WEST UNIVERSITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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3756 UNIVERSITY BLVD
HOUSTON, TX 77005
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Phone: 713-295-5215
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Houston Isd
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 209.3
  • Number Students: 1256
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5110
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 150
  • Principal: Mr John Threet
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (52 ratings)
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    School Reviews (40 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-09
    "My child was in the Vanguard program as a kindergartener, which alleges to be a program for gifted and talented students, but in reality is just a vanity program for the parents. The homework load for kindergarteners (yes, HOMEWORK in KINDERGARTEN) was extremely time consuming for us and frustrating for my child. Your child will not be taught how to read (you are expected to have done that before kindergarten starts), but will be expected to complete a book report by the middle of the Fall semester. The children were also assigned projects on great people, including a tripanel, and all the tripanels were obviously done by the parents, not the children. At the end of the year, about half the class was told they would have to REPEAT KINDERGARTEN. Never mind that all the educational literature now says holding kids back is outdated and harmful. This is supposedly a GT class, so I could understand if half the students were told they should be moved down to a regular First Grade class the next year, but when half the students in the class are told they need to repeat kindergarten, it's quite obvious that the teacher is failing to do her job."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-12
    "The school is incredibly misleading. Its just a name with false reputation. Kids don't learn, they get trained to do well on ranking tests to keep the school status. I had two kids that are incredibly smart (said by their own teachers) yet failing or barely making it. I was even told, your kids are too creative and too inspired. What kind of elementary program punishes creativity in such developmental stage? My older 9 years old was moved to private school and he excelled with regular/ normal effort. NO tutors, no extra work other than regular homework and projects. At West U we had to have our kids with private tutors 1/2 of the year. Of course the teachers from the same school would provide tutoring but for a rather expensive hourly fee. I was spending over $5000/ kid on private tutoring. I cannot comprehend how one of the richest schools in the state with the strongest PTO and largest fund raising programs cannot provide some sort of academic support for struggling students. I am very disappointed with the administration and the teachers poor ethical responsibility that they show."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-08
    "I've had children in this school for the past 8 years. My parents were both teachers - one at the elementary level and the other 30+ years at the middle school level. Vanguard level work was entirely appropriate and challenging. I've spoken to the principal one on one on many occasions. We did absolutely nothing to prepare our K level daughter for school and she flourished. My wife and I both work. My kids have always done their own projects and received A's. The comments below are confounding."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-07
    "Poster on Aug. 30th nailed it! Agreed 100%! The kids are treated like soldiers and the expectations of them are ridiculous -- in and out of the classroom! The work given in the vanguard classes are not even close to being grade or age level appropriate."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-15
    "I've never seen a note from the administration inviting us parents to talk to them. It's not easy to find someone to talk to at WUES. If you are brave enough to reach out to an administrator, don't expect a warm welcoming meeting. This school is great if you never have concerns or questions or if your child is in Vanguard but not for other kids. That is why you see the huge difference in reviews on this site. Also, this is not a school for working parents. A working parent cannot hope to get the preferential treatment that non-working parents who can volunter recieve."
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