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9-12
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Spring, TX
Students enrolled: 4,131
 

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6101 Research Forest Drive
Spring, TX 77381

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May 07, 2015
The 9th grade campus is uncontrolled, disorderly, and full of bullies. I was about to explode with anger today because of my last class. We had a substitute teacher because our teacher was "visiting her son" or something. Is that even an excuse to leave? And my classmates were out of control, cussing at other kids and drawing on our teacher's pictures on the wall. The substitute didn't even know about this. There was a partially-autistic kid who got angry at this troublemaker (they already hate each other) and called him a vulgar name. One girl got called a lesbian and the other teens laughed at her, but she was saying she wasn't lesbian. Later on, she called another person gay and I said, "That's offensive to gay people." because they were laughing at someone if they were called gay in a sexual orientation way. There is a sign on the boards of the classrooms that says people cannot make fun of someone due to their sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, etc., yet people are doing this. And they should have cameras in the classrooms because it was chaotic in that last class. I was made fun of due to my heredity of a foreign country I was from and called a Communist.

- submitted by a student

September 13, 2013
i recently attended a jv football game 09/12/2013 at your facility i was shocked at the handicapped parking, and the distance from parking to seating. as my husband is disabled we wont be attending any other functions at this facility. also there were no lights in either womens or mens restrooms. these issues need to be addressed

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 2013
I am sure that the woodland high school is quality programs and teaching and I will sent my son to the school after summer. Submitted by parent

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2013
The most recent poster has my school nailed on how bad it is here. I come from a great family, moderate income level, have a pretty awesome car, and came in new at the start of my jr yr... The counselors told me this... If you don't sign up for extracurricular activities, ie clubs, sports (good luck!), band, then you will have a difficult time at the school. So I signed up for lots of clubs since I didn't qualify for their stellar basketball, football, baseball, or tennis club. So I go to the club meetings and since I don't already know anybody there, I'm SHUNNED!! So I do this in about 4 meetings, looking forward to meeting at least one new friend and I am so depressed that I have to deal with eating by myself and not one person will come and sit by me. I will look up and smile and they go sit somewhere else... I hate this place now. My parents told me it was going to be a great school, but btwn the teachers and their lack of abilities to teach, and the administration's difficulty with handling the chaos of unhappy kids there, there is no way someone like me, a good looking, nice, good kid can be happy here. All of the SERIOUS $ in this town and nothing to show 4 it. I'm :'(.

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2013
I have lived in New England, Atlanta, The Midwest, Central States, and now Houston. This is absolutely the WORST school to acclimate your child to. Unless you are filthy rich, a jock, cheerleader, or highly popular, your new student IS NOT WELCOME HERE by others. The "clicks" are everywhere, and forget joining clubs to get to know kids - the clicks are already there too. The size is absolutely outrageous and unless your child already comes from a large school (3000+ kids), I highly suggest looking elsewhere. My neighbors have lived all over the world in many cases, and they also said this was the worst school ever to get their kids to feel included and meet others. The school throws the clubs at kids and expects them to just "go get it!" If you are are a down-to-earth person and your kids have any kind of heart, move somewhere else! THIS PLACE IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT FOR YOU! We are now homeschooling, and relieved to be doing so.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2012
I really like this high school... It's just amazing. I really like th teachers. And if you're in band and you're moving to the woodlands, this school has probably the best band ever. I'm in this band and I actually enjoy this band. It's fun and chill. This year, the band got 1st place in BOA Regionals which is a marching band competition and this year also we were the UIL Area F champion....AGAIN! So what do you think? Isn't this remarkable? Oh and the wind ensamble will perform in midwest clinic which is an international music convention (bands and orchestras). This is actually the second time TWHS band perform for midwest... So if you're in band and just recently moved to the woodlands, please consider these amazing achievements that this high school has made

