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9-12
Public district
Arlington, TX
Students enrolled: 3,298
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4501 West Pleasant Ridge Road
Arlington, TX 76016

(682) 867-8600
(817) 561-8705
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August 27, 2014
I was only at Martin briefly before transferring to Lamar. Now I'm a substitute teacher and I'm really beginning to wish I stayed at Martin. Unlike Lamar, Martin has better programs in both academics and athletics. And the students are really down to earth and honest. I can relate to them better.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2014
I think overall Martin is a wonderful school. There are a lot of opportunities and the teachers and counselors are always willing to go above and beyond if a student is truly trying there best and ask for extra help. Most of the teachers will tutor as much as needed also. Martin also is great at preparing kids for college and helping them get started will enrolling in their first year of college.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
This is a terrible school. I have watched my girls go from A-B students to failing. This school does not teach the kids. The teachers are only there to collect a paycheck. I took my girls out of this school and they are now actually learning and making better grades. They get the help they need to understand their courses and feel better about themselves. I cannot believe this school is still considered a good school on reviews when every parent I have talked to finds their child is struggling here and the whole school does not care. Drugs, violence and sex is what goes on in this school. I would highly recommend people finding other schools if possible to put their child in before enroll ing into Martin High School.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
Martin manages its large population (approx 3,350) through a zero tolerance policy (consistent with the attitudes and policy of Arlington ISD) and constant competition. Students are expected to do what they are told, immediately and without question. A student should not expect or anticipate special treatment unless/until he (or she) makes an effort to bond with the teachers on his or her own time and at the convenience of the teacher. Teachers are responsible for approximately 120 students each semester and unless the student is somehow memorable or remarkable (either top or bottom of academics or behavior), then the student is just another customer/client who can expect satisfactory (not exemplary) service. Martin controls participation in sports, and fine arts (music, speech, drama and publications) by requiring enrollment as part of the students' academic schedule. Competition to get into the varsity team/squad in any activity is highly competitive and subject to the coaches/directors, consistent with the large student body. If a student wants academics, plus sports, plus music, plus drama, plus studio art; then find a different high school in Arlington ISD for guidance.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2013
The students are focused on their education. A lot of them just really care about school spirit, some are lazy but there's not really a problem with them. As a substitute, it is a nice place to sub at.

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2013
I'm an alum from MHS, summa cum laude, and I currently attend Carnegie Mellon, pursuing an integrated master's and bachelor's degree in ECE. While I do appreciate all of the opportunities open to students at MHS, I find that even after taking 14 AP classes at this school, making A's in all of them except two, and all 3's-5's on the AP tests, the entire experience still didn't really academically and psychologically prepare me for the rigor of CMU. If your child is attending MHS and intends on pursing a difficult major at a highly competitive university, MHS might not be a perfect fit. Also, it was difficult for me to fit in to some sort of social niche at MHS, even though I involved myself in the UIL academic teams, the wind symphony, the marching band, the philharmonic orchestra. The school's huge in population, and it's easy to get lost, especially for students who have difficulty with friendships, or are learning how to develop meaningful relationships with peers. The social attitudes of the students of such a large school of adolescent youths revolve around a group mentality. Overall, though, it's an ok school. I was going to rate it 3.5 stars, but that's not an option.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2013
I graduated from Martin HS class of 2012 and I had a BLAST!!!! I loved Martin High School with all my heart, it was the best 4 years of my life. The staff are very helpful and the amount of groups a student can get involved in are endless. The sporting events are awesome and I enjoyed going to each an every one. I am a freshman in college nd Martin prepared me so well especially for essays. The only bad affect of Martin is tha it is a HUGE "party" school but what high school isn't? I made some of the best friends I have ever could ask for and the students who talk bad about Martin are more than likely students who didn't get involved with the groups Martin had. Martin is a state wide recongnized school with a GREAT academic record. I hope I find a job in Arlington after I graduate s my kis can enjoy the same HS experience and get the same education I got

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2012
The school is absolutely wonderful, there are so many opportunities. The people who gave negative feedback more than likely did not get involved in all the options here. The academic department is fantastic; lots of help is giving to students who ask for. The athletic department is great; however money is unfairly distributed. The Fine Arts hardly gets any money compared to the athletic department, but they still pull through and put on phenomenal shows/concerts. I am very proud to say I attend Martin High School.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2012
Very uninvolved staff who do not care about the students, or shall i can "certain students" this school has their favorite pick of students who they give their time too and could careless about the rest of the staff. My children will not be at this school next year thank God!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
I went to Martin High School and am now a senior at Rice University, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics. I am currently applying for doctoral programs in High Energy Particle Physics research. My experience at Martin High School was extremely positive; the band program was excellent and fostered strong values in dedication and team work. The education I received at the school was also excellent- in comparing with students from all over the country who now go to university with me, it has become very clear that as a student at Martin I was given far more opportunities to take advanced classes than people at other public schools. In addition, I also had many fantastic teachers that took strong interest in how well I and my peers did and stay in contact to this day. I have sometimes wished I could have taken even more challenging classes; however, I realize that the only way this would've been possible would have been to attend a specialty magnet school. Anyways, it was/is a great high school.

