MacArthur High School in San Antonio Northeast Township, TX - Niche

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MacArthur High School is a public magnet school in San Antonio Northeast Township, Texas. It has 2,647 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 85% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 345 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

2923 Macarthur View
San Antonio, TX 78217
(210) 650-1100

Ratings and Reviews
3.8 from 345 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I entered this school a bit late into freshman year and my first experiences weren't the best majorly because I was in many regular classes. Sophomore year after I remedied that my experience improved greatly. The teachers, students, materials, and lesson plans vary vastly between "Regular" classes and "AP", "Pre-AP", and "Dual Credit" courses. I have found with after transitioning to higher level courses (and even higher level art and drama classes) the class sizes decreased and the focus put on individual student's needs and success were much more looked after. Teachers address you as more competent and more things are taught. The higher level courses are taught at a faster, more intense rate, which in Pre-AP means you get to more explore the subject and learn past what is needed for standardized testing. AP classes teach you mainly in the direction of the AP test for the subject, but after that is taken it will also go further into enjoying the subject. Unlike some of my teachers at my other high school and middle schools, all of my teachers (other than health) have been people taught to teach their subject. Everyone is well versed and has a genuine interest in their subjects that they are eager to pass on to their students. If you want to get a good education out of Mac then you should definitely consider taking higher level courses. Here, you don't have to be outrageously smart to be in AP, you just have to be willing to work a bit harder in the classroom for it. Ironically, in comparing with my friends I have found that higher level courses tend to get less homework than regulars (unless you're in WHAP, that's a whole other story). All in all Mac is a good school educationally and will get me to where I want to go.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Educational Outcomes: My previous teachers have prepared me somewhat for the real world
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I cannot complain about the school, it prepared me for college, and if anything, the classes were more difficult than the ones I encountered in my undergraduate university.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Health & Safety: There are always a few bad actors in a school of this size but when you are a student that only opts for the honors and AP classes, you don't encounter these individuals. Everyone goes about their own business and are not bothered if they are not causing a problem to someone else. I did not have a single instance where I feared for my safety at this school.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: If you are willing to opt for all honors/AP courses you will be well served by some of the best and most dedicated educators there are. The AP Physics Teacher truly goes above and beyond to get students to do the most and will do more than anyone would expect him to do to make sure everyone feels engaged and enthusiastic about all science classes.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Alamo Heights High School 3 mi. 1,501
3.00 Roosevelt High School 3 mi. 2,839
3.00 Madison High School 5 mi. 3,284
4.00 Churchill High School 5 mi. 2,999
3.00 Lee High School 5 mi. 2,381

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 52%
Female 47%

Student Diversity

MacArthur High School United States Alamo Heights High School Churchill High School Lee High School Madison High School Roosevelt High School
Hispanic 50.0% 24.5% 34.0% 47.0% 81.0% 53.0% 57.0%
White 33.0% 51.6% 60.0% 43.0% 10.0% 32.0% 15.0%
African American 8.0% 15.2% 1.0% 4.0% 4.0% 7.0% 18.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.7% 2.0% 2.0% 0% 2.0% 3.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.6% 0% 2.0% 1.0% 3.0% 4.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 29.1%
Grade 10 26.0%
Grade 11 23.8%
Grade 12 21.1%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 70% Yes
  • 22% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 27% AP classes offered
  • 20% Variety of clubs/organizations
  • 20% Teachers
  • 18% School spirit
  • 5% Art and Orchestral department
  • 4% Dance team
  • 2% Honors Program
  • 2% Extracurriculars
  • 2% Student's mutual respect for each other

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 26% Tardy Sweeping
  • 19% It's a three story building
  • 19% How packed the hallways and stairways get.
  • 16% Bathroom Rules
  • 16% Cliques
  • 3% A high quality gap between AP and regular classes.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 19 responses

  • 47% School spirit
  • 26% The mission statement
  • 16% Creative and spirited
  • 5% The dedicated teachers who go above and beyond.
  • 5% Oldest school in the district, lots of tradition

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 39% Duty, Honor, Country
  • 39% GO BRAHMAS!!
  • 11% Variety
  • 6% Marijuana and entitlement
  • 6% Great students and teachers in sync.

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 58% Get involved!
  • 21% Don't procrastinate
  • 11% Go into all of the Honors/AP courses you can!
  • 11% Be prepared to complete all assignments on time.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 13% I love everything about this school.
  • 73% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 13% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.