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6-8
Public district
Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 1,677
 

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10410 Manhattan Drive
Houston, TX 77096

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(713) 726-3616
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May 13, 2015
I am graduating from 8th grade from Johnston Middle School this year. It has not been a good experience. If you are a parent considering sending your child to Johnston, I would think twice and here's why: Drugs and Alcohol are a major problem here at Johnston. Kids get arrested and placed in handcuffs frequently. Another problem is the violence. There is literally a fight every week maybe even more than once a week. It happens way too often and it always seems to be that Administrators as well as the campus police are NOT immediately available to break up the fights. Disciplinary actions taken by the administration is also an issue. A student can easily attack another student and just be suspended for 1-3 days at the most. Another MAJOR PROBLEM is the quality of the education. The majority of teachers , in my opinion, do NOT teach well or in fact not teach at all. For example, some teachers I have had just sit at their desk while the kids go on their phones or horse around. Yes, there are a select few dedicated teachers who are fantastic and you actually learn from them but overall I was VERY disappointed with the education.

- submitted by a community member

March 17, 2015
It has been an Amazing Journey! This is my daughter's last year here at Johnston. The teachers and staff have been Amazing. All I can say If you really want to learn and be challanged, Johnston can make it happen for you!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2014
My child is so excited about starting school but so nervous at the same time. The staff has done a great job by providing a camp for the new students. Taking students around the campus with a your, learning to use the lockers and meeting many of the teachers has made her more relaxed. I was also impressed with the parent information meeting with the magnet coordinator. There were things I did not know and he took time to go over certain aspects of the campus. I noticed many parents just as nervous as the kids but he took time to answer concerns afterward. The gradespeed part was good but the screen was hard to read and needed to be focused. I have been impressed with how strong the magnet areas are as well as the academics. From the start I was sold on this school with taking the magnet tour. The coordinator seems very excited about the school and it shows we walked around. Yes the school is older and needs some work in areas but the teachers make the difference.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2014
My child is a seventh grader and even though he likes the school due to the magnet program, I would like him to go somewhere else like Pershing, Pin Oak, Lanier or KIPP. The principal appears to be a good guy, but the house principals are not fair when it comes to students outside the GT program. Students complain that the magnet coordinator is rude and I have observed his being rude to students. I have had to get outside tutoring for my child in math as the school is not up to par in this area. Several times I have had to correct his math homework when the teacher was wrong! The pluses are magnet (guitar) and the orchestra. The minuses are the disorganized administration, poor math instruction. and general poor state of the buildings and grounds.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2014
JMS is truly an amazing school... I am on my 1st year here and so far I have already participated in Theatre field trips, the all school musical, and winning a superior in the solo and ensemble competition. Also JMS is very unique... We have karate as a physical education option. Please come here, not only is it academically outstanding, our musical talents, and art talents really shine through. The GT program I am in has really made me think more intellectually about the world's problems and the lack of education kids get around the world

- submitted by a community member

December 07, 2013
This is my last year at JMS.I have been here for two years already and tell you it's amazing!I loved my teachers and the students are very nice and interesting.Don't let these people as parents fool you.They haven't had first experience here.I love all the teachers that taught me and you'll love them too!So..don't refrain yourself from applying.

- submitted by a community member

September 11, 2013
2013 is our 1st full year at JMS. My son enrolled in late spring and the administrators, counselors and teachers were extremely responsive and supportive of his transition to a new school. JMS has shown to be academically above level regarding district/state standards for students performance. The teachers seem to be very understanding and appropriate with junior high age students. I have no criticisms or complaints - this school is a great place for us.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2013
Johnston MS has an excellent fine arts program where two of my children attend. The principal, Mr. Sanders, came from Lanier MS a highly respected school with a vanguard program in a better neighborhood. We are very pleased with the school management, visibility and high expectations. Our sons come home in a good, positive mood which tells us a lot about this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2013
Johnston Middle School is a good place to be for the magnet program. I am going to Ninth grade Now! Some of my teachers actually did have faith in me like Mr. Cartes, Mrs. Aust, Ms. Scott, Ms. Price, Mr. Rivera, Ms. Conner, Coach Hines, and definitely Ms. Latson....But then again, there are haters like Ms. Wilson, who is emotionally unstable. She had an attitude problem. The pluses were the ability to socialize....the minuses were having too many people to socialize with. My classes we at least. Point Blank- Do not stay in Ms. Wilson's class she is annoying. I had a front row seat and she spits alot! Mr. Cowan is strict and smells like an old cow! But honestly people judge the school based on its students and not based on performance. Its performance is well. It especially excels in magnet. It matters who you hang out with. I made bad decisions, but hey thats life. This is a really good school.

- submitted by a community member

August 05, 2013
i do not recommend this school it is downright horrible and students are messy and very disrespectful i recomend pin oak or pershing

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2013
I loved the magnet program. My son had some very good teachers. I wish the academic program was a little more rigorous. The principal worked long, hard hours and cared a lot about the welfare of the children and their success.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2013
My 6th grader had a very mixed year at Johnston. Pluses included the amazing art program and the very responsive counselors and teachers. Minuses were that my son had 30 students in his GT classes and he was called some very nasty names by his classmates. That said, the counsellor addressed the name calling immediately and the school had 150 sixth graders just show up on the first day of school, leaving the administration to scramble to accommodate them. I think it's a good school on its way to being a great one.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2013
We have only been at Johnston Middle School for one school year and I can not wait until the school year is over. It has been an EXTREME nightmare for us. If your child is not in the magnet program they are not treated fairly. My child came home complaining about how a teacher spoke to the students and I blew it off until she taped him and I heard for myself how disrespectful the teacher was. The way they talk to the parents it so unacceptable. I am not sure how many times I have left the school in tears. I am so glad we were accepted for another school so we can run like the wind to the new school. Goodbye Johnston Staff!