- submitted by a student

June 03, 2012
The Woodlands High School doesn't burn the candle at both ends; it burns it in the middle as well. The academics, the sports, the partying...they're all generally happening at a college level. In fact, a small college will probably feel like a step down from TWHS. As for arts, social causes, and other "progressive" pursuits, those take a back seat here. Remember this is Houston. If a student isn't a serious jock or brain, they're going to have to hunt around to find their niche. If your kid cannot stick with an extracurricular activity or two, they will be absolutely miserable at this school. It's a huge school so it's easy to feel like a number. I'm already assuming you're white, affluent, suburban, and conservative - like most of the families living in the school zone. If you're thinking of private school, your kid will certainly get a lot more one-on-one attention from teachers than at TWHS. If you're thinking about College Park, TWHS is a just slightly more upscale and competitive. If you're thinking about Klein or Oak Ridge, those are all a step down. If you're worried about snobs or status symbols, those aren't really a problem at TWHS for half the students.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2012
My son was ill equipped for college coming out of this school. Being a GT, and then an AP student, you would think he would be able to do very well in a university setting. Untrue. Writing and Reading skills were never enforced in The Woodlands School system, and the science classes were a joke. They were taught to pass the TAKS every year. We had no choice but use the schools, we couldn't afford a better school district nor the privates in town. So like everyone else, we NEEDED to believe the school was excellent. It was gang free, I'll give it that.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2012
I have two kids at TWHS, a Senior and a Freshman. The education my kids are receiving is beyond good-- it's truly exceptional. How many high schools offer Japanese or Chinese?? The selection of AP classes is also very good. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the students and care about them. The extracurricular and sports programs are first class. It is a very competitive school, academically and otherwise, but I think my kids will be well prepared for college and life beyond because of it.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2011
We are generally satisfied with this school but it is way too big and overly bureaucratic. In addition, the students tend to be very wealthy which adds pressure on everyone to keep up. My child does very well and takes AP classes but is literally a number and is just thinking ahead to college.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2011
Fantastic school! I am a senior at TWHS and, having experienced education systems all over the world, I can guarantee you that it is one of the best. Everyone is friendly and all the teachers treat you like adults. The high expectations will leave you well equipped for the future.

- submitted by a student

July 29, 2010
The Woodlands High School is an excellent school. There are a variety of courses good for challenges. However, students excel too much in sports.

- submitted by a student

July 19, 2010
I am going into my senior year at TWHS and from my experience in the past three years, I have found it to be a relatively good school. There are a variety of courses available to take and students' GPA's reflect the difficulty of courses they take and the effort they put into those courses. Most of the teachers are enthusiastic about their subjects and teach them well, and they take a genuine interest in their students' success. There are some problems with the school, including the fact that most students excel in sports or academics, so there is little room for individuals to stand out. However, the competition is there because of the good quality of TWHS, so it's a good school overall.

- submitted by a student

July 06, 2010
I am currently a student at The Woodlands High School, and I think that this school is the interior of education. Courses of study are extensive by numbers; there are varieties of classes you can take, and classes that interest you. However, indeed the faculties/staffs can really be unreliable and irresponsible. Also, if you take sports and/or band for your extracurricular activities, they are emphatically consuming your time, and as a matter of fact, they're just taking you over by 75 percent.

- submitted by a student

June 23, 2010
TWHS is a great school. Both of my kids graduated there and went on to Texas A&M. I disagree with the comments against block scheduling. It actually prepares the students for what they will have to do in college. TWHS students didn't panic as freshman at college when other students did as they looked at the material they would have to cover in a short period of time. And if you skip classes in college, you miss out as well. So block scheduling has definite strong points that could possibly outweigh any negative. -- Concerning the comments about "fast cars" and "designer clothes": the school is in an affluent area and those things come with the territory. It's not a secret when parents move their kids into the school feeder zones. It's rather obvious by just driving around the area.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2010
I would agree that the 4 block accelerated learning doesn't suit all teens and is probably better for the teachers. If you miss more than a day sick, it can screw up your whole year! If you don't live here all your life, then it is impossible to get into the sports, it is too big and impersonal. Very disappointed with TWHS.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2010
Currently a sophomore attending TWHS. Faculty is typically helpful, though can be unreliable at times. GREAT sports programs. Academics with block schedule is very fast and not thorough. Very stressful. Too much emphasis on money and status. If you don't have money or looks or excel at one particular activity, you don't live 'the woodlands lifestyle'. Only junior and senior parking lot, no sophomore. False sense of security--wallet and iPod stolen on separate occasions. Too much money, stress, competition. Not enough in return.

