Students enrolled 2292
School leader VIRETTA WEST
Transportation options Yes
District Fort Bend Independent School District

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3333 Hurricane Lane
Missouri City, TX 77459

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3 stars
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September 24, 2014
Even though Hightower may seem really rowdy due its large populations of African Americans and Hispanics, the school does have a small bright population that keeps its test score averages up. Honestly, if the academies were not at Hightower, then this school would've experience failing scores and rankings much faster. The top 5% is almost all Indian or Asian (not an understatement; can be proven at graduation). If the children in the academies were ranked against other schools such as ridgepoint or elkins, they would blow them out of the water. Send your child here if they are responsible enough to make the right decisions and to put school first. Academics here are great, especially with the internships provided by the academies. Occasionally there may be a fight or two but if you mind your own business then you should be fine. The administrative staff do a relatively good job but the counselors need to be more receptive to the children. There are always going to be kids who dont care about academics and Hightower just happens to have many of them. If you child does his/her best and takes many AP class, then they can be a part of truly intelligent children when they graduate.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
I am a freshman at hightower highschool and it's terrible so far. I didn't feel welcome at all. The hallways are crowded, people run around the whole school, and the students there dress so inaportpatly there. It's just awful there so far. Please here's a tip!: if your not zoned to hightower, then I suggest you don't go.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2014
This school is horrible and undisciplined. The students do whatever they want in this school and teachers do a horrible job all the time. The students are always sagging and a large amount are covered in tattoos already. Very few scholarships are awarded to students here. The staff and principal are slow of alerting you of emergencies and many parents have a problem with this. The school is undisciplined and there are fights almost every week. And yes there are drugs in this school but that is a very low amount of idiotic students. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
I am currently enrolled at Hightower and I believe this school is actually one of the best in Fort Bend ISD academically wise. This school gives students the opportunity to succeed, whether the opportunity is taken or not depends on the student. But if your child is a hard-worker, hangs out with the right crowd, and does what they're supposed to there is no doubt they'll succeed. I recommend it.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2013
Hightower is the worst high school in fort bend isd. The teachers are horrible there. Transferring my daughter to ridgepoint next year. The band is super unorganized.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
This school is extremely unorganized. The teachers use the internet as an excuse not to keep an open line of communication with parents. In order to speak to the principle you must have an appointment even if its an emergency. There are a lot of bullying at hightower. It's horrible. No structure !

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
I am the parent of two children who attend HHS. One child is a graduating Senior and the other is a Freshman. They both love HHS. My son (Freshman) plays in the HHS band. HHS has an excellent band program. The band director is GREAT with the students and really cares about their education. I have had some interactions with the Principal and find her to be professional and personable. She is accessible and responds to emails. It appears she has a good relationship with the students, parents, teachers, and staff. I am an involved parent and would like to encourage more parents to become involved at their school because there are several opportunities to volunteer. Overall, the experience with my children's teachers has been positive. GO CANES!!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
Being that the most recent review of HHS being written in 2009, I think its time for a fresh perspective on the school. The Hightower of 2012 absolutely does not deserve a 3/5 rating. A change in principals has made all the difference for HHS, with disruptive behavior dropping to an all time low, test scores soaring above what they used to be, and overall campus life becoming more conducive to education. From my experiences at HHS I can say I'm extremely proud of my school, with its highly awarded Medical Science and Digital Media academies, its outstanding sports programs, and overall award winning extracurriculars. Being a student in all AP classes and in the top 5% of the school I feel its an extremely challenging place for those who seek the challenge. Unfortunately there are those who simply don't value schooling, and those people lower our overall test scores. There's so much more to Hightower than I can list here, but I can say I would never even consider going to another school in FBISD, Hightower is the best school in the district without a doubt.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2009
omfg.! i love the school soo much.! its a huge school the teachers are soo nice n the medical academy is amazing.! i cant wait for my lil sister 2 go there next year!

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2009
I think the school does well for the amount of students it has. It is a bit overcrowded and it affects the responsiveness of the teachers and guidance counselers. Great athletics program and the AP classes are really great for college prep. I have two kids there as of today; a senior (son) and a freshman (girl). My son has been there since his freshman year and his choosing his colleges now. His academics are good enought for UH, Baylor, Texas A&M, etc.. So don't tell me this scholl does not do it's job in getting kids ready to take it to the next level. Good job Hightower !!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
I am a 2007 graduate of Hightower, during my time there the school experienced huge losses of teachers each year but mostly due to administration, specifically principal, Patricia Paquin. There were many conflicts with the principal between students, teachers, assistant principles, and parents. We also experienced overcrowded lunches, crowded hall ways, not enough lockers and ridiculous class sizes. In one of my classes we didn't even have enough desk for students. Good behavior from students has also hit an extreme low although the school has made less news appearances lately. Academically (this comes from someone that graduated from an academy, taken honors classes, and regular classes) if you are GT/Honors/AP or in the academies you will receive a good education that will prepare you well for college.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 12, 2009
I have two kids at Hightower who are not in the academies and doing wonderful academically. They really do prepare them for college in the AP classes. They have been active in one of the Music and Arts program there for four years (seniors now). HHS is not different from any of the other FBISD schools which all have their own issues. The learning is on a higher level. It is also very diverse which is great for the kids. I see them walking through the halls mix and match together. It's not perfect, but no school is. A lot of the kids are brats, but I blam that on the parents. True, the academies are in demand, but it s also a good school for kids who are not in an academy. I give it thumbs up and do recommend it to others.

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April 27, 2009
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March 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2009
This is a school that is not for 'over achievers' but more so above average, makes it easy for everyone to fit in, so i give this school a 8 out of 10.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 06, 2009
this is one of the greatest school for a young adult ready to learn to go to

- submitted by a student
no rating January 02, 2009
I'm currently a junior at Hightower and I've enjoyed being a student here. I have great teachers who care and want to see me succeed in life beyond high school.

