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Houston Christian High School

Private | 9-12 | 488 students

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2011:
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Posted July 1, 2014

HCHS has been OK. I do believe my children would have been suited equally well by my local public high school. Some of the reasons we chose HCHS are as follows: holistic education, small classes, opportunities to play sports/participate in other activities without the highly competitive nature of many of the larger high schools. Many things have changed since we joined the HCHS community. It is far from the same school we were sold when we first made the decision to attend. (one child graduated, another biding time). Many of the sports have become "cut" sports and there is an unusually high incoming transfer rate for student athletes. The term "student athletes" however does not have much merit since HCHS joined SPC, where there is no longer a "no pass/no play" rule in effect. Individual sports/coaches set the tone for what is acceptable. Over the six years that we have been part of the community, we have witnessed transitions including the departure of many individuals that were instrumental in our choice to attend. Experience with teachers is mixed; 50/50 in terms of those that are truly kind?Christ centered/supportive. There are others that no one will discuss here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2014

HC is nice school. My child did well there. I like that its focus is not centered just on sports, though my son was an athlete. There is room for students to explore. Teachers are good and kind. I am not sure the recent addition are scholars of content, but they do engage with students and content well. I was disappointed to see some dynamic teachers leave over the years, but that happens. My son was particularly taken by his coach, teacher, and mentor leaving. Some departments are stronger than others, but it is not my place to address that matter here. My son will be attending a highly selective college next year. We are happy about that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

My children have really thrived at this school. I feel blessed to have found it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted June 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 31%
Hispanic 5% 51%
Black 4% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • “College Readiness Award” from the Texas ACT Council (2009)
  • Overall TAPPS State Vocal and Instrumental Music Champions (2009)
  • TPSMEA All-State Choir and Orchestra (2009)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Eileen J. Councill, Ed.D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (713) 580-6002

Programs

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  • Virtual school
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
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  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • drill team

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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  • Video / Film production

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  • Yearbook
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2700 West Sam Houston Parkway North
Houston, TX 77043
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Phone: (713) 580-6000

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