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Old 02-19-2015, 01:42 PM
 
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Hi,

We're planning to buy a house in Katy and would like to know what is the best school feeder pattern for Elementary, Middle and High School.

Our budget is no more than $500,000, our preference would be a brand new house or built in 2012 or up. What would be the least expensive builders? We have plenty of time, as we are planning to move in summer next year.

Cinco Ranch is our ideal neighborhood, however as we're not familiar with the public system and this area is quite big, we don't what is the best neighborhood to choose.

We have a deaf child, she will be attending the regular program but will need to receive special education and accommodations, for that reason is fundamental to have a house zoned to the best elementary, middle and high school.

Thanks,
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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The only thing is a house that new is in an area where school boundaries will be changing. For example a new Jr. Hi is opening next fall that will pull kids from Woodcreek and Seven Lakes Jr. High. If you aren't prepared for a school rezone you should probably choose a home in a more established (older) neighborhood.

I do not know the specifics of the special Ed / deaf services though. What I can tell you is the schools out here are great, but they are over capacity. The schools do a great job managing it, but you have to be a pretty easy going family willing to roll with change if needed.

We've been in Cinco since 07. My kids have gone to Griffin Elem, Stanley Elem, Woodcreek JH, Seven Lakes JH, Seven Lakes HS. Been pleased with them all for my 3 kids.

Griffin is my favorite Elem. It's in a funky zone that makes it the smallest (750 students vs 1000-1200 students). Cinco Ranch and Grand Lakes kids go to it, but most those homes were built 2004-07.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:06 PM
 
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For $500k I would look into feeders for Cinco Ranch HS, Seven Lakes, and Tompkins (brand new high school that pulled mostly from Seven Lakes). Great schools as we have first hand experience with Cinco and Tompkins and are very satisfied. Elementary wise we have experience with Rylander (amazing principal and staff) and Woodcreek Jr (again, great staff and principal).
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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What criteria defines best school to you? Best academic program, best special education program, best overall experience for a student, best certain sport? Keep in mind, a great school for someone else's child might not be the best school for your child.

What descovy said about zoning is very true. The newer neighborhoods are still in a transition period (zoning wise) so a more established neighborhood might be better if your child is not good with change. You will have a lot of options with your budget so narrow your criteria down a little bit more.

As of right now, Cinco Ranch has students going to at least three different high schools, I don't how many middle schools, and I'm sure there's a Cinco Ranch resident at every elementary school south of I10 (kidding but not really)
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