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302 West El Dorado Boulevard
Friendswood, TX 77546

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October 22, 2014
This hype about the wave program is a big noise without substance. The teachers are in a big hurry to cram information in the short duration of the class that the child is left without understanding the basic idea of the topic. Only 1/4th of the curriculum is taught in class and the rest sent home for the parents and children to break their heads over. Now multiply this by 5 periods! That's unreasonable amount of hours spent after school. If a parent is doing all the teaching, why in the world will I need a useless wave program or this school. I regret having pushed my child into this. She has not had an evening outdoors in the last 2 months as she is only marooned in senseless stressful homework meant for high school kids for 5 to 6 hrs every single day including weekends. I wish the county school board would reevaluate this school and it's mission and see through the stress they are inducing to the kids and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2014
My daughter is in her second year at Westbrook and is in the WAVE program. My observation is that both the child and the parent have to want the child to be successful in WAVE program. If one or the other is not committed to the program then there will be problems. Our experience is that my daughter attends WAVE (and makes excellent grades), participates in both in-school (band, sports) and out-of-school (scouts, youth group, sports) activities. Although she is busy, it is certainly doable (and good practice at prioritizing and working ahead). After reading these reviews 2 years ago when we were deciding if we should place her in the WAVE program, I really had some reservations. Eventually, we decided to do so and have not been more pleased. Remember that this program is growing. If most of the customers (i.e. students and their families) were unhappy, then then program would not be expanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
I just finished my 8th grade year at Westbrook, and though it was one of the toughest years of my life, it taught me so much. Yes, there is a very heavy homework load, and the transition to the WAVE program from elementary school was a hard one. The mini-courses give the students an opportunity to learn about things that interest them outside of school. Still, WAVE isn't for everyone, only for those who are willing to work for a great education. If you manage your time well, you can still fit in everything you want to. I know from personal experience that keeping up with a very time consuming extra-curricular activity while still getting straight A's is very possible. I'm not going to lie, the work load and the classes are tough, and there's a limit to how far back a student can fall before it gets unhealthy. It a student is struggling, the teachers are very helpful, and they can be put in lower classes, but, the most important thing is to actually try. I've seen half-hearted people fail because they didn't study, and the competition is tough. It really isn't for every gifted child, but for those who find it tailored to their needs, enjoy it like I did.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2013
I am a current 8th grader in WAVE, and I can safely say that WAVE is the place for GT students to be. There is a lot more homework than you or your child might be used to, but its all about time management. Homework from WAVE is designed to help thinking outside the box and reinforce higher-level thinking skills. Minicourses range from music to electronics, and they are super fun. Our electives are amazing, with our orchestra and band claiming the Best in Texas title once. Our homework helps prepare us for high school, our electives are amazing, and minicourses are a unique way to pursue the hobby that you are interested in. IF YOU ARE GT, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY GO TO WAVE! YOU WON'T REGRET THE DECISION! I can't think of a better school to go to that would fit my needs because I am surrounded by people who think on the same level as me.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2012
I am the parent of a student who attended the WAVE program. I can say that the program was the very best program that my daughter experienced in her 12 years in CCISD. It prepared her for college, long before she crossed the threshold of high school and, she is now successfully achieving at the University level. It was not a lot of extra work for her and though we supported her, she did her own work. She was able to participate in all of her extra-curriculars including band, dance, volleyball, cheerleading and tennis. She was an all-around kid and remains an all-around adult. When students who are the right fit for the program go to WAVE, the experience will be phenomenal. I applaud parents who do not feel it is a good fit for finding the right place for their children. A high percentage of CCISD's National Merit Scholars and Valedictorians have come from the WAVE program. It is not for every GT students and, it has been particularly molded for students who are GT across the board but, are particularly strong in reading/ELA. WAVE is a shining star and is/will continue to be a feather in the cap of Clear Creek ISD.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
This is the best school that I have ever gone to! I have made so many friends and, WAVE really meets my academic standards.

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2012
I was excited for my kids to join WAVE after the orientation only to be disappointed in the program. After a year and a half, I have removed my kids. I do not find this program to be gifted. It is definitely advanced, but mostly, it is just a ton of extra work. My kids were loaded down with so much homework that they were exhausted everyday. Gifted doesn't mean tons of extra work. It should focus on outside of the box thinking. There are several gifted people in my family and my older sister has taught gifted and I am unimpressed with the WAVE program. My kids became depressed and stressed out and dreaded school and they were never like that before. After just a few days in the Omega program at our zoned school, my kids are perking back up and enjoying life. You can tell that a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
I am the parent of a WAVE student at Westbrook Elementary. I have to say the I'm not sure the WAVE program is anything more than a bunch of talk without the substance to back it up. I was a very high-performing student throughout all years of my schooling with teachers that were apparently more efficient at teaching information without the rediculous amount of redundant busy-work. In the WAVE program repetetive busy-work repeatedly assigned after the students already have a grasp of the information masqurades as "creative teaching". My son still gets straight A's but hates school now being in the WAVE program. He used to love school. The amount of homework given is unneccesary and leaves kids with little time for extracurricular activiteies or tme to jut be kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
I'm a former WAVE student, and I'd just like to say that even though the work load was pretty heavy, it teaches you time managment. As long as your kid makes and effort and t ries to keep up, they'll do just fine. Honestly, 'PDA' constitutes of holding hands and maybe a peck. If you think that's too much, wait until high school. WAVE teaches you lots of important skills that make high school so much easier. And our athletics are actually pretty decent, thank you very much. High school is a piece of cake for me. Oh, and our arts programs ROCK. Plus, we beat Science Magnet every year at the science fair. That's how epic we are.

