About This School
In 2011, Richards High School had 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Texas average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Student Ethnicity (2011)
Students Per Teacher (2011)
Subsidized Lunch (2011)
District Spending (2010)
Grade 8 Science Performance
Richards High School Reviews
This is a great school to work in because you are really TEACHING students rather than dealing with "issues" and spending time "managing" a large class, because of the low teacher to student ratio. In some countries where they are beating out the USA, it is because if they have the numbers the USA generally has in classes ... they add teachers. Sometimes in a class of 30, they have three teachers in one classroom. Teacher to student ratio is critical in most reviews of successful schools. We can do a lot more hands-on projects and really get into a subject. I have the extra one-on-one time to reteach. There is a chance to really get to know the students and their parents and for them to get to know you.
On a side note, I take issue with the way the ratings for science are listed here. The ratings of our TAKS scores should be taken based on the increase or decrease for each group of students, because science is not tested every year. The 8th grade students I had in 2010 made a 20% jump upward in their scores from the last time THEY were tested in science (in 5th grade) and the way this is listed compares them to 2009 8th graders (which was a totally different group of students who had scored particularly well, because I had taught them for two years). I am hoping that in districts using merit pay that they look at the proper scores for their teachers. Additionally, one should notice the variation between 10th and 11th grade scores. When there are under 10 students in a class and one student bombs out, that can GREATLY affect the class average. And, this is generally the reason for variations at our school. Our high school science teacher really knows his science and it shows in the exit grades. Our school had some issues in the sciences about 2003, but after suggestions from the comptroller and revamping of curriculum to include C-Scope (and additional technology approved by the school board) all of our students have gone upward from where they were. The Science trend in Richards is seriously upward with numerous students achieving Commended Performance individually.
The only issue I have with the school is the structure, which was built in 1968. With the passage of the bond this fall and upgrades, I would rate this school as a 5.