- submitted by a student

November 07, 2009
The Woodlands High School pushes you to be your personal best. Just floating by with average grades and sports performances isn't acceptable. We are the best in almost everything we do and behind that is hard work, dedication, and years of upholding the tradition of what it is to be a Highlander.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 05, 2009
My three oldest attended TWHS but each had a ho-hum experience. Too much emphasis on money and fast cars. The four period block schedule has many disadvantages and may be better for teachers than students. Elite attitude doesn't promote individuality or creativity. We sent our fourth child across the interstate to Oak Ridge High School. What a difference! Great learning communities, clothes labels aren't as important and kids want to go to school there. Very spirited. Teachers participate and motivate students. Just a world of difference at the Ridge.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2009
The Woodlands Highshool pushes you to be your personal best. Just floating by with average grades and sports performances isn't acceptable. We are the best in almost everything we do and behind that is hard work, dedication, and years of upholding the tradition of what it is to be a Highlander.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2009
They show a genuine concern for each and every students, trying to ensure the success of everyone.

- submitted by a teacher

October 03, 2009
One of my sons had tons of opportunity for A/P classes and International Affairs groups and conferences. My other son has opportunities to be involved in sports. TWHS offers excellent academic and athletic opportunities.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2009
Because everyone is so nice and all of the clubs are like mini families.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 22, 2009
As parents of a TWHS junior I can say that this school is amazing when it comes to assessing the level of achievement among academics and extracurricular programs. My son is in the band and it competes at a national level... and is always near the top. The teachers and administrators are highly skilled and concerned and will assist when students ask for help, but trying to fit in is like trying to jump on a freight train going 90 miles an hour. I would say the level of stress and potential depression among many students at TWHS is perhaps higher than what is seen at a more 'average' high school. I would say most parents feel fortunate to say their child graduated from TWHS, but success does not come without a price. It is hard to 'come down' are relax after the rigors of class work and competitions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
They have high quality programs and teaching.

- submitted by a parent
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August 15, 2009
I go to this school and as far as I have seen, I just have to say is incredible.Teachers are very incredible and the counselors are very good to talk to.I have talked to most of them and this just attracts one attention when one comes to this awesome school.I simply just love it.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2009
Normally we have nothing but positive comments about the school, but it has been nothing but a dissapointment during TAKS week. I have a child at TWHS and another at McCullough, and the discrepancy between the testing atmosphere is incredibly disturbing. My 7th grader (McC) was able to take supervised breaks during testing and keep a book under her desk to read once she finished testing. She says this helped. My 10th grader (TWHS) was forced to sit silently (they were given the choice of staring at the wall or sleeping once finished) for four hours each day and was told multiple times that he may NOT read after turning in his test. Different rules between schools in the same district? Are the rules set by TEA not strict enough for them? If I am sending my child to school despite swine flu, don't tell him to sleep instead of learning.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
I love the Woodlands period. All of the schools seem to do well because the community, as a whole, cares about their own kids and others. Where parents are involved, school quality will always be high. The Woodlands tends to attract quality parents, therefore, excellent schools!

