LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL

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3325 WESTHEIMER RD
HOUSTON, TX 77098
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Phone: 713-522-5960
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Houston Isd
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 750
  • Number Students: 3000
  • Number Teachers: 130
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5293
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr James Mcswain
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings (67 ratings)
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    School Reviews (53 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-15
    "Okay, this is going to explain everything about Lamar. Teachers and Curriculum: -Teachers do their best at what they do, sometimes they are restricted to what they want to teach by the administration. -The IB and regular curriculum are similar, they both involve IB in it, however, the IB curriculum focuses and other things that are more rigorous than the standard curriculum. Administration & Principal: -The Lamar administration has to be one of the most productive and helpful administrations out of many schools in Houston. -The assistant principals/ deans do a lot to help children, but sometimes can go a little far with some rules, I understand that there are rules, but sometimes they go a little too far with some rules. -The principal is definitely not seen very much, but he does a lot for the school that benefits the students. Overall: Lamar is a good choice if your child wants an education, however, there are some students at Lamar that don't have good manners and are disrespectful, but what do you expect for such a big school? Lamar has a lot of resources that most schools do not have, and Lamar is a good place to learn and grow."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-09
    "Lamar is riding on the faded glories of its past. The principal, a tyrant who kisses up to the destructive superintendent, is abusive to teachers and dismissive of parents. He says his door is open to parents but he does everything in his considerable power to avoid meeting with them. He is untouchable (see kissing up to superintendent, above) and our family does not foresee positive changes. Our child in in the purported IB Program but it is a joke. Most of the best teachers have left the school and even the Houston ISD and the ones left are having to teach courses in which they have insufficient knowledge of the material. There is academic rigor here and there, but overall it is at a very low level. We will not be sending our younger child to Lamar, not while that principal is still there."
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    Posted 2012-10-15
    "I'm new here this year ! Very crowdy school ... But good We have nice teachers but also really mean ones ... Our Conscellors are present for us and really they do a great job ! But the principal i have never seen him ... It is not a real ghetto school as the reviews says but the teachers are trying really hard ..."
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    Posted 2012-08-27
    "I will post early observations from the 1st day in the hope that someone is listening. I heard many good things about Lamar from lots of people before my teen started there. However ... The school is seriously overcrowded and drive-up access is long and arduous. "Renovations" were not complete when school began, and air conditioning does not work well. The A/C issue is doubly important because many of the students smelled of smoke. Lockers have been removed, which may be a good strategy to address certain issues, but begs the question as to how and why things got to where locker removal was necessary. Science texts were >7 years out of date. This rating is preliminary and may change for better or worse, but what has come up so far concerns me. I'll follow up after some time."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-11
    "Absolutely worst school in Houston, you are better sending your child to a "lower rated" school in a worst part of town and you may even get better faculty and teachers. According to this website, a great school has excellent teachers, strong principal, and challenging academic programs. The only part I can really attest to is the last one and that is that the IB program is pretty challenging and gets students college ready. However, the majority of this ghetto school chooses not to participate in this. All the good teachers have left, or are trying their hardest to. It isn't a school ,it's a daycare. The teachers don't teach, the kids teach themselves. The handful of teachers here that are great really need to move onto a better school. I am ashamed to say that my child has gone here and I don't plan on keeping her here next year. I don't intend to send my younger children here either. If you can afford it, send them to a private school, if not, try Bellaire. Maybe there the students know who the principal is, whats his name again? I don't think anyone really knows or cares who the principal is, he doesn't do anything anyways. STAY AWAY FROM LAMAR."
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