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2700 West Sam Houston Parkway North
Houston, TX 77043

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(713) 580-6000
(713) 580-6002
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December 18, 2014
Check out the college acceptances..... Not anything different than your local public high school. The majority of graduates go to ATM, LSU, OU, TCU, Baylor etc.... nothing special about that.... If you have aspirations of going to a prestigious and/or Ivy League school I would send my money elsewhere. Focus on a college prep program that actually prepares the kids and has results in their college admittance data. If you're looking for an excuse to not parent your child and think the school will do so, don't send your kid to HCHS. The administration is weak and will not make tough decisions regarding the discipline. (But then again if you are looking for loose accountability, this might just be the school for you) There is an undercurrent of kids who DONT do the right thing and the admin does nothing! Please, please do your homework and seriously consider all of your options when deciding on a high school for your child. Life is short. Regret is tough. Just because it says "Christian" doesn't mean they embody your principles. I made that mistake, thinking we were a team. A Teen is a fragile being.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2014
Private school pricetag; public school education. $80,000 plus would have gone a long way towards college costs. Same curriculum (and textbooks) as local district high school. Be sure to check out where the graduates are going to college.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
After working with teenagers and their parents over the past 32 years, it is crucial to remember, there is ALWAYS more to the story! .Houston Christian is not a perfect school, but it is an INCREDIBLE one. A line from one of my favorite songs says, "every truth that I am shown is tinted by the pain I've known... I'm just trying to find THE WHITE". I'm curious if the folks who had such harsh criticism sought out the ones they had complaints against with a desire to understand and resolve the differences? Possibly, we could find our way back to what is 'white' (untainted and pure) if we were to take that approach. I'm offended by the remark that the Christian culture is a motto worn lightly on the sleeves of the leadership of the administration. Wow. Such a sweeping comment and yet so very different from what I know to be true. I know and see hearts that are teachable and are laying down their lives for the students. I am sincerely sorry for the experiences some have had. Without question, that is not the heartbeat, desire, nor goal of our school.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
Shame on the two previous posters. I've seen people come and go, and have taught at a variety of schools over my career. There's no perfect school, but this one is a wonderful environment. PARENT: You are not aware of everything that goes on at the school and why people either choose or are asked to leave. As for the Christian environment, you offend many of us greatly when you criticize the sincerity or authenticity of our Christian motivation. Almost all of the teachers with whom I interact (and that is a great number of them) are more centered and solid than most people I know, and their number one mission is to serve students as they educate them. When you make comments such as yours, you offend many of us who are putting everything we have into loving your young adult well. TEACHER: If you find a job where you are happy 75% of the time, that is a good job. You will never like everything or everyone at a job. For the public record, everyone is NOT operating on a basis of fear. The teachers who have come in the last few years have brought great energy and excitement that we have long needed. You hurt all of us when you post something like this. I am really disappointed in you.

- submitted by a teacher
June 24, 2014
My children have really thrived at this school. I feel blessed to have found it.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
I've been a teacher at HC for more than 10 years now. I'm also a parent; my child attended the school as well. While HC is not a perfect place, I don't think any other school is either. What I like about HC is the community as a whole. We have wonderful parents, eager students, an amazing support staff, and teachers who love what they do. Collectively, the academics are rigorous, and developing life-long learners is the focus. People here go above and beyond to help and support one another; they serve with a Christlike attitude. Can we improve in areas? Of course, and we seek to daily. HC is open to feedback, is self reflective, and desires excellence. We would love to meet the need of each student who walks through the door, and if we have not, it is definitely not because we didn't try. What makes an excellent school? A standards based curriculum, teachers who are knowledgeable and passionate about their craft, students who desire to learn, an administration willing to make the tough decisions, and a community that supports the mission and vision of the school. HC has these elements, and most students that come here thrive because of this.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2014
Houston Christian is a great school, balanced academically, spiritually and artistically. I have been very impressed with the high degree of professionalism and dedication of the faculty, staff and administration. The students are polite and motivated to learn and to serve each other. Highest recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
I graduated from HC a few years ago and have remained connected to fellow alumni, as well as my former teachers. I transferred to HC after my freshman year of high school and absolutely loved my time there! My teachers challenged me both intellectually and spiritually. We were always held to high standards, but I am grateful that everyone at HC believed that we had so much potential. I was so well-prepared for college and I credit that to the work of the faculty and staff of HC. HC was also a place where I was given the opportunity to grow spiritually. Every adult there continually pointed me to Christ and exemplified Christian encouragement and grace. I could not be more grateful for the solid academic and spiritual foundation that HC provided me.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2014
Worst. Decision. Ever. To. Attend. THIS. School. I had plenty of choices when it came to high schools, and am I ever sorry I settled on Houston Christian. The administration speaks to the students in a mocking tone. They even laugh at us if we make mistakes, innocent mistakes that are a part of growing up. Farthest thing from the "wholesome, Christian environment" that me and my family were seeking. I am sorry that I wasted the precious time of my youth attending this school. I CANNOT wait to be free from their chains of misery and constant humiliation. I will share my story with all that want to know what its really like to attend this school.

