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School leader DAVID HADLEY

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4101 Thompson Road
Keller, TX 76244

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4 stars
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June 03, 2014
As a student at FRHS, I had the ability to experience what this school is really all about first hand. Naturally, like many others, I was confronted with the fear of attending this school due to gossip and rumours floating about how "ghetto" this school is. Alas, it may seem this way due to the people who come and go in the community but, people who suspect that this diverse population is rather downgraded... Well, you are wrong. Perhaps it is due to the mass amount of minorities or the economic disadvantage this school has but we make it through and persevere. We may have to work harder than others and that's okay. That's what makes the next generation and builds character out of us. To include, one should not label the group due to the actions taken by certain individuals. We are a variety of personalities, ethnicities, religions under one roof. A mixing pot if you will of all great things. Fossil Ridge is truly a worthy school to put your child through.

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2014
Fossil Ridge is honestly an amazing school. Everyone that I have encountered has been fairly great. I am a junior this year and have never had any problems. I think FRHS has a bad reputation simply because people see the amount of diversity and they automatically believe the worst. Not everyone is going to have an outstanding high school experience. A lot of parents only see their child's side a situation and not the whole thing so events get misconstrued. When I read some of the other comments it just breaks my heart a little that people haven't seen the good in this school. Every teacher I have ever had at Ridge has been nothing but helpful to me, and if your child is in a lower level class you should expect a lower level of teaching.There are so many kids in this school that the counselors can't drop everything everytime some whiny kid simply doesn't like their teacher. By allowing your children to act like victims they are not being prepared for the real world. So don't look at the school and say it's terrible and nothing but problems when the reality may not be the school it may be the student. Challenge your children, don't let them run. That's all I have to say about it.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2014
Great school. This is real diversity and a real world school. This is not Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where every achievement is carefully orchestrated by mommie and daddie's check book. These are real good kids doing their best to be the best with the hands they've been dealt. These kids are hard working and well manored. They demonstrate real American values by showing respect and appreciation for every student. This school, its teachers, administrators, parents and students deserve praise for what they accomplish every day.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
There are some comments about the diversity of Fossil Ridge. What most don't know is that the district continually redraws the lines for school so that the lowest socioeconomically disadvantages students go to Fossil Hill and Fossil Ridge. While there were some issues a few years ago, Mr. Halsey and the assistant principals are FANTASTIC. They are devoted to fostering a safe environment that is accepting of all races, gender and religion. Mr Hadley's mission is that every student has one teacher/coach that bonds with then. That's Fossil Ridge!

- submitted by a teacher
January 09, 2014
My daughter, an honors student and top competitor in her activities, has been at this school for 1 semester now and it's been an absolute nightmare. I don't even have the freedom to explain just what's really going on due to the level of retribution my daughter would receive because of it. Let me say this though. My wife and I graduated in the top 10% of a school ranked higher than FRHS, we've worked in professional industry for 18 years. I have 5 colleagues/friends in the district and ALL of us agree that we're highly disappointed with the district as a whole but that what we've experienced at FRHS has been the worst. If we could leave we would in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
I graduated from this high school in 2008. The teachers provided an incredible education that helped get me into an Ivy League University. Although it can not compare to a private or boarding school, the places where most Ivy League students come from, the excellent extracurricular activities and committed teachers make this school very enjoyable experience for a student of any interest. A high school is more than just academics, the lessons learned from music, athletics, the arts, provide an education not found in a textbook. Fossil Ridge recognizes and embraces this concept. Overall, the diversity, excellent teachers, committed staff, and high standards make this in my opinion one of the best high schools in Texas.

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2012
This is an amazing school, very organized and offers great academic opportunities. It is also a very diverse school, and shows no rascism. No matter what rumors you hear, you will not be disappointed with this schools performance.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2012
Two female students at this school was given the same punishment, 45 days in DAEP, oone girl was caught with weed in her locker. The other was just accused of smoking it based on smell but was not caught with any evidence. Is this fair or a little overboard on the schools part?

