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9-12
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Mesquite, TX
Students enrolled: 2,633
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18201 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway
Mesquite, TX 75150

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April 09, 2012
My oldest daughter graduated 3rd in her class here but it was through many turmoil and mishaps. If I had a choice I would send them somewhere else. I was constantly harassed by the principal over unimportant things like her shoes and shoelaces not matching. My GT child who graduated with Honors and is now at SMU on a presidential scholarship was constantly put in ISS over clothing matters such as too many buttons on her Polo, wearing the wrong shade of Khaki, having an emblem larger than 1 inch on her shirt. The first time I was called was about the shoelaces not matching the shoes, during the lunch rush at work. When I became irritated at the stupidity of the call I hung up, only to have Mr Barber call me back 5 times in a row because he wanted to continue fighting about it. My youngest daughter is a Junior and has Mr Bracy for her GT Math. She is ADHD and just started medication this year. He refuses to help her or show up for tutoring. She has a 40 in his class and we are now having to pay for a credit recovery course in which she is carrying a 97 average. Mrs Jackson refused my daughter the right to make up a midterm even though we have a DR's note for the day missed.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2012
I am a currently a senior at this school. It's improving thanks to all the grants and awards our school received except for the fact that the money gave the assistant principals iPads which I saw one throwing it around like it was useless and the pointless flat screen tv in the cafeteria. This school is over flowing with students which makes it impossible for a teacher to teach (over 1500 students I believe). Take honors instead you have smaller classes and more attention. The upside is the new college counselor which is very helpful! Also, the new Princeton review SAT prep class is amazing and taught by a great teacher. This school is very strict and will not hesitate to file truancy. It has potential. Most organizations are underfunded too such as the newspaper staff that will eventually disappear due to the lack of funding and participation. It's all about football, TAKS, STAAR, and making Mesquite look like the greatest district ever. Don't come here if you have school spirit. Our football team is a joke and we only have 2 pep rallies a year.

- submitted by a student

December 18, 2011
I graduated from NMHS in 1989 I loved it so much. I was in the most awsome band with the most awsome band director in the world Mr. John Kline. Although there were some things I didn't agree with when it comes to the strictness of the rules I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world. As a mom of two teens now in a East Texas school I now see what happens when those rules don't exist. Yes, we had teen pregnancy but not that many. Out here we have so many starting in Junior high even. The school district here concentrates on two things and those two things are football and TAKS. The kids come and go as they please when they are at school and hug and kiss and everything else it is so sad. They even are sneaking off property to do things that don't need to be done if you know what I mean so if you want your kids to do all that then pull them out of a school with rules and see how that works out for you.

- submitted by a community member

November 14, 2010
The administrative staff is very poor. They don't support parent involvement at all. The more you care about your kid the worst they treat your kid. Teachers can't teach due to the fact that disipline is the most important thing. This school really gets your kids ready for prison. The rules are strickly inforced and it's rediculous how little your kid will learn because of all the fights and disprutions in class. My child never had homework and was not properly prepared for college. If you only want a high school diploma its great place. I have had 6 kids go through this school and I wish we would have moved sooner. Moving to MISD was the worst thing I could have done/ they would have got a better education in a Dallas school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 13, 2010
Teachers and Administrative staff really care about the students.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2010
I graduated from North Mesquite High in 1989 and it was an awesome experience my two years there, I mean the Varsity Ladies basketball team went to state mu junior high, pretty impressive if you ask me, and a hard curriculum

- submitted by a community member

September 28, 2010
It's sad when your kid finishes with honors and has a 3.9 GPA ranked 12 in his class and guess what? He couldn't pass a college entrance test. But my kid sure did know the taks test- aced it everytime. Horrible school and the worst administrators I have ever delt with.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2010
My son is now a junior. During the first 2 years there were many draconian rules, uneven enforcement and a general lack of common sense among staff, including a less than friendly environment for parents. Over all this has been the best year so far for my son. He is an honor student and in AP classes. I do believe the school is being run more smoothly this year than in previous years. Overall, I believe his education has not been overly harmed by attending here, but I am not so sure it has helped get him prepared for college well enough. He has had several good teachers this year and that has helped. Extracurricular activities aren't well supported or promoted at the school like I feel it should be.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2010
This school is terrible. Teachers have no idea what they are doing.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2009
If the kids can't or will not comply with dress standards and the parent does not support the policy, suspend the student until they conform. All schools should be monitored for drug dealers as needed.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2009
My youngest child will be a senior at North Mesquite this '09-'10 school year. Throughout the years my kids have attended schools in the Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite ISD's as well as the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. My first experience with NMHS was in '05-'06; I was less than impressed. Most especially with the administration and counseling staff. During this past school year I saw many positive changes at North that I attribute solely to the hiring of the new principal. The impact of his arrival on the entire faculty and staff was evident from the very beginning. As an actively involved parent, I can attest to a complete turnaround at this school. My son's grades have even improved -icing on the cake! There are many parent reviews of NMHS that, though harsh, are likely not inaccurate. They describe a culture that is now in the past. I would recommend NMHS.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2008
my son is a senior at n. mesquite and i feel the teachers have done a great job my son has gone to n.mesquite since 9th grade and since then i have never had a problem with the teachers .my only problem is the principal i dont think she is doin a good job as her position it could b better. submitted by parent

