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Old 02-16-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Richmond, TX
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Hi to all,

My wife and I are planning our move to the Houston area with our 5 year old and 11 year old daughters who currently attend kindergarten and sixth grade in private catholic schools in Puerto Rico. The amount of homework that is given to both our children is cruel at times. They never go outside to play or watch TV during the week because they get home from school around 4:00pm and do homework all afternoon until 8:00pm when they start getting ready for bed (they DO take breaks for dinner and shower). They only have playtime of friday afternoons and weekends.

We were just wondering if this typical in US public schools? We are planning on getting our kids into Katy ISD (just in case the answer depends on the school district). We have never had any experience with US public schools since both my wife and I were born and raised here in PR.

Thanks,
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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It obviously depends on school district but where we are (Pearland ISD) my son got out of school at 2.45 in elementary (8.00am start) and 3.45 in middle school (8.45am start). He did not get a break (recess) during the day and got 30 minutes for lunch. I don't think he has ever spent more than 1 hour on homework (maybe if he had a big project but usually we try to split the work over a few nights) and some nights he has no homework at all.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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I don't have first hand experience on Katy ISD but have a friend who lives there and her kids go to public school. My friend's kids do have homework but they do have time to get out of the house and play in the neighborhood. Where I live it's HISD and it's about the same, kids in elementary are out by 2:45 and I see them on the street playing, unless they have big projects which are usually toward the end of the semester.

Be sure you get a real estate agent and find yourself a property in a good neighborhood with good schools zoned.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My three kids go to Katy ISD schools and the homework load has rarely been an issue. Like your children, mine came from private schools where the amount of homework given was often ridiculous, so this was a nice change. As others have noted, there are always exceptions (end of semester exams), but in general I think your children will have more time to be kids than it sounds like they have now. Good luck with your move!
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Richmond, TX
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Thanks to all for your replys. I looks like we will have a break from all this homework stress. We like to be on top of our daughters education but 3 to 4 hours of homework everyday is too much.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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You might look at St. Catherine's Montessori (in Houston, though, not katy). Since you mentioned catholic school. It is a private, Catholic school with a Montessori approach, and they definitely take a balanced view of homework. It's a really lovely school (my kids went there for a few years).
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Richmond, TX
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I doubt we will have the money to pay private schooling in Houston. Here we have them in private schools because we have no option. The public education in PR is a disaster.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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One of my neighbors has her children in a Catholic school and she reports that they spend hours per day on homework.

My children are in school for 7 hours per day...that's enough emphasis on academics and the rest of the time I want them to play, enjoy being outside, and explore personal interests. So far in public school, the homework has been minimal.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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I really do think it depends on how much after school activities you have your kids in too. I have 2 kids, one in kindergarten, the other in 2nd grade. Between their school, piano lessons, and extra math/reading tutorials we make them go to (which they are given homework daily), they really don't have much free time. But we like it that way. Keeps them busy, but of course, it keeps us busy too!
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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And we wonder why other ethnicities kick our kids' collective a$$ in spelling bees and national science/math contests.

Ronnie
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