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Katy, TX
Students enrolled: 1,085

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21001 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, TX 77450

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(281) 237-8000
(281) 644-1660
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August 04, 2014
I like the teachers and students. As a black student I don't feel singled out. But the principal is cold and impersonal and only interacts when she has no other options.

- submitted by a community member

February 04, 2014
I really like this school, but sometimes, the principal seems kind of cold. I like all the counselors, and the teachers are nice. Sadly, people out of my ethnicity seem to almost think I'm weird. Overall I love the electives and I have many friends. I really love how the teachers make everything so clear for me. I've never really been bullied, but I guess it exists in all schools doesn't it? I honestly love how they push us academically so that we can remain in the top. Pushing us is a good thing. Take it from a student. What's life without a challenge?

- submitted by a community member

June 24, 2012
The principal is as cold as ice to guest teachers, but the students are top notch, especially the 6th graders. The AP's are all over the school and approachable. Many of the teachers are very professional and caring, but many are anything but professional. I know that some are not even fully certified, with and abundance of teachers out there looking too. If you are going to substitute at this school, and are new at substituting, avoid the eight graders unless you insist on a challenge.

- submitted by a teacher

April 24, 2012
My daughter went to McMeans for 2 years and all in all she really enjoyed it! The Assistant Principals are wonderful and were always there if we had a concern. The school work was hard but not impossible and the kids were all very nice. I will say I agree with all the comments about the Principal though (I have nothing nice to say about that woman so I'll keep my mouth quiet)

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2011
I have been bullied,the teachers are severely strict,and I have been a very good student.They lack to actually have sense in themselves.Its like if they are a rulebook.

- submitted by a community member

January 23, 2011
I went to McMeans all three years and loved it! I was an office aide, so I talked to the assistant principals and other officials pretty often and I must say I was disappointed how little the principal herself was involved in anything. She sorta just sits there and looks official. The assistant principals were wonderful though! Teachers are great too, except for the band dept. which I was told to leave because I missed too much school. I really don't see where there was bullying, and I wasn't exactly popular.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2010
pretty good teachers. some nice kids. a lot of bulling. popularity is a big thing. too much useless work. big and nice school. kind of stirct. if your a new kid,hang out with 'pretty' people.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 08, 2009
I used to be a student a McMeans and to tell you the truth...I loved that school! I'm an 8th grader now but had to move, so I no longer go there, but McMeans is a great school with the best teachers. I just have a complaint againt the principal, Dr. Rice. She isn't that involved with the school and she's not very nice. But the assistant principals are wonderful and fun.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 19, 2009
I agree with many parents. The principal and administration seem to be too harsh on mild discipline issues. Samll infractions like forgetting a homework paper result in detention. A low grade for the first infraction is OK perhaps detention there after. It seems they care only about rules - not people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 09, 2009
teachers don't call you back!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 27, 2009
This is the first year my son has attended McMeans and he is an 8th grader. He has had a bit of trouble fitting in and staying on task with his studies. He has found a leader and example with Mr. Paz whom he adores.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2008
McMeans is the worst school that my son has ever attended. The bullying that he has had to endure has been so bad that we had to involved the Katy ISD police twice already. The administration has been ineffective at stopping the bullying; thus, we had to pull him out and put my son in private school. We moved from out of state and everyone told us how fabulous the Katy school district is. Not only am I highly disappointed, but I am thoroughly disgusted not only with the children's behavior, but in how the administration has handled the school violence.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2008
this school is amazing. i learn everything i need to while having fun.

- submitted by a student

August 28, 2008
THIS school is great, the teachers are fun,humorous,and fair I love it here! I want everyone to take my advice to go to this school.... I was nervous at first but the teachers comforted me through the first days, but when it gets later on in the year, they are still fun and all but let you be treated like an adult.

