Students enrolled 894
School leader JOE GRAHAM
Transportation options Yes
District Katy Independent School District

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21203 Highland Knolls Drive
Katy, TX 77450

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(281) 237-5800
(281) 644-1665
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3 stars
Based on 28 ratings

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January 01, 2014
Our children attend this school and regularly out preform our nieces and nephews that attend a very expensive private school in The Woodlands. The caliber of the education they are receiving excellent. We are confident that they will be more them prepared to follow their dreams and feel they are being well prepared for the future . My daughter wants to follow in my footsteps and become a doctor. I am very involved and know that the bar at this campus are set high so that each child will be prepared to be all that they can or want to be. They are there to assist you and support you. We give this school very high marks all around

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Absolutely love everything about this school. Lots o parent involvement and great feeder elementarys...Nottingham and Pattison. Love the fact that is seems the popular kids tend to be the ones in AP classes or high achieves which makes it a competitive setting. Kids are surrounded in a high achieving atmosphere which is hard to find in schools this day. We love it an like that any teachers appear to hold advanced degrees.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Our child went to a private school in Houston that is very highly regarded. We were in for a rude awakening when we moved here and actually discovered that she was actually BEHIND many of the kids in the AP classes here. Wow. The kids that go to this school apparently began working in Algebra and Geometry concepts early in elementary school so we actually had to get a tutor to help her catch up. She is doing great and is now flourishing. We attended a school play and were floored by the professionalism of the production and sets. The Arts and music have a string presence at this school and the children appear well prepared for higher learning. This junior High feeds into Taylor High Achool which my daughter says is nicknamed "Taylor University" if that tells you anything. We are very happy to have found this school and the strong values they enforce from behavior to dress on up. A+ and best of all, we just saved ourselves about 20 grand a year. Only thing is that their do tend to be a lot I well off kids here so we have to keep her grounded.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Wonderful school. great teachers. nice community feel. involved parents. nothing but good things to say... I have a son in 7th grade and another who will be coming to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
Even though my son is enjoying his junior high school years at this school, the administration is just pathetic. Starting with the Principal, who does not give any credit to the word of a student, or the parents in problematic situations. They do not listen and when they said they try to solve a situation, BEWARE... far from helping solve my case, they (Principals) just humiliated my son!! I need to admit that there are great teachers and the band and choir programs are simple awesome! The counselor is terrific, but other than that, everything is just words without meaning. I am so disappointing of the Principals at Memorial Parkway Junior High :)

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
Good teachers, fabulous counselors, too bad they have the principals they have. The Principal cares a whole lot about putting a nice face to everyone. He does chats and friendly speeches, and makes you believe he really cares about students and parents. However, in the end, when you need him, when a student needs his support, neither the students nor the parents can count on him. It is a shame to have a Principal who preaches one thing and does completely the opposite.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
I'm a former student of MPJH (2011-2012), and going here was a terrible experience. The vice principal(s) is/are oblivious to bullying, and blame(s) victims. Fights occur very often, and not much is done about them. Drugs float around school. Like other reviews mentioned, the dress code is over-enforced, despite the fact that they should be focused on the violence and bullying. I never really felt safe going here. However, the mentoring program is exceptional.

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2010
This school is horrible considering the adminstrators. There ae some great teachers on the campus that are willing to go the extra mile. When I have been on campus, there have been too many intruptions from the principal yelling over the intercom about problems. I guess that is his was of taking care of business. I have spoken to several teachers and they also seem so upset all the time because of the climate on the campus. Think Katy is missing something here, new principal needs to be hired and this one traded in.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
We moved to the Katy area in Jan. 09'. Our son was assigned to Memorial Parkway Jr High. So far, our experience has been great. The staff has been very accommodating and supporting of our son's difficulty transitioning to a new place. The teachers are excellent and offer additional tutoring before and after school. For the most part, the students are friendly and well mannered. My son has made a lot of new friends and loves his new school. Security protocols are 'strictly' enforced to provide a safe environment. There are full-time and part-time (i think) security guards on the premises. Furthermore, security cameras have been installed throughout the campus. You can feel reasonable assured your child is safe at MPJH! I hope this helps!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
Great school, even better staff!!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
a great school & excellent spirit!!

