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Morton Ranch Junior HighAbout Morton Ranch Junior High

Morton Ranch Junior High is named in honor of the Morton Family Ranch, established in 1896, when Elbert M. Morton and his wife Margaret moved with their family from Missouri to Katy.  Since then, three generations of Mortons have attended Katy ISD schools.

Ask any student at Morton Ranch Junior High what makes his or her school different from all the others in Katy ISD, and you're likely to get the same answer from just about everyone: The Maverick Way. The Maverick Way isn't just a saying or a catchy phrase, but a way of life at Morton Ranch. It is a way of doing things that focuses on the whole student -- the social as well as the academic. Morton Ranch Jr. High is characterized by an atmosphere where the teachers and staff believe in the students, and most importantly, the students believe in themselves. Morton Ranch Junior High's goals focus on maintaining a safe, civil and productive learning environment.

The school itself is built using a floorplan that was designed using parent, staff and community input.  It features a sixth grade area upstairs, allowing separate scheduling for younger students.  Science classrooms are located between classroom pods, allowing the advantages of common storage for supplies and equipment, but providing  easy access to other core-area classrooms. The commons area, library and main lobby have a view of an outdoor courtyard.  The building was planned for after-hours to the commons, gymnasiums, library, a large group instruction area, computer labs and fine arts areas.

Awards and Honors

  • One Grand Recognition qualifier and four State Recognition qualifiers, Duke University Talent Identification Program, 2006
  • Fund for Teachers grant recipients, 2005

School Report Card Data

2008-09 TAKS Scores*

  • Reading: 99%
  • Math: 92%
  • Writing: 96%
  • Social Studies: 99%
  • Science: 75%

* Scores include the Texas Projection Measure (TPM), which is used to determine campus ratings.

2009 Accountability rating: Academically Acceptable

2008 TEA Report Card Data

  • Avg. teacher experience: 8.0 years
  • Avg. students per teacher: 15.3
    • English/Language Arts: 19.7
    • Foreign Languages: 19.8
    • Mathematics: 18.1
    • Science: 24.0
    • Social Studies: 22.6
  • Student profile:
    • Hispanic: 48.3%
    • White: 34.8%
    • African-American: 12.8%
    • Asian: 4.0%
    • Native American: 0.2%
    • Low-income: 47.4%
    • Limited English: 10.9%
  • Special program enrollment:
    • Special education: 9.9%
    • Career/Technical: 20.7%
    • Bilingual/ESL: 9.7%
    • Gifted/Talented: 2.7%

Facility Improvements

Previous bond packages authorized by voters in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002 funded the construction of 21 new schools, including Morton Ranch Jr. High (1999 authorization).

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