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2010
My Son Attended This School Last Year And I Was Not Satisfied With The Way The Staff Of The School Wasn't Invloved With The Students And Didn't Show That They Cared About Them. The School Is Recognized And All And Has Good Money But My Son Wasnt Getting All The Education He Needed. This Year he Is Attending Sam Houston And There They Motivate The Students To Do Well. I Heard Many Rumors About That School But I Don't Believe Them Any More.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I am a current student at Martin and in the band, yearbook, and AP programs. The people who give poor reviews are the result of their child not applying themselves/finding a group of friends with a positive influence. The band (both concert and marching) and orchestra programs are phenomenal and the yearbook (NOT A BLOWOFF!!!) class prepares you for a career in publications. <-- Don't apply if you don't care. You will fail semester if you do. Most AP classes help prepare you for college. It is a busy, yet satisfying life

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2010
Our experience this year has been very negative. The office staff seems uninterested in parental involvement and is not helpful when a parent tries to find out which direction to turn for assitance. Sadly, some are very nice, (especially the counselors) but as a whole, teachers & staff seem to have an attitude that they wish not to be bothered. The Vice Principal we spoke with the one time used the word, 'Frankly . . .' while having a discussion with me and it was then that I knew where the attitude of the staff trickled down from. We have not had any major problems, but our son has not learned much this year - he spoke more spanish coming out of Jr. High than he does after this 2nd year of it at Martin. We are taking our child out of Martin at the end of this school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
I think because the students here are a bit more motivated for college on their own, the teachers have become lazy are don't try as hard to give the students rigor or additional challenges.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
The variety of classes available. Excellent Music and Theater departments.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
My daughter graduated from Martin. She got a good education there.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 08, 2009
Great School !! Great Education !!

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2008
Our daughter is a student at Martin. She has been given an excellent start toward her future here. She puts forth a great deal of effort and is given the same consideration from her teachers, in return. Like everything, you get out of it what you put in... As for 'real life' lessons; that is for us as parents to address. I only expect these educators to help make it possible for our daughter to achieve the goal of graduating high school with a strong foundation for college. I believe we are getting that at Martin High School. She is not in athletics so; I cannot speak on that. She is into other activities which she has enjoyed though. Of course nothing is perfect but, we feel strongly that she is getting a quality education.

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June 02, 2008
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March 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 29, 2008
Martin High School is a joke. I would not send your kid there. In fact, all AISD high schools are unfit. I am a former student at Martin. For starters, Texas is lagging behind the rest of the nation. I moved to Texas in 2006 from Cali, and I was learning Calculus in 10th grade there. 10th grade in Texas is Geometry. Do your kid a favor, and send them to magnet school.

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February 01, 2008
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January 11, 2008
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September 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 13, 2007
I fully agree with the comments about Martin preparing you for college. My daughter is a Sophomore and is offered courses at Martin that I had to wait until college to take! You can be as involved or uninvolved in school activities as you see fit, and still find your niche at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
We have two kids at Martin and both are active in extracurricular activities and seem to like school. As parents, we wish it wasn't as big as it is but, somehow, things seem to work there. Students come from the two best junior highs in town - Boles and Young - which, in turn, are fed by the highest ranked elementary schools in Arlington. The entire southwest part of town has the highest ranked schools and all those kids end up at Martin. Overall, the students are good kids and their parents care. The booster clubs are filled with active parents - the same parents that have been active in their children's education since kindergarten. Many of the parents with active kids all know one another, which makes the school seem more 'small town'. We like this aspect of Martin and schools in this part of Arlington, in general.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
I joined this school half way through my freshman year and I must say how great it has been for me... I felt as though I fitted straight in and made friends much quicker than I had expected! the teachers are much better than those in my previous high school (naming no names!) and even though it is such a large school you certainly get the impression they care about your progress. they definately have no problem with contacting your parents if something is wrong - (as I have had the pleasure to find out first hand!) the fine arts is great but if that's not for you then the sports/athletics department is sure to be! they're also fantastic! they have numerous clubs and probably some that I still don't know about! if you are thinking about transferring your son/daughter then transfer them here. I guarantee they will have the same good experiences as I have myself!

- submitted by a student
no rating June 17, 2007
If you want your children to know what life is like in the 'real world' do not, I repeat, do not, send them to Martin.

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2007
The academics are good at this school. However, this is a very large school, and unless the student is very involved the child can get lost. When talking with the councilors regarding your child you are often brushed aside and your concerns are not answered. The principals are solely there to support faculty members and will not defend the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
Martin High School was a great school for me. It provided a Class A education and helped me realize the real world. If your child is showing interest in the Fine Arts then Martin is the place for your child. Martin has the finest Fine Arts teachers you'll ever find.

- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2006
I graduated in 2001 and I had a terrific experience. I felt that MHS prepared me for college extremely well and enjoyed the faculty, coaches, and students. If I had a High Schooler in Arlington - I would try my best to get them into Martin.