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2011
As a parent, this is one of the most stressful school programs I've ever experienced. It impacts the entire family. Most 6th graders can not manage the workload without significant help from the parents. Every child I've known that has been in this program has broken down in tears throughout the year (both in school and at home) because of the stress. Expect a minimum of 2 to 4 hours of homework every day, including weekends and holidays. I also recommend that any 6th grader cut out all after school activities

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
I am a returning 7th grader in the WAVE program. I remember in 5th grade, thinking about if I should to go to WAVE or not. I chose WAVE, hoping I wouldn't regret leaving my old friends. When I came to WAVE, I found that all the students super welcoming and nice! I was so happy that I made so many friends!! My teachers are overall, cooperative, fun and nice. They are always willing to help students. :) I remember the last week of 6th grade, I was literally crying because I didn't want to leave Westbrook for the summer. As far as the education goes, I think it is great. We mostly don't do alot of "Pencil and Paper" assignments, usually interactive and fun activities and assignments. Do expect homework, though, but remember that it is more about Quality of the work than Quantity. Try hard not to procrastinate and use your planner. In reply to the one star review posted on June 9, 2011 -- I'm taking Athletics and we're working very hard. The coaches are encouraging and helpful. Mini-Courses are extra classes are to enhance each GT students passions and hobbies. Every single WAVE student is gifted in some area or field. Mini-Courses help them expand their interests and knowledge.

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2011
I have been a student at Westbrook since 6th grade. I am now in the summer, going to be an 8th grader. My sister went to this school, ranting about the amazing educational standards and the athletics at the school. I have NO IDEA where she got those. The coaches there are absolutely awful. We lost terribly to almost every team last year in Football. The education there is terrible, too. I would get 100's on every single test. Every single one! I would never go to this school by choice ever again. I am actually asking my parents to move me into a different school district. Even though I am in WAVE, I still hate it. The Mini-courses are a HUGE waste of time! Magic classes. Really and truly, you can take a MAGIC class. I swear...

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2011
I am a student at Westbrook taking the WAVE program right now and it is awesome! All the teachers are so nice and they offer something called mini-courses. It's where you get to learn extra information and it's just really fun! The Principal always encourages us to do our best on the announcements. I'm in band and the teachers are the best. Even if you've never played any instrument they will teach you from the beginning. I'm enjoying Westbrook so much!!!!! Timberwolves!

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2010
I read the review from the student about Westbrook's PDA problem. In my opinion, the students at Westbrook have gone beyond PDA. It amazes me that the principal has not held an assembly to instate a zero tolerance policy on the school grounds. As for the WAVE, I don't really consider piling on homework, and de-emphasizing outside activities because of all the homework, to constitute a stellar education. Many of the kids I know in this program have broken down crying multiple times during the year because of the pressure. I also don't understand all the rave reviews...because I've yet to speak to a parent who thinks the education at the WAVE is outstanding...although it is probably rates high when compared with other Texas schools.

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January 25, 2010
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December 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2009
i was a student at westbrook in 6th grade 2007 an it was the best i loved it there but then the boundries changed an i had to go to clear lake i liked westbrook soo much better i felt like i got a way better education there so im asking please change the boundries back by 2010 please because i want to come back before i go to high school an alot of westbrook students that are also at clear lake now want to come back to so please change the boundries back

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2009
I'm a student at Westbrook in the WAVE program, and it is fantastic. The homework load is a bit heavy but not unbearable and definately not boring. Our academic standards are pretty high. Our band is really awesome as well - we won 3rd in state at UIL this year playing a 4 4 5 program. Many of our sports teams are undefeated. Overall, this school is great. Oh, and WAVE does NOT have 2 less hours of school than RAZ. We go to school from 8 to 3pm and RAZ goes from 9 to 4pm. There really aren't any problems between the gifted and regular students, though we do tend to keep to ourselves since most of our classes aren't mixed.

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July 14, 2009
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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 29, 2009
This school is, in my belief, the best public middle school a good student can attend in the area. The teachers, WAVE and Westbrook, are gracious and accommodating towards the students and parents. The students here have many varied talents and passions; with this, it is easy to fit in and make friends. An excellent library, cafeteria, and classrooms are just some of the benefits that this new building boasts. The athletics in this school are just about tops in the district, too if not tops, well, pretty darn close. There are a lot of great coaches that help students reach their true potential. Of the WAVE program, which I have attended from 6th to 8th grade, I can give nothing but praise. No other school in CCISD better addresses the needs of gifted/talented students. Finally, I assert: there is no favoritism towards either WAVE or Westbrook students. Go Timberwolves!

