The superintendent is a poor leader (former elementary principal who is a micro manager) and the principals have no backbone. The Athletic Director pretty much runs the entire district, makes more than the superintendent (if that tells you anything) and the good teachers leave after a year or two because of small town politics. Give the new superintendent and new AD another year or two at the helm and we will see the test scores goes down, college preparedness/enrollment figures continue to decrease and continued exodus of good teachers.
Joshua High School is an excellent school. The STAAR test scores for Joshua Ninth Grade Campus should be included with the high school for rating purposes. Otherwise, the high school's rating is skewed. Only the lower achieving 10-12th grade students will be taking the STAAR test for classes that are typically taken in 9th grade. If you look at the test results for both schools, it's obvious. They need to make some big changes to the rating system to account for that flaw so the schools' are accurately represented.
The leadership in our school district is very poor at the high school level. Instead of supporting our students, teachers and administrators find ways to discourage our students. I believe that it is time for change in the Joshua School District. If you do not have the disire to inspire our students it is time to find a job in a different field.
Joshua High School is one of the very few secondary schools in Texas that is rated EXEMPLARY! Mr. Cochran and the JHS staff and teachers are among the finest in our area! We are so blessed that our kids had the opportunity to attend such a highly acclaimed academic school!
I was a student at Joshua High School a few years ago and I loved my time there. I can only speak for the AP classification of classes and the teachers that taught those classes, but I found it challenging and delightful. My classes were fairly small so we were about to discuss in depth on topics that might be skimmed over in a larger class. The teachers for the most part really cared about you and often went out of there way to make sure that you understood what was going on and that they were available. Besides the academics I was involved in different extracurriculars that helped me discover a lot about my own capabilities and that helped me get great scholarships for college. My experience with Joshua High School was amazing and I will look back on it fondly I would reccommend enrolling here.
i am a teacher here. i barely get paid anything to deal with these kids. the principal is a tool. he wont give me a raise. he wont fire me.
It's a great school, all of the teachers are really awesome and have great life lessons that they bring into the classroom, the students are diverse and have a great understanding of accepting everyone for who they are, and finally the principal is a great school leader that has a just and fair understanding with punishments, aswell as rewards. All in all this is probably the best school in Texas, if not all of the United States.
This is an exceptional school with teachers and administrators that are truly committed to providing a quality education. The teachers are creative and of the highest caliber. My husband and I could not be happier with the education our daughter is receiving.
I am very impressed with the teachers and administration of this school. The atmosphere is condusive to higher learning and the expectations are high. There is zero tolerance when regarding rules and respect for authority is evident. This school is absolutely one of the best!
This is an amazing school where the teachers are innovative and excited to be there. They expect excellence from all of the students and go the extra mile to ensure a positive and nuturing learning envrionment. The atheletic department is also incredible. We could not be more pleased.
I fell the teachers are above average and my children are safe and have a great learning environment, I am especially impressed with the music(band) and computer technology areas
I am a sophomore at this school, and it's not a great school. I agree with everyone else, there is far more emphasis put on athleticism than there is for academics. The principal is an ex-NFL star, so of course, academics are going to go by the wayside. If you're in any gym/athletic class, expect to have your basic rights usurped. Most of us only have 1 book, and that is a science class. There are sad excuses of educators here. Unless you're in an Advanced Placement class, don't expect to be given a reason as to why what you're being tested on is important. If you're not in the 'in-crowd', A.K.A the students with designer purses and brand new cars in the school parking lot, you're viewed as nobody. Most students here think too highly of themselves. Teachers are not great either.
I currently go to JHS and I personaly think we could use some more well educated, proffesional teachers. Other than that, I think the school offers great oppurtunites and a very wide variety of classes.
I attended school here and it was ok. Joshua could use some more good teachers. Not all the teachers are bad, there are some that really take the time to help the students. Others think that just because your in athletics, means that you think your automatically supposed to pass. Well, they need to wake up because I certainly was not like that. I was in cheerleading, softball, and volleyball and I actually had a teacher tell me (along with the class) that she did not like athletes or cheerleaders. My opinion is great if you do, great if you don't-everyone's entitled to their opinion. I do think that Joshua is more about athletics than academics. Hey, that could be a good thing sometimes too-at least they may not be doing drugs or something else. I think every school has their ups and downs. You won't know till you try it.
I am currently a student at joshua High school..well kind of ...you see I moved to a school in oklahoma,and well I didn't really appreciate Joshua High school until now! I thought what a lot of people thought on these reviews I thought the school payed to much attention to football. Also that we could pay more attention to funding our academics and maybe some other sports. I also thought some of the teachers could use improving; but dont we all need improving? I believe Joshua High School is a fantastic school for you'r kids. I would not trade me experience there for any other school. The students are very nice, and are excepting to other people. If you are looking for a school for you'r kids this is school is worth sending your child to! Thanks and God bless!
It is a pretty good school for a public school. The extra curricular activities are getting a lot better. The school has come a long way.
Comparable to schools within the area. Extracurricular programs are a plus as students can shoose to be as involved as they want to be. Parental involvement is strong as would be expected in a rural small town environmant.
I love going to this school because there are great teachers who really appreciate who the students are.
This school is a great place to learn. Most of the students have lived almost all their lives, and have life-long friends. The school has great programs for every kind of teenager. The students are encouraged to do great in everything that they do. The number of extracurricular activities is numerous. Like the band, colorguard, NJROTC, dance team, athletics, cheerleaders and many other organizations. I am proud to live in a town where the High School is doing great things and bringing home championships.
I graduated from Joshua in 2004. The main problem at this school is what everyone else said, we put too much emphasis on football and other sports. There is more to life than just sports. The academic clubs and other non-sport activities barely get any funding. And the school needs to spend more money on academics in general and making more room for the students. If you get the right teachers here, you will get a wonderful education. The students tend to be extremely clique-y, which can make new students feel left out. Joshua just needs to make changes.
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