I agree with the reviewer of 1st October. We have been bitterly disappointed with this school. Overall, the standards here fall far short of what one would expect from an independent school at home. The school is badly disorganized and the quality of the teaching is patchy. As for the International Primary Curriculum as taught by BSH, this appears to bear little resemblance to the curriculum in schools at home. Science seems to have been overlooked altogether ! The general culture there is to keep parents at arm 's length. I have never felt so totally disengaged with my children's school . We have experience of good schools in the Uk, and trust me, this is lightweight education. I can only speak from my experience of the primary school but I hear from other parents that there are concerns about the secondary school too. Most parents do not expect great things from this school, and blame the poor leadership. All I would say is if you are coming to Houston with kids, do yourself a favour and look at the many schooling alternatives in Houston. What. Houston really needs is a good British School !
Its amazing! My child is learning new things every single day! I dont know why its a three star! The teachers are absoloutly incredible. GO BSH!!!!!!!
Our child went to this school for two years. Being an expat there is always an anxiety when moving to a new location that you can get your child settled as soon as possible. One of the positive aspects of this school is when we arrived out of cycle they took our child (this is not the norm elsewhere in Houston). Unfortunately we have seen this school run as a business not an education facility. Experienced teachers getting too expensive because they come with a family, move them on for teachers just out of uni and use expat partners where this is not an issue. Child needs additional support, I am sorry $20,000+ does not cover this expense, you are on your own to sort that out. Don't be fooled by the sell on a british education and IB offered. Plenty of other IB options out there and a good disciplined school will trump a poor "british" school any day. Do yourself a favour, if needed book into the british school and then start looking for an alternate school for the next year. Unfortunately cost of tuition does not translate to quality of tuition. A detail missed by many expats when their companies are paying the tuition fees. I suggest it would be a different story if they had to.
We have withdrawn our child from this school. We should have done this sooner. It was not a positive experience for us. The school, both with regard to administration and curriculum is very disorganized to the point of being haphazard. If you would have been happy in your home country to send your child to a pretty ordinary local public/ grammar then this school will still be a dissapointment. The IB results are falling short comparatively both internationally and against American public IB schools such as Lamar and Bellaire. At the initial school meeting I would request the comparative results table. A school can be forgiven quite a lot if their care and interest in their students is exemplary however this school exhibits little of both. I would also ask the school, at the introductory meeting, some questions about the effectiveness of the parent messaging system regarding early dismissal considering an incident last year.
The British School is a better choice than Awty and I can tell because I had one child at Awty last year and I am moving him to the British. The British school is a warm welcoming school and focusses on the individual child and his/her talents. The academic standard is high, but there is also a good focus on the fun of learning. My daughter is in year 8 and she loves it! If you are an expat you feel more at home here than at Awty; Awty is a posh American prep school with a somewhat international character but they are loosing more and more expats because of the ridiculous entrance exams and rules! The IB results of the British School are the same of even better, so no worries there either
My son (12) and daughter (10) started at the BSOH this year after we moved from the UK in the summer. The whole experience has been very positive. The schools my children attended in the UK were regarded as good examples of state schools; one primary and one secondary. However the BSOH has definitely raised the expectations of my son and he has focused much more on his work and learning. The recent review stating that the school has only a basic academic level is simply wrong. The staff have been friendly and helpful during parent's and showcase evening's and I've been impressed by their attitude. The criticism that can be levelled at the school is down to the buildings, that are not as plush and modern as some schools. However they are okay and a school is made good by it's staff and pupils and not it's buildings. Overall we are very happy with the school and it's a good choice.
Unfortunately it is only at a level of a basic UK school,so if you expecting your child to have a chance at entering top universities such as Oxford ,Cambridge,Havard etc,it is not a school that will make that happen.I would recomend Awty .,as it follows an international program and it is very academic.
This school could have so much more potential if it only would stop trying too hard to be a business! Not as warm and fuzzy as the Principal spins it when you turn up to the new parents info session. For the amount paid per term, it's taking the mickey a bit I think. Also don't expect admission or apology of fault on their part. This school is all about covering itself first and foremost (probably a hangover from the highly litigous nature of the USA).
