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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Its an awsome school ! If you do it right, you'll enjoy your time making memories and lifelong friends.
My school is an important part of the community, reaching out to students and parents to become positive members of society.
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!
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
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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!
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