School Details

Sam Houston High School

2000 Sam Houston Dr, Arlington, TX 76014
(682) 867-8200
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3097 students 14 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2010-2011, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in reading in grades 3 through 9; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in English language arts in grades 10 and 11; in mathematics in grades 3 through 11; in science in grades 5, 8, 10 and 11; and in social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. 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 grade 11 Exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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  • Texas state average

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About this school

Sam Houston High School is a public high school in Arlington. The principal of Sam Houston High School is Mrs Beverley Mcreynolds, whose e-mail is bmcreyno@aisd.net. 3,097 students attend Sam Houston High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 18% of the Sam Houston High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 71% of the 3,097 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 83% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sam Houston High School is 14:1. Bowie High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 8% 30%
Hispanic 63% 39%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 24%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 55%
Limited English proficiency 18% 21%
Economically disadvantaged 71% 54%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Surprisingly as a substitute teacher this school is not all that bad as most people say it is. There will be securities walking around making sure students are where they're suppose to be. There will be students who are just sliding by and some takes their education seriously. You will always get those type of students who doesn't know how to stay quiet and play their obnoxious rap music. Some students are really cool with you. Of course you will find one who is pregnant nothing unusual. The staffs are very helpful and supportive. I would go back and sub there again.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a 2010 graduate of Sam Houston High School. From my experiences going there it's an okay school as long as you stay out of trouble. A lot of the students there were trashy and ghetto and there were fights all the time (sometimes there were up to three fights during one lunch period). There's a huge teen pregnancy problem and most of the students come from low-income families. Still if you are a current student or have a child who's currently attending then I would strongly recommend becoming involved with as many extracurricular activities as possible. There are a great many students who are hard-working apt academically and who manage to represent the school well.

  • (3 years ago)

    There's never a bad school but there's always great students. Teachers at Sam Houston HS do their best to prepare us for our future is always up to the students to take that knowledge shared to us. I'm from Class of '04 honored graduate and all I have to say about Sam Houston is that is the best school I could have gone to.Thank's to all my teachers & I miss the halls at Sam Houston where there are no strangers. Go Sam!

  • (3 years ago)

    That's not exactly true what the previous reviewer said about taking exams when they returned from Christmas. The final exams are actually about 2 weeks after the kids return from Christmas.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is special ed qualified and in general pop. because he's not "skills class" qualified. DO NOT expect any of the teachers to read their IEP and BIP no matter how many ARD committee meetings you go to & decide what accommodations to have. We have 2 years of wasted Spanish in which he was 1 of 3 kids that DID'NT already SPEAK SPANISH fluently. The teacher DID NOT teach at their level resulting in F's both years. The 2nd year I requested his principal put him in the "ESL" class for his foreign language credit and was told "but he already speaks English" That is no different than these kids receiving a free foreign lanquage credit for Spanish They also have a class called "Native Spanish" They have 2 classes what a joke. The lack of interest in helping kids with special needs shows me these teachers are there for nothing more than collecting a paycheck. This school rating should be 0 out of 10. Before Xmas instead of taking exams they had "movie week" & when they return they will take exams. Does that make sense?

  • (4 years ago)

    To the previous person who posted.... Sam Houston High School is in Arlington Texas - which is between Dallas and Fort Worth in North Texas. We are about 250 miles north of Houston Texas.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school. The teachers are vary but overall they are very helpful. What I like most about our school is you can be yourself. When I was a freshman one of the MAC teachers mr hine made you laugh while you learned. ms mcreynolds has been the best princpail and I will miss her when I garduate. I am going to miss mr moffitt miss Lopes. Good bye Sam Houston.

  • (5 years ago)

    it is an excellent school for my son all these rumors my son told me were'nt true its a good high school for kids no bullies fights or anything bad about it that will harm your child

  • (5 years ago)

    Im a freshman at Sam and so far I like it. It's a good school with good teachers but like in every school there's teachers that get on your nerves sometimes. I still like it. This year the Lady Texans are going to rock at soccer! Go Sam!

  • (5 years ago)

    Sam Houston is the best school ever... It might be 'ghetto' but it's the most welcoming school you could ever go to.

  • (5 years ago)

    This will be my 25th year at Sam out of 37 years of teaching so obviously I must love it. We have wonderful leadership in our principal Beverley McReynolds. Our kids are the best! Our teachers work harder than any to give our students the best opportunities to succeed! I was the drill team director for nine years and now am the Business Dept. Chair and the Senior Class Sponsor. When someone has something negative to say regarding Sam Houston the first question I ask is when was the last time they walked the halls of Sam. In every case they have never been there. So how would they know?!

  • (5 years ago)

    Im currently attending Sam and am proud to say im a Sam Houston Texan! the school may be burried in a bad rep. but thats just those shining dull stars who diss the teachers and hate their life. even attending SHHS gives you so many oprotunities that other schools fall short. scholarship programs come free or at little cost and the students are given many oprotunities to suceed (mostly by the many passionate teachers) all it takes is a dedicated student and there are plenty of those at Sam Houston! only con i see is the parents lack of attention to many of their childrens lives but that has nothing to do with the school and its spirit level (which seems to be falling) but so many students are trying their best to represent Sam with the biggest pride in the school Go Sam!

  • (5 years ago)

    sam houston is a really good school

  • (5 years ago)

    Idk why my school gets a bad rep. I like it and its real fun. Plus the teachers are soo nice

  • (5 years ago)

    I don't know why this school gets a bad rap. It's just a normal high school sweet kids and extremely dedicated teachers. A lot has to do with individual student motivation and parent support. Teachers can't work magic but the teachers at Sam almost can.

  • (5 years ago)

    The last person to post here obviously didn't get a very good education at South Grand Prairie (two words) either. Notice the misspelled words and poor sentence structure. Sounds like a bunch of sour grapes to me.

  • (5 years ago)

    It was an utter waste of time I wish I just droped out and got my GED than to have wasted two years in that hell hole they call a school. The teachers were way underskilled and I belive they were not up to standards to teach anything. I honestly learned more in a trimester at South Grandprairie then I learned in the whole two year durration I was there. Thank god I did not have to attened that school for four years. The teachers do not teach well the students are disrespectfull. I was in Advance placment there and I astonded that people from this school pas the AP test the only way I learned was self study over the topics. How this low standrad school is an IB school is beyond me. 1 teacher there was excellent and that wa ms applequist she was the best teacher )

  • (5 years ago)

    A lot of bad rumors that are not true smart kids good programs and an ib school.

  • (5 years ago)

    i would have to say that I am attending Sam and that every bad thing people say about it is NOT true! Sam is a awesome the teacher are very dedicated to their work and the students are determined. And as for our sports we are winning in soccer and we are proud of that and Im proud to be a texan! Nobody should be judging the school just from silly rumors its all ABOUT SHHS!

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended sam for about 2 months and I enjoyed it very much but im not going to deny that in the school that i am in now there is more competition. The teachers at sam are very friendly but more strict. I felt that all my teachers were well qualified and they treated all their students equally and for as it being 'ghetto and that the students are disrespectful' i cant name one public school that doesnt have rude people and it isnt ghetto there is just more diversity. (For the parent who wrote that i find it to be very immature and offending for you to say.)

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