The mission of the High School for Law & Justice is to provide students and staff with a safe facility where a strong academic education is given in conjunction with an in depth study of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Our goal is to provide culturally enriched, economically competitive, technologically advanced, environmentally aware, productive citizens. Strong community and parental support using an active shared decision-making model will fulfill our mission.School Overview
The High School for Law & Justice (HSLJ), a separate and unique magnet school, began in the spring of 1981 as a recruitment source for minority police officers. Currently, the curriculum is designed to allow students to explore careers related to law enforcement and criminal justice. Entry requirements include an 80 average in academic subjects, passing scores on standardized tests, and good conduct grades.
At the High School for Law & Justice, students take vocational classes at each grade level to expose them to the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for law enforcement and legal-related criminal justice careers. The law-legal programs are involved in law activities with professional organizations outside of the school. By the 12th grade students hold a variety of work assignments related to their career choices. More than 95% of the students at HSLJ graduate as Texas Scholars.
In 2005-2006, the High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice served about 710 students in grades 9-12. The ethnic makeup of the school is 24%African American, 69% Hispanic, 5.3% Anglo-American, 1% Asian, and less than 0.1% American Indian. About 52% of the student body participates in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program. In many cases, the High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice students are the first in their families to be “college bound”. Ninety percent of the graduating class attends college. Of the students enrolled in the 2005-2006 school year, 58% of the students enrolled in 2005-2006 are considered “at-risk”; and, as economic and social changes continue, the number of “at-risk” students will probably increase.
Dr. Judy Morris opened the school in 1981. She retired in 2004 & was replaced by our current principal, Mrs. Carol Mosteit.
The High School for Law and Justice is rated "academically recognized" by the Texas Education Agency