The 2016 Texas Education Agency Accountability report for Flower Mound High School provides good data.
Here are the scores for the 9th grade campus. Index 1 (Student Achievement): Index score is 96 (the target index is 60). Index 2 (Student Progress): Index score is 50 (the target index is 17). Index 3 (Closing Performance Gaps): Index score is 58 (the target index is 30). Index 4 (Postsecondary Readiness): Index score is 84 (the target index is 21).
For Flower Mound High, the scores are as follows: Index 1 (Student Achievement): Index score is 95 (the target index is 60). Index 2 (Student Progress): Index score is 31 (the target index is 17). Index 3 (Closing Performance Gaps): Index score is 55 (the target index is 30). Index 4 (Postsecondary Readiness): Index score is 90 (the target index is 21).
Niche gives Flower Mound High School an A grade.
The graduation rate is 99%.
98% of students are proficient in math.
97% of students are proficient in reading.
The average SAT score is 1900 (the nationwide average is 1700).
The average ACT score is 29 (the nationwide average is 26).
A 2016 study from an organization called Children at Risk ranks Flower Mound High as the 67th-best high school in Texas. It gives it a rating of A+. This study's rankings are based on four variables: 1) Student Achievement; 2) Campus Performance; 3) Growth; and 4) College Readiness.
The 2015 data for Algebra I and English testing looks incomplete at best. Why are the results from only 11 students (Algebra I) and 10 students (English) being used to provide a GreatSchools rating? Having a high school drop from a 9 to a 6 based on the results of so few tests is ridiculous.
GreatSchools is only using STAAR End-Of-Course state exam scores for their "overall" rating... It is misleading as we no longer have 9th graders on our campus which include 9th grade STAAR EOCs - Alg 1, Eng I, Biology. FMHS is only administering these exams to students who are retesting or are just now taking those course for the first time as an upperclassman.
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1. Flower Mound HS is a 10–12 grade campus. The feeder FM9 campus has only been open for 2 years, starting 2014-2015. Thus the discrepancies in the scores. We used to have freshmen on campus and thus freshmen level exams of Alg 1, English 1, Biology. Great Schools should only be measuring exams given to the grade levels that are on campus. Those courses and exams include 10th grade – English 2 STAAR EOC exam & 11th – US History STAAR EOC Exam. Any other exam administered are students that are retesting and not a full population of students. If an exam is given to a small populations of students the Texas Education Agency does not measure schools on those values for our state accountability.
2. If the Great Schools rating of 0 – 10 rating are based only on state test scores this is a huge problem! Especially when our College Readiness and SAT/ACT/AP scores are off the charts higher than the state and National Averages. For the exams we do give to students on our campus, English 2 and US History, are well above the state average.
3. FMHS/LISD schools are already at a disadvantage because we are an Accelerate Block campus (much like how colleges operate on Fall / Spring class schedules by semester) and many students are testing during the December fall administration of the STAAR EOC exams when they are enrolled in the course. Fall scores are not in values you are using to rate the schools in Lewisville ISD. Only the Spring scores are represented.
4. Parents and community members who use this site generally do not sit & evaluate the data you are presenting… They only see the drop in test score averages and a low overall rating – without looking at the number of students tested. This grossly misrepresents our school and I am sure many other schools as well that are not full 9th–12th grade campuses. Obviously careful consideration is not paid to ratings if you have one of the highest academic performing schools in the state sitting at a 6.
This is an area that is discussed frequently. I think in general, all high schools forget that there needs to be a life - school - work balance and 2 hours of homework every night is an unreasonable load. Some teachers are good at recognizing this, but others think their class is the only that is important and don't recognize that if they give an hour of homework without consideration that other classes may do the same.
The school leaders and teachers enforce academic honesty and deal with issues when they come up. They also do not tolerate bullying when they are made aware of issues. There are so many students that step in to assist other students as well. They have a great program called the Circle of Friends where students can mentor and buddy up with special needs and developmentally challenged students. No school is perfect, but Flower Mound High School does a great job at trying to instill integrity and being good citizens.
Both of my children graduated from Flower Mound High School. 1 required special accommodation for testing, etc. and the school was very receptive and accommodating. The counselors have always been very engaged and just like anything in life there are a few teachers that aren't as engaged or caring as some, but by far most employees are excellent at what they do. A few 1 star comments have to do with 1 incident at a basketball game that does not reflect the school, the students or the teachers at the school and was dealt with appropriately. There are lots of extra-curricular activities for all interests, an amazing 50+ national merit scholars last year and a 90%+ college-bound rate after graduation.