- submitted by a student

April 12, 2008
As a student at McMeans for 3 years, I feel that the school puts enirely way too much pressure on it's students. Because I was very involved here, I don't have many postive things to say other than when it is talking about extra cirricular activities. Like any other school there are both good and bad teachers. The thing that makes the school have a major downfall are the people who run it, the principals. They are ridiculous. They are so hard on their students. They expect everyone to suceed with expectations that are impossibe to reach. Because the head principal once worked at 'A school', it feels like a military school when you walk through the front doors. It is extremely unreasonable when it comes displinary measures. It is unfortunate because without these people in charge or the strict rules, there is some definite potential for a good middle school.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2008
The school is very nice. The teachers are ok. They expect way to much of the children here academically. The amount of homework is absurd. The punishments seem quite harsh and unfair, but mostly unreasonable.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2008
McMeans Junior High is a wonderful and stable school to send your child to for a good education. The teachers are wonderful and helpful and its fine arts department and athletic program rank high in state. However, the assistant principals and some of the staff members are extremely strict. They expect too highly out of middle-school students. It seems like there is a new rule made every day. Of course, with every rule, there must also be a consequence. Usually, the consequences result in punishment for the entire grade level because one person may be messing around.

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2007
my child loves this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 24, 2007
The male assistant principle is good.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2007
This is my second year at this school. Over all the school has done a good job attempting to achieve successfully. However, just recently this person in my grade recieved ISS (in school suspension) for something he did not do. Over all I'm pretty satisfied with this school.

- submitted by a student

August 16, 2007
Both my son and daughter attend this School and we as parents do not have any positive remarks for the school. There is a lack of leadership and direction and I do not think the School and teachers care about the students just about School'ratings'.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2007
I have 4 Children in this School. My twins play footbal and the two younger girls are very busy in the music Department. This school is incredible, I love the principal he is So helpful.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2007
My son went to this school and the assistant principal made his life miserable. He was only a sixth grader, but he treated him more like a High School student. I'm really concerned about my elementary school child going there in the future. I might have to move.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2006
I have put 2 children through McMeans. We've had many positive experiences, but I can honestly say they are the results of normal childhood, rather than the efforts of the school. I would have to agree with the other parents' reviews: McMeans has been run like a military academy in the past few years. Much of this is the result of having a principal whose background comes from a school for disruptive/problematic students. She has not yet realized that she is no longer in that situation. The kids in this area are typically well behaved, with a lot of parental support and supervision. There is no common sense in this school. Zero tolerance is a cop-out, in my opinion. In real life, everything is on a case by case basis. Good teachers, for the most part.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2005
My son attended Garland McMeans Jr. High for 3 years, and I currently have a daughter at this school. I have given serious consideration to putting her in private school as a result of mainly the principal, who lacks judgement in many areas, not the least of which is hiring teachers. In one year she hired 2 teachers who left mid semester or in the 1st 6 wks they were there. Basically, her shallow judgement not only cost the district money, but wasted a year of my son's life. Her discipline policies are lacking, as well, preferring to turn discipline over to the police department rather than handle it herself. Your child could end up in trouble even though they had never been in trouble before and have straight A's. Such things as having pencil sharpeners have resulted in students being suspended and turned over to the police.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2005
My child has attended,MMJH, for 4 years. He has been TICKETED TWICE for fighting. In 6th grade, it started with he and another child 'swatting' gym uniforms at each other. The last ticket occured because my son pushed off two boys who had cornered him in the gym locker room. He was shoved and pinned to the floor while one boy delt several blows. Because he admitted to defending himself,he was issued a Class C Misdemeanor Ticket. After my attorney pled the case to the Dist. Attny, the case was dismissed due to 'self defense' Something the Principal did not recognize as a valid claim. The principal is well known for letting the Ft. Bend County Court System determine punishment, beyond the common, 'ISS'/In School Suspension. I will only miss the care and support my child has received from his teachers and counselors! They are the best!

- submitted by a parent

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Garland Mcmeans Jr High School
21001 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX  77450
(281) 237-8000
Last modified Garland Mcmeans Jr High School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Garland Mcmeans Jr High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top