« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
6-8
Public district
Katy, TX
Students enrolled: 1,329
 

Contact this school

19802 Kieth Harrow Boulevard
Katy, TX 77449

School website
(281) 856-1506
(281) 345-3160
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Thornton Middle School address.
September 22, 2014
When I heard the rumors about this school, I was nervous about my son attending. However, these last 2 years at Thornton have been wonderful. His teachers are very involved and great about responding to emails, etc. when I have questions concerning his grades or conduct. My son says there are almost never any fights, and that they have a very strict tardy policy so students are never in the halls after the bells ring. The teachers say that the kids are very well behaved. Nowadays, you are always hearing about kids cussing teachers out in schools but I've never heard of an incident like that at Thornton. The Administrators are very caring and honest. All in all, I can't figure out why the school has a negative reputation at all. I mean, what other middle school or school in general spends and entire first week of school just trying to play games and find ways to get to know the kids and build relationships with the teachers? And they are doing great with the new STAAR exam scores, which is amazing since most campuses throughout the state failed. For a campus that is so diverse, and is considered economically disadvantaged (lower income), this campus is doing an incredible job.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
I was a studet in this School and people here would mature once they are in high school. These kids just came out of elementary so why do people expect them to mature so fast. This school was fun for me when i was there but honestly i believe the principal there messed it up bad. So dont blame the kids or the teachers blame yourself expecting your kids to be so mature at a early age.

- submitted by a community member
January 03, 2011
Great school rarely any bully's, great teachers, has a great learning system, and its just a great school to be in.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2010
I am an 8th grader at Thornton, and this was my first and last year. For 6th and 7th grade, I went to Hodges Bend Middle School. I have to say, HBMS does not come close to Thornton. IN education and behavior. The teachers and students are nice to you, and the teachers take time to help you to make sure you pass. At HBMS, there was a lot of stuff I didnt understand, but Thornton teachers explained it to me very well. I am very sure that this school is awesome!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2009
this year thornton changed. barely any fights and the kids have really improved their behavior.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 19, 2009
Thornton is a horrible school. The students don't have any respect whatsoever for each other. Also the way things are ran there need to be corrected.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
July 30, 2009
I am a student at Thornton MS I also think my school has had its ups and downs but we still all got through them.Personally I love this school the teachers treat you very well and you also have fun in some of the classes. But no matter what people say about our school to us ,students, we will always love this school.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
no rating April 20, 2009
I am a student at Thornton Middle School and most of the reviews here say that we are a school that has many fights and the students are always getting in trouble, but that is not true. From the year of 2006-07 to the year of 2008-09 fights have reduced by 65% according to the school paper and the 2008-09 year 94% of 8th graders passed the reading TAKS test and 42% recieved commened. So before you think of this school being bad come to the school and learn the real facts becauses the parents that have put bad reviews on here don't go to the school and don't have a real taste of Thornton Middle School.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 06, 2009
over the years this school has gotten better. i mean the passing rate of the reading TAKS was 91% this year i am an 8 grader. this school may have had its downs but right now we are all on top. this scool is the best

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2009
I'm a 6th grader at the school.what i think is this is probally the best middle school. i really don't care what all the parents think.they are way to over protective. there are alot of clubs you could join and the teachers are so cool. thorten rock

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2008
My daughter is a 6 grader. To be honest i was very worried before the school yr started, simply because of the reviews on this website. My daughter seems to enjoy the school. Although we both find there is not enough extra curr. Available to the students. I am a firm believer that in order for our children to succeed we must as parents keep in constant contact with the school and teachers. Its our resp as parents to express to our children that we expect their best efforts in their school works. I find that email is an excellent communication for busy working parents. I think the only thing lacking in this school is better extra curr for the students, some thing to make them interested in learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 07, 2008
I have an 8th grade and a 6th grade student at Thornton and I have found that this school is not a good place for either of my children. Both of my sons are good students and well-behaved in public and at home. This school lacks leadership from the 'adults' teachers, principal, counselors. The kids run this school, and the curriculum needs improvement. This school needs a definite internal makeover, and discipline for the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
I go to Thornton and im in the 8th grade. Really, the reason why the school has so many misbehaving students is because the school does not have any excitement. If they would spend their money better, then we might have some decent things. But the Principle is cool and has alot of respect from most of the students. Overall, the school is alright but has alot to improve.

