We recently arrived in the Johnson High School District, and we absolutely love this high school. As we prepared to move, my wife flew to San Antonio to find a house and research the schools. She called Johnson and was met by a member of the administration who gave her a full tour of the campus and an orientation of the academic and extracurricular activities. It was above and beyond. As we arrived in town, I took my son to the high school to join the summer conditioning program, and the head f-ball coach and athletic director spent a full 30 minutes with us. The majority of that time, he talked to my son about academics and character...with a sprinkling of football and wrestling information. They have their priorities right. We love this school, teachers, and administration.
I was a student at Johnson in the 2012-2013 school year, and from my time spent there I loved the school. I was a freshman and I can honestly can say I'm really happy Johnson is where I spent my first year of high school. It was a very bright, open environment. The architecture of the school was great, it had a very open feel. I took Pre-AP classes and I loved all of my teachers. If I needed assistance they were there to help. Contrary to other schools I'd attended, I didn't experience any racial problems. I made very good friends that I still communicate with although I live in a different city. I now attend an online school as a Junior, but if I had the choice to attend any high school, I would pick Johnson. Go Jags!
My oldest daughter was a freshman at JHS last year. She did struggle with the transition from middle to high school. I called the counseling office within the first 2 weeks of school, as we saw she was struggling. The counselors set her up to meet with 2 upper class man girls to sort of guide her, it helped a lot. She then joined Art club, and is in advanced Theater Production classes. My middle daughter will be a incoming freshman this year, and is very excited to be a Jaguar. I can speak to the admin, to the counseling staff, who called me at 9 pm, on a Tuesday evening, well after school hours so we could switch my daughters schedule around, to better accommodate her interests. I also had her bumped from English to AP English, with no time elapsed, so it was an instant next day change at the beginning of school. Overall, we've been very impressed with all the assistance we've received from the principal, to the admin, to the teachers and Theater Staff. We moved to SA, from Ca about 5 years ago, and JHS was a wonderful choice for my daughters high school education.
I don't know how this can be considered a high school. I only went here for a couple months and then decided to leave. The office staff is absolutely horrible. The dress code is not enforced what so ever so I saw girls walking around with shorts up their butts. Some teachers are better than others but for the most part mine were not that good. I would have loved to have gone to a school that actually focused on the academics and not the latest gossip, what people are wearing, and whoi has the most money. Often times I felt like I was being made fun of because I wasn't wearing all the same designer brands everyone else was wearing. If you actually want a good learning environment for your child do not send them here.
Johnson is a great school if you have a great student. However, there are few things available to those who aren't competitive in a specific area; if you're not a great athlete or musician, and you don't want to do JROTC, you have a good chance of falling through the cracks at this school. And there's too much money and temptations at this school to fall through the cracks without getting into a mess. They need more good programs and better teachers, especially in the technology area.
We just moved to Texas a few months ago. We found a beautiful house in the Johnson High school district. After reading all the negative reviews about the teachers and the staff I was nervous about sending my child to Johnson High. Coming in the middle of the year was a difficult adjustment for my child. My child was struggling in math and I contacted the math teacher Ms. Perez and she worked with my child after school and my child has completely caught up. So I am not sure why there are so many negative comments about the teachers. I have found the majority of the teachers to be wonderful. The office staff is a different story, they are rude and seemed bothered by having to do any type of work. This school has so much potential, I hope the parents become more involved.
The school's math department is the worst out of the whole district. They are very unorganized and do not report grades in a timely matter. Same goes with the chemistry department. These seem to be the only areas that need tremendous improvement.
@Guy idolizing the lawman You've got it all wrong. WORST EXCUSE FOR A LEO I'VE EVER SEEN! I would never trust him with my life but sadly I can't decide for myself. All NEISD "police" are a joke. Intimidating students and lying to them about their RIGHTS.
I don't understand how some parents seem to have such a problem. None of my children had issues that went unaddressed. Morning tutoring is free at school and my children have taken advantage of it when needed in their years at JHS. Its a great school and I'm proud of my children and believe this high school has made/making them very ready for college. I checked a lot of reviews before moving to this area and I'm glad I didn't see these kind. I love my neighborhood and the schools here and feel blessed.
Principal is in way over his head. He will not deal with issues and then tries to cover up when administration gets involved. Very scary. He is more worried about being addressed as Mr. Disappointing to say the least. I would never recommend this school.
