I am a student currently attending Pershing. I think this is a very good school and racially diverse. I am in 8th grade and already have 2 high school credits (algebra and spanish). I will be sad when I leave. I have made great friends and had exellent teachers that actually helped me when I was struggling. The foreign language teachers are really hard and strict but help so much. The fine arts department is amazing and has different levels that you audition for so you actually improve.
This school is AWESOME! The teachers are very knowledgable and show their love and passion for teaching. I went to this school for all three years, and it has improved each time. Pershing Middle School has the most, and the newest technology in all of HISD! Only Pershing has it, and I'm am very proud to say that I went to Pershing Middle School!
I love Pershing. I have so many good friends there. The teachers are great and really help when you don't understand something. The administrators are great, but strict. The fine arts department is amazing. I love the block scheduling, it gives you more time to do your homework. I will be sad to leave Pershing at the end of this year.. I love it here.
My son went to this school a couple of years ago and had a terrible experience. I found the cluster of teachers for his classes to be extremely harsh and negative, not an encouraging word was ever spoken by none of them. The principal was of no help whatsoever when I complained to him.
I have attend this school for about 2 years now and i would have to say pershing middle school is the most pothetic middle school in hisd. My older sister also attend this school for her 6th-8th grade years and she also thought this school was very how I would say pothetic also. I'm in specail ed. math and had done that there and I would have to say if your thinking about sending your child to pershing for special ed. math, I definitly DO NOT recommend it.
The kids success is only as good as their cluster leader and my son had a horrible one.Everyone was aware of her terrible personality-bad attitude towards the kids and very rude.Took my complains to the principal but he backed her up no matter what she did.He is not a good leader and this school is not kid friendly. I pulled my child out and no one cared even though we are zoned to that school.This school does not care about their students. They have people in charge that have no business being in the positions they have.They can have the most beautiful building in Houston-they need to change teachers and the principal.
As a student going to this school, I would like to say they put pressure where needed and are sympathetic when needed. this school is a great school, if you hang out with the right crowd (its really not that hard to determine which crowd is 'safe') there are the occasional fights and breakouts but hey, its middle school, the discipline is tough, but hey, its middle school, if they don't straighten us up, who will? The fine art classes are wonderful, most of the teachers are nice and caring yet strict. the students at the school can be mean and tough, but, hey, its middle school.
This is a great diverse school with an excellen learning atmosphere for kids. Also well organized.
Like any large public high school, it's a good idea for parents to establish a relationship with your student's cluster teachers, especially the leader. Most everything you need to know you can handle via email with the teachers. I am not entirely impressed by the principal's public speaking skills, but he seems to be a good administrator. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the new school opening in January '07 - it should really take this high school to the next level.
Academic program is average. Teachers are good but overwhelmed with class size, as much as 38 in classes. School has 1700 students. Administration is impersonal. Music, art, sports are tops in the city.New school being built which will add even more students.
My daughter went to Pershing MS the last 3 years. I liked the quality of academic programs, extracurricular activities and parent involvement. The PTO always performed above and beyond on fundraisers. Like any other school, they had their discipline problems. It is making sure your kids are hanging out with the right crowd. I wish there was more emphasis placed on character and encouragement as these teens struggle to find themselves during this phase of life. Especially the many that come from broken homes. It should be like the old times when parents or other leaders come to school on a career day to encourage teens that they can succeed.
I am really disappointed in Pershing. My child has been severely punished with detention and assignment to write 15 words, defined with a paragraph about her behavior for such minor things as not having a notebook on the corner of her desk or leaving her notebook in another classroom or a parent not arriving within 15 minutes of the bell to pick her up. I am currently looking for a kinder environment, where she can feel OK about herself and not be afraid of being punished for what is considered call normal behavior.
Wonderful school. Both of my children attended Pershing MS. The teachers really prepared my two children for high school. When both left, they were well prepared for AP classes in high school. There were many extra activities for students and the parent involvement was awsome. Pershing is a great little school nestled in West U.
As an alumna of this school, I am disappointed in the decline in the quality of teachers as well as the decline in the quality of the academics. Many of the teachers are so focused on the children's outcome on the barrage of tests that the children have to endure, that they (the teachers and administration) are not focusing the totality of the students' knowledge base. With that complaint registered, Pershing is still one of the best schools in the district...for those students who are focused and ready to work. Pershing is definitely not for the meek and weak. There is a strong weeding out process in place for those who do not perform well academically. Conversely, Pershing offers wonderful extracurricular activities such as a great music program and speech and debate club.
Super huge school but they manage the kids well. Security is good, while the academics are only mediocre. My 'gifted' children receive minimal homework and with Block Scheduling, only experience a subject 2 or 3 times per week. Teachers are caring and seem to love working here. Parent involvement is high. Extracurricular opportunities are abundant. My only disappointment is with the academics, but since that is a school's main job, it's an important flaw. I supplement at home with workbooks from teacher supply and projects on topics we deem important (world affairs, geography, history). The kids all love it at this school, and that's important as well. A new principal is at the helm starting in 2004-05.
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