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Houston High School
9755 Wolf River Blvd. 
Germantown , TN 38139-5508 
901-756-2370
School Code: 430-758


Community
 

Houston High School, established in 1989, is located in the Shelby County suburban community of Germantown. The 70-acre campus houses approximately 2000 students in grades 9-12.

School

Houston is a comprehensive high school within the Germantown Municipal School District, fully accredited by AdvanceEd and with memberships in the following: NASSP, NACAC, SACAC, The College Board, and TSSAA. The student body represents diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups. The administration and staff consist of 120 certified personnel, and over 80 percent have advanced degrees (masters or higher). The school year is 180 days divided into two semesters. The school day consists of seven 50-minute classes. 

Curriculum

Comprehensive programs are offered in English, foreign language, science, mathematics, social studies, STEM, fine arts, and CTE. Dual Enrollment classes are offered in Anatomy & Physiology, Biology II, Calculus III, College Algebra & Trigonometry, Statistics, English, Oral Communication, Art History, Criminal Justice, Audio/Visual Production, Information Technology, Mechatronics I & II, Intro to Engineering/STEM, US History, and Work-Based Learning. Industry certification courses include STEM III, Computer Systems, Diagnostic Medicine, Principles of Manufacturing and Agriscience.

Honors courses include English I, II, III, Etymology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Organic Chemistry, World History & Geography, Latin I, II, III, French I, II, III, German I, II, III, Spanish I, II, III, Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, STEM I, III, III, Coding II,  and Fine Arts.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Language, English Literature, U.S. History, European History, Human Geography, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, Economics (Macro and Micro),  Psychology, French Language, German Language, Spanish Language, Latin Literature, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics I and Physics II, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Studio Art Drawing & 2-D Design, Music Theory, Statistics, and Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Research, and Seminar.

Graduation Requirements

 
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 22
MATH: 4 Credits 
Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course
SCIENCE: 3 Credits
Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
ENGLISH: 4 Credits
SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 Credits
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS:
1.5 Credits
PERSONAL FINANCE: .5 Credits
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 Credits 
FINE ARTS: 1 Credit
May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus

ELECTIVE FOCUS: 3 Credits

Science and Mathematics
Liberal Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Fine Arts
Advanced Placement
 
 
 

Grades

**New Grading scale for 2021-22 school year. Prior scale is noted on student transcripts.**
 

Standard courses :
A=90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
D= 65-69
F= 0=64

Honors Courses : 3 points are added to all scores of 65 or above each quarter. .5 additional quality point is added to GPA each semester.
Industry Certifcation Courses : 4 points are added to all scores of 65 or above each quarter. .5 additional quality point is added to GPA each semester.
Advanced Placement : 5 points are added to all scores of 65 or above each quarter.1 additional quality point is added to GPA each semester.

GPA

Students' grade point averages are calculated on a 4.0 scale and are weighed if honors, Dual Enrollment, Industry Certification, and/or Advanced Placement courses have been taken. Notation appears in the course title on the student transcript. The GPA includes all grades earned during grades 9-12.

Class Rank

Houston High School does not participate in a class ranking system.
 

Laude System

Summa cum laude 4.25 and above
Magna cum laude 4.0-4.24
Cum laude 3.75-3.99

 

Test Results

The average ACT score for all members of the class of 2021 based on each student's highest ACT was 24.3, and the average for students in the Houston Honors Academy was 32.1. The 2021 Advanced placement examinations for 551 test-takers taking 1,130 exams were scored as follows: 15%=5, 25%=4, and 27%=3 with 67% of total students earning a 3 or higher. For the 2020-2021 school year, Houston had 9 National Merit Commended Scholars, 16 National Merit Semifinalists, and 15 National Merit Finalists.

Colleges

Approximately 88% of Houston’s students attend a four-year university; 11% attend a two-year college or technical school, and 1% join the military, work force or other. During the past five years, Houston graduates have attended the following schools:

Agnes Scott College
Alabama (University of)
American University
Appalachian State University
Arkansas (University of)
Auburn University
Baylor (University of)
Belmont University
Birmingham Southern University
Boston College
Brigham Young University
Butler University
California Institute of Technology
Clemson University
College of William and Mary
Colorado (University of)
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Duke University
Eckerd College
Edinburgh, Scotland (University of)
Elon University
Emory University
Evansville (University of)
Florida State University
Florida (University of)
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia (University of)
Grinnell College

Harvard College
Hendrix College
Illinois (University of)
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University
Maryland (University of)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Memphis (University of)
Miami University (Ohio)
Miami (University of)
Michigan (University of)
Middlebury College
Middle Tennessee State University
Millsaps College
Minnesota (University of)
Mississippi (University of)
Mississippi State University
Missouri (University of)
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
North Carolina (University of)
Northwestern University
Notre Dame
Ohio Wesleyan College
Olin College of Engineering
Oregon (University of)
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania (University of)
Pepperdine University
Pomona College
Princeton University

Purdue University
Reed College
Rice University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rutgers University
St. Louis University
Samford University
Savannah College of Art
South Carolina (University of)
Southern California (University of)
Southern Illinois University
Southern Methodist University
Syracuse (University of)
Tennessee (University of)
Texas (University of)
Texas Christian University
Tulane University
UCLA
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Chicago
University of the South, Sewanee
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia (University of)
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Washington and Lee University
Xavier University