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Westside High School

Public | 9-12 | 2725 students

Our school is best known for its AP Program and growing dual credit offerings.

 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted April 8, 2014

how do you switch schools that are assigned to your address or area?? hard to find greats schools w/o going outside the loop.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Love this school. Very well organized, keeps parents very well informed with weekly newsletters and phone calls. Many workshops to assist parents in helping their children plan their academic future. The Deans of every House are very hands off and accessible and the teachers are engaged and communicate and offer tutorials and take the time to contact parents know where they see the need for additional help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

I have found excellent teachers and some really poor ones. In particular, one particular language department head displayed some pretty questionable ethics in the past. The school principal at the time (no longer there) whose name is actually mentioned in some of the reviews, circled the wagons and ran defense for her when she was clearly lying and covering up her poor judgment and behavior. The good teachers often don't stay and the bad ones hang on to their lifeboat/paycheck. Teacher accountability has always been a problem there. Having said that, this is probably one of the better high schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

Both of my sons attended 4 years and graduated from Westside and are now succesful in college. The dean system is excellent and really makes the difference. The new principal, Ms. Stewart, provides strong leadership and draws on her time at WHS as a dean and from her continued focus on the best developments in education. Students are expected to excell and there are plenty of academic opportunities. The list of colleges attended by WHS students is impressive. All students have an opportunity to find areas of interest to them through courses, clubs, fine arts and sports. The campus is modern and safety is a priority. School spirit is strong and the staff believe in Westside -- check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

I am the mother of a special needs student. He attends some resource classes and some regular ed classes. The school is very willing to help choose the best types of classes for your student. They treat each special needs child as an individual. The school nurses are phenomenal and are so helpful. The special ed administrators are also great. All the teachers have worked so willingly with my child. I am very impressed. This has been a great choice for my special ed child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

I am the parent of 2 children that have graduated from WHS and a third that is currently a junior in the Westside Engineering Geosciences Academy. The 2 older children were very well prepared for college, one having graduated with a degree in education and the other with a masters in finance. If a child is willing to work, an excellent and diverse education is available from WHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

I'm the mom of a special needs - due to ADHD - but completely mainstreamed senior. From the day I first walked in with my daughter to register, I have been MIGHTILY impressed by Westside and we came out of private school. The staff there genuinely like kids and are committed to instruction. They also seem to be a mostly younger group of teachers. If your student is academically inclined and enjoys working - the school offers everything they could ask. The only difference between public and private is if you have a bright kid who likes to slide by with minimums, they can do that more easily in a public school due to its size. My student is a highly interactive student, her teachers know her, and that helps greatly. I think Westside deserves every last one of the kudos it has ever received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

My son attended Westside and I couldn't be more pleased with the education he received there. Before enrolling him I thoroughly researched the school to ensure that he would be getting the tools he needed academically to succeed. Westside met my expectations. Here is a link to Westside's ratings per the Texas Education Agency: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/cgi/sas/broker?_service=marykay&_program=perfrept.perfmast.sas&prgopt=2010/acct/camptabl2.sas&ptype=H&year4=2010&search=campback&year2=10&topic=acct&gifname=g_datatable2010campus&title=Accountability Data Table&level=Campus&campback=101912036 When completing a review it would be helpful to offer more commentary about the school's demographics beyond bad teachers who are bad because they couldn't control students who cursed in their classroom. Assuming that instructors who teach AP courses are better teachers is a great misnomer. Passing this assumption off as an actuality of a teacher's qualifications is worse. Providing data about academic percentages without providing a link (aka: proof) outlining where you obtained your findings makes one appear less informed than what they are trying to portray themselves to be. Take a note.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

This is a very good school.westside is well organised school and magnet programe is very good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

This school has bad teachers and what i mean by that is that they are mean and can't teach. It does have many opportunities for student's but the only thing is the teacher's. The only thing I like about Westside is that it has awesome student's other than that i don't like it at all. I'm thinking about switching schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2010

I'm sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed. This school is like most HISD schools. Although you have some excellent teachers you also have some poor quality teachers that are being cursed at in their own classrooms by the students. These teachers can't maintain order in their classrooms therefore can't teach. Like most HISD schools, the "better" teachers teach AP courses. A child in a regular classroom does not get the same quality education. Again, that is what happens in all HISD schools. It's a shame, this school does appear to be different from the outside looking in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Don't believe all the happy-sunshiney hype here. Westside has higher than average TAKS/TAAS scores because they provide testing exemptions for the children that would drag them down. Home work is rarely assigned and if completed, only accounts for 10% of their grade. Testing is weighted at 70%. Class participation is 20%. it is possible to make an 'A' and never do one page of homework! My kids happen to test well, but they are NOT getting an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

