Our son went to this school and in our experience this school is way overpriced with marginal returns. One would expect that the staff and teachers would care more about their student's progress and accomplishments. There is no way to check which assignments are due and when. Students write down assignments in their agenda books and if they didn't, you are out of luck. Can't check on the dates when the tests are given either. Several times we've asked for the school officials or teachers to set up on online parents account where teachers would post assignments, etc but it fell on deaf ears. Also, this school is not a member of TEA which means that a Texas public school may decide not to accept credit transfers from BSOH.
Looked round this school as it had good results. Kids put off by brusque Admissions woman who seemed to think that English being their second language was a problem. Yet then reminded us that school was changing it's name to British International School of Houston. the fact they were intimidated by her, hence their quietness did not occur to her. Given the people we met it seemed an odd unfriendly place. Headmaster and Deputy Head are married??!!! No school nurse for 800 kids. We ran .
The comments about the nursery class are wildly misleading. I have checked and now know that in the class there are three members of qualified and experienced staff and the class size never exceeds 29 at any one time. The ratios are much better than in a standard day care center. As it is a British school the children start to learn the basics of reading and writing from the age of three and seem to love it. The range of activities on offer to them is wonderful and the teachers seem to know the children very well and show great care and attention to them. I am very impressed.
Very disappointing. Teachers are here to socialise first and teach second. No support from the top for them available for their youth and inexperience. Of course, some are good ones but not most. Anti-parent barrier as if we are a nuisance. Average to poor facilities (not including the structure which is temporary until new school is built on another site). Primary sports programmes non existent. Unqualified staff. No real policies in place. Nobody cares. Very expensive mediocre school.
We are self paying parents of a student in nursery of this school with 31 students in class and only one teacher available to teach all of them.
This school is amazingly bad. It actually beggars belief how bad it it. The staff are young and inexperienced. There has been a mass exodus of the really good ones over the last 3 years. It is a bit of a running joke among the expat community who do not send there or have removed them. Among Americans it is known as the private school you send your kids to when you can't get them in to a better one. The quality of education is very poor compared to other private schools. I'm not sure what the pp is talking about when they said the curriculum is two years ahead. I am a teacher and have worked in England. It is not two years ahead by any stretch of the imagination. The pastoral (not religious but rather mind and spirit) care of the children is also poor. No attempts to help them settle in in any meaningful way. Avoid if at all possible.
This might be a great school for elementary or middle school equivalent but for the Pre-K program it needs a lot of improvement. Student to teacher ratio is quite high (too many kids per teacher) considering the also high tuition fee. Some teachers are young and very inexperienced indeed and I found them enthusiastic only on Fridays. Nonetheless, they have some good ones, I just wish there were more experienced teachers or LSA's. We have never been asked for donations. They teach French as a second language which is something positive as all other schools teach Spanish and honestly learning Spanish in Houston is quite easy either with a Nanny or friends. Their sport facilities are average. There is a good parents community, very diverse and friendly. Our child has learned a lot there but is not passionate about the school. Maybe later there is the wow factor so much advertised. Principal leadership is weak, we look forward to BSOH having a new principal as well as the new campus in Katy.
British School of Houston is a for profit organization. Building is outdated. Leadership aims to increase revenue by enrolling increasing amount of students through aggressive and inaccurate marketing. Minimum salaried teachers from the UK without experience and motivation are contracted on a two year visa. Quality of education ranked low in comparison to any other school in the UK. Insufficient number of classroom assistants. School relays heavily on volunteer work of parents. Students and parents are encouraged to fundraise and donate frequently. School might be a necessity to Expats because of British curriculum. No benefit to any child to attend this school since Houston offers variety of safe, friendly and high quality schools without the ever increasing price tag.
Reviews ought to be based on facts!!!!! All parents including myself, are fully aware that the school is continually being improved, most recently the bus canopies and new, fresh reception after half term......This is without mentioning the fantastic new build school opening 2015/2016. Teachers are rewarded most handsomely and are carefully recruited based on credentials and experience. Young, enthusiastic teachers are a bonus to the school. I am unaware of volunteers working at the school as even the invidulators are in paid positions! The academic results speak for themselves and as we are all aware, not everyone can be satisfied all of the time!!!! I can honestly say I have NEVER been asked for a donation of any kind. For my family, BSH has been absolutely the right choice and my children enjoy the homely, friendly surroundings.
We moved our child here from a local private school in the Memorial area that teaches a US curriculum. The difference is amazing. BSH is teaching approximately two years ahead of our old school. Our former school talked a lot about differentiation, but here at BSH they actually do it. The practical effect is that your child is taught at their level. If they are at the top of their class in a given subject they receive instruction at a higher level, if they are in the middle, or bottom they also receive appropriate instruction. The result, EVERY STUDEN IS CHALLENGED / no one is left behind, or ignored. The staff and teachers are incredibly professional. If a great education is what you are looking for BSH is an excellent option. We believe the international culture present at the school will help our son in the future. We know the high academic standards will.
I am astounded!!!! Unjustified negativity! As a parent of 3 children at the BSH, self paying.....I can say the BSH has been fantastic for them all. I am continually amazed by the dedication and professional attitude of all the energetic staff at the school. They go beyond their duties and create an academically challenging environment. The students are encouraged to express themselves, creating confident well balanced children of the future. I see a school which is continually making changes for the benefit of the students. I am proud to be a BSH parent and look forward to the ongoing progress.
I have to agree with the recent reviews. I shall give my impression of the primary school. The teachers tend to be young and inexperienced, and lack more mature teachers to mentor them. This is not their fault, but it is to the detriment of the students. The students are not stretched to the level they should be. Science and history are virtually non-existent from the curriculum. I strongly believe that the very high fees should be spent to attract high caliber teachers, and they should be enabled to provide an education comparable to an ambitious and a high achieving school within the UK. The BSH is currently falling far short of this.
We have been 3 years at BSH (primary section) and are not satisfied at all, actually we are applying into the best HISD schools, as we're really concerned about the quality of this school. The only good think we are thankful is that our son was accepted mid-year, other than that I'm sure there are plenty of better schools than BSH. The only reason we have kept my son here is because my employer is paying the tuition, once we lose that benefit, this school doesn't worth to pay more than $20k. My suggestion to the new families would be applying to any other good international / private school instead of this school. They don't even have after care program, the sports offered are very poor, basically they don't have any extra-curriculum activities, whatever they have in their website is not the reality, at least for the primary section. I wouldn't recommend this school to any friend.
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.
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).
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