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9-12
Public district
Tyler, TX
Students enrolled: 2,015
Before care: No
After care: No
 

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1120 N Nw Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75702

(903) 262-2860
(903) 531-9916
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May 05, 2015
JT has made some tremendous academic gains these past two years. We truly appreciate the direction that Dr. Kenneth Gay is moving the school forward and bringing academic pride back to JT!!!

- submitted by a community member

May 30, 2014
I have been so impressed the the change at John Tyler that has been implemented by Dr. Gay, the administrative staff, and teachers. John Tyler is moving in a positive direction and you can tell the students are excited and enjoying the school. The focus has finally moved from discipline to instruction and the teachers that are not doing their best are being found out. The school is not yet perfect, but it is headed in the right direction. They are bringing back a lot of programs that have been missing like ag and cosmetology. John Tyler is becoming a place of pride again. The Orchestra won sweepstakes for the first time in the history of the school and the new UIL coordinator is a person that seems to be excited to focus the students on academic events besides the usual athletics. Some great things are happening at John Tyler and I can't wait to see where we are headed next. Go CUJO!!!

- submitted by a teacher

April 08, 2013
This districts' high schools are STILL too crowded! And they've just lost ANOTHER principal at John Tyler!

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2013
This school needs improvement academically. The teachers NEED to get involed with the students. Of course there are some teachers who care but thats only a small fraction of a staff. It's as if they only cared about athletics. Not happy at all

- submitted by a student

July 28, 2010
From what I read & as a former teacher with MANY years of experience from another district, it sounds like the administration & staff need a huge raise for even staying. It sounds as if the school's student body needs a reform. The merchandise is BAD!!! Try to hang in there, teachers.

- submitted by a teacher

July 18, 2010
My daughter-in-law was a teacher at this school for one year. During that time she encountered daily altercations between students. There were either gang or racially motivated. The administration was helpless to do anything. One of the teachers was fatally stabbed by a student. The faculty is so concerned for their own safety and trying to maintain discipline that they have little time to do any real teaching. Even though jobs are hard to get these days, my daughter-in-law quit her job at the end of the year rather than go back again. The school district needs to wake up to the situation and get some discipline going, starting with uniforms for all students, and active presence of competent law enforcement on campus. Get the parents involved too.

- submitted by a community member

May 19, 2010
I am a teacher at this school. John Tyler has problems. We have been through several principals in the last few years--our current principal was not even allowed to finish serving to the end of the year, but was removed and replaced with someone from the District who knew how to manage the campus. We are currently looking at a new principal to find a good fit for next year. Not to say that the principal was our school's only problem, of course. The majority of my 10th grade students start the school year with poor reading/interpretation skills, a complete lack of study skills, and absolutely no investment in their futures or academic success. It doesn't help that some other teachers on campus are too lax, letting students use phones, listen to music, curse, and act crude in the school. What JT needs is strong leadership, consistency, and support.

- submitted by a teacher

July 28, 2008
I am a student at UT Tyler and in accordance with educator preperation classes, I conducted my last 2 months of the semester at John Tyler High. To be honest, after hearing numerous bad reviews of the students, the teachers and the school itself, I was understandably nervous. By the end of my 2 months, I was almost in tears at the thought of having to leave the students and the teacher I had the pleasure of working with. In fact, I returned to the school on my own time to spend more time in the classroom. I agree that new teachers that really care about the students and their education would be a good addition to the school, but this idea is only based on my encounter with one teacher! The students are more than capable to reach their dreams....someone just needs to help guide them through the rough patches.

- submitted by a community member

May 14, 2008
I think John Tyler needs new teachers that actually care, and the administraters have no control over the students

- submitted by a student

February 12, 2008
This is one of the worst schools I've ever encountered. The children are out of control and the administration is completely ineffective in dealing with them. Reading and writing skills are abyssimally low.