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2014
Houston Christian combines the rigor of an ISAS-accredited college prep high school with a faith-based perspective that is an integral part of the day to day life of the school. It seeks to lift up each child's individual gifts and encourages them to pursue their passions. Whether your gift is in athletics, the fine arts, academics, or leadership, there is a place for everyone. I once heard a prospective parent say that the rumor in Houston is that HC is "the happy school." Students are outwardly supportive of one another within and across grade levels. Because of its location, HC draws students from a broad geographic area which enriches the student body. Faculty are available before school, at lunch and after school for students looking for extra help or guidance. The Discipleship Groups, chapel programs and the presence of warm and faithful female and male chaplains create an environment of love, support and accountability that helps students handle the day to day stresses of being teenagers! We love Houston Christian and are so happy to have found it to educate our three children!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
Do not send your child to this school if you are expecting a nurturing or Christian environment. The school would be way better off if they eliminated the "Christian" designation in their name. If you are seriously considering attending be sure so to ask about attrition. Approximately 10% of every class leaves and some years it is higher. Public school is a better option if you have a great public high school(needless to say you are already paying property taxes). Do your homework....

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
Terrible ratings after 2011! Since the new leadership at this school, the quality of teachers has gotten worse! They are not following the teachings of a Christian God.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
Sorry, Parent! You're not going to find one high school in Houston devoid of drugs or alcohol. That is just a fact of teenage life now. However, at Houston Christian no one is going to try and pressure their friends into the drug and alcohol scene. It's extremely easy to stay away from. Actually, you only find it if you look for it. The students here are genuinely nice people and the academics are challenging. I know I will be ready for college considering I am already exempt from three college classes because of my education here at HC. Also, you aren't going to find a school devoid of rumors and drama. I can actually say that as a well liked and well known HC student I have yet to be involved in one rumor. Its easy to stay away from. Also, rumors die quickly. The parents are amazing and my mom has made a lot of friends. It's nice to see their involvment everywhere. You can be who you want to be at this school, and I love it.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2013
HCHS IS NOT A SCHOOL FOR MINIORITIES! The turn over of MINIORITIES is shocking. MINIORITIES start there but usually withdraw after the 1st year. It is clear their is a racial under tone which comes from the top. They promote leadership but I would never want my child to follow the Dean or Principal. The Dean is arrogant and he and the principal degrade the students. This school does not display Christian qualities. The turn over rate of teachers is greater than in public schools. They call themselves a college predatory school but they do a poor job.

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2013
The school has a heavy basis towards families of a certain faith and income bracket. The school has a very strange feel to it in terms of atmosphere. There have been allegations made about students being asked to watch other students and report to higher ups on how the students act on an off campus. Home work is 3-4 hours a night minumum. Teachers leave often and will tell you tales you cannot believe after they leave about the administration. There have been allegations regarding student misconduct that goes unpunished if you are of the right faith or from the right side of the track. Diversity is so lacking that the few students who actually brave the often hostile atmosphere rarely finish. The school has so much to offer in terms of facilities it needs a major top-down house cleaning and someone in charge who would run a school true to its name.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
The school's initial welcome is pleasant. I read reviews on the school from several before making my final selection & they all note the teacher turnover rate was very high & teacher interaction with students, particularly student-athletes was poor. I concur on both accounts. The lack of professionalism from (newly appointed) teachers & teachers for (freshman class) was unbearable. Several incidents from teachers calling students nicknames, imposing low self-esteem issues with students questioning their own abilities, accusations of drug usage, attempted cover-ups of mistakes made by teachers, etc. Cultural diversity is something the school is adjusting to & facing head on due to new athletic faculty. The ratio of all minorities is disproportionate, even female/male ration for all grade levels. The school has things to offer, however it is eons away from being a stellar academic private school for the selected masses that seek top academics, personal development for their children in a positive environment, & readiness for "real world" interaction, be it furthering educational goals or professional work environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
If stability is what you are looking for, stay away from here. Very high faculty turn over should give you some idea as to the type of environment your kids will experience. School lacks solid, qualified leadership.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2011
I love this school. It has great facilities, open arms to all, and a dynamic faculty. As mentioned in other reviews, it has a teacher that writes the AP European History exam and publishes, a Fullbright Scholar, and others who are engaged in many professional activities to help students. Its head football coach is in the state hall of fame. Though they do not have the same type of students that Kinkaid or St. John's draws, I find it to be a better school. Faculty turnover still seems to be an issue. I am not sure why. But my student had a great senior year. Her AP US and European History teacher is just great!!! Her Calculus teacher is awesome. All of them are the BEST.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
HCHS has had one principal, and one head of school, for its 12 year history and with the principal retiring (won the ACSI Lifetime achievement award) the fact that it recruited the highest caliber replacement is a testament to the momentum it has in the marketplace. Its graduating class of 98 had offers of $6.5mil. of scholarships to college incl 2 rec'd for military service academy appointments. 12 graduates will play college sports next year on scholarship. Spanish teacher awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, and Band director awarded a Fund for Teachers Fellowship to study at Oxford this summer. Student population draws from 55 different feeder schools, 42 different zip codes, and reached its maximum enrollment of 500 for the first time in school history. HCHS seeks to be a preeminent college preparatory school, which also provides a christian world and life view during regular instruction, stressing student "servant/leader" model and global travel to open perspectives of how christian leaders go out into the world to spread the gospel. Parents generously support Annual Fund and HC is building to complete its campus master plan on 45 beautiful acres!

