As a junior now transitioning to a senior, I have spent enough time at the school to understand it. There are some parents and students who complain that it is too impersonal or too competitive, respectively, and I understand why, but disagree. Reagan is trying to prepare its students for college, where we leave the little puddle that is Reagan/NEISD/San Antonio for the small pond of college life (and eventually the vast ocean of the world). The world only gets more impersonal from here - no one cares who you are; the world only cares about what you can bring to the table in terms of skills, knowledge, and ability. Academic competitiveness is to be prized in today's global economy, where, as students, we not only have to compete with students from all over the nation, but also top students from places that emphasize education like China, India, and more. The world is becoming flatter and more interconnected, and to remain competitive, students have to be held to a higher standard.
With that in mind, Reagan does have numerous flaws, ranging from a few apathetic teachers to a judgmental (at times) student body. Those are givens for any public school. The best things a student can do are to find their own little social group, grow as an individual, study more intensively when needed, seek out a teacher that is competent and active to learn from in and out of class, and play the game of academic competition.
I assume that there are "bad" teachers out there in Reagan, but from my own experience, the majority are enthusiastic about their subject, and teach it with vigor and confidence. There are some excellent teachers are Reagan that do their best to impart their knowledge and experience to ensure students are well prepared for both future academic pursuits and life in general.
In English class, we emphasize morality in our readings and discussions - the concept of cheating is thoroughly covered and students develop their own moral stance against cheating. In addition, the administration promotes honesty and integrity - when the 2016 senior prank got too out of hand, measures were imposed to ensure that innocent students would be treated fairly while appropriately punishing those who had broken the rules.
I think there are teachers at this school who really love their jobs, and my child did learn a lot from them. There are many others, however, that probably should have retired a long time ago. In those classes....it was absolutely a waste of my child's time.
Unfortunately, we have been bitterly disappointed in the integrity of this school. As a military family, we moved to this area specifically so that our children could attend Reagan High School. The administration and a select group of teachers leave a lot to be desired. One was outright belligerent to my child.
My child found her place in the school easily both academically and socially; however the staff's inability to control the disgraceful behavior of the student body is perplexing.
If you want your child to have a cookie-cutter education that places them in a pre-formed mold, this would be a great school. If you want your child to be a well-rounded student that develops a life-long love of learning....please take your time and explore other options. This is your child's future.
If not on the AP track little homework is given and therefore not all of the information covered in AP is covered at other levels. It's not a matter of the amount of detail covered the material isn't covered at all.
I'm a sophomore currently and honestly I have nothing good to say about this school. Its horrid. It's way too competitive and the stress levels are very high. Having an 95+ average won't even get you into to the top 10%. The fine arts department doesn't get the funding it deserves. Paying for sports or any other athletic activity is so much money; almost $1000+ depending on the sport you play. The lunches are disgusting & the other students are very quick to judge. Getting into a good college is tough if you're not in the top 10. Even teachers support being super competitive. This school is not what it seems to be.