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Ryan High School

Public | 9-12 | 2326 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2013

I had two daughter go to Ryan and did not have any issues with the education they received. They were both athletes and they continue to excel in college. I would call Ryan "a real world school" with a strong tie to the community spirit of Denton. If you want "a fantasyland school" then you might want to travel a little further south. I worked for 5 years at a high school of upper class students (In Ryan's district now) and saw the typical ostrich head in the sand syndrome. If you prepare your children at home (as a parent should )then they will have no issues at Ryan .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

Ryan High School is only good at one thing. Sports. If you aren't a member of sports, you really don't matter to the grand scheme of life there. I have friends that go there and say the same thing. Also, the teachers don't really care and they let their students do whatever in class. My friends constantly have their phones out in the open and eating food whenever they feel like it. The district rules specifically states that cellular devices or any electronics are not prohibited for use during the school day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 13, 2011

When I went to visit this school, the students were unbelievably inappropriate. It was quite disturbing. I am moving so that my teenager doesn't have to go to this HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

In spite of some of the negative comments posted here, I think Ryan High is an excellent high school. The students are given all the opportunities necessary to succeed. But they have to do their part and study.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

I have taught at Ryan for 11 years. Despite attendance zone changes and administration changes, I have found that it is a school that has administrators and teachers that truly care about students and their success. Ryan has an extremely wide socioeconomic population of students. I find that this diversity is embraced by the students and faculty and gives it a "real world" feel. Students are challenged academically and have a wide array of academic and extracurricular offerings. Students are encouraged to be in all kinds of activities: athletics, arts, service clubs, etc. and just about every activity is highly successful. This success is due to the high level of support from the administration and the parent community. I enjoy working at Ryan and am looking forward to my own kids attending here someday.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2009

Ryan is a great school. But education wise it's not a good school.if u are not a sports person then they really don't pay attention to u. Sports are more important to Ryan principals than education. There is to mug kids. And hall are hetic. Need to expand the school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2008

I graduated from this schoo and now attend one of the top universities of the US and Ryan did not prepare me for at all in college. I took all AP classes and recieved all A's, was one of the top twelve and was not prepared at all for college. Ryan is a great school for extracurricular activities but not for academics. Hardly anyone passes the AP test, while other schools its complete opposite, and hardly anybody fails the AP test. If you want a good school for sports go for it but if you want a GREAT education, don't get your hopes up


Posted August 15, 2007

The principals at Ryan are unfriendly and do not enforce discipline. Students wander the halls during classes and lunches are chaotic. In addition, athletics take priority over academics. The only good thing about this school is that it has some very talented teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 15, 2006

I am now on my last child to attend Ryan. I believe Ryan gives their students a 'real' education. If the child wants to learn it is there for the taking! AP levels are available, dual credit which is great for college and the people are real and provide students to know how the real world is. I am thankful for the current Principal and many of the great teachers that have served my 3 children well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

I had two children go through this school and I found the academics to be sub standard, the student population to be unsafe, and the staff to be inadequate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

This school has a good AP program which allows children to work from a 5.0 GPA. The sports (football in pasrticular) are wonderful. Ryan has been to 4 state championships and now that they are a 5A school are still proving to be tough to beat!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 17, 2004

Ryan has one counselor that is worthless, don't see how she keeps her job. She is over the 'C' group of kids. My son has 2 yrs has never spoke to her, can never find her
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2004

I have had two children attend Ryan High School. I have nothing but praise for the education they received and for the extracurricular activities in which they participated. It is truly the Home of Champions!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

568 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

572 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

484 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

479 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

483 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

485 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

507 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Black or African American99%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

530 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

624 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

559 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

673 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

727 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
57%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

582 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

583 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

569 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
47%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

7 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
59%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

647 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
30%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
Black or African American70%
Asian80%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native75%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education56%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students86%
Female85%
Male86%
Black or African American73%
Asian100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education54%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students80%
Female85%
Male75%
Black or African American68%
Asian75%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education42%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female66%
Male59%
Black or African American49%
Asian60%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native56%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education36%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students47%
Female55%
Male40%
Black or African American35%
Asian60%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native45%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education5%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)12%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant47%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male69%
Black or African American60%
Asian75%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education37%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students51%
Female61%
Male41%
Black or African American30%
Asian56%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education16%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)10%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted47%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black or African American68%
Asian71%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education53%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant43%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted43%

World Geography

All Students74%
Female70%
Male77%
Black or African American52%
Asian78%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native75%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education36%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)42%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students65%
Female61%
Male69%
Black or African American44%
Asian88%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education32%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted61%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 29%
Hispanic 34% 52%
Black 14% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 11%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • VERNON REEVES
Fax number
  • (940) 369-4960

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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5101 East McKinney Street
Denton, TX 76208
Phone: (940) 369-3000

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