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2009
hello im a current timberwolve at westbrook intermediate and this is my second year. i have been attending since the 6th grade. Im not at all apart of the WAVE program but i do have friend who are, they get no special treatmeant. so dont worry. I have loved it here so far. there is a problem with PDA at westbrook. But dont worry all our finest prienceables are all over that case. My classes inclued Pre Ap science, Pre Ap social studies, regular lanugage, and regular math. all the teachers are awusome so dont worry. Friends are easy to make there and we do have high school credits for our super school.

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2009
I'm in the 7th grade at Westbrook now, and it's been one of the best experiences of my life. The WAVE program is definitely worthwhile. The classes aren't necessarily more challenging than regular classes, but they take a more creative approach to it and I really enjoy it. Mini-courses are great as well; they have them on all sorts of topics - I've taken mini-courses about Harry Potter, ham radio, the 2008 presidential election, Trivial Pursuits, and more. There are also mini-courses on anything from guitars to the Beatles. There's still an academic element to the mini-courses, so it's not a total waste of time. I disagree with the parent who said that teachers are only concerned about WAVE kids. I'm in WAVE, and my best friend isn't. Neither of us gets 'special treatment' just for that.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2009
I am a fellow WAVE student, and i have to say, it is a great experience. Our Orchestra is probably best in the district, our band is Ah-mazing, and our athletic teams are outstanding. The WAVE program is great and it really fosters growth for the Gifted and Talented Students. The school does have some funding issues though, which then spawns the fundraisers annually. The teachers are absolutely amazing, specifically the elective teachers for Orchestra (especially!) and band. The faculty is very friendly to us and we get to know them all as a friend we can talk to, not a boring teacher. -And for the parent user below me, We have minicourse for 1 and a half hours, but we get to school 1 hour early and have only 2 study halls a week. So we are basically doing extra work, and taking an extra class. (LA is combined)

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2009
Westbrook is a life changing school. In the WAVE Program, the teachers, for the most part, genuinely care about you. The classes aren't usually lecture type but a conversation where both the student and teacher learn from each other on a daily basis. There is quite a bit of homework, but the work includes depth and creativity rather than plain busy work. The students here learn the lessons for life and go off to become the leaders of the world. I am truly thankful for this program and all that it has done for me. I started out really shy, but after WAVE, I've been able to come out of my shell and influence others with my ideas. This is an absolutely amazing school that provides Gifted students with the opportunity to find their passions and pursue them.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
westbrook rocks your socks. It's number 1 for science fair, even though seabrook is a school based around science fair. We have the highest scores in acidemics, and not only that our sports teams dominate every school. First in district at football and currently undefeated in basketball

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December 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
Westbrook by itself isn't necessarily an excellent school, but the WAVE program is definitely something worth getting into. The mini-courses allow the students to explore the outside world. There are mini-courses about everything--from sewing to stained glass to books to CSI to scuba diving! And the teachers don't just stand there and lecture the students. They are constantly giving projects and activities to allow the students to use their creativity. I had an incredible experience at WAVE!

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May 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2008
If your students aren't in WAVE, don't bother sending them there. They would be better off being homeschooled. The teachers only care about their WAVE students. They constantly think the WAVE kids are going to be bullied, but alot of them bully the other students. The WAVE kids get cool mini-courses (to waste the hour they get to school before the other students, so they are schooled 2 hours less since they also get early release.) Many of the WAVE students are even taking all regular classes (like the normal kids). Those students don't need to be there. I think if they want a program like this, it should be held at it's own campus. WAVE is all this school has become. There are kids that pass this school on the way to Brookside everyday because this school is filled (with WAVE kids.) We were very displeased.

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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2007
The WAVE program at Westbrook is fabulous, students love it. The band is fantastic, and the teachers are the best I have ever known. Mini-courses are wonderful to help students find their talents. I have personal experience with the wonders of minicourses, I found my talent as a writer and was able to polish my talent during several writing mini-courses. I would encorage any student faced with the choice of going to WAVE or not going, to go to WAVE.

- submitted by a former student
August 20, 2006
The WAVE magnet program at Westbrook is awesome. Lots of parent involvement with the entire school. Outstanding band program.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Beautiful new facility that opened in fall 2005. The student population is large (1200+) but traffic congestion at arrival and dismissal times is eased thanks to staggered arrival and dismissal times for the Wave magnet students. We love the school location, with convenient access to IH-45. Our son is a Wave student and we have been very happy with the academics, the teachers, and the program. Our experience with the Westbrook band program and athletics program has been outstanding as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2006
Really good school but a little too strict about the unifoms

- submitted by a student
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Westbrook Intermediate School
302 West El Dorado Boulevard, Friendswood, TX  77546
(281) 284-3800
Last modified Westbrook Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westbrook Intermediate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top