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Old 06-02-2015, 12:27 PM
 
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Crazy situation

These 1MM dollar homes paying so much in real estate taxes and they send their kids to private schools...

It does not make financial sense
That's the way it works, you don't get a refund if you don't take advantage of the public schools. Cost of living in an expensive area. One may argue that the homeowners are still benefiting from the schools even if their kids don't go there (because their less fortunate neighbors are bettering themselves through a quality education instead of running around on the streets raising hell).

Lamar also draws other students outside of it's ITL attendance zone. Many of the properties zoned to Lee on the west side have Lamar as an option.
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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Many of the properties zoned to Lee on the west side have Lamar as an option.
I thought the Lee boundary zone had the option for Westside High School?
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:35 PM
 
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About the rich families sending their kids to this school; again it does not make sense; about 38 percent of its 3,200 students are Hispanic, 29 percent African-American.
Poor kids, having to go to a school where more than 67% of students that are minorities
I wonder how they survive
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:36 PM
 
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I thought the Lee boundary zone had the option for Westside High School?
It does. We live on the west side and we currently could do Lee (ugh), Lamar, or Westside.

After posting this I also though there's an interesting contrast between the wealthy areas inside of HISD and Spring Branch ISD. I don't know any really wealthy folks in HISD that send their kids to public schools, but I know people that own private jets who sent their kids to Memorial High.
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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It does. We live on the west side and we currently could do Lee (ugh), Lamar, or Westside.

After posting this I also though there's an interesting contrast between the wealthy areas inside of HISD and Spring Branch ISD. I don't know any really wealthy folks in HISD that send their kids to public schools, but I know people that own private jets who sent their kids to Memorial High.
AFAIK even from the beginning (1936) it was more common for Lamar students to come from the West U, Southampton, and initially Bellaire areas. Only 10% of the students came from River Oaks.

From what I know it's common for upper middle class persons (maybe up to one million dollar homes) in West U, Bellaire, Southampton, etc. and in less expensive houses in River Oaks areas to send kids to HISD. I don't remember ridiculously wealthy people in HISD doing so. If you remember Doris Angleton (murdered in the 1990s), her family sent her kids to Lamar.

Anyway I think Lamar should get rid of the uniform policy passed in 2006. If somebody from an upper middle class family wants to go to public school they may as well go to one without a uniform.

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Old 06-02-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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Great info Vicman! I'll admit the viewpoint of this long resident but non-Houston native is a little skewed, my wife went to Memorial in the early 2000s and quite a few of her friends from that era come from stunningly wealthy families (unfortunately, not the case with her!).
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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are you really that shocked that extremely wealthy families tend to send their kids to private school?
Yes I am

Because they also pay extremely high taxes to be in that public school's zone.

So they paying for something that they never use...
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:20 PM
 
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Yes I am

Because they also pay extremely high taxes to be in that public school's zone.

So they paying for something that they never use...


And people who have no kids pay those really high taxes too it's a cost of doing business
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Yes I am

Because they also pay extremely high taxes to be in that public school's zone.

So they paying for something that they never use...
In order to live in those homes they would have to pay those taxes anyway, kids or not. It's about the location, not the school district.

We are talking about the wealthy, not just the "rich." They see paying for education and paying property taxes as two different things.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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Also, Lamar is basically two separate high schools, a pretty good IB / AP program (probably better than any of the equivalents in the suburbs) and a fairly mediocre general high school. The IB program is a minority of the overall school so overall demographics do not look great.

I.e. a homogenous suburban school will typically look better than Bellaire or Lamar but the upper percentile of those schools is really good.
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