I am going to miss mr moffitt miss Lopes. Good bye Sam Houston.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2009
it is an excellent school for my son all these rumors my son told me were'nt true its a good high school for kids no bullies fights or anything bad about it that will harm your child

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Im a freshman at Sam and so far I like it. It's a good school with good teachers, but like in every school there's teachers that get on your nerves sometimes. I still like it. This year the Lady Texans are going to rock at soccer! Go Sam!

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2009
Sam Houston is the best school ever... It might be 'ghetto', but it's the most welcoming school you could ever go to.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 22, 2009
This will be my 25th year at Sam out of 37 years of teaching so obviously I must love it. We have wonderful leadership in our principal, Beverley McReynolds. Our kids are the best! Our teachers work harder than any to give our students the best opportunities to succeed! I was the drill team director for nine years and now am the Business Dept. Chair and the Senior Class Sponsor. When someone has something negative to say regarding Sam Houston, the first question I ask is when was the last time they walked the halls of Sam. In every case, they have never been there. So how would they know?!

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2009
Im currently attending Sam and am proud to say im a Sam Houston Texan! the school may be burried in a bad rep. but thats just those shining dull stars who diss the teachers and hate their life. even attending SHHS gives you so many oprotunities that other schools fall short. scholarship programs come free or at little cost, and the students are given many oprotunities to suceed (mostly by the many passionate teachers) all it takes is a dedicated student and there are plenty of those at Sam Houston! only con i see is the parents lack of attention to many of their childrens lives but that has nothing to do with the school and its spirit level (which seems to be falling) but so many students are trying their best to represent Sam with the biggest pride in the school,Go Sam!

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2009
sam houston is a really good school

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
Idk why my school gets a bad rep. I like it and its real fun. Plus the teachers are soo nice

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2009
I don't know why this school gets a bad rap. It's just a normal high school, sweet kids, and extremely dedicated teachers. A lot has to do with individual student motivation and parent support. Teachers can't work magic, but the teachers at Sam almost can.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 06, 2009
The last person to post here, obviously, didn't get a very good education at South Grand Prairie (two words), either. Notice the misspelled words and poor sentence structure. Sounds like a bunch of sour grapes to me.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2009
It was an utter waste of time , I wish I just droped out and got my GED than to have wasted two years in that hell hole they call a school. The teachers were way underskilled and I belive they were not up to standards to teach anything. I honestly learned more in a trimester at South Grandprairie then I learned in the whole two year durration I was there. Thank god I did not have to attened that school for four years. The teachers do not teach well the students are disrespectfull. I was in Advance placment there and I astonded that people from this school pas the AP test the only way I learned was self study over the topics. How this low standrad school is an IB school is beyond me. 1 teacher there was excellent and that wa ms applequist she was the best teacher :)

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May 21, 2009
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May 20, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 14, 2009
A lot of bad rumors that are not true, smart kids, good programs, and an ib school.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
i would have to say that I am attending Sam and that every bad thing people say about it is NOT true! Sam is a awesome the teacher are very dedicated to their work and the students are determined. And as for our sports we are winning in soccer and we are proud of that and Im proud to be a texan! Nobody should be judging the school just from silly rumors its all ABOUT SHHS!

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 06, 2008
I attended sam for about 2 months and I enjoyed it very much, but im not going to deny that in the school that i am in now there is more competition. The teachers at sam are very friendly but more strict. I felt that all my teachers were well qualified and they treated all their students equally, and for as it being 'ghetto and that the students are disrespectful' i cant name one public school that doesnt have rude people and it isnt ghetto, there is just more diversity. (For the parent who wrote that, i find it to be very immature and offending for you to say.)

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2008
this school is absolutly horrible the kids here are very ghetto and disrespectful to thier teachers. also the teachers sometime do not like the kids an don't treat them the same as other students in the class this is why i think this is a horrible school for any student to go to that really wants to suceed in life not jus get by

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2008
I think that Sam Houston high school is an awsome school. It was my first year here as a freshman and i felt well at home. My teachers pushed me to do my best and give good advice about life if asked for it. Its not the schools fault for the reputation the kids made but now its up to us to change that...

