Less than wealthy need not apply! The schools are nice, and the teachers seem to care about the kids, however if I could have put them in NW ISD, I would have. My son lives 1.8 miles from the school and only rides the bus 1 way and we have to pay $175 per semester for him to ride the bus! There are no discounts for 1 way trip only or short distance riders. If they ride the bus 1 time a month, its $175. I was called the 2nd day of school and was informed that they didnt have record of our payment, (It was paid they just didnt have it on line yet), therefore my son was not allowed on the bus and was to sit in the office until we could leave work and pick him up. This ISD will nickel and dime you to death. Their "required" school materials are extremely unreasonable. They offer a good education, great facilities, and good teachers, but by God you better be ready to break out your wallet. ALSO bus seats are first come first served, and routes are set up before the begining of the year based on paying riders. So if you transfer in, and they dont have a spot for you, your spouse might as well quit their job. But then you couldn't afford to send your kids to this "public" school anyway.
Terrible school. Administration is very uncaring about your children. Principle is very domineering. I only wish I could transfer my student to a different Keller intermediate school. I am thinking that home schooling for one year may be my answer just to get out of this environment. Hillwood (across the street) can teach Parkwood Hill a thing or two. Now that is an exceptional school!!!!!
had a HORRIBLE 2 years there. SO glad to be done. There are some awesome teachers, but there also some bad ones. Principal is the worst here. Hoping she moves on before my son has to go there in 2 years.
Wonderful teachers that provide challenging and fun activities. They provide a safe and nurturing environment.
new to the area. we came from an area out of state supposedly rated lower than Keller ISD ratings but so I am not impressed with the school. They seem to be teaching strictly for TAKS and not for critical thinking. The staff have been friendly and helpful. The classrooms are unruly, disrespectful and chaotic at times - very distracting for my 6th grader. There is no excuse for allowing such behavior. The busses are also rowdy allowing students to throw pencils, sharp objects, water bottles, and stand in the aisles. In my opinion, there is a lot of bravado and chest beating about this being a fantastic school district - so where is the beef?
i love p.h.i.s.b/c there is so many good teachers .the downside of it is is that at lunch the 6th graders are so rowdy and loud
Great school, but, the principal is very domineering. I understand she was brought in to raise TAKS scores and she has done that job well. She has also removed fun from the school. Just not the same atmosphere as when my older son attended PHIS. Sad.
It's pretty good there and my techers are awsome! It was a great school year!
Parkwood Hill is a great place to be! I have taught at 3 different schools in my 13 years of teaching, and by far this is the most 'balanced.' Great administrator input, teacher collaboration, and student/parent involvement!
I would not recommend this school. The administration has a very domineering style and parental input is not welcomed. Whever possible they attempt to make key decsions themselves without informing or involving the parent. The quality and professionalism of the teaching staff leaves much to be desired. I would encourage any parent with children at this school to be extra vigilant about their child's development and mastery of the curriculum. We basically endured my child's time at this school until we could make other arrangements.
Teachers here are very nice, but strict when needed. The school is very clean and whenever things get crazy the principal always gets it undercontrol.
New principal has reduced recess. Quite sad. I believe this is in response to TAKS scores. Most teachers are quite good.
My son loves PWH, It was a big change for us. It is very diffrent than elementry, The kids are only there for two years, so you dont know as many people and they dont know you. Parent involvement is low so you see a lot of the teachers stepping in. I think its low due to the short stay and that parents that help are burnned out by the time 5th and 6th grade comes around. I wouldnt send my child anywhere else in Keller though I think its te best inter. school around here.
Excellent music program - just won first place for band this year just after 9-10 months of instruction!
We moved to KISD because of the school system. Unfortunately, the city had poor planning for growth population. The school are overcrowded and the teachers are over worked.
All teachers are mostly new. OK Teachers. Principal horrible. Band, Art, Drama, P.E available. Great Building. Good neighborhood. Not much parent involvment.
Parkwood Hill has an excellent quality of academic programs. The teachers really encourage the kids to think out of the box and ask questions. Extracurricular activities are also excellent. My child had a team of three teachers in 5th grade, excellent communication once they got to know you. We were dissapointed that they don't have more room in there Excel programs and that they don't do more verbal testing for those who might have fine motor issues or other therapy related issues that do not permit an even field for the testing evaluation process. PWHI also did not offer to my knowledge and several other parents knowledge...UIL competition for 5th graders. This was disapointing since several of our children place 1st in Art in Elementary competition, Music, Math..etc... I hope 6th grade will be different. Over all I think PWHI is an awesome school. They could do a better job with parent involvement.
Very beautiful campus located in a very safe neighborhood. Awesome gifted program with excellent teachers.
Beautiful new school with nice facilities. Great extracurricular programs with Band, Drama, Art, Choir, and monthly clubs. Excellent gifted program. The teachers 'team teach' and seem to enjoy working together. Safe suburban neighborhood--most kids walk or ride bikes.
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