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Old 12-28-2014, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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"All private schools within 20 miles" would cover most of Fort Worth and even a few in Dallas. That's just not realistic!

HEB ISD is just OK. It's no longer the powerhouse it was back in the 1980s.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:14 PM
 
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When we were looking for homes we drove through the neighborhood with high hopes. But when we saw it in person, the dump was a major deal breaker! I wanted to like it so badly because I love the idea of a planned community. But we just couldn't do it.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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HEB ISD is just OK.

Disagree, just as I disagree with you every time I see you underrate HEB on these forums. They may not produce the high number of powerhouse test scores they once did since the area has become more diverse and they now deal with a mix of socio-economic classes, but they also still have plenty of schools in those diverse areas that score 8 or higher on greatschools.org. They deal with diverse demographics better than probably any district I've seen first hand in the Fort Worth area. They also have the highest achieving and oldest IB program in North Texas. I guess comparing them to districts like Grapevine-Colleyville, Carroll, or Highland Park with zero to little economic diversity, yes, they're not going to score as well. Those kids from those families would be successful anywhere. HEB is still a great district, much more deserving than "just OK."

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Old 12-28-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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Disagree, just as I disagree with you every time I see you underrate HEB on these forums. They may not produce the high number of powerhouse test scores they once did since the area has become more diverse and they now deal with a mix of socio-economic classes, but they also still have plenty of schools in those diverse areas that score 8 or higher on greatschools.org. They deal with diverse demographics better than probably any district I've seen first hand in the Fort Worth area. They also have the highest achieving and oldest IB program in North Texas. I guess comparing them to districts like Grapevine-Colleyville, Carroll, or Highland Park with zero to little economic diversity, yes, they're not going to score as well. Those kids from those families would be successful anywhere. HEB is still a great district, much more deserving than "just OK."
I agree with RayStokes b/c I teach in this district. It's EXTREMELY diverse and serves low socioeconomic backgrounds, yet they still do very well on state tests. My school is a title 1 school with a high population of free and reduced lunch students. Yet we're ranked an 8 on Greatschools. The teachers bust their butts, and analyze data until they're blue in the face to make sure every child is making academic gains.

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Old 12-29-2014, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I never said HEB ISD is bad. I just said that it isn't the best district in the area like it used to be. If someone has a son who wants to play football, and they can't afford a $500k house in Southlake, Euless Trinity would be the best school for them. Personally, I don't buy into the whole IB program hype, but to each their own.

GCISD does have economic and racial diversity. Did you see the Texas low-performing schools list this year? GCISD has one on there. It's the elementary school that feeds the area off Mustang Drive with the cheap apartments and the trailer parks. The kids at Timberline Elementary are almost all non-English speaking and low income. Another school, Silver Lake, has a Spanish dual language program. So, no, not everyone in GCISD is wealthy and white.
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