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June 15, 2006
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June 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
There are teachers who are there because they care.You know that you could count on them when you need them. They make sure you know that you're loved.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2006
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April 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
I am not a parent. I'm actually a alumni of this high school. I think overall Martin is a good school especially if you're in the Honors program because you continually work and learn with the same classmates. Also, since the honor classes are relatively small, 20-25 students at most, the teachers know who you are and generally know how you're doing in the class. Social life at Martin was not so stellar. Yes, the classes maybe small, but the school itself is huge. Thus, you have your cliques, and the students generally segregated each other by jocks/popular, band, orchestra, drama, choir, church-goers, African-American, Asian, etc. The list continues. It's still a good school though; I feel it has prepared me for college, especially in Math and English (Science is kind of weak).

- submitted by a former student
September 18, 2005
Very good school. great music and sports program.

- submitted by a former student
September 04, 2005
For the most part I think that my two boys had a good experience while in schoolat Martin. They certainly were given every opportunity to participate in ways that were and could be beneficial to their education.

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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
Martin High School is a great school. The test scores for this school are some of the best in the state. The thing that stands out the most to me in this school is that there are so many students that it allows each one to be an individual.

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2005
This is a High Quality School which has demonstrated that it is deserving of high rankings. i highly recommend this school. Both of my kids have been through the warrior system and they are both exceeding my expectations. They told me that they remember everything their teachers taugh them through this school. I couldn't be more proud to be a warrior parent.

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July 14, 2005
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April 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 12, 2005
Martin high school may be a large school, but it provides many classes that are not available in other areas. the school excels in both academics and sports, and because of the large amount of students, it becomes a good challenge for the kids to compete to excel at martin.

- submitted by a former student
April 12, 2005
I am a student, and I am very proud to say that I attend Martin High School. Many people seem to think that Martin is too big and crowded..yes, it is crowded, but it's like a big family. I think that the more students there are, the more things you can become open to. The wide range of clubs gives everyone a place to be accepted. There is everything ranging from the FFA, a muslim club, skateboarding club, and even a film club for aspiring directors. This school excels not only in academics, but also sports and music. The wide range of students gives a chance for everyone to have a 'place' at Martin and I love this school's enviroment. The people are so diverse, and I love being surrounded by so many differnt cultures and personalities. Martin offers so many opportunities and is a great school to be exposed to new and advanced classes.

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April 10, 2005
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April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I agree with several other comments concerning this question about Martin. My child went there and I pulled him out his Junior year. If you don't have money don't send your child to Martin especially if he wants to play athletics. While he attend Martin he had his car broken into and his stereo system stolen which the school could have cared less. The final straw was when someone ran over his car on the junior parking lot and demolished the front end. Of course no one saw a thing.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
Martin is just too big for a school. The athletic department is all about money and who's who. I support drug testing in schools. Maybe Martin needs to pay more attention to this then some of the other stuff they dwell on. The teachers are all burned out and are not there to help the students. My daughter went through Martin with no problems yet my son is having problems. He excells in sports outside of Martin yet at Martin he has no chance. It's a shame tht these kids don't get to live out their dream of playing high school sports.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2005
This is a terrific school and opposed to other reviews it is not run by money. As a student I know the pressures of school and you will make friends here (and enemies but where don't you) and have great fun. This school can't be beat.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2004
Both my sister and I graduated from Martin High School (Classes of 2001 and 2003) and we are now both successful college students. Martin is a great school for college prep--it has made my life at college easy by making me well prepared. I loved the wide variety of extra-curricular activities Martin offered and even though I wasn't rich (or necessarily popular), I always found a group to fit into (and have fun with). I found the faculty at Martin supportive and I had several amazing teachers who helped me decide what to do with my life. Overall, Martin is a wonderful choice for any student.

- submitted by a former student
November 09, 2004
I used to be a student at Martin, now I'm a parent. I will do whatever it takes to keep my kids out of that school or any school like it. Martin's athletics are driven by money, not talent, the whole student population is divided into seperate crowds....it's horrible, and I'm not saying this because I was picked on, poor, or unpopular....I was on the volleyball team, my parents had money and I was very popular, I just hated the fact that if you didn't have money or a nice car, then you didn't fit in to that school.

- submitted by a former student
October 05, 2004
I'm not a parent but I'm a student at Martin High School. I like my school environment and I feel that the education I recieve is great. I feel like the teachers are there when they are needed especially for before/after school tutoring. Martin High School has many clubs and organizations that are outside of school which really help students stay safe and enjoy their education environment. Martin is a great school and I love it there. PTSA and Booster Clubs are filled with parents who are there to help the us [the students] and it is nice to have their support.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2004
Although my children have been in the Arlington school district since kindergarten, I was very nervous sending my children to a school this large. My daughter will be starting college in the fall and I feel like the classes available, the wide range of organizations to be a part of and the environment she has been in for the past four years has prepared her for the courses and changes she will face in the fall. She definately received the tools she needs to succeed, both in and out of the classroom. A lot of opportunities for parents to get involved as well.

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September 17, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2003
This school offers our kids great learning opportunities and leadership opportunities in its advanced courses and large athletic department.

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Martin High School
4501 West Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington, TX  76016
(682) 867-8600
Last modified Martin High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Martin High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top