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Lamar High School

Public | 9-12 | 3371 students

 

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Posted November 25, 2005

The IB program is the only reason a student should attend Lamar. The IB program draws the best teachers and the motivated students. There are lots of involved parents at Lamar, particularly parents from kids in the IB program and kids involved in sports and the other extracurricular activities. There are lots of opportunities for sports, music, art, dance and theater at Lamar but like anything else, a student needs to want to be involved and seek out the activity.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 23, 2005

Lamar High is the best school a parent could send their child to learn. Lamar has about a hundred activities students could join so they could keep their mind off violence and drugs.Lamar High School has been around for 69 years now, and it never had a bad reputation!Also, Lamar is a big campus so the bigger the better!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2005

Mirabeau Lamar High School is not the place for educating young minds. I will take my chances else where. And as far as the Principle goes, he was totally useless in rectifying our situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

This school is great. There offer MANY different classes and the teaching staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

My son is a sophomore. With some effort, I have gotten to know his counselor and most of his teachers. Lamar is a HUGE school when compared with other high schools in Texas. I have found all of the teachers to be conscientious and more than willing to help students who WANT to learn. Those students who don't care to learn can get lost in the system. Parental involvement is necessary to assure your child gets the best education possible. This is the case no matter where they attend. For those students who don't care or don't want to learn, Lamar is not the place for them. With each teacher being assigned over 250 students, it is impossible for them to see them as individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

I have a daughter that attends this school. The principal and teachers are responsive. They are good about returning email questions that are sent to them on a timely basis. The IB program has been very academically challenging. Many children seem to participate in the IB program on a partial level taking IB in the subjects they do well in and regular classes in others. Getting an IB diploma at graduation does not seem to be the norm and only a small number of students actually make it all the way. The regular classes are very different and are not nearly as challenging. The school is not attractive and the gym is not air conditioned. Don't count on getting on an athletics team or unless you are a super star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

I sent my child here for one semester. The school is unacceptably overcrowded. Teachers ignore requests for conferences. Report cards get screwed up and it takes forever to get remedied. Kids seems to be in the hallways all hours of the day, shrieking and roughhousing. The cafeteria can only handle about one fourth of the kids needed per lunch period. The education is mediocre, and the IB program is inconsistent. Some teachers seem only to find oppressive busywork of questionable merit. Despite all this, the kids seem to love the place, but then, they find it to be one big party, not really an educational environment. Lots of drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. among the students away from school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2004

i am a student at lamar and i am thinking about transferring because if you are not in the ib program then you are rated in the lower level of your class. lamar has done nothing for me. it is way to big, and focuses on the rich.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2004

I am experiencing a real lack of interest in my daughters special needs. Registering her was truly frustrating and forget about direction as to how to get acquainted with the school. Almost every time I walk into that school when the students are out of class, I get shoved, bumped or some kind of rude remark. It is a zoo. The only advantage is for the rich, smart or athletic. Special education is there 'if she needs to cool off' and..... Most of her teachers didn't even know she had modifications and some still obviously don't. Her English or grammar teacher is very intelligent but has a strong accent that makes it really hard to follow. I don't want to offend anyone by that, my husband is the same nationality. We purposely moved to be in the Lamar district to be closer to our jobs, big mistake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

The only reason a teacher would compliment this school is because she works there. I have known 16 students that have attended this high school, including my own child. The school is entirely too big and students with disabilities and less money are treated the worst by the teachers. Nobody in administration ever knows anything and just trying to pick your child up early from school is a hassle. Something really needs to be done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

The respect and assistance given to parents is horrible. If your child is not rich, in IB, and worse, has a learniing disabillity, they don't care and they don't mind letting you know that they don't care. The curriculum is very poor unless you are in IB. You will often hear that the school has so many students that they can't possibly attend to them all. They actually think this is a reasonable thing to say to a parent, over and over and over. The principal is more of a hinderance than anything. One conversation with the administrators and you want to sue the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2004

From a teacher stand point, Lamar's standards and training for their teachers are demanding if not one of the best in the state. As in any large public school system, not everyone's needs might be met to their liking, but at Lamar, you can bet every effort is being made to provide the best education affordable.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2003

Guidance counselors and teachers only return phone calls after several weeks of frustrating attempts made by parents. If your child is not in the IB program they get the worst teachers imaginable. Communication to parents from teachers is a terrible problem.
—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.

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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.

970 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

971 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

765 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

750 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

754 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

757 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

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.

824 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

825 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

826 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

824 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American95%
Asian98%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%

Science

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American99%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
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 "Recognized".
  • 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.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%
Algebra II

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

1039 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

676 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

825 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

647 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%
English I Writing

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

642 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%
English II Reading

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

830 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

831 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%
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.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

655 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%
World History

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

816 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

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 Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
Black or African American68%
Asian90%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education70%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education75%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black or African American95%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education78%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)32%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female91%
Male88%
Black or African American89%
Asian95%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education56%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education47%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)11%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students69%
Female73%
Male66%
Black or African American63%
Asian94%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education20%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
Black or African American93%
Asian95%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education58%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Black or African American59%
Asian74%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education29%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted55%
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 Students96%
Female100%
Male94%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted94%
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 Students80%
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 Students90%
Female89%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education65%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
Black or African American82%
Asian94%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education48%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted79%
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 35% 50%
White 32% 31%
Black 27% 13%
Asian 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

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

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr James A Mcswain
Fax number
  • (713) 535-3769

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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3325 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
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