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December 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2008
Going to high school there has taught me more than I probably ever will for the rest of my life. It is an incredible diverse school, and it is what you make it. Learn what you can and take what you can get. I will acknowledge that leadership and administration is lacking but do you think you can run a school with 3000+ kids?

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2008
I moved out here so my children would have have a greater chance at success. I'd heard so many wonderful things about Fortbend ISD. I regret that change now the teachers and administrative staff talk to the students as if they are nothing. I obsereved these actions for myself while waiting to speak with an administrator at HHS. Only until knowing that I was a parent not a student did the staff member improve his attitude.This really concerned me as a parent when finding out he was the Principal.

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September 03, 2008
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August 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 29, 2008
Yeah the adademies are great but the rest of the school isn't so great. Alot of kids don't care and some teachers don't care eather. The AP cources are good but the Academies really make the school look good because without them it wouldn't last. The counclers are good only if you never want to talk to them and the same with the Administrators. The block scedules are the best for the academies and regular students. i like going to hightower and I love the medical, engineering, media, and computer academies.

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July 18, 2008
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June 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
HHS is the only one in FBISD that has medical and engineering academy. With all the negatives I hear about HHS, these two academies swing the school's credit to an absolute high plateau. Where else do you have kids in HS learn about medical terminology, where can they have internships and where else they can have so closeness to a full term medical knowledge of a physician, at least close to it. Nowhere but the HHS, and in Houston area, the DeBakey. So why so much fuss. The Principal is determined to keep these academies. Why Fuss? No one is perfect, and none of the other schools are perfect either.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
Alright Parents, read this one. Hightower High School has a great environment. However, the school only stands for its academies, which barely exist now. The academies now accept students that do not deserve to be there, and are ruined. Worst of all is the Principal, Pat. Paquin. she is terrible to students and parents and definetely needs to be fired

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2008
This school has a great media program and their academy's are excellent for students that want to excel in medical, engineering, electrical/computer major and broadcast.

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April 06, 2008
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March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
this is the worst school i have ever been to i have gone to about 9 difrent schools in my life all over the world and this is thw worst becuase of the princible and some of the sudents

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2007
My son Graduated in 2006 from this school and it was a great school for him, at the time we had some of the best teachers but they have slowly through the years left Hightower for many reasons and Hightower is now left with inadequate teachers and the students are big disipline problems

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
I went to this school for my freshman and sophomore year as an Engineering academy student before transferring to Dulles. In all honesty, this school makes it because of the academies. The majority of the students are very rude and disrespectful towards the teachers. Some teachers just let them get away with it, while teachers who try to actually teach get nothing but attitude. Very detrimental to the education of those who actually want to learn. Send your child here only if they are going to be in an academy and make sure they take the Honors and AP classes because the Advanced classes truly aren't worth it (unless the student has to due to class restrictions).

- submitted by a former student
April 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 04, 2007
I have volunteered at HHS for 3 years and see a lot of great things happening at this school. However, if some parents don't get what they want they want to leave and go to another school. Pat Paquin is always in the halls and very visible during the day. It is easy for someone to complain about her and other things when they don't show their names. My child is not in one of the academies and is doing just fine. Every school has need for improvement and we as parents have to be part of the fix. I think that parents need to be more involved in their students education. If people would get involved and not believe everything they hear all of our schools would be better places for our children. Come to HHS and make a difference!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
ist the best school my child loves it its excellent

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Hightower was a much better school when Dunlap was the principal.My son is a junior this yr and I have seen this school decline each year. The the only reason he is at HHS is the academy. I'm praying that the administration will wake up and see that the Principal has got to go. The teachers have a hard time with their job because of her. This school needs to get back to where it was when Dunlap was the principal! Read Houston Press JUne '06 and you will see.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2006
After teaching at HHS, I do not recommend sending your child to this school. The majority of students are undisciplined and disrespectful, and the higher administration lacks in the effectiveness to enhance the school environment. As for teaching methods, quality varies greatly. There are teachers who don't teach or try to apply rules, and there are teachers who do both superbly. Overall, I felt it a very unhappy place to work...which makes the climate of the learning environment harder and harder to improve for students who want to learn. Good luck to you all.

- submitted by a teacher
January 25, 2006
I really think as a paerent that this school is recognized more for its medical science program rather than the regular school classes.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
I believe that though the academy of the school maybe in somewhat of a better shape than the rest of the school, it is still academically challeneged and the students dont have a proper learning enviorment. the teachers should see to it that the students are learning,and not messing around. I send my daughter from 90 mins away to go to school everyday, and yet I regret enrolling her in HHS, she should be given a better opputunity, as should every other student in that school. it is not only the students bringing the schools academic level down but the teachers as well as the administration.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
This school is good enough for me. It has this Career Academies Program which might help students to learn more about certain careers and help them achieve their dream careers.

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October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
Hightower is an good school. It provides extensive learning in a fun environment. The teachers are very supportive, also.

- submitted by a former student
September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
hightower high schools only chance to be academically acceptable is throught eh academies but all the other classes will not prepare your child for college and i would not recommend sending a child there without being positive that he or she will pursue their career in their academy.

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June 15, 2005
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May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
Hightower High School has a state of the art facilty and has academies for Medical, Computer Science, Engineering. The school has a strong science program my son won second place in the state Science fair. He has had a great experience the teachers have been very good. I do wish we had more parental involvement.

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March 31, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2003
I think that Hightower High school is a great school because of the academy program that it offer the student. Student will be able to have better career experience in their area of study.

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Hightower High School
3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX  77459
(281) 634-5240
Last modified Hightower High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hightower High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top