What is everyone doing to get ready for the start of school ? Are any of your children starting a new school this year ? (Usually K, 5th, 7th ,9th and or 10th , depending on which schools they attend) Kids who are Mitchell/McCullough zoned usually go to the 9th grade campus for a year and then to TWHS, the students who are at Knox just to to College Park all 4 years. What are your likes/dislikes about how this is being done ? Personally, I do not mind. That being said, I am a little disturbed by all the new housing being built, and the large high school population at both high schools. I am seriously considering a private high school for my youngest when the time comes. I do think the children are getting an excellent education, but the competition for top 10% is excruciating at both TWHS and CP. I would love for you to share your thoughts.
Yes, it's starting soon. I will be going back in just over a week to get ready for my students.
I no longer have children in public school my youngest is at LoneStar. But my oldest went to TWH and the youngest to TWCP, we used to live in Panther Creek. I will tell you even with the competition to the top 10% my daughter was still accepted at several schools she applied to. After visiting several, she chose to go to LoneStar to complete an Associates in Nursing and then move on.
I will tell you I preferred TWCP over TWH mainly because of the class scheduling. TWH is an accelerated block and TWCP is 7 classes. Block scheduling is fine but accelerated block is much different and it can be detrimental to some students, especially if they struggle in an area, like say Math. Accelerated block you have Math one semester not all year long, as is with all classes. There are some advantages as you can earn more credits because you can earn 4 each semester with a total of 8/year as opposed to 7/year.
I'm excited to go back to work, usually by next week we would be back in inservice but the kids start a whole week later this year, which means we will run into the first full week in June .
I think the 10% rule makes no sense. For instance, my son was not in the top 10% at TWHS. However, his room mate, during his first year in college was. His room mate went to a school in San Antonio that was not challenging. I mean, he had never written a paper...ever! He then gets automatic admission to a Texas school whereas my son did not. His room mate was not prepared for college and failed out the first year. I can't help but think of the well qualified kids that are turned away every year to make room for students that are in the top 10% at a less challenging school.
I went and looked at CISD site and TWHS has changed it now the just do block scheduling red/green blocks which is not accelerated block scheduling. That always played havoc with kids transferring out or transferring in from other schools or districts.