School Details

Pin Oak Middle School

4601 Glenmont Drive, Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 295-6500
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1205 students 17 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

97%
68%
77%
97%
73%
79%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR 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 goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Houston Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
67%
75%
93%
62%
67%
94%
66%
70%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR 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 goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Houston Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
75%
83%
97%
72%
79%
95%
64%
71%
91%
54%
62%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR 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 goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Houston Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
75%
81%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR 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 goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Houston Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pin Oak Middle School is a public middle school in West University Place. The principal of Pin Oak Middle School is SUSAN MONAGHAN, whose e-mail is smonagha@houstonisd.org. 1,205 children attend Pin Oak Middle School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 6% of the Pin Oak Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 53% of the 1,205 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 33% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Pin Oak Middle School is 17:1. The Post Oak School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 41% 8%
Hispanic 34% 62%
Multiracial 3% 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 25%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.03%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.08%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 80%
Limited English proficiency 6% 30%
Economically disadvantaged 53% 80%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    This school is very disappointing. The kids are just full of preppy kids who stay in cliques. It is not friendly at all! They are very mean with eachother and 'exclude' people that do not fit in. It also has very poor fine arts. Pershing is even better than this!

  • (7 months ago)

    Really disappointed with the school. Academics are weak and many of the teachers are of poor quality. Many students are having to hire tutors to make up for what is not being taught. I echo the previous posters about resistance to implementing accommodations and also the retaliation. Administration is abominable. Parents are afraid to say anything because of the negative repercussions for their children. The school used to be really good. It is going down hill with the current administration.

  • (9 months ago)

    POMS is an incredible middle school that challenges students while remaining empathetic although I graduated about 2 1/2 years ago ( CLASS OF 2012! ) their computer classes remains influential in my life

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughters just finished 8th grade. We were always certain that Pin Oak provided a great environment for middle school kids. We were less certain about the academic rigor particularly in the humanities and sciences. However the results for our daughters on their ISEE and private HS placement tests tell us that our concerns were in some part unwarranted. Like all public schools however the spring is dominated by testing or more properly test preparation. Even with that said we believe that Pin Oak is very likely the best middle shool HISD has to offer. And with that said three "stars" at POMS merit individual mention Shantelle Lewis House B principal Lisa Hale algebra and Misty Wagers dance.

  • (1 year ago)

    Pin Oak is an AMAZING school. I am in all Pre-Ap classes and I never feel challenged. If you want a truly great middle school experience you should come to POMS.

  • (1 year ago)

    POMS is highly over-rated. It is the most disorganized school we have ever encountered. You need to visit 4-5 different websites to know what is due for your child. Unless your child is super self-motivated and organized this is not the right school for your child. I find many of the teachers to be lacking experience and not really caring who drowns in their classroom in addition to ignoring parent emails. One 7th grade math teacher recently told his class "tell your parents to sue us if they don't like my teaching. They will have to fight the HISD lawyers." as a form of warning of retaliation for kids who dared to speak up at home about unfair evaluations. If your child has a learning disability such as ADD beware of this school. You will find resistance in enforcement of special accomodations. In addition this school teaches math and science only on alternate days so it is particularly weak in preparing students in these areas. I addition what is taught during the year does not reflect what is tested on the STARR exam making it difficult for the student to pass the test.

  • (1 year ago)

    Pin Oak makes up for an overall lack of rigor in the classroom in this way it generally values kids and gives them space to become something worthwhile. There are many activities almost too many for kids to choose from - some are academic some are not. I do think though that if your kid doesn't step up sometimes he/she can get lost. Maybe that's everywhere...Finally they could do more writing!

  • (2 years ago)

    The students here are unmotivated and the magnet program has some of the worst students here. I was almost accepted into Lanier Middle school and decided to attend the magnet program here. Most students I knew were hard working but they ended up being distracted and their work ethic got worse. The teachers were overall good but the students were unmotivated to learn. I then transferred to Th. Rogers. Students here also have occasional fights.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in his second year at Pin Oak and I am extremely happy with the school. The academics are challenging the music / art / theater programs are very strong and there are numerous opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities. We chose Pin Oak over a smaller private middle school because I felt my son would benefit from being a part of the diverse student body there. I am particularly happy with the strong level of communication between my son's "Cluster" teachers and the parents. And to top it off almost every time I've entered the school office a student has paused to hold the door open for me. How can you not love that?

