School Details

Hardin-Jefferson High School

P O Box 639, Sour Lake, TX 77659
(409) 981-6430
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 603 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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  • This school in 2013
  • Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hardin-Jefferson High School is a public high school in Sour Lake. The principal of Hardin-Jefferson High School is DIANA VALDEZ, who can be contacted at dvaldez@hjisd.net. 603 children attend Hardin-Jefferson High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Hardin-Jefferson High School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 603 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 26% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Hardin-Jefferson High School is 13:1. West Hardin High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 80%
Hispanic 6% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 10%
Multiracial 1.0% 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.05%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 37%
Limited English proficiency 0% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 24% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Three grandchildren have graduated from this school. All went to universities and have excellent jobs. H j not only produces good graduates but good charscter. I have one still in high school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Very safe environment with a rural feel. HJ was small enough that we could keep an eye on our kids. I often worried that my kids might not be getting enough advanced curriculum to succeed at the college level. My youngest graduated 11 yrs. ago and I am almost certain that things have improved. Besides all three of mine went on to graduate with honors from TX. A&M. The oldest is an anesthesiologist the second has an Mgmt. Ifo. Systems degree and the third is about to finish his podiatry residence.

  • (3 years ago)

    I really love HJ. It has its tiny problems but it really is a safe environment for us to be in and they have tons of school spirit that i find contagious. I love coming to school every day and the facilities are nice and healthy and the people are friendly.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is like the coolest school ever my kids love the school so much. The administration does a great job.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm currently a student at HJ and can honestly say I'm the most unhappy i have been in a long time. I do not feel like I'm being challenged enough as far as education goes which makes me have concerns about what colleges I will be able to be accepted to. Also because it is a small school causing the students and their teachers to have ten times more rumors and bad attitudes towards innocent people than a larger school would. My experience at HJ has been very difficult. but maybe that's just me. I know some students who say they are extremely happy at HJ. I will say Hardin-Jefferson has great school spirit and pride we are extremely confident and supportive in our basketball team! as well as other sports. I will probably be moving schools soon though because of my unhappiness with the students and the education.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hardin Jefferson is an excellent learning environment that provides students with a safe and comfortable place to learn. The teachers here do their job because they love to inspire and want to make a difference in each child's life. There is an amazing amount of spirit amongst the student body faculty and staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love the high school its a great place for kids to learn what they need to learn before they get out in the real wrold..

  • (7 years ago)

    Like every school HJ has it's issues but for the most part the Principal's and Administration are caring and attentive to the students and parents. I've found the best way to communicate with the teachers is email. I love the school spirit and parent participation. Kudo's to the district for implementing grades online! Go Hawks!

  • (9 years ago)

    Hi I am a students at HJ and I love it! It's one of the best schools in southeast Texas. It's a small school and I think that's what makes it awesome. Everyone knows each other and we have alot of school pride! I love HJ! Go HAWKS!

  • (9 years ago)

    Hi! I am currently a student at Hardin-Jefferson High School. I am a freshman this year(2005-2006)! I absolutly love this school! Hardin-Jefferson has 2 great elementarys 1 awesome middle school and an even better high school! I am an A & B Student & I am currently running for Freshman Class Vice-President! We have so many great organizations here at Hardin-Jefferson that many of my fellow students are members of 5 or 6!!!!

  • (9 years ago)

    I am unhappy with the communication between the parents and teachers. As a parent I have called teachers and left messages and was not called back until I called the principal. There is one good teacher that i do have to praise my son's chemistry teacher. Out of 6 or 7 teachers she is the only that shows any concern. And goes the extra mile to keep me informed about my son. His chemistry teacher is the only reason my son still attends Hardi Jefferson. For his junior year I am looking into a private school.

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