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2013
My child has been here for a year already and her and I absolutely love the school. The entire staff is always friendly and ready to help. Parents are very much involved in helping the school and students do their best. I look forward to the next 2 years.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2012
This is a fantastic school in all areas - academics, fine arts, athletics! The children at this school get a well-rounded education, and are certainly prepared to attend any high school. I highly recommend Johnston to any and all!!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2011
I do not recommend this school. Send your child to Pershing or Pin Oak. There are some good teachers at Johnston but others are not helpful and downright rude to the kids. The staff is not helpful in such situations. Meetings with teachers make you feel like you are on trial and your grandchild will face repercussions. The school is not helpful.

- submitted by a community member

August 16, 2011
i dont reccomend this place. terrible!!!!!!!! listen to me they hate everyone!!! horrible theyll eat your kids

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2011
i do not like this school my child is happier at pin oak middle school

- submitted by a community member

September 29, 2010
Great teacher staff that go out of their way to help kids succeed and have skills for life. Environment has always stayed well kept and catered to the well being of student and staff.

- submitted by a community member
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September 29, 2010
Great school with great performing arts programs! Teachers are involved and guiding the children to acheive greatness and learn more then just how to take a test, and that's the way it should be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 29, 2010
Great teachers that really care about the students!

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2009
I am very pleased with this school. The teachers are excellent and communication is exceptional. The principle, Mr. Wheat is everywhere on campus,this man is really involved and stands behind a No Place for Hate campus. The safety there is wonderful. This school made my son's transition into 6th grade exciting and remarkably easy. The teachers are everywhere willing to help you. The teachers also respond back to your e-mail,even within the same hour. The Fine Arts Dept is awesome, so very organized,so much potential for our children. My son is learning sooo much,plus blossoming in Piano and Band. I highly reccomend this school. He just loves it and all of his teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 08, 2009
Johnston is an excellent school The school is very well run. The principal, Mr. Wheat, is very on top of things. The quality of the academics and fine arts are very high. I recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2008
I think that johnston is a very excellent school.I think that the discipline and safety there is the best of it all. We asked my daughter what middle school she wanted to go to she just said it so fast .

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2007
My youngest daughter is in her 3rd year at Johnston and in the GT program & band. My oldest daughter went through the Vanguard Middle School. With the exception of science (no IPC for 8th graders) the academics are of equal quality. The teachers are great; very responsive and very appreciative of any parent feedback/volunteering. The magnet teachers are outstanding especially considering the resources they're provided to work with (almost none). I highly recommend Johnston.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2007
Johnston is an excellent school not only with and excellent magnet program with an excellent special ed. program as well. They make sure that No Child Is Left Behind! Great Job!

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2006
The adminstrators do not implement action plans well...This school looked good on paper, but the actual implementation is lacking...Weak follow thru

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2006
Johnston has been a good experience for my children. The teachers are enthusiastic, competent and accessible. The school is really making progress in meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2005
There are a number of fantastic things about JMS. Our experience was in the GT program, which extends to every subject. For the most part the work is challenging for 'smart' kids, and in the cases when it wasn't the teachers were extremely receptive to alternative teaching methods and supplements from home. In fact, the teachers are receptive. Period. They return every email they receive, usually on the day they receive it. We also found the administration to be involved and on the ball. It seems as though the house principals know all their students by name. People worry about the demographics of the school; in the three years we've been there we've had a single verbal incident between kids. It was handled so swiftly and so completely we don't have any worries about sending our kid there. The music program is top-notch also. We love JMS!!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2005
I am very impressed with this school. Both my children attended here and have grown tremendously. There are so many opportunites offered at this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2005
As a magnet school for the arts, Johnston Middle School is one of Houston's best kept secrets. All the teachers are first rate from the art department to the language art department. Teachers are experts in their areas and care deeply about the kids. Under the leadership of a principal who is invested in the neighborhood, Johnston is a first-rate public school. I only wish more neighborhood families could see what I see!

- submitted by a teacher

April 28, 2004
This is my son's first year at Johnston and he has had a hard time adjusting. The teachers have been very helpful in this process. He is in the band program and loves it! To other parents who have kids having a hard time adjusting talk to the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2004
My daughter is in her 2nd year at Johnston in the Fine Arts Magnet Program - taking GT classes. She loves it! She has met wonderful friends, loves her classes. Her brother is at a Vanguard Middle School and the academics are quite comparable - with the added plus that she gets to take Dance and Theatre Arts and be closer to home! Great job Johnston!

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2003
Johnston is a very good school. My children have requested that I not move until they finish school.

- submitted by a parent

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Johnston Middle School
10410 Manhattan Drive, Houston, TX  77096
(713) 726-3616
Last modified Johnston Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Johnston Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top