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
My son is a senior this year, has been going there since his freshman year and has had no problems with bullying or fights. My daughter just started attending this year (freshman) and I now see some issues with bullying and fighting. I believe it s not the school but it s the neighborhood. More rental homes are in the area along with government aid apartments.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
This School has been outrageous. Ever since they started building apartment this school fell apart. Did you hear about the incident that there was a 10 year old that got beat up by a Fossil Ridge High school child over MONEY!! believe people you do not want your children going here.I am a mother of one and I would NOT have him going to this school because not only that every since there has been several fights the school does not do anything about it. They take money out of our taxes for that school to buy tv's! for their office but not better security, OUTRAGEOUS you serious got to be kidding me. All they do is suspend the same kids and have them in they same school with good kids.This school is a money eater!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
My daughter is a senior at FRHS. The AP English and AP Science are fantastic. Especially Hawkins,Salcido, Chipman, Isgitt(APEng) and Cotten (AP Bio) Smith(AP Physics) Can't say enough great things about it. The math dept. no so great. espec. Killam. (nightmare) The administration refuses to listen to any parent concerns. When students try to transfer out of a class where a teacher IS NOT teaching.....they won't allow it, because they know ALL the students want out and it will "look bad". Not willing to do what it takes to solve the problems. Between the out of control band& drill team directors and the LACK of teaching in the math dept. it's no wonder they've only received a 7 from Great Schools. Texas Schools are not that great anyway....too bad they're not helping the situation at FRHS.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
We have heard so many negative things about FRHS, but went in with an open mind and excited to have our son starts high school. It has been nothing but problems. Teachers that cannot explain work, teachers that were rude to me, and a complete lack of discipline. Their are fights almost every day and they are recorded by students, there are drugs, and there is bullying. We have transferred. Cannot say how much better things are now.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
Great school. My child has attended for 2 years and no problems so far with the Staff. Offer great extra curriculum activities. Curious to see what the impact will be since the budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
I am very pleased with FRHS. The principle Mr. Hadley is Pro-Students 100% and as long as the student body is in line, Mr. Hadley will reward the entire school, not just individuals. My daughters attended all four years here and have heard other KISD schools bad mouth Fossil Ridge, but really it's a great school with caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
I love Fossil Ridge! This school is absolutely fantastic; I love my teachers, and I get a lot out of their classes. The Choir program is phenomanel to say the least. I love being a part of the choir here! There is a hunch of school pride, and I am proud to call myself a Panther. The Panther Regiment (Band) is excellent, and the Sun Dancers are fabulous. I'm in PreAP classes, next year AP classes, and I believe the Ap classes truly make you prepared for the AP exam. FRHS has had their Alumni go to Brown University, Notre Dame, TCU, Princeton and many more well known schools. All I can say is Fossil Ridge is the best!

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 01, 2009
Fossil Ridge has an amazing fine arts department. Especially theatre which, while I attended Fossil Ridge, went to state twice and was a runner up to state once. With the help of fine arts director David Stevens, and directors Vonya Eudy and David Kersh, the Fossil Ridge Theatre department has thrived to say the least. The english department truly has a lot to be proud of as well. Mrs. Isgitt and Mr. Chipman allowed me to significantly improve my writing. Their preparation toward the AP english tests allowed me to receive a five for each one. I do not have to take any English in college. As far as student population, there is a majority of undisciplined students. They get lost in the shuffle of other rowdy students and most go without punishment. It disrupts classes and drives many wonderful students and teachers away.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Teachers and counselors that really care.

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August 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 06, 2009
I am very happy with this school and my daughter has done extremely well here.

