"Too much bullying, the teachers do nothing, and the school likes to try and hide it. Although, there are good aspects, like the Turkish and Russian classes, but that doesn't make the school the most ideal place to send a kid."
"I definitely agree with reviewers who note the rudeness of the office staff, but that's only worth one star. The administrative and teaching staff could use some coaching on parent communication, and following through on their "home visit" service they tout so much. However, I have found the teachers to be willing to work with me as a parent, and I have no problem with the quality of instruction. My child has been in a private religious school, public middle school in a large well-regarded school district, and at this public charter. So I feel I have a balanced realistic expectation about Texas education. This school has limitations I would like to see being addressed: extracurriculars for sure, of all kinds--sports, music, academic, and social. Fundraising alone is insufficient as a student activity. But having said all that, if access to tutoring is more important to you than football, marching band, or UIL, this place might be a fir for your family."
"SST-SA has been described by students as a small school with a big heart . This school works toward college readiness and closing gaps through a learner centered approach that places high expectations on ALL students and then supports those students. SST's continuous improvement model relies on data to determine what is/not working. In the 5 years that the school has had small graduating classes (around 30 students each), students have been accepted to some of the finest and most prestigious universities in the country (e.g. MIT, U.S Naval Academy, UT, A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Drexel, Brandeis, Notre Dame, U.S. Air Force Academy, etc.)! SST has a team of counselors that focus on getting students into college and getting scholarships. Each year our small graduating classes have raised MILLIONS of dollars in scholarship monies. Last year SST-SA graduated 30 seniors and between them they raised OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS! The culture and climate of the school are amazing and give the school more the feel of a family than a collection of students, teachers, and staff."
"I don't care for the school my daughter has gone there for three years, she will not be going any longer, the office staff is rude, lost paperwork,can never see the administration even if you make an appt...use this school only as a last resource."
"My child attended this school for 6 years: from the day it first opened until he graduated high school. This is a great school. Their teachers are given the freedom to teach, the principal is given the responsibility to discipline, and the parents are almost required to be involved in the education of their children. This school is what the public schools used to be like before. If you want your child to learn and be taught, put in an application for THIS school They teach your children on the academic level they are, not at the academic level of the child who needs the most help. The help for those students are given on a one-on-basis. You don't hold an entire class behind for one student; you bring that student up the to speed individually. Thank you SST! A proud parent of a graduated SST student!"