I just graduated from MHS (2013) and I am GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE. Academically speaking, the school was great and I feel like it did a wonderful job in preparing me for college. Most of the faculty are great and past teachers have become friends. My GPA was an A average, but because it is so competitive, I was at the bottom of the 25% (competitiveness isn't a bad thing depending on the situation). However as a social environment, it was THE WORST. The lack of diversity made me feel very out of place and there were many thinly-veiled discriminatory remarks being made. Never before have I seen such a blatant sense of entitlement and lack of understanding/empathy for others who are not as well-off. Everyone just automatically assumes that the rest of the world is like them and therefor there's no excuse to complain about inequality. Being frank, if your child is a person of color, I would seriously rethink going to Memorial - there are other good high schools out there. I don't know if enduring 4 years of such a social environment (aka the 'Memorial Bubble' ) was worth it. PS The new principal seems to always be off campus. They should find someone else.
This school while being in metropolitan Houston, has NO person of color in faculty, support staff, nursing, administration, PTA, etc. The school likes to keep it that way and that attitude spills over into academics. If you are not white, your child will be systematically put at a disadvantage in every way possible. Stay as far away from this school as possible for the academic and emotional health of your child.
My high school was so wonderful because, I learning always new things and new work.
Everyone at Memorial is so genuine and down to earth! -Said no one ever. If you want your child to go through an exorbitant amount of social and academic pressure, then by all means send them to memorial!! The majority of the honors classes teachers are phenomenal and truly want the best for the kids. The ADVANCED classes are intellectually stimulating, unfortunately the same cannot be said for the grade level ones. The stereotypes of this school are in place for a reason. The social hierarchy determines how you are treated by fellow students. Good luck getting an ounce of respect if you're not at the top. The administration caters to the wealthy students, there is no doubt about that. Just recently a cheating incident on a final involving 50+ students resulted in a total of 0 repercussions because said students parents' social standing and connections. As a senior, I am thankful for my years here because it has taught me a lot about myself, but I would not send my children here for the world. If you're kid isn't one of the "beautiful people" I suggest you reevaluate your high school options.
MHS is a great school because the area has a high concentration of well educated people. Because of this neighborhood characteristic, MHS's students are generally stronger than most schools in Houston. MHS also has a few key teachers that make their pre-AP and AP classes stand out from the crowd. In 2013's US News and World Report, MHS has a national STEM ranking of #42. Having strong college level teachers is probably also due to the demand of the highly educated people in the neighborhood.
While Memorial is easily the best school in the SBISD district, it is very isolated and easy to dislike if you're a dedicated person with values. The kids I go to school with party all the time and are very involved with drugs and alcohol and sex all while keeping up the straight-A sports fanatic facade at school. The kids as well as the teachers are elitist and the school feels very exclusive. Our sports are very well run and do well, but every other EC is lacking. Fine Arts feels completely over-looked. The teachers do provide rigorous classwork, but that's not every teacher. Many do not know what they're talking about. If you keep your eyes open it's very difficult to live in this bubble and be happy, even with the renowned Memorial title.
First off, let me clarify to some degree who I am: all core APs, straight A's, high PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP scores, high student involvement For someone who strongly values their education, MHS provides almost everything you need, except for very few slip-ups in the teacher department (don't worry- they get fewer and farther between as you rise in grade level, except for the physics department and a particularly corrupt English teacher). If you have the initiative, this school has the resources- all the issues (idiocy, apathy, strange social dynamics) that supposedly define the school virtually do not exist in AP/Pre-AP/GT classes. Outside academics (which- I stress- are amazing), this school appears to be lacking in a few key sectors: student involvement outside class (theater, debate = awesome) is tricky and football still dominates the list of "student activities" at the moment. The largest student organizations are parent-run and full of favoritism and amateur elitism on the part of those who refuse to comply with the will of technology. Clubs aren't fun here, and too many of the parents really have no idea what they're doing. Principal, though, really cares- he's done so since '62.
No nonsense. Without doubt the best large public school in Houston. Prestigious, top notch universities are vigorously recruiting top graduates. Students that wish to learn face tough, rigorous competition in preparation for college life. Students that graduate in the top 10%of their class are virtually assured success in their quest of a highly rated university. For the students who value their social life above all, there are also many activities and programs to occupy their high school years.
