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Mount Carmel Academy is a charter high school in Houston. The principal of Mount Carmel Academy is Maureen Giacchino, who can be contacted at MGIACCHI@houstonisd.org. 345 students attend Mount Carmel Academy and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 48% of the 345 students here get reduced lunch prices. Mount Carmel High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 7% 8%
Hispanic 67% 61%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 28%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 63%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Mt. Carmel had some good teachers but for the most part I recall many teachers being good people. Just that their classes were too easy most of what I learned in high school I already learned from middle school. Most of my learning took place outside the classroom or from talking to teachers who were willing to give me extra reading material. All in all though the other students tended to be pretty cool it was swing or miss pending on who you hung out with. MCA did bring me out of my shell and helped me build some good friendships. One thing I don't care for is how some people (alums faculty parents) carry the notion that this a Catholic school and while it is small and there is religious club. Those things do not make it a Catholic school if you are looking for a true Catholic school there are schools out there for that focus. In the way of improvement I think MCA needs to re-asses their academics in every field. Also they need to re-work their service hour requirement because that is a joke. I knew so many students who lied on their papers and made up hours.

  • (8 months ago)

    Mt. Carmel does try to help the students prepare for college. But it is up to the student to prepare themselves and buy in. Our son didn't qualify for much financial aide if any for college. But that didn't deter us from perusing the dream and we don't blaming others such as the school if we didn't get what we wanted. Mt. Carmel taught us what we needed to know the rest was up to us as it should be. Mt. Carmel is a good school with good people that rose through the ashes... it's what you make of it that determines where and how far you go. We may not agree and see things differently but our family is grateful for the opportunity to attend Mt. Carmel it help us prepare for college and the real world. Thank-You Mt. Carmel!

  • (8 months ago)

    I was one of the first classes to graduate from the high school when it had opened a few years ago. I'll start by saying that I made many great friends and found some teachers that cared about my success. However I soon found that I was not by ANY MEANS prepared for college and when I reflect on it with fellow alums we conclude that we really received a poor education. A lot of our classes were just TAKS preparations and classes like Physics and English were a joke. I'm sad to say that in recent returns to the school it only seems that quality of education is continuing to go downhill and the student population continues to become more ghetto.

  • (9 months ago)

    I used to be a proud graduate but I went back for a visit and all of the teachers who actually prepared me for college are gone. Everyone who really cared ablout kids is gone too. My friends who are still there said teachers start doing test review only in January and they even make the elective teachers do it which is the only reason the school hasn't been closed. The school is barely financially stable and repairs take months.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is safe and has had excellent faculty and staff. Unfortunately the school has appeared to bend over backwards to avoid removing chronically disruptive students and by doing so it has presented a daunting challenge for even the most dedicated students. Positive TAKS results hide the problem as core teachers have started full-time preparation for the end of April tests as early as February. In addition facilities and resources are limitted.

  • (3 years ago)

    My oldest son graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in 2010 and won a full scholarship to University of Texas at Dallas. My daughter graduated in 2011. She was accepted to many very good colleges and won a total of $342 000 in scholarships. She eventually chose Baylor and received a scholarship approximating half of her four year tuition there. On the plus side this is a VERY small school and is essentially an extended family. As such the students have the ability to get a lot of attention from the teachers and staff. They get to know the parents as well as the kids and can be very family supportive. Also if your student athlete is not at the very top of his athletics peer group because of the small size of the school they will probably still get a chance to actually play. On the downside as a relatively new school (it is an ex-private school retooled as a charter) they don't have all the resources that larger schools might have. Also they seem to have a handful of weak teachers but my student observed that they seem to be working on rectifying that. I don't believe they have much capacity for special needs students but I don't know for certain.

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