- submitted by a student
July 05, 2006
My son went to this school for about 4 months and I was so happy to get him out! The kids at this school have all the control! There is a major lack of supervision. Parent involvement day was really an eye opener for me as a parent! Teachers are not able to teach and the school is seriously overcrowded!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
The music department of Thornton is exceptional. I find that the administrative department is lacking and the safety for my child was not a priority. I have a child who has never been a disciplinary issue and yet is afraid to attend school because the staff doesn't protect him from children they KNOW are trying to pick on him. I would say that Thornton is a very unsafe environment to put your child in.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2005
I really liked the school. I had two children attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
Most of the staff is very personalble. I will say that the teachers that my child dealt with were exceptional. The best my child has ever had.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
I have not been very pleased with this school. My son has attended this school since 6th grade and now he is in 8th grade. The school seems to lack displine and control of the students. I am not pleased with the amout of drugs and weapons that have been found on kids at school. I am also not pleased with the way that the TAKES test doesn't seem to match up with the way that the teachers teach their everyday classwork. My son struggles every year with the TAKES test when he is a strong 'A' 'B' student. He is even in many advanced classes. During this school year my son was also informed by a visitor to his class that if they don't pass the TAKS test that their parents will have a hard time selling their houses. Not an apporpriate worry for 8th graders about to test.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
My child is in the 7th grade at Thornton and while I have found the instructional staff to be quite accommodating in returning my e-mails and/or phone calls keeping me abreast of my child's progress in their classes the adminstrative staff at Thornton seems to fall short. Specifically in the area of diversity and ensuring that biases are not being integrated into the procedures used to dicipline children at Thornton. I belive a diversity Sensitivity review should be given to all School district emloyees as including the importance of treating everyone fairly and equally and link this to how our children view the world around them and treat one another.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
The problem with Thornton Middle School is a lack of leadership. The principal does not make the education of the children that attend the school her first priority. Parents are not informed about activities and announcements in a timely manner. The monthly calendar cames late if at all, the newsletter anniounces events that have already passed. We parents need to hold the school and district adminitrators accountable, after all these are our children.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
The students should not be blamed for lack of quality instructional techniques. Teachers must be made accountable for their method of teaching. Recently, my child had trouble with a class and instead of acknowledging that the classes are over-crowded with students in the Science classes, the teacher simply responded by saying that she didn't know that there is a problem. When students in Science are making 'C's' and they see their grades going down to an 'F', the teacher is obviously aware that there is a problem. There is too much emphasis on giving Middle School Students D-Hall, instead of having enough classrooms and quality teachers to properly educate our children in the most important classes including science. 'Don't blame the child, or the system, when a student is having a problem. Teachers and the administration must respond in accordance with the 'No Child Left Behind Act'. The response time when I voiced a concern is too delayed. I initially expressed concern about the teaching method in Science about two weeks ago, and there is still no solution to the problem.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
December 14, 2003
My daughter is a 6th grade student at Thornton. I have visited the school on multiple occasions and found both the teachers and the principals to be attentive to the concerns of both students and their parents. I have also had opportunity to communicate with secretaries, attendance staff, and the school nurse. All of the staff have responded to me in a timely and professional manner. My daughter now thoroughly enjoys math and science and takes a positive approach to her classes.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school is over crowded. Not enough teachers for all the kids. I don't like the fact that the 3rd week or school my daughter in 6th grade comes home with 4 hours of home work 3 time during the week. When asked the teachers about this I was told that's just the way it is. I am very disapointed in this new school.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 30, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Thornton Middle School
19802 Kieth Harrow Boulevard, Katy, TX  77449
(281) 856-1506
Last modified Thornton Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thornton Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top