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Old 09-28-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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I keep hearing wonderful things about Bush middle and Reagan high. I am concerned with their academics, not sports, etc. Is it truly worth going there or are they too big? There can be some drawbacks to being a large school. I'm currently in Comal isd but am considering moving to NEISD...Bush/Reagan area. Worth it?
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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Reagan is the best performing non-magnet school in Bexar County.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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I thought so. Thanks for confirming.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I keep hearing wonderful things about Bush middle and Reagan high. I am concerned with their academics, not sports, etc. Is it truly worth going there or are they too big? There can be some drawbacks to being a large school. I'm currently in Comal isd but am considering moving to NEISD...Bush/Reagan area. Worth it?
I'm a product of a very large "outstanding" high school much like Reagan, if not better. (Kingwood High School, suburb of Houston, my graduating class had 1,014 kids). Unfortunately, I would have done better in a smaller setting. I had no interaction whatsoever with my guidance counselor or principal; I was merely a number. We were very much like cattle. I did fine, but I often wish I could have had an opportunity at a smaller school. I got lost. It was a bit miserable.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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You should have seen it before Johnson opened. I thought Comal ISD was considered great as well.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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San Antonio Reagan has 2460 students for the 2011-2012 school year.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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San Antonio Reagan has 2460 students for the 2011-2012 school year.

Oh, that's not that bad. It's not great, but not bad.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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The academics at Reagan are great. My wife is in the college of liberal arts at UTSA and informal surveys in the past have revealed that Reagan, Alamo Heights and the magnet schools consistently produce kids that are very well prepared for college. She's mentioned several other area high schools that have good programs as well, but I just stated the ones I recalled.

There are drawbacks though. My kid is not at Reagan yet, but a consensus I've often heard from other parents is that it is difficult for your kid to stand out academically. In past year's editions of Welcome Home - Stone Oak area edition, Welcome Home, San Antonio, it has been reported that about 1/2 of Reagan's approximately 600 Seniors graduate with honors. For those trying to get into that coveted top 10%, to get automatic admission into a state-funded university, this can get stressful. A neighbor of mine has a studious daughter who has a 95 average, but is only ranked around 100 and only the top 60 or so are ten percenters. The kid worries that she won't get into UT or A&M so the parents have had to try to convince her that there are other great universities as well. I've even heard of some parents joking that they'll transfer their kids to other high schools near graduation to try and get a higher rank.

I haven't heard of the overall size being an issue. You find your niche and/or organizations that you like and it doesn't seem big anymore.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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"For those trying to get into that coveted top 10%, to get automatic admission into a state-funded university, this can get stressful. A neighbor of mine has a studious daughter who has a 95 average, but is only ranked around 100 and only the top 60 or so are ten percenters. The kid worries that she won't get into UT or A&M so the parents have had to try to convince her that there are other great universities as well. I've even heard of some parents joking that they'll transfer their kids to other high schools near graduation to try and get a higher rank"

My child goes to Johnson High School (2750 students this year!).. and I overheard a parent saying the same thing in one of the meetings... hhhmmmm!... I might have to consider this..
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:40 PM
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"For those trying to get into that coveted top 10%, to get automatic admission into a state-funded university, this can get stressful. A neighbor of mine has a studious daughter who has a 95 average, but is only ranked around 100 and only the top 60 or so are ten percenters. The kid worries that she won't get into UT or A&M so the parents have had to try to convince her that there are other great universities as well. I've even heard of some parents joking that they'll transfer their kids to other high schools near graduation to try and get a higher rank"

My child goes to Johnson High School (2750 students this year!).. and I overheard a parent saying the same thing in one of the meetings... hhhmmmm!... I might have to consider this..
You mean kids may transfer schools for reasons other than athletics?
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