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May 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 06, 2009
The school and staff are great. Being an enrolled student at the school, I can tell you that some or most of the negative remarks made by the parents are either somewhat or completely false. Despite being classified as a 5A school, class sizes are at the most 20-25 students, school spirit is very, very high, and disciplinary actions are very severe, and to the fullest extent, no matter the situation. The teachers and administration are very nice to everyone. Granted that there may be a small amount of violence now and then, it's nothing worth noting. You'll never go to a high school that doesn't have fights. I'm giving my school the highest rating because of these reasons, and I look forward to completing the rest of school at Fossil Ridge. Go Panthers!

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May 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 26, 2009
I transfered to this school district and let me say, I was shocked in good ways and bad ways. Let me start by mentioning the most important part; THe istructures are great when it somes to helpiing the students. The concern I have about this school is the amount of bad behavior. The majority of the student body receives no dicipline. I've sat in class a number of times and listened to students curse out substitutes and I've watched students in the hallway display inapropriate behavior with other student and the teachers do not even blink. The academic system is nice but the student body needs a little work.

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December 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2008
I particularly love the English Department here at FRHS. My daughter had the opportunity to have one of the best English teachers I have ever encountered. His name is Mr. Manginell, not sure on the spelling, but he not only helped improve her reading abilities, but helped her to overcome her fear of writing, and to become the best writer that she can be without fear of rejection. Thanks to him, she has had an amazing school year this far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2008
Faculty need to more closely supervise what goes on after practices and events. My dtr is a Freshman their this year. The VB selection has much to be desired and the softball and track coach was rude and insulting to her. Academically, she has encountered great instructors and is enthused about her classes. She works hard and is rewarded for that. The dance classes are wonderful and encouraging. Her cell phone was stolen as were another of her friends from their pockets! So be careful with your possesions. As everywhere, there is good and bad. Great academics, standard or substandard extracurricular activities and administration. The principal last year at every meeting alluded to all the rumors about his school and how they would overcome them, Im hoping they did. So we are eagerly awaiting the opening of the 4th high school in Keller ISD which is nearer our home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
Hi. Im attending fossil ridge high school right now; as a freshman. And let me tell you; this year is going fabulous! :D im so glad im there. In the 8th grade I went to Fossil Hill and Mr.Hadley; the principal was there, and then he was hired to be the principal at FRHS! and Im soooo glad he did that! :D I love FRHS! :] Its a great school[: -DA[:

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August 13, 2008
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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2008
last year i attended fossil ridge as a freshman. i was scared going because of all the rumors you hear from other schools about what goes on at tehir schools, so i didnt know what to expect. once i got there, all those rumors were silenced. fossil ridge is a great school, with teachers and other staff members actually care about what goes on in our lives, they dont pretend. i love fossil ridge, and wouldnt go to any other school

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2008
It has an amazing choir program, as well as a phenomenal new principal.

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December 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 01, 2007
My son and I moved out here from Calif, in March 2007 after my husbands passing. We needed a change. My son's grades in California were not up to par. As soon as he was enrolled he made progress and now he gets A's and B's....I thank all the teachers and staff for their interest in my child. I asked my son if he wanted to go back to Calif. where his friends are and his reply ''no not until I graduate from Fossil Ridge he even refused when I said we should move to Grapevine to be closer to family....He wants Fossil Ridge only! I give Fossil Ridge an A+

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
I am a student at fossil Ridge and it is by far the best school i have ever been to.

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October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2007
Fossil is a good school that gets a bad rap. My child graduated from there, and ended up with a full ride scholarship, and with much fewer issues than the kids we left behind at Colleyville Heritage! I think that all High Schools can do a better job preparing kids for college, but the staff @ Fossil was caring, and the cirriculum is the same at every school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
Having recently relocated I had checked out schools prior to our move and all I can say is there is far too much focus on test scores and not nearly enough of what kind of people these kids grow up to be. The kids shout to one another across the room without the teachers batting an eye. My daughter and I imagine others are robbed of class due to the disruption. There are problems on the buses, too. Currently, we are looking into private schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
The school district has not handled the growth in population and diversity very well. Fossil Ridge settles for less than it should academically. The students are not nurtured to perform, but ignored. I have two children who graduated already and one currently enrolled. I am very disappointed in the school. The economic growth in the area has been substantial, however, it doesn't seem to improve the quality of teachers, coaches and administrators in the school. The disparity in the scores of the student body gives a strong impression as to the difficulty the school and district is having in handling the growth of community. The attitude by the school appears to a bit 'deer in the headlights approach'. I believe the district is benefiting from the economic growth, but ignoring the increased expectation of service that usually accompanies financial growth.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
As an alumni of this school I feel that Fossil Ridge did a good job of setting me up for the future. The college prep was lacking and that would be my biggest complaint. The kids that go to the school are good for the most part. I feel the security and administration set us up well for success at Fossil Ridge, like I said, I could have used more college prep, but the staff is wonderful and very caring.

- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2006
My son attended Fossil Ridge for the first time last school year. We were pleased with the school and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
Fossil Ridge is a great school with an undeserved reputation. The Principal needs to lighten up and fight harder for the school and it's programs since many have been moved to the newer school, but the assistants are great. The teachers who stay year after year are great, but the new ones need to be encouraged to stay and improve. Boys athletics is great, especially cross country and soccer, but girls athletics leaves a lot to be desired. The AP courses that are offered are excellent and the weighted are now truly weighted. The population has dropped to 4A so the class sizes are much much better. There are never any fights or violence and the ones who have their cars messed with have simply made someone mad by their own behavior usually.

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April 19, 2006
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April 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I have found that the organization and timing of coordinated events is lacking. However, it is a great school with a great staff and kid. I have found that if I go to a teacher or coach first with my problem, that it is handled quickly and courteously. It's interesting to get their point of view over the students'. Going to the administration only slows things down.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
Has an excellent athletic department every year. The student body seems to have a lot of spirit.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Slight lack of coordination and lack of disciplinary actions by teachers, counselors, and principal. Otherwise, decent school

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2005
I like all activities that they do, but we need to check the security in the parking lot that the only problem do i see there thanks

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
In the courses that are being taught by experienced teachers, the quality of the class is great. There are some very young teachers who are not equipped to successfully handle the high school environment. I find the administration to be less than welcoming of parent involvement and more irritated than concerned when real problems are brought to their attention. I have only met one other parent who actually is satisfied with the administration. There is an organization for everyone who needs something to join. Beware. Some of them are expensive and you may not get what you expect.

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April 27, 2005
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April 26, 2005
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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2004
although the academics are outstanding and most of the teachers are great, Overcrowding is a major problem and it is often hard to find a way around so many people. Administration is full of great people, however, they do not know how to organize this properly. Many only specialize in certain areas leaving the children confused as where to go for certian issues. If you have a problem i suggest going straight to the principal seeing as to how you will eventually be forced to see him anyways, just a hint for a faster solution.

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September 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
I am relieved that both of my children have now graduated. The quality of this school deteriorated markedly over the course of time. Class size is too large, there were often not enough books and lockers to go around, and concerns are not addressed. Both had their cars broken into and/or damaged in the parking lot with no response by administrators. Athletics - particularly for girls - were a mess. Both of my kids were honors students and were not disciplinary problems but I did not like what I heard from them either.

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August 14, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 10, 2004
This is the best high school in the Keller ISD school district. The kids are the best and so is the enviroment.

- submitted by a student
July 27, 2004
Classes are too large with over 30 kids in most. School Spirit suffers and students are allowed to either go home or sit in the lunchroom during pep rallys, because they all cannot fit in the gym. Great staff trying hard to make things work with a lot of problem kids. New principal this year trying to crack down on the problem kids and the good kids suffer from the tougher policies. Takes weeks to get changed out of badly managed and over filled classrooms. Very hard for teachers to maintain a conducive learning environment and maintain discipline with so many students.

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Fossil Ridge High School
4101 Thompson Road, Keller, TX  76244
(817) 744-1700
Last modified Fossil Ridge High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fossil Ridge High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top