This school is not what it once was. Sure it was never great but it is in a total slump. The teachers cannot be blamed completely when you have students (and parents alike) that don't care. It sad really to see this historic school turn into a total quagmire.
Martin High School is a great institution and possibly the best school in Laredo, Texas. Sure the TAKS scores are low, but consider this: a majority of freshmen have poor English and reading skills. The faculty and administration have work twice as hard as other schools to get these kids to understand the material. The dedication to the student's success by the faculty is so immense. By the time these kids, whom have had trouble with English graduate, they are grateful, and enthused about college. No the TAKS scores don't measure that but their teachers really are there for them. This school never gets the credit it deserves and never gets a pat on the back for what it does right. Now as for the pre-AP, GT kids: They aren't ignored for the sake of the overwhelming majority struggling with English and social-economic problems, they are challenged. There are so many extracurricular activities; it will keep overachievers very preoccupied. I'm an alumnus, very involved honor student, Manga Cum Laude college graduate, did my teaching internship there. There is no other school like it. I pray for the day when I will teach there, like my mother has. Once A Tiger, Always a Tiger
As a former staff member, I can attest that this school is home to troubled kids. One need not look farther than the school's standardized testing record to see many students don't go on to complete a higher education. With that said, great students will succeed no matter the environment. Martin has produced countless great students. This school has excellent teachers and leadership. Unfortunately, much of it falls flat on the ears of the overwhelmingly majority: apathetic students and their equally apathetic (AND uneducated) parents. School pride? Check. Educational pride? TBA
Yea i know this is kinda late but i just happened to come across it and i didnt really like what a parent had to say on nov.3,2007......i am a student from there and i am proud to say that i am a cheerleader there and there is no such thing as just cuz i have that role that teachers are gonna pass me...i have to work twice as hard to be able to pass! i study and work very hard to be able to keep up my average and stay at tht top 10 percent of my class as i am now! so i really dont appreciate people taking when they dont really know the truth of whats happening in the school...martin is an awesome place to be at and im proud to be a tiger! GO RED AND WHITE and as always.........ONCE A TIGER ALWAYS A TIGER!!!
Not only is Martin High an excellent school, but have excellent teachers and administrators. I have seen teachers leave at 6 or later to provide extra help to our children if needed. When we need to speak to a teacher, we can call the school and leave message or e-mailed them. They are good in responding back. We may hear bad things of the school, but we don't get any complements on the good things that the school provides for the community. Example the cleaning of parts of Laredo they've. They have also prepare the blue bags for the recyle bags with use, ect. I am proud to say I'm an ex alumni and proud to have 5 daughters attendant that school on which 3 graduated and 1 that will graduate in May with honors and last one a freshman.
Martin high faculty is not your best faculty, unless you are a football player or cheerleader you will pass otherwise the teachers put you down and are very negative! This school is all about favortism and not about the education. If you havent read martin is the lowest in the taks scores and its not only the students to blame the teachers take great part in it!Not to mention those ladies from attendance ALWAYS in a bad mood and by experience very rude to parents as well!Don't forget the discipline, there is none! Now my daughter attends alexander high school due to how bad martin has gotten! She is a successfull senior!
As a proud parent of two students, one successfully graduated and one is a senior at Martin High, I am grateful that they have attended such a worthwhile institute. Martin is such a valuable part of our community, it provides great education, awesome teachers, excellent administrators and a wholesome feeling of family. My children have never had any problems that teachers and faculty couldn't solve. As for my kids safety, no problem has ever arise, safety is a vital issue at Martin High. Success comes from within and to get you there,takes pride and commitment, that is what Martin High represents. Parents must play major role to get your kids at any level of success, so let them enroll in sports, clubs and any activities they wish. Be supportive and attend your kids extracurricular activities. Go Tigers, Go Big Red!