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Sterling High School

Public | 9-12 | 830 students

 

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Posted August 29, 2013

Sterling High School is one the worse schools in HISD.The district thinks by adding new people to the staff this will make a change.This is like putting a bandage on a bullet wound. The staff lacks professoinalism,not all but most.There are a hand full of caring staff members and teachers.They never know whats going on and are not very inviting to the parents,as they claim.I think some of these big people in the district should come down and teacher for awhile and see if they can make a change or create a staff that can and are willing to give great education to our children.This is what the property tax payers expect.Maybe I want feel like my vote for the school bond was all a host.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

This school is a gem and the larger community is not aware of it yet. I am a tutor with the HiLZ students (now Futures Academy) at Sterling. My students work with HCC to get an Associate Degree by the time they graduate from high school. My students have set a high standard for themselves and plan on going to a 4-year university after graduation. They are dedicated and diligent to their studies and future. They are all attending summer school at HCC to further their studies and complete the degree program. Sterling also has the HISD magnet program for Aviation Sciences. These kids get to fly planes. This is a neighborhood public high school! I enjoy the students, staff and administration very much. I would recommend this school highly to anyone. I think they have changed significantly in the past 5 or so years but the improvements have not completely made their way out into the larger community yet. But it will!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2011

They had a great guidance couselor when my child was there in 2008 . She worked are hard to help students achieve their college dreams. There were some teachers that really cared but there were some that did not care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

This school needs a whole new staff if it wants to keep a good system running. Its not organized and its smells like an abandoned place in all buildings.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2007

I graduated from RSS and I must say I had the best years of my life at that school. I bled columbia blue and navy. ;-) Not only did I get a scholarship to the University of Texas but I also received other scholarship offers thanks to my guidance counselor. School is what your child makes it. Yeah, Sterling may not look like a brand new school but I had more memorable moments and life changing teachers there that definitely overshadowed what the school look like. I highly suggest getting your child involved in programs at Sterling. The Sterling Players (theatre) who have made several State UIL appearances, and the Aviation magnet program which help students obtain a Pilot License are one of the best in Texas. Sterling's Wall of Sound Marching Band also has a stellar reputation throughout Texas that has been known to provide scholarships to college hopefulls.


Posted November 28, 2006

Sterling is a work in progress. They need to get caring teachers who want their students to succeed rather than get teachers who make 'paycheck' priority #1.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

271 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

193 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

194 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%

Math

All Students83%
Female85%
Male79%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%

Science

All Students86%
Female87%
Male84%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%

Social Studies

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education43%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".

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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
72%
Algebra II

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
17%
English I Reading

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
36%
English I Writing

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
22%
English II Reading

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
82%
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

 
 
39%
World Geography

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

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%
World History

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

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 Students49%
Female51%
Male47%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Special education33%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant48%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students67%
Female62%
Male73%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education50%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education44%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students42%
Female40%
Male44%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Special education18%
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant42%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted41%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students37%
Female44%
Male29%
Black or African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Special education20%
Not special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant37%
Gifted/talented67%
Not Gifted37%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students13%
Female18%
Male8%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Special education0%
Not special education14%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English14%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant13%
Gifted/talented33%
Not Gifted13%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students48%
Female50%
Male45%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education26%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant48%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students14%
Female15%
Male12%
Black or African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Special education0%
Not special education16%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English16%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant14%
Gifted/talented60%
Not Gifted13%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students48%
Female46%
Male51%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Special education14%
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant48%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted47%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students36%
Female33%
Male39%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Special education26%
Not special education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant36%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted35%
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
Black 67% 13%
Hispanic 32% 52%
White 1% 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) 9%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 15%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • EDWARD MITCHELL
Fax number
  • (713) 991-8111

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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11625 Martindale Road
Houston, TX 77048
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