BALL HIGH SCHOOL

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4115 AVENUE O
GALVESTON, TX 77550
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Phone: 409-766-5715
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Galveston Isd
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 449
  • Number Students: 1796
  • Number Teachers: 134
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4990
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Joseph Pillar
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (49 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (32 Reviews)
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    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-02
    "Ball high is great school! As an alumni, I know all of the negative things said about the school. I can say they are false. When traveling for sports, people would ask us about the horrible conditions. We would play along and say yeah there are stabbings like daily. Educated people would recognize we were joking and others... Well that's how rumors get started. Ball high has a reputation for being "ghetto", this is simply not true. I went to an island private school, where all but a few families were white, for preschool until high school. So yes it is more diverse than majority white school. So if this little white girl from a private school can thrive at Ball high, clearly it is NOT ghetto. Ball High Forever!"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-05
    "I am an ex-employee of Ball and can honestly say that yes, I do agree, Ball High might not be the best school in Texas but it has come a very long way and it will continue to improve as it is now under new administration and even thought it might take a few yrs to see the changes it's on its way to wonderful things for the students. I am excited for my child who will be going to school there in a couple of years. Years ago, like many other parents, I was concerned but now that I've worked there and spend many hours working early and late hours, I understand the challenges the teachers and administrators face daily. It is a normal school with normal teenagers but we are headed down the right path to great things! I strongly believe that if parents are not content with the way things are going they should become more involved in the school. Advocate for your child; get in the school and start volunteering, become a mentor, do something to help make Ball a better place for our kids! Very respectfully, A future Ball Parent :)"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-04
    "I was shocked the first time I visited Ball High! Many students are causing behavior problems in class which makes it hard for the teachers to teach and the students to learn at their full potential..All students are also marked "absent" if they are 1 minute late to a class. There is no time to use the restroom between classes and teachers are reluctant to excuse students during class. If a student is "late" the parent is called and informed that they were not in school. Very confusing. Students have no lockers or individual text books. All text books are kept in the classroom, Homework is very rarely given. A police force is employed and they have a much needed teen clinic and a great psychologist. We moved from an exemplary school district, so maybe I am biased. But I do feel students should have lockers, books, supplies, a positive learning environment, and some rules that don't promote bladder problems. If the students with behavior/attitude problems don't want to learn or respect the teachers and other students I suggest they receive 3 warnings, then be placed together in the same class. There are many schools in GISD. I wonder how the funding breaks down....."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-04
    "Ball high is diverse and totally askew. It seems like a "lockdown" environment but maybe it needs to be. Who ruined this school for our students? Something must have happened prior to 2004. I have 2 sons who are very bright and talented. One dropped out in his senior year and got a GED. The other is a junior and doesn't seem to like it much either. He had also stated he wants to drop out. I don't think he would pass a GED, he can barely spell much less write with correct grammar. But this boy has so much potential. I think this school has everything "bad" in the world that innocent kids are exposed to. Yes, they will be exposed sooner or later, but this school is a real shocker! Yes Galveston has the beaches, but it also has the ghettos along with "dirty deeds done dirt cheap"! Where does the tax money go? My taxes are high! But there are no text books per student, no lockers, minimal classrooms and horrible dirty restrooms!. Do these students even get to sit in a chair at a desk? It looks like a prison, but maybe it has to. It has it's own police department! WARNING!! Go somewhere else before the damage is done. May God have mercy on this school."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-06
    "Ball High actually has some amazing teachers and you can learn a lot. Yes, there are some poor teachers but when you get into the advance classes the quality improves greatly. STEM, however, is a joke. The teachers are brand new and don't know what they are teaching. By junior year, if your not already in regular Ball High, you want to get in regular Ball High because there are great teachers. Ball High has a great AP science program and AP arts program. You shouldn't always believe what is being said. I am a student who has experienced Ball High first hand and I am considered GT and I am not in STEM and I am learning a lot."
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