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2008
I also am a current student here. It may not be the best schools around, but I love it. They have good activities and they give you great deals that will help you even after high school. I actually don't complain at all of coming to this school

- submitted by a student
no rating May 16, 2008
Well I'm a student here and I truly think that Sam Houston High School is the best school in AISD. Sam Houston is a very great school,and I;m in the marching band and it an honor to be with these guys here. They are friendly and the only reason people think this is a bad school is because other school don't think we have the ability to do good at Sam Houston,but that wrong Sam Houston is fantastic!!!

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 13, 2007
Sam Houston is a good high school. The same negative feedback that is given to Sam Houston is also at other high schools, if not more. The teachers are dedicated. The students at Sam Houston are proud to be Sam Houston Texans and it is a very safe environment. The entire staff is awesome and I'm very proud of them. It's all about the children and it does take a village, parents, and alumni's. Now who will stand up?

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
This is an awesome school. I get tired of people saying it's bad, when really the problem is that some kids just don't want to do their best. That is not the school's fault, that is strictly the student population's fault. The faculty and administrators do a great job.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
July 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2007
Sam Houston High School faces challenges that other high schools in Arlington cannot begin to imagine. The faculty and staff are fantastic! That is especially true of th Special Ed department. Children can receive an excellent education there, but they need to come to school ready to learn and put forth the necessary effort. Most of the problems at this school are directly tied to the low socio-economic level of the students. There is little to no parental involvement at the school. Many of the students and their parents to do not value education. That is not the fault of the school or the staff. The school population is very ethnically diverse. This school has recently become an International Baccalaureate School.

- submitted by a teacher
May 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 11, 2006
I think Sam Houston is a very good school. Even though people say it's bad, they do not really know because most of them have not actually attended this school. I have attended this school and I know what it's really like--it's really a good school! The teacher's are great, the students have a lot of potential, and the school spirit is transcending. Plus, there are honors classes to challenge the students and dedicated clubs/spirit groups to help get the students involved. Overall, this is a great school :)

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
Well I would like to say that if your child has any type of learning problems this would not be the school for him or her, as a parent I have heard from counselors personally saying it is due to funding they have. I would not personally recommend the school to a friend. We should have dedicated teachers to want to educate our children rather than pass them along due to the fact that it will cost them money to keep them back and re-teach!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
I am a former student of SHHS , and while the teachers there may become your best friend they fail to educate you. Often we would watch a movie in class and get piles of homework we knew nothing about.

- submitted by a former student
November 28, 2005
The school, though quite old, has very good facilities. The athletic facilities, however, leave something to be desired. The schools friendly staff makes this school a pleasurable learning environment.

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2005
The facility is really nice, however, the sports are not well, and the school has a negative association. Out of all the public AISD High Schools this would be the absolute last choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 05, 2005
The quality of education at this school is dictated by the behavior in many classes. Some students are very low due to transiency and lack of respect for education; thus, they cause disruption. However, there are many good kids there, and they do not get enough press.

- submitted by a teacher
August 23, 2005
Sam Houston is a very poor academic high school for our children. My daughter who is a senior at sam houston high school, has told me that she can't even get to class on time becuase of the many many students that block the entrance to her class room. She has been tardy to class three times already. And I believe that it isn't her fault.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
Sam Houston High School offers AP courses just like any other high school. The only thing that separates this high school from others is the economic challenges it faces with the community. The community familes are usually lower paid individuals which sometimes come from single parent homes. However, my daughter attends this school and I am proud that she does. She is involved in AP courses, in the honor roll program and in the band. However, the level of parent involvement is not as high as it should be.

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May 28, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 17, 2004
I am currently a student at SHHS (not a parent) and I think the school is as good as (if not better than) any other school in AISD.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2003
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Sam Houston High School
2000 Sam Houston Drive, Arlington, TX  76014
(682) 867-8200
Last modified Sam Houston High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sam Houston High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top