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School leader DAVID PIERCE

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4800 Jack C Hays Trail
Buda, TX 78610

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3 stars
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November 15, 2013
It depends on the teachers that you get for class. Some care some didn't. Their are some problem with the school though like student conduct.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2013
I rated this as a 1 due to, particularly 2 coaches, the way they choose students for teams. These coaches are very misleading and lead students to believe one thing and then just slam the door on them. I will be following the academics of these students to see what impact this has on them this year. This school really needs to monitor their coaches better.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2013
I went to Hays High School my junior and senior year. Some teachers care and some didn't. Most of the times the teachers had favorites and it wasn't hidden. The teachers try to be too much of a friend and gossip buddy. While football, band, ect. are all "important" things in every high school. I can truly say that if you are "somebody" at Hays, meaning you play football ect. you can get away with almost anything even failing grades. The Priorities at Hays HS are all Jacked up. Race is an issue. The issue isn't because of the confederate flag at all. It comes in with how they handle dress code issues with different races. Don't get me wrong I liked Hays for the most part. I also participated in many different clubs. But, I'm not going to say good things about it just because I had a decent time there. The school needs lots of improvement.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2012
I am a sophomore at this school, and truthfully, it is not bad. A good chunk of the teachers still know what it was like when they were teenagers, and are pretty easy to connect with. The only reason anyone really fails here is because they don not apply themselves. There are some "bad eggs" in this group, but there are a lot more respectable people than our rival school. I have fun learning here, and consider my teachers friends...but the APs are useless, and just like any school, you are judged by a number.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2010
i am a 9th grader here and this school is terrible im planning to transfer as soon as i can too Austin this school has so many problems like non helping teachers stupid principle low test scores it cares more about football and cheerleaders than academics its racist and sexist almost everybody does weed and drugs and gets away whit everything no parental involvement and so many other things i hate it here what ever you do dont move here and it will just get worse whit more and more diversity so please dont for your children's sake unless hes a red neck bone head joc then hell fit perfect here

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2010
What a FAILING system being run at the middle and high school levels of this district! Does anybody at these levels work? You have teachers w/ mandatory tutorial periods who DO NOT utilize them...just another off period. The staff there focuses more on being your child's peer rather than support the child academically or socially. Why be the bad guy in education, when you can act the same age as the student and be their best friend. Where are the positive role models of life long learning?

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
Get as far away from this district as you can! My child went from A's & B's w/ Commended Performance on TAKS to failing with no support, parental notification, or effort of any kind. Let me put it this way, there is a WAITING LINE to get into SUMMER SCHOOL! Hays would rather profit off of your child's failure via $200/ course while your child sits in front of a computer being taught what a teacher should have been doing all year long.

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January 03, 2010
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September 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Because we have an AMAZING debate program, even though we lack a coach. We just wen to our first tournament, and won it!

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August 10, 2009
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May 28, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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May 12, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2009
I am a graduate of Hays and later returned to teach/coach. The above review stating 'if your kid is a bone-headed jock, then it's the perfect place' is incredibly inaccurate. While Hays is a school with a passion for athletics/cheerleading/band, etc, it also offers a talented theater department, a fantastic art department as well as many other activities for those don't fall in that category. The lack of 'proper education' doesn't stem from the teachers, but a lack of leadership from the assistant and main principals,etc. I believe it's apparent how little a principal cares for her students when she instructs the special needs students to 'stay put' during a fire drill and bomb threat...that's unacceptable. As a former student, athlete, teacher and coach, I definitely acknowledge that Hays has digressed in the last 10+ years, but to blame the athletic dept. is asinine.

- submitted by a teacher
February 27, 2009
I am very disappointed in Hays. MY older brother attended Hays before it went down the drain, and because of how happy he was there I couldn't wait to go. I was very disappointed. The majority of the teachers couldn't care less about their students. Athletes are catered to while people who care about school and are trying their best, but might need a little help, are ignored. The school is more concerned about spirit days and cheerleaders than the severe drug problems, violence problems, and lack of a proper education. Students and parents are very uninformed about things going on around the school unless it has to do with sports. I guess if you or your kid is a bone-headed jock, though, this is the perfect place for them. There are too many good other schools in the central Texas area to settle for this one.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
My teachers do everything they can to ensure that I am getting the best education that they can give me. The councilors and administrators go out of their way to be certain that seniors have all of the information they need to get to into college. School spirit has everyone feeling like they are important and can make a difference.

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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2008
Great parent groups and booster clubs. Most of the teachers are wonderful. Admin could use some house cleaning. Overall, a great place to raise a kid!

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April 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
hays has changed way too much in the past 2 years. I dont know why. But im glad i left. Anyways. they are putting up to many rules and regulations. Not to mention shortening Students lunches, The problem with that is that the population has doubled. I dont know whats going on, But someone should come along to fix it. And this isnt the only problem with the school either.

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2007
Things have changed since 2004. New buildings, new administration, new staff. Teachers are very concerned about student development. My son graduated from Hays HS and we were very pleased with the school. His experience was great! He was involved in many school activities. The school even created a class for him, taught by a teacher who already had a class. We were very pleased with Hays HS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2007
As a former student of Hays High I got to see a variety of events unfold while I was a student. Prior to graduating in 2004 I was a member of many organizations and teams at Hays. The school has its share of problems, but what school doesn't? A school is supposed to provide an academic service for students, not a baby sitting service for parents. Most teachers within the school are interested in student learning, and development towards a better future. There are challenging courses and extra curricular activities to keep students involved. This is a great school that facilitates a good learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2007
I graduated from Hays and am currently working on completing my doctorate. I was in college bound courses, and was for the most part pleased with all of my teachers. For all the parents that complain about the school district and the lack of teacher support, all I can say is that it is up to you, not the teacher to take the lead in your children's education. Join the PTA, get involved. This isnt a 2A school anymore and the individual attention that your children may need will have to come from you.