I am not impressed at all about the school. This is the 3rd week since school started, my son is still waiting for his text book (two more weeks to go). Total of 5 weeks before the kids can have their books. Most of the kids are registered for the course before the summer. I was told that the teacher was so lost, it took the kids 5 mins to explain and correct her mistake. Is she supposed to be the expert in the subjet?
Good school just not the school for me. Teachers are superb and really prepare you for the SAT/ACT/AP tests. However, one thing that was difficult about this was how competitive the ranking system was. In order to be in the top 10% you must have all A's and if you make more than a few B's expect to be bumped out of the second quarter. It is much more rigorous than most other schools. Also the area is much too expensive to live in for a normal working class family. The students there are mainly of the upper income status and I was not. It felt very exclusive there and the students are not very welcoming. Even the teachers act elitist,for most of them are former mustangs, and everyone, student and staff, live in what some of us students call the "memorial bubble", because it's so isolated from the real world. All in all, I give it 2 stars.
The new Principal does not seem to achieve anything to the school yet. Can not find any email communication to students/parents. Appeared to be very much slack off compared to Straford High Principal. At least one of the Spanish teachers can not speak English very well at all. Students can not understand her English nor Spanish!! Some of the teachers did not grade the tests/quiza promptly.
Memorial High School has a great education. Although education is very important, my daughter disliked this school. She felt as if you have to act or dress a certain way in order to "fit in" with the popular teenagers. This made her feel very left out. I'm not naming names, but certain girls were disturbing and picking on my daughter. I tried to talk to the school about this but they seemed to not do anything about it. I ended up getting a better price range on some apartments zoned to Spring Woods High School. My daughter felt so much better here, and everyone made her feel comfortable.
I love memorial! I am currently a student there and it is such a great enviroment. I came from a private school and this is my first year public and it is a GREAT change! The teaches really do want to help and try to encourage you as much as they can, that lacked at private schools. My fellow students are really nice and great. Don't listen to the stereotypes of "you will only fit in if you have a BMW or Benz" haha no that is not true. If you are nice to others people will like you :) I would really look into sending your child here because it is a great expierence and i know it is getting me well prepared for the finest colleges! The class of 2011 had over 50+ students going to University of Texas this year! WOW. Tell me you are not impressed?
Memorial has really good teachers in the pre-AP and AP track classes, particularly math and science. It does not have comparable strength in English, languages, or social studies, and the "grade level" classes are very unevenly taught in every subject. Because of extra GPA weight given to preAP/AP classes, good students with all As in their classes can rank in lower half of the class below students who had Cs in preAP classes and may not learn key concepts. So if your child did not take HS science or math in middle school, or is smart but disorganized, they may not do well here even if they try hard.
This school is amazing! I am attending this school right now and I am about to graduate. I had an 89 in Math when I applied to Harvard University, I know, it sounds crazy. BUT I GOT ACCEPTED JUST BECAUSE I WENT TO MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL. this school is so greatly recodnized, it's unbeleiveable. can you beleive harvard accepted me when i had an 89. IMPOSSIBLE!!!
My daughter goes to this school and is in love with it. All of my children have gone here and now go to some of the most prestigious colleges in the world. Many, many, many extracurricular activities are available. I'm not going to lie, this school has money. They have the ability to buy and remodel, and they have. Most of the sports are the best in the city and their fine arts program is outstanding.
My daughter goes to the Memorial high school and is not a very trendy person at all but very good in education has lot of friends like her .We are just very simple life style people.Education is really great in this school which matters a lot for us and for all the parents everywhere . My kids ride school bus which is great here in spring branch and very safe So if you are looking for great education and good neighborhood this is where you want your child to be.
Exceptional public school with difficult curriculum and college prep classes. Only negative, my daughter says it is very snobby and upscale. Be prepared to dress in juicy couture, drive a mercedes and be a size 0 to fit in...none of the preceeding fit our lifestyle, but the education is top notch.
I like this school a lot! Compared to a other public schools, it's the best in the state!
I graduated from Memorial in 2007 and it is a great school. I am at the University of Texas now and I am much better prepared than students that attended the 'best' private schools in Texas. I would recommend this school to anyonel.
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