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Old 02-16-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Houston area
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The low income on school sites mean the kids qualify for reduced and free lunch. All it takes is filling out the form.

The schools, by law can only verify 2% of the forms. I have watched my local high school go from 10% to 64% free lunch over a 10 year time frame. The housing pattern has not changed. The school attendance zone was just about built out already. There have been no large low income apartment complexes added.

The economy may account for some. I don't think it accounts for a over 50% rise. I am beginning to think that many folks just lie on the form to get something for nothing. Especially since moms and dads no longer marry. All mom needs do is report her income. The school may be far less low income than is indicated.
Really!! I didn't know that.

Also, to the OP. Worry about the school ranking, grades, etc. You'll be fine in Summerwood.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Economically disadvantaged doesn't equal poor, minority, or bad neighborhood. 15% is not a high number. Obviously, most of the children in that school are advantaged, so you can give your child that same advantage.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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so how much annual salary is "economically disadvantaged"?
Amount varies by size of the family.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The low income on school sites mean the kids qualify for reduced and free lunch. All it takes is filling out the form.

The schools, by law can only verify 2% of the forms. I have watched my local high school go from 10% to 64% free lunch over a 10 year time frame. The housing pattern has not changed. The school attendance zone was just about built out already. There have been no large low income apartment complexes added.

The economy may account for some. I don't think it accounts for a over 50% rise. I am beginning to think that many folks just lie on the form to get something for nothing. Especially since moms and dads no longer marry. All mom needs do is report her income. The school may be far less low income than is indicated.
This is 100% true. My wife is a registrar at a local elementary school, and she gets so many people claiming it just to get the free lunch and stuff. Not like they require a full IRS tax return to prove it or anything. And there is not much she can do about it because it is all based on what the parents provide.
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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15% is outstanding for the Houston area. My school is around 98%. This is an exemplary campus with minimal discipline problems. However, the campus is over half Latin American.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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15% is pretty standard for any school in an upper middle income community anywhere. Houston is no different.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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15% is pretty standard for any school in an upper middle income community anywhere. Houston is no different.
Thanks, I didn't know this.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I was doing some research on HAR.COM and saw that Summerwood Elementary has 15% students that are "economically disadvantaged." I am contemplating buying in Summerwood or Eagle Springs, but leaning heavily towards Summerwood since it's closer to the Beltway. I thought it was a good neighborhood but I want my kids to be in the best school possible. How are there so many economically disadvantaged kids going to school in a "master planned community"?

So are you saying only upper middle class kids should be in your school district?

They are just kids and have no control over how much $$$$ their parents have................If anything they need to be there so they get a GOOD education and have the chances their parents did not!
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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15% is pretty standard for any school in an upper middle income community anywhere. Houston is no different.
My point was that among Houston's school districts (Houston, Alief, and Aldine) 15% would be excellent. I would estimate only about 3 schools fall into this category.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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My point was that among Houston's school districts (Houston, Alief, and Aldine) 15% would be excellent. I would estimate only about 3 schools fall into this category.
Well, you said Houston area at first. Those are somewhat inner city school districts that are known for being mostly lower to lower middle income.
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