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Elizabeth Kratwell

O Henry Middle School8

Austin, TX | Travis County


March 30, 2015

If your child participates in band, orchestra, athletics, or is in all Pre-AP classes then this school may be okay. All other kids, especially special needs kids, should avoid this school. There are some good teachers and a great librarian but the administrators should all be replaced for turning a blind eye to the bullying problems here. The school desperately needs to reinvent itself and become a place people WANT to send their kids. Clint Small MS is a much better choice.

Submitted by a parent

May 11, 2014

I agree with the parent below: This school has a bullying problem. It contributed to our decision to move our child. We spoke to one of the vice principals and were treated with hostility. It's a shame because the teachers at the school are indeed excellent. They go above and beyond for students who want to learn.

Submitted by a parent

May 2, 2014

Both my children are at O Henry Middle School. OHMS has an excellent principal, Pete Price, and wonderful teachers. We have a fantastic librarian who is very creative and gets the students excited about exploring different kinds of books. We love the band program and the enrichment classes are really fun and educational.

Submitted by a parent

December 17, 2013

O'Henry Middle School has wonderful teachers, but this school has a SEVERE bullying problem that the principal just isn't willing to recognize. Even with the exceptional teaching staff, I could not recommend this school to anyone.

Submitted by a parent

July 15, 2013

As a former student of O'henry Middle School, all I can say is if you are looking for higher education: I would not recommend this school. There are many very nice teachers but overall they lack connection with the students. Some students are not pushed to be they can be lowering the education level of the other kids. The Athletics Program was less than satisfactory and some of the Staff members.... Did not meet my expectations. Overall I got an education but my experience at O'henry was one that I can brag about.

May 30, 2013

This is the best school I've ever taught at (I taught here for 6 years). The principal is an incredible leader and the staff truly cares about the students. After seeing how other schools are run, I now realize what an amazing school this is, both for students and teachers. I would not hesitate to send my own children here.

Submitted by a teacher

September 1, 2011

I found the two years I spent at O. Henry to be the two worst years of my education. The school is way too crowded. The classes have about 30 kids in a room designed for 20. The teachers have so many students. This causes them to be tired and stressed constantly, and the lessons leave much to be desired. Many of the students there seem to barely care about their education. Many students who are in Pre-AP classes should not be. They do not work, and they do not care. They hold the lessons back, therefore, the smarter students are held back from reaching their full potential. The staff is nice, for the most part. However, there are some very rude teachers and office workers, these are the people that don't care about anything except for the paycheck. I do not recommend this school. I worked hard to succeed, and I did, but that was in spite of the circumstances.

June 2, 2011

I'm a student at O. Henry Middle School. I just graduated from there this year. Class Of 2015! (Yeah!!) I would say that this school is by the best middle school I have ever been too. The teachers are amazing, the push you to do your very best. The Principal and staff there are super kind and helpful. They will listen to any problems you have and help you through them. I'm not in Pre-Ap or anything but with being in regular classes I've seen kids that do extremely well. While most people would give up on them because the way the look and act during school, our teacher don't. They don't care what you look like all they care about is helping us succeed. I loved going to that school because everybody was so nice to me when I came half way through the school year. This is an excellent school to send your child to.

November 2, 2010

I have subbed at this school and the front office staff are so friendly and helpful. The teachers are too. I have seen the principal's out interacting with students and staff more than any other school I've been at. This is a well run and great school to be apart of.

October 15, 2009

This school struggles with addressing the needs of kids falling behind. Organized tutoring is sorely lacking. Teacher and administrative turnover is also a problem

Submitted by a parent

March 26, 2009

With an open environment,kids have a chance to learn academically and socially,like austin,it has a variety of people and classes,my favorite school

November 15, 2008

O'Henry is a great school. I have been attending it for about a year and a half and I just love it! They have great teachers and the school is very much a community.

Submitted by a student

January 3, 2008

I never thought I'd live to see the day that my child proclaimed, 'I love school!' I was wrong. My child is having an awesome school year, and I am truly impressed with the principal and my child's teachers. I feel my child is challenged every day and has become more responsible because of this. As a parent, I feel such comfort knowing that my child is in a safe school that is constantly finding ways to improve.

Submitted by a parent

November 7, 2007

As a former teacher (at another Austin school), and a parent, I have to say that I am not impressed with the leadership at O'Henry.

Submitted by a parent

November 7, 2007

I am a student at O.Henry Middle school and I want to give it 2 thumbs-up. I'm Having soo many experiences here. But overall i think it is a supereior midddle school

Submitted by a student

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