School Details

Sam Houston High School

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

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3346 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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  • This school in 2013
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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 FERNANDO BENAVIDES, who can be contacted at fbenavid@aisd.net. 3,346 students go to Sam Houston High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 27% of the Sam Houston High School students have "limited English proficiency." 71% of the 3,346 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 87% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio 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
Hispanic 66% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 24%
Multiracial 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.05%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 68%
Limited English proficiency 27% 26%
Economically disadvantaged 71% 54%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I am an alumna of Sam that graduated just this summer. I was able to experience the difference that Sam had been undergoing and currently still is. I couldn't be more proud of my alma mater. I was in the orchestra golf team AVID program National Honor Society and also taking multiple Pre-AP and AP courses all 4 years at Sam. I am now at UTA and it has been a great experience and I believe it is because my teachers at Sam Houston prepared me well. College has been a breeze so far because a lot of the material that is being covered in class is material that my teachers taught me. I feel that any negative rumors that come outside of Sam Houston are people who have never walked the halls of the school. Any negative rumors that come from inside Sam are from the students that do not care for education and are unmotivated. Sam Houston has the best faculty and staff that prepare students for life beyond high school with so many opportunities available. Not only that the teachers and counselors support the students and offer valuable life values. I love that Sam is changing and spirit is being reborn! Go Texans! GO BIG SAM!

  • (6 months ago)

    Class of 2014 best high school in AISD. Our IB (International Baccalaureate) program if which I was a part of was unmatched. Best teachers in the business. I'm a current Mav and my experience at Sam has made the transition very easy with all the diversity and involvement. If u ever pass by Sam remember "in the halls of Sam Houston there are no strangers" go Sam.

  • (7 months ago)

    With such deep traditions amazing teachers as well as incredible students that continue to strive for excellence truly do make Sam the best High School in AISD hands down.

  • (7 months ago)

    Alum and former staff here - Excellent things are happening at Sam Houston High School! New leadership and a fresh school spirit and pride are sweeping through the halls and into the community. SHHS offers something for everyone. A cosmetology program IB (International Baccalaureate) and AVID to mention a few. Caring teachers and staff who dig in and would rather be at Sam than anywhere else! Like any school that is allowed to grow so large it comes with its own special challenges. Principal Benavides is an outstanding man and an amazing role model for the students.

  • (7 months ago)

    There is no other school like Big Sam where teachers will go out of their way to help students succeed. Lately you've been able to feel the pride and school spirit in these halls that for a while was weakened due to false rumors; but no matter what this school has pulled through and has shown its true potential with the help of a great principal Mr. Benavides. People who don't go to this is school are quick to judge so don't let their opinion affect yours. SHHS Alumna 2014

  • (7 months ago)

    Sam Houston H.S. is a really wonderful school with caring teachers. My child was in the band program all 4 years and loved her time at SHHS. I also enjoyed getting involved and attending events. Her high school experience was really wonderful and she is now off to college!

  • (7 months ago)

    Sam Houston High school is a great school with caring teachers counselors assistant principles and a principle that has gone well beyond to make Sam Houston the best in the city.

  • (7 months ago)

    Best school in Arlington ISD! Proud of the diverse well-rounded rigorous education that I was afforded at SHHS. I was well-prepared and am a successful professional now. '87 Long Tall Texan alumnus!

  • (7 months ago)

    My school is an important part of the community reaching out to students and parents to become positive members of society.

  • (7 months ago)

    Sam Houston High School is on a comeback to being a school that Rocks old Traditions are being reintroduced. There is a lot of Big Sam Pride . The kids there are receiving Scholarships right and left and doing accelerated classes to help them towards their goals in life. The Principal MR. B is gung ho on helping the kids from their Freshman year on to be college ready The Alumni are proud to see the changes that are happening at SAM. Big Sam Loud and Proud

  • (7 months ago)

    Its an awsome school ! If you do it right you'll enjoy your time making memories and lifelong friends.

  • (7 months ago)

    A great place to work for the last 17 years (of 30 total in the district)! As far as the students? They are the best in the district! Of course any school with over 3000 students will have its fair share of troubled teenagers. The large size is the district's fault; they should know and do better. As long as the people of Arlington treat this side of town this way there will be no relief. The staff faculty and administration are doing its best with the over-crowding issue. It is what it is. My students that I have had over the years there are incredible people who excel academically give back to the community and will grow up to be responsible and contributing citizens of our nation. I have been very blessed to have worked with these amazing young people and caring teachers! Come on Arlington give Sam a break and ease the overcrowding there! And lastly I thank the district for the honor and blessing to have worked at Sam. I thank the parents for trusting their children to me (hopefully I did my duty). Few people can say these things about where they work and who they work with over their career! No strangers indeed!!

  • (7 months ago)

    I graduated from SHHS in 1991. I love this school! I went on to graduate from a university and now I have a high paying marketing job. The teachers at this school are patient kind and amazing. I always loved our school spirit. Go big SAM!

  • (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.

  • (3 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.

  • (4 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.

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