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Old 09-11-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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I'm still gathering information, as much as I can get! I found The Heights and LOVE it! The houses are just the kind of homes I love and the neighborhood has a great feel to it. The elementary schools look great but things go downhill when you get to middle school and high school. Is there anyone who lives in The Heights with kids in middle or high school on here? If yes, where do they go to school? Private school for us isn't really an option at this point.

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Take care,
Kris
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:43 PM
 
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Our neighbors send their kids to Lamar or Bellaire (through Magnet programs) or private schools. There is an ongoing effort to improve Hogg Middle School (which we're zoned to). Hogg has the science and technology magnet program sponsored by NASA, which is probably what we'll apply for when we get there. We have friends who live in Oak Forest and send their son to Hamilton Middle for the magnet program and they are very happy with it. I think Reagan has a magnet program in science & technology and is in the process of applying for IB status. But we don't actually know anyone who sends their kids to Reagan for high school (the way the school is now, we'd probably move or apply for Lamar or Bellaire).
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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I was thinking magnet schools seemed like a good option. I'm a little nervous about how difficult it may be to actually get into the magnet program. Hamilton looked like a good option and some of The Heights feeds into it.

Thanks for the great info!

Take care,
Kris
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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I was thinking magnet schools seemed like a good option. I'm a little nervous about how difficult it may be to actually get into the magnet program. Hamilton looked like a good option and some of The Heights feeds into it.

Thanks for the great info!

Take care,
Kris
Please be careful where you send your kids to school. One difference between public (no matter where you go, Bellaire, Katy, Sugarland etc) there is not enough books in the state of Texas for all the kids. You have two classes of 40 students sharing 20 books. This is why teachers teach in teams. I have no idea how they handle this in high school. I went to the worst school system back east, but every child had their own textbook. Basically you have to depend on the teacher to do a sufficient job in class. You will be lucky if your child gets study material to take home to do well on the test. It seems all they care about is the student passing the TAKS. Also in public teaching material is taken off of different websites from the internet and most times although a textbook is available teachers don't bother using it. You basically have no idea what they are doing. It is a real mess in Texas. In private you know exactly what your kid is working on because there are TEXTBOOKS and material is discussed from cover to cover. Studyguides are provided for major tests and they may teach a year above the student's grade level in all subjects. This is it. Basically private schools are charging for the same education you can get for free in a state with higher educational standards. Thank your politicians for this folks.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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Please be careful where you send your kids to school. One difference between public (no matter where you go, Bellaire, Katy, Sugarland etc) there is not enough books in the state of Texas for all the kids. You have two classes of 40 students sharing 20 books. This is why teachers teach in teams. I have no idea how they handle this in high school. I went to the worst school system back east, but every child had their own textbook. Basically you have to depend on the teacher to do a sufficient job in class. You will be lucky if your child gets study material to take home to do well on the test. It seems all they care about is the student passing the TAKS. Also in public teaching material is taken off of different websites from the internet and most times although a textbook is available teachers don't bother using it. You basically have no idea what they are doing. It is a real mess in Texas. In private you know exactly what your kid is working on because there are TEXTBOOKS and material is discussed from cover to cover. Studyguides are provided for major tests and they may teach a year above the student's grade level in all subjects. This is it. Basically private schools are charging for the same education you can get for free in a state with higher educational standards. Thank your politicians for this folks.

This is not true at all. I attending school in HISD and I've always had my own copy of a text book for every grade.
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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You have two classes of 40 students sharing 20 books. This is why teachers teach in teams. I have no idea how they handle this in high school.
If this is indeed true, it's still cheaper for me to buy my kid a copy of the relevant textbooks than to send them to private school.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:17 AM
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Please be careful where you send your kids to school. One difference between public (no matter where you go, Bellaire, Katy, Sugarland etc) there is not enough books in the state of Texas for all the kids.
This is curious. My sister's children are in public school (Cy-Fair) and they are never allowed to bring home textbooks. We were just talking about it this weekend when she spied my kids' backpacks with their (private school) textbooks. She's never really asked the administration about it, she is not an assertive mom type at all, but she did say it bothered her. I wonder if there are indeed enough for everyone.

It would drive me nuts not to see the textbooks, especially in TX with the loons on the BOE.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses! A wide range of opinions on the topic for sure! I'm not so concerned about the textbook issue since my kids were in the same situation at their old schools. I'm very involved in my kids education and my husband and I are both college educated so we feel like we can help and guide them with any educational issues that come up. Plus, I volunteer at my kids schools a lot and so I get a first hand view of how things are taught and presented. The only thing that worries me mostly is school safety and the "feel" of the school. This is something that I can't have much impact on as a parent. I'm pretty sure the schools there will be an improvement (education wise) over the schools my kids came from

Take care,
Kris
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:40 PM
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Kris, your kids should fare well at any school. Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 AM
 
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This is curious. My sister's children are in public school (Cy-Fair) and they are never allowed to bring home textbooks. We were just talking about it this weekend when she spied my kids' backpacks with their (private school) textbooks. She's never really asked the administration about it, she is not an assertive mom type at all, but she did say it bothered her. I wonder if there are indeed enough for everyone.

It would drive me nuts not to see the textbooks, especially in TX with the loons on the BOE.
At my school we got to take our books home...

It may come down to the administration not trusting the student body, so they may require textbooks to stay at school
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