- submitted by a former student
no rating May 31, 2007
My daughter went from an A & B student in middle school to failing every subject in 9th grade. Several teachers did not answer my phone calls. Even if 30 seconds late they are not allowed to attend class. The hall monitors were rude and unhelpful. I rate this school 2 stars.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 02, 2007
I'm a Junior at Hays, and in the years that I have been there, many positive changes have been made. We got a new principal who gets to know students personally, supports extracurricular activities, and encourages faculty and students to bump up rigor, relevance, and relationships. The academics are good; work is challenging in higher level classes. My only complaint would be that teachers, at least in the lower grades, spend too much time preparing for TAKS. Once you start taking AP classes, however, the focus changes and classes are much more interesting. My mom is a member of the PTSO, which parents are encouraged to join. By being a member she is updated on all upcoming events. She has been very pleased with the experiences she's had with the faculty and administration. There are cliques at Hays just like at any other school, but most people are welcoming and friendly.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2006
Move to Austin if you can. As a general rule, Hays HS does not assign daily homework. I was told that to many students were not completing their homework anyway. What are they teaching our children about accountability and responsibility? We moved to Hays, not because of the school district, but because the homes are cheaper. We will move back to Austin when our child enters middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
I have been Attending Jack C. Hays for about one and a half years now...they have a good education program but are a little strict with there computer policy. I have been to at least eight different schools in several different states in the last few years...yet I have found Jack C. Hays Internet Security Policy the hardest to work with. They are currently working on setting the security sytem to allow only education use...and I believe that that could severly limit the amount of research we are able to do at school...I believe that A tracking system and regular checks of student Internet history would be a much easier and logical choice of programs...other then just blocking all of the site that we would use for research.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2006
Jack C. Hays is a good school. I have three kids that have attended that school. One of them is a senior there now. My oldest two graduated in 96 & 97 when it was a 4A school. The school has certainly grown since then,but it is still a good place to send your kids. The thing I like best is that each teacher has e-mail there and you can contact your students teacher and get a reply fast usually within a day. If you don't get a fast response contact the Asst. Principal she is good at getting them to respond. The only thing I think that they could improve on is making the math classes smaller, math was the hardest subject for all three of my kids. They need a lot more individual attention and help in this class. They have great school activities and organizations.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Im a student at hays, and I love it there, all these people are saying negative things about it. Anyways they have great teachers and a great pep program giving school aged parents and pregnant students options for graduating. So, yes I love hays, its a great school. Dont judge a book by its cover. The principle could be better, you hardly ever see him out of his office. Its a miracle if you see him one day.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2005
Teachers are A +. Principal is a D-. We have had two students graduate from this school in top 15% of their class and neither feel they were properly prepared for what they are facing at college. Both were in advanced classes. Parent involvement is great in the band and athletics programs but needs improvement in accademics!

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June 03, 2005
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January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
This school refuses to work with Parents. I went to the principal with a problem and they involved another student and placed by child in more danger. Drugs are everywhere. If you are not a member of the football team, you do not count. They only care about where they rank in sports and in testing. The principal called our child names and refers to other students in less then polite terms. Unless you are part of the 'in' crowd, avoid this school.

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August 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2004
Yes, both my teenage kids went to Hays High. Drugs, dicipline problems, lack of help from the teachers for students with problems. Not a small town with a small school any longer. I moved here for the school and am moving away from this school district now.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2004
Don't judge schools in Texas by their state exam ratings. There is a great amount of pressure to pass kids on these tests, to teach to the test, & to make the school look at least decent so it keeps its funding. Football is king here, but the team record isn't impecible. Track equipment is shared by all other schools 6 - 12. Anyone can sub. Districtwide computer system is still working out the kinks. Big problem with student drug use, but they are actively busting kids at school for it. Middle class families are on the rise & the area is overall improving, but has a long way to go. (3/2004)

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I'll be honest, I'm a student. Hays is not the greatest school around but it has a lot of potential to be better. I think our biggest problem is biased, stubborn leadership at the top of the school. Going here, you get the feeling that standardized tests are the most important thing in the world.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2004
We moved to Buda in 1993 so that my daughter could attend the schools in the Hays CISD. In the 10 years she has attended the schools here we have had very few problems. This is the first year at the high school level that we had any real issues. First, she and several classmates had personal items stolen from a 'locked' room in the Band Hall. The on-site police have not taken any initiative to contact parents nor follow up with the students. Second, the dissolution of the Synergy program. This program was extremely beneficial to many students who do not learn in a conventional setting. The hands-on approach allowed students the opportunity to apply the concepts. Many changes have been occurring in our school district, but the one steadfast variable has been parental involvement. Our school is not without its faults, but overall the teachers, the administration and the parents work as a team to insure our children our getting a top-nothch education.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
Hays isnt as great as it sounds. Its horrible here. Smoking, drugs, you never get a break. Discipline isnt that good and everyone gets away with things they shouldnt. Racism and Sexism is a big thing here. Whatever you do, dont come here.

- submitted by a student
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Jack C Hays High School
4800 Jack C Hays Trail, Buda, TX  78610
(512) 268-2911
Last modified Jack C Hays High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jack C Hays High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top