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2017 National Merit Semifinalists in Houston

2017 National Merit Semifinalists in Houston

SAT & ACT, Schools September 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the semifinalists in their 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are current high school seniors who took the PSAT in October of 2015. To win the coveted “Semifinalist” designation, students must score in the top 1% of all students in the state. (PhotoRead More

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Houston Private School Tuition Surpasses $19,000

Private Schools September 6, 2016 at 1:13 pm

The average private school in Houston now costs $19,079 per year regardless of grade. This amount represents a $700 hike or a 3.8% increase from last year when tuition averaged $18,380. (Photo caption – Emery Weiner school provides financial aid to nearly 40% of students) High schools topping out atRead More

Chavez High School Wins National Vocabulary Competition

Chavez High School Wins National Vocabulary Competition

Community Events, HISD June 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

Tis the season for championship academic competitions. And while not as well known as UIL or quiz bowl, the inaugural Vocabulary.com  Vocabulary Bowl was notable this year for crowning a champion from Houston. Chavez High School students won the national championship with a collective total of 303, 387 points amassedRead More

Houston Students Perform Well at 2015 UIL State Academic Meet

Houston Students Perform Well at 2015 UIL State Academic Meet

Community Events, Houston Schools June 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

May 27th – High school students from all over the state converged in Austin, TX for the 2015 University Interscholastic League Texas Academic meet. The meet, which was held on campus at the University of Austin, lasted for three days and held over a dozen competitions in subjects such asRead More

The T.H. Rogers team shows off their state championship placard. Image courtesy of HISD News Blog.

Houston Schools Place Well in State and National Quiz Bowl Rankings

Community Events, Houston Schools May 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

As the academic year draws to a close, so too does the season for academic competitions. The Private Schools Interscholastic Association State Meet was held in late April; its public school counterpart, the UIL Academic Competition, will have its state meet next week. And the week after that, the NationalRead More

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Arts Access Initiative To Expand Programs In 11 HISD Schools

HISD, Travel & Culture May 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

Earlier this week, HISD announced the first concrete programs created under the Arts Access Initiative. The initiative, which is organized by the local nonprofit Young Audiences of Houston, focuses on creating opportunities for arts education in Houston’s public schools. In 2013-2014, the initiative conducted preliminary research in HISD K-8 schools. InformedRead More

Barnes pictured with former student, Junior Avalos who is currently a Freshman at St. Olaf University

Teaching for the love of it – Tutor turned Teacher

College, Houston Schools, Profile, Schools May 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Beth Barnes is the embodiment of a “teacher.” Her glasses smartly frame her face, and her brown curls are ponytailed atop her head.  She is only missing a bright red apple to complement her aesthetic. Physicality aside, when speaking to Beth, she has a warmth and passion that spills intoRead More

2015 Children at Risk Scores Released

2015 Children at Risk Scores Released

Education News, Houston Schools April 28, 2015 at 7:30 am

Public school parents, take note – the Children at Risk scores for Greater Houston schools were made available yesterday. Children at Risk (CAR) is a Houston-based nonprofit which aims to improve the lives of Texas’ children – particularly disadvantaged children – through research, political activism, and collaborative action with otherRead More

Abercrombie Academy: New on Houston School Survey

Abercrombie Academy: New on Houston School Survey

Houston Schools, Private Schools April 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

The newest school to be profiled on the Houston School Survey is Abercrombie Academy. Abercrombie Academy is a private, independent, coeducational elementary school. It is located in Spring, on its original campus off Theiss Mail Route Road. The school’s namesake founder, Cathy Abercrombie, opened the school in 1977. Her visionRead More

STAAR Tests Next Week – Is Your Child Ready?

STAAR Tests Next Week – Is Your Child Ready?

HISD, Standardized Tests April 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

A large portion of the STAAR tests, which are mandated for public school students in grades 3-12, will be administered next week for the elementary and middle school levels. Students in grades 3-8 will be tested in math. Students in grades 3-4 and 6-7 will be tested in reading, andRead More

UNT Denton; image from UNT website

Most Researched Schools on Houston School Survey

Best of the Web, Schools April 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm

In the one year since its launch, over 70,000 inquisitive users have visited HoustonSchoolSurvey.com. A publication of Rice-village academic consulting firm General Academic, Houston School Survey provides expert analysis, research, school profiles, and reader-submitted reviews on more than 80 private and select public schools in the greater Houston area. Top 10Read More

Top HISD Magnets More Selective Than Ivy League Schools

Top HISD Magnets More Selective Than Ivy League Schools

HISD, Policy, Research, & Analysis, Schools April 15, 2015 at 7:30 am

For high school seniors and magnet school applicants, acceptance season is here. Universities have issued their  initial round of acceptance offers; students with offers from multiple schools have until May 1 to decide where they will attend. Meanwhile, in HISD, students were notified of their magnet admission status in mid-March;Read More

Kinkaid and St. John’s Ranked in Top 50 Nationwide among Private Schools

Kinkaid and St. John’s Ranked in Top 50 Nationwide among Private Schools

Houston Schools, Private Schools April 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Houston is home to many elite private schools. And in its 2015 ranking of “The 50 Smartest Private Schools in the US,” Business Insider affirmed that two of Houston’s schools are among the very best in the nation. The Kinkaid School and St. John’s School are both known for theirRead More

HS for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice: New on Houston School Survey

HS for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice: New on Houston School Survey

HISD, Houston Schools, Schools April 8, 2015 at 8:30 am

The newest school to be profiled on the Houston School Survey is the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (HSLECJ). HSLECJ was founded in 1981 by Dr. Judy Morris. The institution was originally designed to serve students interested in law enforcement careers and to encourage recruitment of more minoritiesRead More

Parents, Don’t Forget: Friday is Deadline to Accept HISD Magnet Offers

Parents, Don’t Forget: Friday is Deadline to Accept HISD Magnet Offers

HISD, Schools April 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

If your child was accepted to an HISD magnet school this year, congratulations! And don’t forget – this Friday, April 10, is the deadline to claim their spot. To get details on how to secure your child’s spot, visit HISD’s magnet application page or login to your online application. ToRead More

Read Personal Perspectives and Share Your Own on the Houston School Survey

Read Personal Perspectives and Share Your Own on the Houston School Survey

GA News & Events, Houston Schools April 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

If you’ve been reading Thesis for a while, you’ve probably heard about our sister site, The Houston School Survey. You may have used it to look up details about a prospective school or read up on PreK-12 school choice advice. But did you know that the Houston School Survey alsoRead More