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Memorial High School

Public | 9-12 | 1271 students

 

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Posted May 25, 2010

I taught at Memorial for the first five years of it's existence. We established the base for a great school. I was the first senior sponsor, one of the first to be given the "Honorary Colonel" designation by ROTC, & the first to receive the "PTA Lifetime Membership. MHS has been inmy thoughts & prayers all these years.


Posted December 15, 2008

Memorial HS, as is the case with similar HS across TX and the country, falls squarely in the category of: underfunded, lots of potential and has a cadre of dedicated teachers and a student body which ranges from extremely bright to apathetic. I have visited the school here and then since graduating...way back in '80. At the time a handful of us, who took the initiative, found excellent teachers and counselors willing to spend extra time providing guidance and advice...and I am sure that's still the case. In all, I've always felt that attending an 'ordinary' school with limited resources (vis a vis say, NEISD schools), was not a great excuse...for those willing to go the extra mile. After all, once in college and in the workforce, it's initiative, wits, energy and drive which will get you through the inevitable hard times. Kudos to all the great teachers and administrators there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2008

I taught at Memorial for fifteen years before leaving to work at a school a little closer to home. While at Memorial, I enjoyed working with dedicated teachers who were often overworked and under appreciated by the higher ups in the district. The majority of students at the school are respectful and appreciative of all the hard work their teachers put in to give them a quality education. The biggest problem I saw at Memorial was that many students were apathetic. There are also many intelligent and highly motivated students, but the district curriculum needs to become more challenging for those college bound students who need the preparation. The school needs a strong administration to deal with the discipline problems it faces and then the academic excellence will fall into place.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 19, 2007

An improving academic school with lots of potential by administrations. They possess great programs including Minutemen Marching Band, The U.S Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training 'Minutemen Battalion'. Great quality teachers and instructors make this school among the best improving schools in the city.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2006

Memorial isn't that bad. Its AP programs could be more challenging and its extra curricular activities should be more visible. Students are not very involved with the school, and neither are parents. The administration also leaves a lot to be desired.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2005

This school holds out salient opportunties for those who wish to succeed. While generally speaking the school is underfunded and thus underprepared, the Principal and Teachers of the school make due with what they have. This is also an awesome school for a smart and ambitious student willing to set him or herself apart from the rest; great financial aid assistance.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 22, 2004

Memorial is an ok school at best. There is alot of room for improvement. Teachers are dedicated and willing to bend over backwards for any student. But the Administration seems to make mountains out of mole hills. They are to strict with rules and discipline. The student atmosphere amongst each other is great, there is no dominant or minority groups. There are plenty of intelligent and bright students, but apathy is strong in the air. It's tough to get some of the students involved. Academics is the back burner to sports and that should be corrected. Overall a pretty good school but it does need improvement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2004

I believe that Memorial is over-rated. Everyone thinks Memorial is something else then an ordinary school. There are great teachers that are willing and able to provide education for each individual. A student can get the same education at Memorial like any other high school in San Antonio but it is up to the individual to make that happpen. I as a student was not distracted with what everything else that was going on around Memorial High School. I'm a college student now and the high school which got me there is SA Memorial High School. Remember its up to the individual.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2003

Memorial High School has an extremely dedicated group of teachers, but this group is extremely small. Athletics are valued far more over academics at Memorial High, which is extremely unfortunate because the academic activities are generally much much stronger than athletics. Brilliant students are few and far between at this school, but when one comes along the school is willing to do anything for these students. A very small student population makes it easier for bright students to find a mentor willing to help them through their high school time. Overall, the school is supportive if they feel the student is worth supporting, except in the case of athletics--where support is always given, no matter how unsuccessful the teams are.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

324 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

319 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

232 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

231 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students77%
Female76%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%

Science

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
49%
Algebra II

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

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
61%
Biology I

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

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
66%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
45%
English I Writing

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

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
25%
English II Reading

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

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
92%
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

 
 
62%
World Geography

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

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
62%
World History

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

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

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 Students36%
Female43%
Male30%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Special education15%
Not special education40%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English38%
Migrant20%
Not migrant36%
Gifted/talented76%
Not Gifted34%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students92%
Female96%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students57%
Female60%
Male53%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education30%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English60%
Migrant20%
Not migrant57%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students55%
Female53%
Male57%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special education0%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented95%
Not Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students36%
Female41%
Male31%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Special education13%
Not special education40%
Limited English proficient (LEP)15%
Proficient in English39%
Migrant20%
Not migrant36%
Gifted/talented91%
Not Gifted31%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students19%
Female24%
Male13%
Black or African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Special education5%
Not special education21%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English20%
Migrant0%
Not migrant19%
Gifted/talented74%
Not Gifted14%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students51%
Female53%
Male50%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Special education9%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented79%
Not Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students23%
Female26%
Male19%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Special education5%
Not special education24%
Limited English proficient (LEP)3%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant23%
Gifted/talented58%
Not Gifted20%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education22%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted59%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
Black or African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special education10%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English46%
Migrant20%
Not migrant43%
Gifted/talented89%
Not Gifted38%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Special education8%
Not special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)18%
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant39%
Gifted/talented95%
Not Gifted36%
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 98% 52%
Black 1% 13%
White 1% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 10%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • WILLIAM TELFORD
Fax number
  • (210) 444-8336

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