- submitted by a teacher

January 20, 2007
John Tyler is an outstanding school. I had one student graduate from John Tyler last year and was well prepared for college. Dr. McFarland has done a outstanding job of removing the barriers to a college education for his students. My daughter and many of her classmates were able to take numerous college visits during the senior year and was given quite a bit of one on one help with scholarships and college enrollment applications. If I am not mistaken over 95% of her classmates were accepted to college and her entire class recieved over $5 million dollars in scholarships. I am excited about his leadership and the changes he is making at the school. I have a 9th grade student and she loves the school and her teachers. They are already talking to her about college. I wish more people in the community recognized the outstanding things happening at JT.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2007
John Tyler is OK, but nothing like it use to be! I believe that some of the teachers should be replaced with teachers who actually care.

- submitted by a student

July 04, 2006
As a former student of John Tyler High School and a graduate of Robert E Lee, out of the two schools I would prefer John Tyler any day. While I attended school there I had great teachers who were willing to help and without any hesitation. I also attended Chapel Hill High School and out the three I would put John Tyler at #1. I was enrolled in several AP classes and found them very challenging and rewarding John Tyler also is respected in the area for its athletics having won 3 state championships in football. I loved every aspect of John Tyler and still do to this very day and I rank it number one in East Texas.

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2006
This is supposed to be a 'parent review'. However, as an involved student, I would like to speak. The International Baccalaureate program (which I am involved in) has excellent academics and the enrollment is in this program is one the rise. The extracurricular activities are engaging and inspiring. I feel that John Tyler High School and Micheal McFarland's leadership skills are two of the best kept secrets in Tyler education.

- submitted by a student

September 14, 2005
The school has a variety of great programs, but the faculty is not involved nearly enough with parents and in the community. A majority of the teachers are willing to help a struggling student, but some have a 'don't care' attitude towards the success of the students. There is also an issue with the classroom environment. Students who should not be in AP classes are made to take the class anyways taking away valuable time away from serious students.

- submitted by a student

July 08, 2005
As a former student of John Tyler High School, I know that this is the best school that I have attended. The faculty do not try to help but actually help with the situation. There are many extracurricular activies available for each student's choice. I personally was part of two activities and loved it. The teachers would work around our schoolwork to help us be better in their club. I know that my parents were not really involved in the school when I was a student. This was my fault. Now as I am older I know how beneficial it would have been if they knew where I spend most of my time. It was a great school and I am proud of being a graduate from JOHN TYLER HIGH SCHOOL.

- submitted by a student

January 12, 2005
I graduated from this school, and I would like to say that I had some fantastic teachers, some better than my university professors. If the student is genuinely interested in learning, they should look into programs that nurture that curiosity, and there they will find some of the best teachers in the state. However, overall the school needs alot of work, the only way I would send my child to John Tyler is if they were in the IB programme.

- submitted by a student

December 28, 2004
I think since Mr. Mcfarland is there this school has and will progress in to a great high. He has done so much for the seniors this year I have seem a lot of progess I have wanted to thank him for everything. But I think there needs to be more parental involement and teacher involement . And the counslers need more help from the parents or parent volunteers so the seniors that are headed for college can have more information. Especially the parents that do not know anything a bout college or hto get the information.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2004
I am a graduate of this school and my two children graduated from this school as well. I graduated in the early 70s when racial tensions were high, where I only attended one year because the high school I attended was closed. It was the year for the biggest band, choir, drill team etc. My children graduated in the late 90s and things seemed to have changed after that point. Teachers simply have a job and no genuine concern for students. There have always been obvious differences made between JT and the school across town. There very definitely needs to be some changes made quick, fast and in a hurry. I am ashamed to say that I and my children attended John Tyler High School with the negatives that accompany it now.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2004
This school is on the move with the installment of its new principle Michael McFarland. This leader is in the process of taking John Tyler to the next level of education. He has put together the first Key Communication Group at this school that I know of. This group is poised to brain storm on key areas of concern that with the proper ideas and focus can make an impact on this years academics and social development. This type of leadership on the part of the principle and his staff should bring results.

- submitted by a student

July 09, 2004
This is not a good school. There are too many gang related activities, the teachers are not involved in students lives and they are more involved in racial problems than teaching their students what they haven't learned yet.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 22, 2003
I was a former student at this school and I have a younger brother who now attends. The overall quality of this school could be better. The pricipals and teachers should get more involved in the students life.

- submitted by a student

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John Tyler High School
1120 N Nw Loop 323, Tyler, TX  75702
(903) 262-2860
Last modified John Tyler High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Tyler High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top