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Old 06-26-2007, 02:36 PM
 
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I am a New Yorker soon to be Houstonian. I rented a home in the Fortbend area and am looking for the best Elementary school for my daughter who is going to the fourth grade. I just found out her zoned school is Barbara Jordan Elemantary and everything I researched says this is not up to my academics standards.
My daughter is coming from a free public charter school were she learned Mandarin Chinese everyday since Kindergarten. I know that she will not be able to continue the dual language in school and I will have to pay for it going forwarded but I need her to be in the best school.

Are there any teachers who can recommend the best school without bias of their own school? I am a single parent so an after school program in the school would help if that is offered in the Texas school system.

BTW my daughter is black and has no issues with race and I would like a school that practices the same.

Thank you
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:20 PM
 
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I would look into seeing if FBISD allows transfers. If so, see where your daughter is eligible to go.
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:35 AM
 
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I appreciate your response. I've been here since 7/4/07 and the districts are confusing. I have found out that I can apply for an inner district transfer but I have to register her in the zoned school first.

Private school is looking better and better its just the cost are astronomical.
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:32 PM
 
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Recommend Private. Since you're a single parent with only one income, most private schools have tuition assistance you just have to do tons of paperwork. There are many private institutions in and around Houston it's just a matter of surfing the net to locate them. Many will mail you an information package, once you've narrowed it down then you can contact the person in the financial department regarding tuition assistance.

My neice used to go to elementary in Ft. Bend and years ago i understood that things were great however, over the years my sister-in-law said that the quality dwindled. She's now in Jr. High and I understand that it's even worse and they don't live in a bad neigborhood either (go figure).

BTW heres a link to various Houston private schools, I'm sure they have individual links to each school you're interested in. Houston Private Schools - HAIS - Houston Area Independent Schools
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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I am a New Yorker soon to be Houstonian. I rented a home in the Fortbend area and am looking for the best Elementary school for my daughter who is going to the fourth grade. I just found out her zoned school is Barbara Jordan Elemantary and everything I researched says this is not up to my academics standards.
My daughter is coming from a free public charter school were she learned Mandarin Chinese everyday since Kindergarten. I know that she will not be able to continue the dual language in school and I will have to pay for it going forwarded but I need her to be in the best school.

Are there any teachers who can recommend the best school without bias of their own school? I am a single parent so an after school program in the school would help if that is offered in the Texas school system.

BTW my daughter is black and has no issues with race and I would like a school that practices the same.

Thank you
Why can't she continue the dual language?
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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Fort Bend ISD doesn't offer foreign languages in elementary, but they do have English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and Clements High offers several languages. Maybe if you check with Ft Bend's administration you can locate a Mandarin speaking teacher that can tutor your daughter. There are also many high school students that do volunteer work to get good references for college applications. Ask Ft. Bend to put you in touch with the director of their community services (sorry, can't remember the lady's name) and see if you can find a Chinese student that can tutor and babysit after school. High school gets out half an hour before elementary so the timing could work nicely. I once got a couple of soccer players to help me coach my son's team in exchange for a good reference. You could also advertise in one of the local papers, the Ft. Bend Star and the Sun is delivered free in Sugar Land, not sure if it is in Richmond though.

If the Mandarin just doesn't work out there is no shortage of Spanish speakers here.

Fort Bend ISD's website should tell you which campuses have after-school programs. The only one I know of personally is Settler's Way Elementary. My son went there for 3 years and I thought it was an excellent school with lots of parent involvement and volunteers. We didn't go to the after school program, but one of my son's friends did and his mom thought it was fabulous.

Good luck and welcome to Texas!
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Richmond's paper is The Fort Bend Herald, located in Rosenberg.

I never had the option of taking Chinese at any point of my school daze...er, days (same thing, really) and never for elementary school. I never took an actual foreign language class (Spanish) until 7th grade. Indeed you are most likely you are going to have to go private if you want anything dual-language at the elementary level. Most public elementary school teachers are doing great just to get the kids to read and understand English.
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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There are a handful of public school dual-language programs at the elementary level in the Houston area, mostly Spanish. HISD's Kolter Elementary is a foreign language magnet and the only one I know of offering Chinese, along with Japanese, French, and Spanish.
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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I want to thank everyone for their responses. I can"t afford the private schools this year but will be the first at registration next year so I can have more time to fill out the forms.

I am awaiting news from my district on my inner district transfer request. Still looking into the Mandarin tutoring
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Old 08-14-2007, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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I saw a flyer not long ago from one of the local child care centers saying they offered Mandarin. I believe it was Child Time (or something similar) next to Colony Meadows Elementary on Sweetwater Blvd. I meant to tell you at the time but had internet problems for a week and forgot to get back to you, very sorry.
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