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Furr High School

Public | 9-12 | 931 students

 

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Posted October 20, 2013

My husband and myself graduated from this school as well as his sister and my four siblings. My son just started this school year there and he loves it. I too, see students walking away from campus right around 8:50 am toward the park. They have no shame, but they will years from now when they can't find a good job. Teachers there are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

The students that are walking away from the school are in Co-Op and they have to leave early for work. Many of them are from the dropout program and have flexible schedules. Furr is a amazing school. I think people in the neighbor should come to the school and talk to the principal so concerns could be addressed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 2, 2013

You always see kids walking away from campus at any given time of day! Kids are often seen walking off to Herman Brown Park, down towards Oates Rd. And lets not forget, right before dismissal time they start walking back to the area of the school, I've been seeing this for the last 20 years!


Posted July 30, 2013

Furr High School is an amazing school with outstanding leadership. Teacher and student involvement is beyond what I ever expected prior to enrolling my son at Furr. I am an involved parent and I enjoy working with the parents, staff and overall leadership at the school. I have and will encourage other parents to not consider but to enroll theur child at Furr. I rate this school a five.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

I think the teachers here are doing an outstanding job in the community special thanks goes out to the wonderful , Dr. Bertie simmons , and more importantly to all of the students that make it happen at this show stopping campus
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

I love it! My teachers are great and I think I might be capable of having great achievements this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2004

I really don't like Furr High School because there's no real motivation there. Their drop rate is high. Some the teachers don't teach. Their Discipline interfears with the students education but that's if they are getting one. They have hardly any extracurricular activites or music and art programs.Overall I 've been here since set. 22th and I have not found one education reason to stay. This school needs a major up grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

In response to the parent that had just moved in with his/her child, Furr is a pretty good school. You would have approved a lot more if you child had been in the ISC Magnet. I was and it felt like an extended family. In the regular, some teachers just don't care. Your child had to go and get his/her PSAT score. I liked the school a lot sure there were some bad kids and some disinterested teachers, get your child in the ISC, it's great! Lots of involvement, cutural activities, trips to Spain, Italy, Paris...and there were many fundraisers to help..Talk to Mr. Chandler (magnet cooridinator)he's a lot of help..about college preperation, I dont know how the teachers help now but my old teacher; Chapman,Diskin, Jopowitz they were a great influence and help.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 2, 2004

We moved to this area and this is the school zoned for my child. I visited the school during the summer and spoke with 1 of the counselors. She told me about the different programs at the school. We wanted to choose the Magnet Program but was told the application deadline had passed. During the school year my child participated in sports and maintained an A average. The school did not recognize the academic accomplishment at any time but awarded the participation in 2 sports (played 3). The PSAT was given to the 10th grade students this year but not the results. The counselors did not return phone calls nor did they inform 10 & 11 grade students of different college opportunities offered specifically for them. The administration was made aware of my disappointment but has not followed up with me to even offer a positive future at Furr High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

188 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

151 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

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 Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students90%
Female85%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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 "Recognized".

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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
48%
Algebra II

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
42%
English I Writing

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
28%
English II Reading

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

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
29%
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
5%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
60%
World History

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education67%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
Female71%
Male85%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education43%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students50%
Female54%
Male47%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Special education25%
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)5%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted45%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students26%
Female30%
Male22%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged8%
Special education8%
Not special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Gifted/talented63%
Non-Gifted21%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students28%
Female32%
Male24%
Black or African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special educationn/a
Not special education28%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Gifted/talented79%
Non-Gifted22%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students80%
Female86%
Male76%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students78%
Female75%
Male81%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education57%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)46%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students47%
Female45%
Male49%
Black or African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented87%
Non-Gifted42%
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
Hispanic 80% 52%
Black 18% 13%
White 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 14%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • BERTIE SIMMONS
Fax number
  • (713) 671-3612

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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