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2011
As a family, we feel blessed that our child has had the opportunity to attend this excellent college preparatory school. The campus is warm and inviting to all who apply themselves. There are excellent teachers who are willing to take the time and effort to tutor before and after class, during lunch or whenever needed. Our child his received priceless mentoring and support from several teachers and coaches that has been beyond our expectations! The class sizes are intimate and well worth the extra expense over public high school. From top to bottom the faculty and staff are committed to excellence!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
Going to Houston Christian was the worst decision of my life. Want your kid to be miserable, send them to HCHS!

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2010
We lived in Massachusetts for many years, where my daughter was enrolled in public school. We had to move to Houston during the summer before my daughter's freshman year, and knowing how inadequate the public schooling system is there we decided to send my daughter to private school. She was vastly under challenged. Students who have gone to Houston public schools before coming to HCHS all talk about how challenging the academic programs there, but in reality they pale in comparison to the PUBLIC schools in Massachusetts, and my daughter was enrolled in what HCHS calls advanced classes! It seems that students who participate in athletic programs seem to be looked down upon. Many of my daughter's teachers refused to give her any work she missed due to her participation in athletics until after I emailed them. Due to the inadequacy of my daughter's education, along with other factors, we decided to move back to Massachusetts by the summer following my daughter's sophomore year. Back in Massachusetts, my daughter received a much more rigorous education in a public school (the advanced classes back at HCHS are like average classes here).

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
This school has spectacular facilities although the mens lockerroom is much better and more equipped than the ladies. The choir is awesome and hchs excels in fine arts. You are donstantly able to check your grades because they update you online. Teachers are almost always available if you have questions except that some teachers are asst or coaches so you cant always go in after school.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2009
After having attended public school, our son entered Houston Christian as a freshman and has really loved the academic rigors of the school. He was nowhere near challenged before and now we feel he will be very capable in college. This is a one sport school..if you child has visions of doing more it is very difficult. This school really strives to develop the academic side of your child and is quite successful at it. Our son has really enjoyed his time here.

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May 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2009
HCHS is not a college preparatory high school; but a 'you better be prepared for college' high school. Students will do well here if they are self-motivated learners. This school is not for everybody. If you are a minority, then I would consider checking into the demographic breakdown and find out how many of the minority students actually excel here. Some of the teachers have great hearts; but I would question the motivation of some of the teachers. If you child is an athlete, a word of warning student athletes are looked down upon at this campus - they like students, not student-athletes.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
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March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 30, 2008
My son recently transferred from a local 4 year private school, Pope John 23 to Houston Christian in his senior year and after 1st 1/2 year he is making 3.4 average and has not looked back to his previous school. he is extemely happy at HCHS. Houston Christian is a premier private school in Houston Area and as parents we are happy with this school for our son. He has applied to 5 colleges and so far has gotten accetance to one after only 3 weeks of application.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
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September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
HCHS is the rising star among Houston private schools. It has first rate facilities on the largest contiguous campus in Houston (45 acres), a caring and plugged-in administration, and an academic curriculum as challenging as you want it to be. Kids are good kids, the few problems are dealt with quickly, and the community is like family. Although not as well known as some (since it's only been around since 1998), this school is among the tops in Texas private education.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
We have had one graduate (now attending Wheaton College in IL) and one is a junior. While no school is perfect, this school is a blessing to us. Strong academics, fabulous coaches, caring staff, and a first rate fine arts program make this a wonderful choice. There are AP classes for just about every subject, as well as the Distinguished Scholars Program for those kids looking for an opportunity to dig deeper. There is also the Discovery Program for kids with learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
In my initial meeting with the school, I learned that the high school students do an average of 5 to 6 hours of homework a night. This strikes me as a school for those students who already perform at a high academic level, and who would probably do well at any competitive high school. The drug use problem was described as an 'isolated incident, from several years ago'.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
Challenging college prep school offers Distinguished Scholars and full range of AP classes. Outstanding choir (state champions 7 years). Facilities are state of the art, with new technology. All athletic opportunities are available, including golf, swimming, and tennis. Parents are very involved and administration welcomes involvement. The school also offers program for those with learning challenges. This is an outstanding private school!

- submitted by a parent
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Houston Christian High School
2700 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX  77043
(713) 580-6000
Last modified Houston Christian High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Houston Christian High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top