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2008
I am currently attending this school. It's a great school for academics, im in all ap and its great. The staff is very serious about their jobs. It's basically like college in some ways. You have to keep up with the curriculum or (trust me) you will be eaten alive by homework. The activities are amazing!! Fine arts and sports are really top notch. Lots of people around the woodlands high school think we are stuck up, snobby, rich kids but it's not true. The school is really really big, the size of some colleges. The down side is the block scheduling, it just makes it harder to switch classes.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2008
I go to the Woodlands and I absolutely love it. People complain about the class sizes but if you think about it, it only prepares us more for college and the large world awaiting us when we graduate. And the rigorous courses and extra curricular activities may be extremely stressful but I find them all the more rewarding because of it. I cannot imagine attending any other high school and enjoying it as much. My friends and I constantly discuss how much we appreciate the oppurtunties allowed us and the doors opened simply because we go to The Woodlands High School.

- submitted by a student

October 25, 2008
This school is far too large, with an average of 900 students per class. Students competing for top scholar positions have few chances to participate in athletics because of the weighted GPA scale, and the block schedule (4 courses per semester) provides no flexibility for students transferring in or out. Parents seem very impressed when their student is in an 'honors' course, however the 'level' courses that the schools offer are simple and generally aimed towards students who have already failed a particular class. It's pretty much luck of the draw as far as teachers are concerned. Some are great, some are terrible, and many are rather callous. My child has complained about the children being too superficial. The course work is sufficiently challenging, and a student willing to apply themselves can score well on national exams. Unfortunately, it seems to be one of the better schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2008
My child attends The Woodlands HS and I was quite surprised to see so many parents score this school so highly since I live in the community where all anybody ever does is complain about it. First, let me say, I am not bitter and haven't had a specific 'bad experience'. Our son does great: 2 sports teams and great grades. The school does offer a quality education with qualified staff and a variety of activities from which to choose. HOWEVER, the grades have not come without blood, sweat, tears and HOURS of homework just to keep up and for many kids the pressure is crushing. Sports wise...even for above average athletes, if you are not the upper echelon, forget it! Be prepared to sit the pine. The school is massive and many are struggling to fit in and find a place where they belong. Isn't highschool suppossed to be fun?

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2008
TWHS is an excellent school, with top notch programs in almost every area. For the student that is highly motivated, you could wind up graduating with enough college credits to make up for an entire year. The honors program here is as good as the best private schools. Students definitely leave here prepared for college. The school is huge, but there are hundreds of extracurricular activities to choose from, and if you are interested in something, you will have a chance to participate in most things. With all this aside, one size does not fit all , and my own son decided to withdraw and is now enrolled in an independent study program through UT online high school. For that student that may need more of an interactive experience, and less 'lecture hall' class, you may need to talk to the guidance counselor to help you plan a suitable schedule.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 18, 2008
Read between the lines on the reviews on this school. It's not so bad for students never have any difficulties of any kind, but even for them it sets a bad example. For those who need good teaching and some compassion, it is a nightmare. The Administration of the Ninth Grade Campus is the worst.

- submitted by a community member

June 05, 2008
The Woodlands High School prepared my three children for not only college but life. The teachers are exceptional and the extra- curricular activities are superb!

- submitted by a community member

April 18, 2008
This is a GREAT high school. The teachers are incredible and almost all of them have been teaching around 20 years or so. They motivate their students and don't accept laziness. The Honors and AP programs are handled like the college prep courses that they are. The student body is so diverse that anybody will find their own niche in no time. A little materialistic, but that's just what you have to expect from teenagers. Administration is great, and TWHS principal, Gregg Colschen, is PHENOMONAL. Great school, I'd send my kids here anyday.

- submitted by a student

September 13, 2007
i just graduated from the woodlands high school! and i think it is a great school! i love it!

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2007
I've been in this school for many years. Never have I, or anyone else that I know, felt excluded or felt like we lacked self-esteem. It's quite easy to find people you fit in with. Build a large network of people you know throughout your seventh and eighth grades and you'll do fine. It's a serious education and classes are tough, especially Pre-AP, Honors, and AP classes. Dual-credit college classes are even offered to the upperclassmen. Ultimately, this school's goal is to prepare students for their futures.