I agree with the post below about the JHS Math programs. Poor instruction in many subjects is more the norm than the exception. Almost every child I know has a tutor at least weekly at $50-$60/hr. Who can afford this? The curriculum needs to be adequately covered during class with supplemental help through before/after school tutoring (raises another issue). The Administration talks the talk but needs to walk the walk and address BAD teachers and manage their staff. They need to address the fact that many extracurricular leaders do not support their students academic endeavors. Kids are precluded from attending tutoring and reviews because they fear penalties. They are afraid to even ask to miss a practice or event. These coaches/directors say they can attend yet there are usually consequences/threats. In the kids eyes it s not even worth it. Shouldn t every staff member at JHS support the "whole child ? This unsaid policy is not fair to the children and certainly no way to positively motivate or manage. Parents are too scared to ask questions or bring up concerns for fear their children will suffer retaliation. It very dysfunctional and sad for the students.
The math department at Johnson is lacking in a HUGE way! They do not teach at all, students are not prepared for any exams. I have had to pay for a turtor for 4 years (50.00 a week) to make up for the lack of teaching and preparation for my children. Some of the teachers have a good web page and send out emails and "talk a good game" but do not deliver! Your child will NOT be prepared for SAT/ACT if you rely solely on the Math Department at Johnson High School...very disappointing for a large school with HUGE funding!!
The principal at Johnson High School is such an amazing administrator. My child has had him since 6th grade. He is always open to suggestions and feedback. If we have had an issue he has addressed it right away. He is fair, unbiased and responsive. I like the way he uses common sense and calmness. Some of the parents at this school are a little rabid. He uses a no nonsense approach that is very appreciated!
So far I'm impressed with Johnson. It has very high academic standards and a group of very committed teachers that communicate well with parents. It may not be the easiest High School, but it gives students the best opportunity to be successful for college, life and the REAL world. I would not want my child anywhere else!
This school has a problem enforcing all it's policies, it just picks the ones that are the easiest. DefiniteIy doesn't care about the dress code, but has no problem allowing a student go hungry if they're short a few cents for lunch. I don't believe the majority of faculty concerns themselves about the students as much as they should. Definitely disorganized. This school may look majestic sitting on top of a hill, but don't judge this book by it's cover because it's anything but majestic! I'd have my child go to Reagan in a heartbeat if I could.
Johnson has gone from an 9 now down to an 8 and honestly I can see why! As a junior I have seen it change for the worst. There are far too many kids, and in one of my classes I had to wait days before I had a desk! The administration is rude and seems unbothered by their students problems. Schedule changes take weeks as well as class leveling. I have been involved in several different clubs and all seem to be extremely disorganized. I have been disappointed over and over. Although I have had some amazing teacher there were ones I felt were not qualified to be teaching the course. Nice Campus, but overall it is not even worth that 8 more like a 6 to me.
My school is really awesome. All the teachers rock and it is a great campus.
I am one of three members of my family to go to Johnson High School. It has some excellent qualities, but unlike the student below, I cannot state that it is "amazing." IMO, quite frankly, in several cases, teachers and administrators promise, but don't come close to delivering (and some just don't tell the truth at all). A lot of talk, very little action. Don't even get me started on such items as the school Web site, or any communication at all. Some teachers do a fantastic job in preparing you for such things as AP exams, others are clueless. From everything I hear, the JROTC program is a mess and best avoided (some fellow students complained about everything there). The actual counselors are very competent, but weird rules. One thing is for absolute sure: most administrators or teachers never get back to you, either in a timely fashion or ever, which is a hypocritical double standard as they sure expected us to turn things in on time. And they seem to all act like they are too busy, as if no one else on the planet actually works for a living. Always excuses. Also, while I'm no expert on the English language, can someone/anyone at this school actually spell-check? - Graduate
This school has the worst leadership I have ever experienced. Their response time is horrible and the principle does a whole bunch of talking when dealing with an issue but lacks substance or solutions. Don't even get me started on the spirit clubs-- The people running these programs were either the real unpopular ladies when they were in HS trying to prove something or they are trying to relive highschool through their girls. Either way it is pathetic! How the funding is handled for the extracurricular clubs is a mystery. And what is the success criteria for the school--- how many students have graduated and got accepted to or are going to AAU schools??? I would guess few but who knows because the joke of a principle is more concerned about baseball....... Enough said!
Right now i'm going to be a senior and I've been here since I was a freshman. I'm going to give you the whole truth from experience. There is one word to describe this school- AMAZING. Of couse there are little glitches, just like there are in every other school, BUT the students strive to succeed and the teachers give them tools to do so. Academicly, the school IS the best public school in San Antonio. Not only that, but the band, sport teams, dance, and rotc (and more) ARE one of the best in the state, if not, the country.
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