I have two sons: classes of 2006 & 2010. There are opportunities for advanced placement classes, sports, theater, dance, technology, etc. Most subjects are well taught, foreign languages the exception. The school is split into segments, each with a dean some better than others. Attendance records have been a minor issue. The school newspaper is on-line and contains a wealth of information. Grading and posting grades on-line could use some improvements. If college is a benchmark by which to grade a high school then Westside deserves high marks for giving students a wide variety of interesting paths. Do not expect the deans to hold your hand, you must be active & attend the school meeting to fully understand all the opportunities, and there are plenty of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Westside Rocks! There is something for everyone and the teachers and deans really work hard to make the school student centered. Virtually every program is competitive with any other in the city and state. I get so tired of the misperceptions that persist about public school and Westside, especially when parents may not take the time to actually look into the facts about the school. Westside also became a TEA Recognized High School. WHS is a great choice, and the parent involvement is welcomed and needed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

I am a new student there, but I am no stranger. My four siblings attended there and I was involved even then. They always had reached out to younger schools in the area. I really like how any personality, race, and culture is perfectly fine there. Here is why. I noticed that I hang out with diverse friends too. The beauty of it was that I don't even recognize their race. My closest gang of friends are African, Russian, Mexican, White, Black, Arab, and also mixed. I also love how many available programs for any type of person is available. This is a top notch school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I have diligently kept my children in the West Corridor og HISD because of the superior performance of all the schools on this end of the HISD school zone. Westside was a welcome addition to this side of our school zone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My biracial dyslexic son and I love Westside. He gets all the special attention he needs. The school is a poster child of diversity -- 30% white, black, brown and 10% Asian. We come from a private school background and Westside compares very favorably. The teachers are accessible. Emails are answered quickly. Tutoring is available. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. The school looks great. New and clean. Drive by and see knots of students from diverse cultures mingling together. If you are thinking of spending money for private school, there is really no need to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

My son has had a great experience under the tutelage of administration and the teachers. I thought that he would have a hard time making the transition as a new student from out of town but he assimilated quite well. I think that there should be more communication between teachers and parents so that parents have full comprehension of their child s progress. The bulk of the information I receive about school events and important announcements are gotten from their website or through an automated phone message. I had debated on whether or not I would allow my son to return to Westside for his senior year however, after completing a wealth of research on Westside I found that they have numerous curriculums available to enrich the learning experience of their students. I am confident that my son will have what he needs to make a successful conversion into college life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

I attended the open house session last week - I have a senior - I must say that this was my first real view of the school's capability, strategy and actions. Whereas I went with some initial trepidation on the quality, I must say that I was impressed with the heart of the teachers I heard from, the discipline of the students I encountered, and the sense that WHS is very well managed with a stron view of the future. So my rating would be 4 out of 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My suggestion to succeed at Westside is to get in AP classes, stay in the top 10% in grades, and keep a look-out for drinking peer pressure.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

843 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

827 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

658 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

656 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

652 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

648 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.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

603 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

605 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

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 Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Black or African American85%
Asian93%
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education43%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American99%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
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 "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.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%
Algebra II

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

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

656 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

708 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%
English I Writing

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

713 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%
English II Reading

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

554 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

558 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

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.

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
100%
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

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

650 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%
World History

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

545 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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 Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
Black or African American78%
Asian100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education52%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education68%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
Black or African American89%
Asian97%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education80%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
Black or African American69%
Asian80%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education39%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students57%
Female62%
Male52%
Black or African American52%
Asian72%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education15%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male81%
Black or African American84%
Asian97%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education52%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students61%
Female65%
Male57%
Black or African American56%
Asian72%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education33%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)21%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted50%
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 Students88%
Female88%
Male87%
Black or African American84%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education59%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
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 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

World Geography

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black or African American81%
Asian97%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education63%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students80%
Female75%
Male85%
Black or African American77%
Asian91%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education61%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted74%
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 37% 52%
Black 33% 13%
White 22% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 6%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Feeder Middle Schools
Private Schools
Magnet Middle Schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation Texas A & M College Station
University of Texas/Texas Tech
Texas State/Sam Houston
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Hebrew
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Urdu
Vietnamese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Distinction STAAR (2012)
  • AP Capstone Status (2013)
  • TEA Top 25% Student Progress on STAAR (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Classic/Hip Hop
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • AP Language and Literature
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: all

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Naviance
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Peggi Stewart
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • By appointment
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (281) 920-8059

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • AP Capstone and Dual Credit
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • AP Language and Literature
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • Health Science
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Naviance
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • IPAA
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • UT MD Andereson
  • Houston Chronicle
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Young Life

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Anime club
  • Aquatics Club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Dance club: Classic/Hip Hop
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: all
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Red Cross Club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student Council
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Marketing/Fundraising
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
700
Students typically come from these schools
Feeder Middle Schools
Private Schools
Magnet Middle Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Texas A & M College Station
University of Texas/Texas Tech
Texas State/Sam Houston
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Naviance
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
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14201 Briar Forest
Houston, TX 77077
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Phone: (281) 920-8000

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