- submitted by a student

February 06, 2007
Outstanding academic opportunity for self motivated and focused student! Outstanding K-6 program! 7-8 become too large and are of a manage the masses mentality - average students risk feeling invisible and highly competitive athletics & high student numbers make it very difficult for the average student to find a niche therefore self-esteem is at a risk. The same is evident at the 9th grade campus and your success seems to be locked in at the end of 9th grade. The top 25% academically, the top athletes (who would have had to have been in club sports in 5th & 6th to make a Jr High & Hi team) as well as a niche such as Band will prove the most successful route for your student. All others are somewhat at a risk for emotional & academic success. Developing & maintaining your childs self esteem is challenging & key to their success.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2006
Academically this school is great, I'm a graduate of the Woodlands High myself. It's challenging, and does prepare students for college, in fact I found college easier then high school. On the downside the school is very large, even through the system was split into two last year. However great the school is academically, know this. There are times that things will seem overwhelming for your child. The biggest threat with this school is for a child to feel invisible, with a school this large it's easy to be lost in the crowd. Take my advice as a survivor, your child will get the best education here, but at times things will seem dark for them, don't just push their worries aside really listen to them, because that's what they need, to be heard.

- submitted by a student

September 01, 2006
My kids were there for 6 years. Parents involved at every level. School has excellent school spirit and rich with tradition. High school principal is great with the kids. Block scheduling is helpful preparing for college. Classes are very challenging. High school kids are treated like young adults. Classes are preparing them for the best educations post high school. This is not a school system you would pick if your child is not serious about their education. I have never seen so many electives in a high school setting. Award winning band, drill team, choir. Excellent theater department and the list goes on and on! Excellent teachers! I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most creative and passionate teachers! A few needed to go. The down side would be that the school is very large! Students dont seem to mind. Counselors have to many students.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2006
great school, I would recommend this school to anyone because of the great social life available at TWHS and the teaching staff is amazing

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2005
Excellent curriculum choice that is managed similar to a degree program at a university. Although a bit confusing to the uninitiated there is an extensive variety of courses that well prepare the student for the next step in the educational process....most students graduate knowing that they will be moving on to the collegiate environment and a university degree. That level of expectation is contagious to the entire school.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2005
Incredible school with the rare combination of academics, athletics and the arts. Believe it or not, students excell in all three areas. I believe my oldest son (who made a perfect 1600 on his SAT, is a National Merit Scholar and going to Rice University starting 2005) got an incredible education there, additionally, he was able to participate in state and nationally recognized theater, choir and orchestra programs and do very well in each. Top-notch teachers!

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2005
Had one kid in the gifted program drop out of school. The other withdrew because she didn't buy into the materialism that exists there and was constantly harassed. The administration is inflexible and negative. They are not interested in doing what's best for a particular child but in keeping their paperwork in order. Most kids cannot participate in the extracurricular activity of their choice as the school has way too many kids to choose from. Only the best make the teams, the plays, etc., and when you're picking from 1500 people, only a very small percentage get to do anything. Most kids get out of school in their senior year at 1 pm and have nothing to do the rest of the day.

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2004
Oldest child graduated 5/04. Block system excellent preparation for college, which she is now finding easier than expected. School's reputation, wide range of AP courses, and excellent test scores helped her begin as a sophomore with 34 hours of credit on a great scholarship! Outstanding fine arts programs.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2004
Had 2 kids graduate from here, is a large, upper middle class area. School has high expectations, good support, lots of activities available as well as very supportive administration, staff, and students. both grads able to find scholarships due to recognition of achievement of the school, activities they were able to participate in and availability of college counseling. The school is recognized throughout the country for it's high level of academics, extracurricular and fine arts programs. Kids love the accellerated block schedulling. Helped both of them with success in college.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2004
Faculty is often distant and unreliable. Students place more emphasis on material things than personality. Classes and hallways are crowded and disorderly. Extracurricular activities often seem to take priority over academics.

- submitted by a student

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The Woodlands High School
6101 Research Forest Drive, Spring, TX  77381
(936) 709-1200
Last modified The Woodlands High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The Woodlands High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top