Having to choose as an expat between Awty and the British School summer 2011 was hard from a distance, but I'm sooo glad I choose for the British School in the end. It's a warm and friendly school and we have all been made so welcome. The teachers are great and whenever I have a concern or question they are spot on. They differentiate in the learning in class and this is good for the individual child so that they get more of a challenge or don't have to work against their limits which is not good when you're settling in in a new country and city. English is not their first language but this was addressed perfectly by the BSH. They are all so happy and I have heard this too from much more new parents. Again I am very glad I made this choice. People changed to the British School last summer after trying for a year at Awty because it was so strict and inflexible as a lot of expatriates are pointed to Awty only, but in the last years the British School is getting better and better - this is no doubt the case for the young kids, but also for the Middle years and Upper School the British School is getting better.
This school has surpassed expectations especially in the primary. The staff are great - they really know my children and what it is they need. The Deputy Head is great as well. He knows every child and their family and will always stop for a chat. The curriculum and teaching here are wonderful. Every topic they do is great, my children come home every day talking about what they have been 'learning'. When I was at school, it was what we had been doing!
I would not recommend this school if your child has any educational problems. Although they state they help children, they do not. You have to paid extra for tutoring and any extra support your child may need. Ask for the parent handbook before you sign up - why isn't it on their open pages.
I have been a long-term student at BSOH, since 2007. When I arrived, the student body was warm and welcoming, teachers were of good quality, but the head teacher seemed distant from the actual school. Over the years, management has changed, as have teachers. At the end of last teacher, far more than half of the secondary school teachers left, leaving the school without some of it's greatest assets: the teachers. With the beginning of the new academic year, many new teachers have been brought on, and are all very enthusiastic and commited to helping the students achieve high grades. However, I have also noticed that there is a divide between the current headmaster and the student body, and many of us do not believe that he is running the school adequately. I would recommend this school to Brit expats in particular as it maintains the education standards and provides plenty of other expat families to meet and socialize with. We're always happy to meet new people BSOH, it's just a shame that the poor leadership has sent a divide between the students and head teacher. I have to disagree with the review below, as none of us are rude or treat any other students badly.
Currently I am a new student at the british school of houston...When you get to a new school your supposed to be welcomed when I got to the school everyone was rude and I was left out. Theres GREAT education but the people are very rude ! The facilities are not good but the supplies is. If your a parent and your reading this and your kid is going into Y8 SWITCH SCHOOLS. Also, they usually refer to last year like in science, history and music. I HIGHLY recomend if your kid is going into y8 to switch schools.
I agree with the previous comment - excellent teachers. However, OVER HALF the secondary teachers left this July - you have to wonder why?
I was very happy with the teaching and care my daughter received at the British School of Houston. She did the last year of the very demanding IB Diploma and I can happily say that the level of professionalism from all the teachers she had was absolutely fabulous. The BSH has very good teachers who will go that extra mile to make sure your child thrive in their education and life.
I have little positive to say about this school, teachers have been slightly better than average, the academic programs have been just below average but the head leadership has been very poor. I am pleased we are moving on.
I have two children who have attended the British School of Houston for two years, and over the past year I have seen significant improvements at the school in terms of the leadership, facilities and direction the school is taking. The recent renovation programme has been a huge success and the summer's outstanding GCSE and IB results are a true reflection of the academic standards and focus on learning that exist at the school.
My child has been at the BSH for several months coming from a British International School overseas. If you are coming from the State system in the UK, the education standards are probably higher. If you are coming from a fee paying UK school or from the private sector internationally , you will be sorely dissapointed. There is no doubting the integrity and commitment of the staff but, they need to be led, encouraged and given the resources to raise the bar of the 'extras' commonly expected from education institutions in it's peer group. This school falls terribly short of facilities (piecemeal renovation will not correct the fundemantal flaw of the design) and its; social/sporting/cultural programmes remain mediocre at best. If you want your child to stay within the British Curriculum here in Houston, you have no choice.
My daughter has just graduated from the British School of Houston after 4 years of Education there... .. the teachers are fabulous, very caring and hard working. The new head teacher and head of IB are doing a great job... and the current year 12's will benefit fully from their input. I would definately recommend this school
I have four children at the school and could not be happier with the education they are receiving. The school's best asset is the teachers, who are inspiring and motivating. This year has seen a new headmaster, Mr Foxwell, step into the role smoothly and been able to give the school a great sense of direction and leadership. I have had my children in the school from age four through to graduation and would recommend the teachers and level of education to anyone considering the school.
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