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North Mesquite High School

Public | 9-12 | 2633 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $87,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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Posted April 7, 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

657 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

658 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

577 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

575 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

579 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

583 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Special education43%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

660 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

706 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

760 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

814 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

602 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

603 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
28%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
29%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

746 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

608 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students73%
Female76%
Male69%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial70%
American Indian or Alaska Native67%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education43%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Native71%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education56%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)51%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education82%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female71%
Male55%
Black or African American56%
Asian71%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaska Native75%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education12%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)15%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students40%
Female47%
Male33%
Black or African American32%
Asian57%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaska Native25%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Special education5%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)3%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted36%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students79%
Female84%
Male75%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education32%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)28%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students45%
Female52%
Male39%
Black or African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Special education6%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education50%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
Black or African American56%
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial90%
American Indian or Alaska Native86%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education25%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students62%
Female61%
Male63%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education26%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 52%
Black 22% 13%
White 16% 29%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 8%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • DOUG BARBER
Fax number
  • (972) 882-7908

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Mesquite, TX 75150
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