I graduated several years ago from Ennis. There are the small handful of excellent teachers who truly care about the students academics and progress, but unfortunately the majority couldn't care less. They let the students control the classroom and the assignments are a joke. Fights breakout on a regular basis and bullying is an issue. The principal is great as well as many staff members. However there are only two student counselors/ advisors and only one does her job. I waited for 30min for the advisor to get off a personal call about what type of wine she wanted to bring to a party later that week (during school hours). It's awful. The school is obviously huge in football, but if your child is not in athletics then I would say find another school where they will actually learn. I'm moving out of town so my kids won't have to go to Ennis hs.
Academically, Ennis is overall very average. Ennis has 1 kindergarten center, 4 elementary schools, 2 intermediate schools (4th-6th), 1 Jr. High, and 1 High School. The kindergarten center thru intermediate schools are outstanding. The faculty is intelligent, caring, and very capable. School ratings might be lower than other similar sized schools; however, the socioeconomical divide in Ennis is more to blame than curriculum. There is a large sector of Ennis that sees the school as an 8-4 daycare center rather than an educational system - unfortunate but true.
The Jr. High & High School are below average. Once the kids get to these schools it becomes more about getting in AP, and avoiding the general curriculum. By this time the lifelong Ennisites are jocking for position to get the "best" teachers. The unsuspecting new students, and students lacking parental support are left with the rest.. This does two things; it segregates the student body, and it defines a teacher as good/bad when the next class moves up - so the cycle continues year after year. The entire faculty is excellent. The teachers work hard, and inject enthusiasm as they teach the curriculum. The so-called "best" teachers are determined by the locals, but they're all good.
Opportunity is lacking in high school. Football is what makes this school go. If your student is heavily involved in Friday nights then he/she will have an amazing HS experience. The football team is a perennial contender. The band is top notch military, and the cheer team is a big hit. All other UIL activities (basketball, baseball, softball, UIL comps, theater, etc) are second hand thus limiting any personal growth or opportunity for your son/daughter. This perspective also carries over to the community at large.
Ennis High School is one of the Nicest High Schools in the Nation. If you are ever on the campus you will be met by kids that are well behaved and well mannered. The halls are wide. The cafeteria is nicer than those of most colleges. The auditorium is state of the art. Their career and technology department has lots to offer. But the best thing about Ennis High School is that the kids take pride in the classroom and in winning. Their band program is one of the most successful the state has ever had. The kids are successful in all Sports and are always contenders in the State Playoffs. In UIL the kids advance to Regionals and State every year. Winning is a state of mind at Ennis High School. The school administration looks to hire teachers who care about kids and who are the best in their field. You cannot ask for a better all around high school.
I have three students in the high school and one at the early childhood center. Their experience at the high school has been great. They were hesitant about moving in the middle of the year last year but all were made to feel welcomed. The teachers communicate with me through out the year and have been very professional. I love the multiple options/electives the high school offers and the quality of teachers. The administration has been very helpful as well. Ennis ISD has great schools all around.
Ennis High School is a school in which teachers care about their students. Teachers take time out to make sure students will be successful in not only their school career, but after school as well. The school has a very diversified student population which enables students to take on different roles in the many organizations that are offered.
I think Ennis High School is a great school. My daughter absolutely loves going to school. The school has so many different options of what a student can do, getting ready for college, dual credit courses, various clubs to get involved in, many clubs are active with community service, great teachers, and great administrative team.
Well where to begin. Very low expectations of students. Text books are very rarely taken home. Very little parent involvement for the kids who need it the most. High School if anything was young adult day care with a lot of busy work. Way to much focus on athletics and TAKS now EOC exams. In regards to EOC exams because instructors jobs are on the line its obvious why they teach little else than to the test. Administrative staff is very friendly. Very low end student body though. Not a place I would want my children to attend. Very clear divide between low and high end students which is primarily because of generational poverty in Ennis, TX but that is a different bag of worms all together. They have made great improvements technologically but have disregarded prevalent issues that need to be fixed in the classroom in regards to unqualified instructors (teachers who see teaching as a job not a passion and pursued such as a fall back career). The bar has certainly been lowered in Ennis, TX where failing is literally passing. A score of a 65 is enough to graduate. I would like to think taxpayers deserve better for their children than a second rate education.