I love this school so much! I believe that high school is the perfect time to be challenged and pushed, and that the rigorous academics at TAG help prepare you for college. For those that say it's difficult, they're absolutely right, but the hard coursework and tests are made manageable with the excellent teachers and close community. Everyone there is bonded by our shared experiences. Most teachers are experienced in their subject and put in long hours to help the students. The principal is amazing and makes a point to learn every student's name. Some people say you can't have a social life here, but that's just not true.
The teachers are amazing, and teach very well. They are here for the benefit of the student's. The principal is amazing! He cares about all his students and is always there for whatever we need. The students are so nice and respectful. I am overjoyed that I am attending this school, because it truly is the best. Here everyone fits in! There are no outcasts. Everyone fits in somewhere and we are all a big family.
My kids does not attend this school. But out of curiosity I visited this school. Everyone on the campus Principal, Admin staff, each and every student, teaching staff is so friendly, down to earth, so simple and relaxed. Students were not stressed out at all ( being no 1 school I was expecting to see stressed out faces and snobby faces). Diversity is one of the good factor I liked about his school.They made my day. They are very honest and easy to communicate. Current and future student of this school are very lucky. Keep it up you guys. Words are not enough to express my gratitude - Resident of Austin
This is a magnet: the applications process can be a bit mysterious - but it is WELL worth the effort. Key thing to know is you can drop your kid at any DISD High School so they can take the school bus to this school - traffic is terrible there. Good students feel so appreciated and welcomed in this school - what a change from most of their experiences in Junior High!!! Those who are a bit quirky or "geeky" fit in perfectly: their "differences" are celebrated. My kid became SO MUCH HAPPIER at this school - she said it was like Disney World - The Happiest Place on Earth. She commented that not one teacher raised their voice at her class - when the teacher went to the front of the room, the kids got quiet and sat down automatically - because they wanted to hear what the teacher had to say. What a change from her (PRIVATE) Junior High! It is a challenging curriculum, but not "genius only" level. The kids who are good students - not necessarily BRILLIANT - seem to do just fine. The size and the focus on college and career helps them succeed post-high school - and that is what it is all about! New principal this year, the last one was superb, so fingers crossed.
I am an alumna of TAG and very proud of it. TAG was fantastic in preparing me for college and the real world. From the teachers and the courses to the student creativity and intellect pumping through the halls TAG was a truly inspiring place to spend my high school years.
Best high school, public or private, in Texas and possibly in the country. TAG is diverse, has small classes, and challenges its students while at the same time providing personal attention as necessary to help each student excel. Two of my children attended and have had successful college careers, and my third child began 9th grade in August. All love TAG, as do I.