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2008
I'm sure there are many better schools in the metroplex than North Mesquite. But the relentless bashing it and it's now leaving principal have recieved in these reviews is ridiculous and unfounded. As a current senior I happen to know that the school has many fine teachers as well as many not so great ones. This mix is common to almost all schools. I also know that our principal probably could have done a better job. But that is not to say that she has done a bad one. The notion that the administration does not care is in my opinion ludicrous. The few policies of the school that many seem to disagree with are not implemnted by them anyway, but by the district. Blame the school board members if you must. But don't try to say this school is bad. It is anything but.

- submitted by a student

January 17, 2008
I feel that North Mesquite could be a great school again, but it starts with the principal, and since she has arrived it's been going down hill ever since. There is no dicipline, no inforcement of the rules, and chaos in the hallways. The administrators do not follow up to see if the students that attend there really live in the right district. The principal has alot of teachers that are tired of the low performance from the students and no support from the administrators. There are fights in the lunchroom and in the hallways everyday.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2007
I'm moving ASAP!!! I've never had such a bad experience, especially the principal and admin staff! I can definently compare, since this is my last child of 8 - almost all have gone to different schools. My credentials? I have a doctorate in education and have taught for 29 years. He's moving today to a private school until I can get the house sold.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2007
I attended this school and now my daughter attends. I love this school and there are great teachers. I just wish there was a better teacher/parent involvement and a little more security. The kids are a little too free when they are outside.

- submitted by a teacher

April 25, 2007
I am very disappointed in this school. No one even cares. They want parents to be involved but won't work with the parents. If I could I would take my child out of there. Everyone said put your child in Mesquite schools they really care but as I have found out they do not. I can not even get PTA information--Sad times. Seems like all they care about is court

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2006
I was a student from 2000-2004 and I saw the downfall of the school. A year before I came to north, there was a principal who seemed to care about his students. Then, there came a new principal. There were also many great teachers who left during the years I was there. Now, the school is nothing like it was and it is disappointing to think that the fun I had in great teachers' classrooms will never be known to our future stallions.

- submitted by a student

September 15, 2005
This school has a great JROTC program. My daughter moved here when she started the 10th grade and she had been in the prograsm since. As far as academics they have a wonderful variety of teachers. They care for their students and take extra time for tutoring. All teachers make sure that every student gets the concept before they move on, but they do this without holding other students behind. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2005
Very good teaching staff in place. The students seem for the most part to be bright and respectful. The administration should be applauded for their involvement.

- submitted by a student

April 07, 2005
North Mesquite High School is a great place for your child to broaden his/her horizons. There are several choices of classes and levels to keep your student challenged. North Mesquite offers a wide variety of extracurricular programs that many schools are cutting out, which is extremely important in your child's personal development.

- submitted by a student

July 28, 2004
I am thankful that my son is graduating from NMHS this coming year as I don't know if we could last another year. I've tried to get him to transfer but of course he has his friends and does'nt want to leave. Teacher quality has declined over the past 2-3 years in my opinion, and from conversations I have had with teachers I can see why. Teachers don't feel any safer than the students do and they are not supported by Administration with problem students. Students are disrespectful, curse at teachers and threaten them. When sent to the office, they simply return later in class or the next day. I feel most teachers are discouraged, as well as the well mannered students. Principal leadership is lacking, which is obvious when you observe the halls during classes. This is a severe problem which needs to be addressed immediately and aggressively!

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2004
I was a student at this school from 1998-2002 and am currently attending UT Austin. The principal of this school viewed all students as misfits and was more concerned with punishing wrong-doers than awarding or praising those who performed well in their classes or in school. The 'ethnic clashes' a former reviewer mentioned are more than dead-on and a huge problem. In the Honors programs, however, they have several *excellent* teachers. Most of the teachers outside of this program aren't motivated to teach because the lack of student interest in learning.

- submitted by a student

February 28, 2004
Safety is a concern due to ethnic clashes. Teacher quality is poor overall with the exception of 2 or 3 on the entire campus. Principal is unresponsive and masks over the issues.

- submitted by a parent

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North Mesquite High School
18201 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Mesquite, TX  75150
(972) 882-7900
Last modified North Mesquite High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Mesquite High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top