School Details

Melissa High School

3150 Cardinal Dr, Melissa, TX 75454
(972) 837-4216
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 452 students 13 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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About this school

Melissa High School is a public high school in Melissa. The principal of Melissa High School is Mr Lance Rainey and can be contacted at lrainey@melissaisd.org. 452 children attend Melissa High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 2% of the Melissa High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 19% of the 452 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 18% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Melissa High School is 13:1. Anna High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 77%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 5%
Hispanic 22% 16%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 2%
Asian 0.7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 1.0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18% 21%
Limited English proficiency 2% 5%
Economically disadvantaged 19% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    My son started at Mellissa High School his freshman year. Everyone was very accepting of my son and his high school experience was wounderful and something he will remember the rest of his life. The academics were close to what he had at the private school he attended. The academics is improving and continue to improve. Some students will have at least the first year of college completed by graduatiion now.

  • (4 years ago)

    My family and I moved here about 3 months ago and couldn't be happier. The school administration has been very helpful and the students are very accepting of new people. My kids blended in very quickly and love it here.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is great if my child doesnt understand something or she is struggling they always make sure that she recieves help. as well as all the other students they offer TAKS tutoring to all students struggling and a 25 minute study hall to recieve all the understanding of the subject you need.

  • (5 years ago)

    New 9th grader's step-dad says 'this school is everything you would hope you're young teen could receive for an awesome start toward higher education.' Kudos MHS

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Melissa Junior High (then went to Anna High school the year before they built the new High school). I am a college Senior now studying biology and chemistry. I feel that my experience in this district was pleasant. However I have been aware of the situation that sports highly override the importance of academics. Although extracurriculars are a very great way of teaching a person how to balance time and to find their inner dedication and passion for an activity but in the end I found that the experience of academic discipline is what is needed for the real world. I currently work for a hospital and if I were going to a school that put this much emphasis on sports I don't believe i would be very serious about college have the job that I have now or have the dreams that i have now.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am am an experinced high school coach who has developed several successful programs and winning teams. Unfortunately In too many cases the culture and staff at Melissa seem to put athletics above academics. They are good folks but are too close to the situation to see just how much of an effect the sports culture has at the expence of academics. I love sports but academics are why we have schools. More pride is academics is somthing this school needs to push hard.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to Melissa ISD since first grade and is in 8th grade now. Overall I am happy with the new staff the past two years in the middle/high schools and the changes they've made in the athletic department this year were positive. The school does lack in academic class offerings though. I'd like to see more variety of courses offered at all grades.

  • (8 years ago)

    We moved here from McKinney and Melissa High School is far better than McKinney. The classrooms are more one-on-one. The classes my 8th grader is taking far exceeds the work she was doing in McKinney. The principal is visible with an open door policy. The admin. is friendly and made us feel welcome. The teachers really push my daughter to be her best. P.E. or athletics is a requirement so all students get exercise and I agree. We love Melissa HS.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter is 15 and has been a student at Melissa High School since Jan. 2005. We have very much enjoyed the small town atmosphere that Melissa high School has to offer. The super intendent has been extemely helpful and all of the melissa staff have made us feel very welcome. Startingin the middle of a school year is always a stressful time for a student but everyone at Melissa made my daughter feel right at home.

  • (8 years ago)

    The emphasis is on athletics NOT education. We were very unhappy with the quality of the academic programs. My daughter fell WAY behind in MATH & SCIENCE this year. There was never an essay report or special project assigned for her or our son while they attended school here. Sadly this school is not yet at a place where classes such as drama orchestra band etc. are being taught. There also seems to be a lot of small town politics which causes some kids to be left out in the cold if they want to be involved in sports.Parental involvement is frowned upon unless you'd like to attend a game. We've decided to move this summer & are thoroughly researching potential schools & their districts.

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