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Old 04-29-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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We are thinking about buying a house in Hockely and are wondering if anyone has info/opinions on Waller ISD? How's life out in Hockley?
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:36 PM
 
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Bueller? Bueller? We are curious too...

We visited Dellrose today and liked one builder in particular. The only thing keeping me from going all in is Waller ISD. There was very little information provided and what was provided was not stellar.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Waller ISD is in a similar situation to other small, rural districts in past decades as the Houston suburbs grew outward to encompass them (Conroe, Humble, Clear Creek, Katy...). Right now its still a small, mostly rural district. As new suburbs grow out into the district, the tax base will go up and (hopefully) the population of educated, involved parents will increase. It will all depend on what kind of growth occurs - if its mostly cheap starter homes and then later apartments, the long term future of the district will not be good. If the area fills in with nicer subdivisions that are home to active parents who place a priority on education, then the future will be bright. For now, it's a gamble.
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:08 AM
 
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Waller ISD is vast and I mean vast....you have rural areas and then the newer areas off 99 that think they are in Fairfield rather than Waller...starter homes in Hockley and then you have the actual Waller, Prairie View and Pine Island residents.

Out that way people see Waller ISD as the crown jewel of the Waller County school districts
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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Just to clarify, when I wrote that it is "small" I meant in terms of student population and number of schools. It is not small in terms of geographic area served.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:21 PM
 
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Waller ISD is in a similar situation to other small, rural districts in past decades as the Houston suburbs grew outward to encompass them (Conroe, Humble, Clear Creek, Katy...). Right now its still a small, mostly rural district. As new suburbs grow out into the district, the tax base will go up and (hopefully) the population of educated, involved parents will increase. It will all depend on what kind of growth occurs - if its mostly cheap starter homes and then later apartments, the long term future of the district will not be good. If the area fills in with nicer subdivisions that are home to active parents who place a priority on education, then the future will be bright. For now, it's a gamble.
More bias against entry-level starter homes. So if a more expensive subdivision shares an attendance zone with a new sub-$250K subdivision, you'd rule it out, because you think the schools (really meaning the students) will be "bad"?
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Old 05-03-2017, 02:57 PM
 
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More bias against entry-level starter homes. So if a more expensive subdivision shares an attendance zone with a new sub-$250K subdivision, you'd rule it out, because you think the schools (really meaning the students) will be "bad"?
Frankly, it depends on the relative numbers. For example, I live in CFISD. Much of the southwestern portion of the district is one giant sea of starter homes, with some apartments mixed in. These neighborhoods age poorly and the schools serving them typically range from mediocre to sub-par. The same goes for the bulk of the northern part of Katy ISD (most of the district north of I-10).


On the other hand, if the starter homes are balanced out by some better neighborhoods (like the Cy-Ranch or Cy-Woods attendance zones), your odds are much better that the schools will perform well over the longer term. That's just the way things are, as proven all over the metro area by the actual track records of the schools. Its why TEA and other school rankings handicap the test score data with economic data (awarding extra points to those schools with higher numbers of "economically disadvantaged" students).
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