  • (2 years ago)

    I have an 8th grader at Pin Oak and she has loved her three years at Pin Oak. Susan Monaghan the Principal of Pin Oak for the last 3 years and her administrative are advocates for the children. They are there to help create a school environment that is safe and conducive to education. Although the school is a language magnet they carve out in their budget an award winning fine arts program and athletics program. Pin Oak has won many awards for academics but for me as a parent I know that my child comes will succeed in her high school career because her preparation through Pin Oak.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have twin daughters in 7th grade at Pin Oak and we LOVE it. Though Pin Oak has 1200+ students it feels very small; my children's teachers and principals know them by name. The girls are academically challenged yet still have plenty of time (and are encouraged) to participate in extracurricular activities. And the kids who go to school with them are a diverse yet motivated group. All in all I can't imagine how anyone could have a better middle school experience. I worried about the transition from elementary school to middle school but at Pin Oak it has been seamless and the administration at Pin Oak works very had to make that so. I can't say enough about the responsiveness of the Pin Oak faculty and staff; if there is a problem they address it. If you have a concern they respond. From the principal on down to the police officer that HISD mandates be present in each middle school Pin Oak is concerned with the academic and social development of your child. It is a wonderful place.

  • (2 years ago)

    POMS is totally over rated! By far the worst school we've attended thus far. If you are in with the right group your experience may differ. However it's very political and all about who's who! If your child isn't already way above average don't waste your time some of the teachers only become interested in your child's success during testing! The new principal is a joke! Should have gone to Pershing where we are zoned! Note to future middle school parents Stop wasting your time trying to get your foot in at pin oak! It's honestly not as great as you think!

  • (2 years ago)

    The WORST school I Have Ever Been too !! The Students there are snobby..and act like they run the school....The Staff is VERY rude..I Will never go back there again and I Hope whoever reads this knows not to make the biggest mistake that I Made which is going to pin oak

  • (3 years ago)

    I have never felt so UNWELCOME in all my life as I did at Pin Oak Middle School. That place is uninviting and the staff I encountered was RUDE!!!! Two big thumbs down on this HORRIBLE school. Send your students to Johnston MS. At least they are friendly and welcoming!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a future student of Pin Oak Middle School.I'm going to Pin Oak this fall for 7th grade and I got accepted into the Magnet program I live no where near the school.As soon as I first walked in I felt welcome.The teachers and students that I met on the tour were so nice and polite to me.It's a big school but I has a small school feeling to it.It has everything that I want to do theatre choir guitar soccer etc.It's like the school i've dreamed of going to all of my life!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student in 6A. i like the circuliums but the classes are challenging . the home work is ok ( sometimes hard but mostly easy) All parents if your reading this i used to be a B-C student but thanks to the help of pin oak i am now an A-B student. I would highly recommended this highly impressive school

  • (5 years ago)

    New this year; unfortunately we lost the super awesome principal Mr. McDonnough to another school but have confidence we'll get another good one. In the meantime Ms. Simsen is doing a great job as interim. The house principals & Ms. Simsen are supportive and caring. There is small-school feel due to grade level clusters. You are able to get to know their teachers. Organization & time management (getting work completed on time) is a challenge after elementary school. However Pin Oak offers so many ways to help & actually keeps track of students far better than one would expect given the number of students for which each teacher is responsible. Lots of extra-curricular activities are offered. Students are encouraged to form their own clubs if they have a particular interest. PTO is active and welcoming. I would highly recommend Pin Oak.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great Principal and my daughter just loves going to school there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful teachers and wonderful staff. I am very happy with Pin Oak MS. They are #1

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a model school. I am proud that my kids go to this amazing school.

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