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.
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 !
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!!
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.
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!
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
this is one of the greatest school for a young adult ready to learn to go to
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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).
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