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2008
The people who say all the teachers care about is clothes are totally wrong. Of course they care about clothes, but sometimes you will see kids walking around with things on that teachers would usually yell at them for, yet they don't. Also, some of the older teachers really do care, but most don't. They get them in class, and push them out after the 40/45 minute period. If you were in the school, witnessing what is happening in every group of friends, every clique, every relationship, you would see why this school lacks what it does. At school, fights occur constantly (if not fist fights, very heavy verbal fights), things get destroyed or stolen, and hate and jealousy is thrown everywhere. I am so glad I will get out of this school after 9 weeks.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2008
Memorial Parkway Junior High is small in student population and the teacher ratio is perfect. The school was remodeled inside in summer of 2007 and it is really beautiful inside. The school has really great leadership and teachers. They only need to offer more electives to the six graders. They really ned a wider base in this area. The other junior highs offer more of a selection in their electives. I think it is a wonderful school environment, almost a small town feel compared to the other junior highs in the district. Really nice.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
For the parents who think the fine arts programs are 'fare' here are some words from a former student. I was in Mr. Leger's choir program and all I have to say is this man is the reason I went to school. He is a man who will stand by your child threw thick and thin and have there back the entire time. This is a man who really honestly cares deeply about his students. MPJH would be nothing without his program and if I still lived in Katy I would see to it that my daughter was taught by him because being in Mr. Leger's class is an experience that makes children into strong confident individuals. For those of you who rated the fine arts program 'fare' you must be mistaken. This program is the one redeeming factor of MPJH and that is no exaggeration.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 28, 2008
i think they can do better

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 17, 2007
My child currently attends MPJH. I constantly have to email the teachers to communicate and many emails go unanswered.I believe that MPJH does not represent the entire district, and improvements should be considered.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
I don't like this school at all. the principal is wonderful but the overall teacher ability is terrible. the discipline is way over rated and is too strict. the dress code is over enforced.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
I think that the teachers and principals are too concerned about the student's clothes. Instead of concentrating on how short their skirt is, they should concentrate on how much they are learning. They should also make sure that the teachers aren't being unfair with the children and that they don't give them detentions for stupid reasons! The principals should also 'checkup', if you will, on all the math teachers and how much they're willing to put into helping the students! The only teachers that are taking extra pains with our students are the coaches and i thank them very much.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
I can agree with some of the comments. I moved to this school area 2 years ago from Spring Branch in the hopes for better schools. Expensive neighborhoods doesn't equivalate to better schools therefore before education for our children. Teachers in MPJH are not very concern about the student progress, at least they don't even bother to let the parent about stduent's progress or lack of in class until is too late.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
My daughter is new in the katy district this year and new at memorial parkway. The katy school district itself is wonderful. I have two other children in other katy schools, but memorial parkway is a complete disappointment. My daughter's grades have been continually slipping since she entered this school. She has now completed 3 six week semesters, with failing grades in four classes, and I have not heard one word from any of her teachers. I thought I was moving her to a better school district, but the teachers at her old school (westbriar middle, HISD) were much more helpful and went out of their way to work with parents who are trying to help their children. I may have to move from green trails in order to be zoned for a different middle school. Maybe they need yet another new principle.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2006
Teachers are very interested in their students and are more than willing to work out issues.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
I am so glad that my son is outof that school. They are ticket hungry.They care more for the look of the school than the students education.To this day my son struggles in math.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
Our experience at MPJH has been mixed. The classes in language arts, science and social studies are very good. Reading and math are not. Reading is very cut and dry-not much creativity. Very little explanation of math concepts or reinforcement of math skills and concepts. It is little wonder the math TAKS scores are low compared to other junior highs in the area. Extracurricular activites:Plenty of sports, but little fine arts. The school did introduce theater arts into it's courses this past year, so there may be more that just the 1 school musical soon. MPJH still boasts it was a blue ribbon school - about 5 years ago. It has done little since. It did go through 3 principals in 3 years, so hopefully the current principal in his second year can add some stability.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
MPJH has had a new principal every year the last three years. The new principal is not any better. The academics and test scores continue to fall with each passing year. MPJH has gone from a diamond to a lump of coal. There is no real theater arts class with a mime troup like mcmeans and the math and reading instruction are terrible, thus the low test scores. There are no real penalties for bullies in the school. It is sad to see such a wonderful school fall as far as it has.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
The education is great but can be better if some of the instructors stop worrying if the children clothes are up to the exact specs not a 1/2' off. I can understand about the see thrugh shirts and the wife beaters 'white tank-top T shirts'. Other than that the school is an excellent school and I think that it could be more things that parents can get involved with othan things on week days because most of us leave for work before the sun comes up and return home after the sun has gone. My rating for this school would be 1 mark below excellent.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
This is our first year at Memorial Parkway (but have been in KISD for 9yrs). So far, I am neither overly impressed nor am I dissapointed. It's the same as everywhere - you have a few GOOD teachers and the rest are there to earn a paycheck. We monitor our children's curriculum and progress ourselves as we do not leave anything to the schools. We do have a lot of parent involvement but most schools in KISD have plenty of parents on hand. The principal seems very focused and helpful as do most of the teachers when called on to act. There seems to be an air of 'elitism' if you will at this school by both students and their parents as well as a few teachers.

- submitted by a parent
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Memorial Parkway J High School
21203 Highland Knolls Drive, Katy, TX  77450
(281) 237-5800
Last modified Memorial Parkway J High School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Memorial Parkway J High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top