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Ball High School3

Galveston, TX | Galveston County

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October 21, 2014


I am currently in my 4th year workin at Ball and absolutely love everythuing about it! The choices that are offered to the students are incredible, you can't get what Ball offers at many other schools and the pride and spirit are spectacular...can't wait until my first born child attends Ball!

Submitted by a teacher

March 2, 2014


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!

November 4, 2013


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.....

Submitted by a parent

November 4, 2013


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.

Submitted by a parent

June 6, 2012


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.

Submitted by a student

February 16, 2012


Are you kidding me? This is a great school if you just stepped out of the Bronx or one of those parts of Detroit that even the cops don't go to at night. You walk in the building and suddenly feel like you just stepped into the movie Dangerous Minds or some of the others like that. The curriculum is way behind where they should be. My kid is a junior and she says that they are doing things in her algebra class that she had done in 6th grade. She also says that the teachers can't teach and some of them just sit there and do nothing during the whole class because the thugs and hoodlums run the school and won't allow the teachers to be heard.

Submitted by a parent

February 9, 2012


Ball High is a great place to work! This is my first year working at a school and it is my pleasure to let the community know what a great place Ball is. I graduated form Ball High in 1998 and feel like it has only improved since then. We have an awesome new Principal with a great team of Administrators and Teachers backing him up. The faculty and staff love what they do and give each child the opportunity to reach their long term goals.

Submitted by a teacher

April 10, 2010


Ball High has a lot to offer you acedemically, socially and physially. I highly recommend it.

Submitted by a parent

April 9, 2010


As a student of this school I think i can give the best review or opinon. This school is most importantly school spirited! If your child does sports or is interested in them this is the quickest way to make friends and have fun. As far as the educational reviews, the teachers are just like any other teacher at any other school in the united states. They give you the opportunity to learn and the tools you need to succeed it's up to the students to excel in acedemics this school prepares you for any educational road that lies ahead and offers the most fun on the way. I love this school and the people who attend I thikn it is a great choice as far as High schools in Galveston!

Submitted by a student

January 28, 2010


I have 2 children at Ball High, both in the STEM Academy. It appears that smart kids from academically motivated families can get a good education. The teachers in the STEM Academy are highly motivated and supportive. The word on Ball High is that if you are a high achiever or have special needs, it is a great school (5 stars). If you are in the middle of the pack, not so much (2-3 stars?). I think that there is some truth in that. It is very diverse and the school pride is strong. Some in Galveston are working hard to improve the schools but there are many entrenched obstacles to overcome. I believe that the superintendent is excellent as are the Ball High Principal and Athletic Director. My kids have gone through GISD from the beginning and are doing well. I hope more people will consider GISD for their kid's.

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2009


Actually, I do not love the schools here. Mnay of the teachers are burned out, neither give nor receive respect, and are teaching in outdated methods. But they just started an organic garden at Ball High and I want to encourage that. Ball High needs a huge kick in the butt to be innovative!!!

Submitted by a parent

September 2, 2008


I have 3 children who have graduated from this school. The 2008 graduate is an excellent student and received many scholarships based on her academic performance. She got an excellent education in math and writing in particular. There are many AP classes to choose from so she had 20 college credits when she graduated. Ball High offers an excellent education or a mediocre one. It depends on the child's level of motivation.

Submitted by a parent

August 2, 2008


there are some good teachers but some are awful. there are lots of fights and isnt very safe among the students

Submitted by a student

June 20, 2008


This is okay acemdicly but the kids are really bad. theres too much fighting and sitractions and it use to be a really great school a few years back but not so much anymore.

Submitted by a student

May 24, 2008


Ball High was recently ranked in the top 1300 high schools in the country. My son is a junior this year. Ball High has had some struggles during his time there with leadership and administration. But my son has had excellent teachers and taken several AP classes. It is not true what some reviewers have written that only sports or football extracurricular activities are available. There are many clubs and other activities. For example, the Debate team has done well recently. They have marching band, jazz band and choir. They have theater arts, community service clubs, etc. If you want to get involved outside of class you can find a way. Parent involvement could definitely improve.

Submitted by a parent

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