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View Poll Results: What is the best middle-high combination?
Rice MS → Jasper HS 6 31.58%
Robinson MS → Jasper HS 7 36.84%
Renner MS → Shepton HS 6 31.58%
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:34 PM
 
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I'm moving from Austin to Plano this year and education is very important to me (but I'm not a tiger mom). My 5th grade son will be a middle schooler this upcoming school year and I would like to know more about the talked-about and "legendary" West Plano cluster.

Out of the three middle schools Rice, Robinson, and Renner, which has the best academics? Are there major differences in demographics? I would like for my child to be successful and be exposed to competition to encourage and motivate him to learn, but I've heard that certain schools in west Plano are too competitive. These three middle schools just seem so similar, I'm quite confused.

I know that both Rice and Robinson feed to Jasper High School and Renner feeds to Shepton High School. Could you compare/contrast Jasper and Shepton? I've heard that Jasper is too competitive, but a friend of mine had a kid who went to Shepton and she said that the school is rundown and nowhere near the academic level of Jasper.

There's just so many schools in the west Plano cluster, I'm thoroughly confused and don't know what track to choose! I want to send my son on an academically-focused school track to foster his knowledge and potential, but I also don't want to send him to schools in which all kids care about is competing with one another.
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Old 01-03-2015, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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You left off Frankford.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:33 PM
 
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These schools are like top 1% of public schools in Texas. You just can't go wrong with any of them. Rice is usually considered Asian Central but other two are more diverse. My daughters went to Renner and had a great experience. One made it to an honors program in one of the top 50 universities. Younger one decided to take up UTD-UTSW accelerated program. Both were on swim team and had their social lives built around schools so all in all had a great time.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:05 AM
 
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Originally Posted by thomasdangit View Post
I'm moving from Austin to Plano this year and education is very important to me (but I'm not a tiger mom). My 5th grade son will be a middle schooler this upcoming school year and I would like to know more about the talked-about and "legendary" West Plano cluster.

Out of the three middle schools Rice, Robinson, and Renner, which has the best academics? Are there major differences in demographics? I would like for my child to be successful and be exposed to competition to encourage and motivate him to learn, but I've heard that certain schools in west Plano are too competitive. These three middle schools just seem so similar, I'm quite confused.

I know that both Rice and Robinson feed to Jasper High School and Renner feeds to Shepton High School. Could you compare/contrast Jasper and Shepton? I've heard that Jasper is too competitive, but a friend of mine had a kid who went to Shepton and she said that the school is rundown and nowhere near the academic level of Jasper.

There's just so many schools in the west Plano cluster, I'm thoroughly confused and don't know what track to choose! I want to send my son on an academically-focused school track to foster his knowledge and potential, but I also don't want to send him to schools in which all kids care about is competing with one another.
Jasper is tough but will prepare the kids for good. Even Clark/Shepton is NO match for Jasper. So are Vines/McMillen High. Jasper does it in a totally different way. AS much as I have understood, each of these schools 'customize' their levels according to the school population and their academic capabilities. Not all Junior High Schools in Plano are the same. Neither do they follow exact same calender week by week nor do each school teach at the same depth. Also it's tougher to get a 95 in Jasper than scoring 97 in Clark/Vines/McMillen/Shepton.
And that also motivates Jasper kids t work even harder to score above 95.
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:43 PM
 
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