Students enrolled 851
School leader KELVIN WILLIAMSON

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Po Box 1457
Houston, TX 77251

(713) 723-4699
(713) 723-5853
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3 stars
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March 12, 2014
Don't send your child to this school. The clerk Ms.Bradley is in charge and she is very rude and disrespectful.This school is all about money.They are not concerned about the students. The Superintendent/owner/principal/school board .....yes I said school board amazing for her to be all these things right this should be illegal. Ms.Cluff is very rude as well.I had concerns regarding my child and they refuse to hear me out.I would not reccomend this school to anyone your child will be behind accedemically.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
My grandson has experiences great success at the Varnett Southwest Campus. He has been attending Varnett for three years and I have confidence in the quality of education he is receiving. He has scored at or above on all areas on all standardized test taken. There is an adequate child/staff ratio. The staff are caring professionals. Varnett as well as all schools could benefit from additional parental support. They utilize excellent educations programs. The campus is very secured and safe.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
This is my child first year and I hate this school. My child has had 3 teachers since Aug. The one teacher that has been there through the changes is great. She teaches them sign language and make them feel important.I hope she stays because if my baby get one more teacher I'm going to go off.My child come home everyday and tell me how nice and exciting Mrs.Laverne is so the fact that she is with my baby makes me feel comfortable. She tells me about the good not just the bad my child does and she takes time to talk and answer your questions and if she is not sure just makes effort to find out for you and contact you back. But the principal/director Ms.Cluff is rude and stays on the phone talking loud. The management is poor and they are always asking for money for anything and if they have dress out of uniform day they charge the kids $3.00 to $5.00 every time they do it. And if you forget to pay or your child loses the money on the bus they are calling you over and over even if you at work. Its all about the money with them. Don't send your kids here it's so unorganized.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
It is so funny that most of the good reports are from teahers... THIS IS NOT THE SCHOOL ANY KID SHOULD ATTEND IF A STABLE ENVIRONMENT IS WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR 3 Teaches from August to Nvember!! Money is the #1 objective at this School . PLEASE PLACE YOUR CHILDS NAME ON EVERYTHING THEY OWN. my brought all of his materials and yes he did loose his folder once but 3 was required why was I informed to purchase another. I Marched right up to that school and had them find my son another folder I was not about to purchase another I dont care and dont know if anything else was passed from class to class. BUT IT IS UNFAIR FOR SOMEONE TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING NEEDED AND EXPECTED TO PURCHASE MORE MATERIALS

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
In my experience as a parent, I was very impressed with my children s teacher. My children were able to have the same teacher for Pre-K and Kindergarten. With this one teacher, my children were able to excel greatly. My kids were able to speak and write clearly and their comprehension was very good. I was very impressed when my children were able to tell their Daddy and me, I m able to do my homework by myself. I check their homework and for the most part everything is right.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
My daughter and son attended Varnett East Campus. My daughter developed her love for learning, and she also learned to read. She still loves to read to this day. My son also learned to read. He matured tremendously and his temper tantrums went away. The teachers really care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
My two sons attended the SW campus during 2008 - 2013The oldest began in the 3rd grade and the youngest in the 1st grade, I must agree with parents that the teachers are NOT reliable. My 3rd grader had 3 teachers in less than 6 weeks. This was very disturbing for the students and parents. Not the best impression. Little did I know that this was very typical, especially after the winter break. Academically speaking I was pleased with the schools curriculum and high standards. They work very hard with the students. Uniforms are very overpriced but it differs them from other schools.Spring trips are pricy but very educational and fun. Transportation after school is convenient. Overall the school has its flaws but they get there job done. That's what really matters. At least for me.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
This is the worst school hands down! The people are very ghetto, and the entire school is in organized. Look up the superintendents name Annette Cluff, and you will see she is under investigation. This is sad sad place. My kids still go here unfortunately, but next school year they will not. Some people are nice e.g the nurse, but everyone else is super ratchet! My son has had 3 teachers since August 2013, bc the teachers keep leaving. Ms. Cluff waltz her white head azz around there like she God. Her attitude is do stank. You can tell she feels she is better than the average person. Long story short do your research on this school please.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Research before enrolling your child or before applying for a job at this school. The turnover rate is high due to professionalism and the kids end up getting the short end of the stick.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
This is my childs first year attending this school i did my research and reviews on it however i decided to give it a chance. My child has three different teachers the first 9 weeks of school until she finally got a teacher who they decided to teach her class. The staff are very nice and friendly except for the lady who works in the front at the desk she always has a mean look and a very horrible attitude. My child has learned alot more since she has started this year. The school overall is not as bad as i have read some reviews but there are a few things that they could change. The uniforms were a bit expensive as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
If you are thinking of working for this school, think twice! Teachers are treated like prisoners and constantly bullied. Trainings are unorganized. The campus is considered a "closed campus" meaning teachers cannot leave campus to get lunch or do whatever you want. While you eat lunch in the cafeteria, teachers are constantly under surveillance. Teachers are also threatened constantly with being written up and fired by the superintendent's unprofessional daughter. Teachers are forced to listen to her personal life stories which have nothing to do with the job. Teachers quit weekly.

- submitted by a community member
June 20, 2013
As a former parent of Varnett, I am very satisfied with the type of academic discipline that Varnett has instilled into my children. The staff as a whole is very passionate, nurturing, and extremely dedicated to the success of all students. They provide a clean and safe learning environment that should be applauded. They also provide travel opportunities and well balanced nutritional meals for their students. Their academic program is designed for all learners, not just a select few. Kudos to Varnett!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
I have taught at Varnett for 6 yrs and my experience here has been enjoyable. During my time here, the administration has always ensured that teachers receive the proper training needed to enhance the students' academic performance. The administration as well as the Superintendant have always put the students needs first.

- submitted by a teacher
June 18, 2013
I have been working here for 10 years and the school really cares about the students and education.

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2012
Varnett is a school system that deeply cares about its students and employs teachers who put the students first. In 2010, Varnett's East Campus was named by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for its high student achievement. It was the only state charter school in Texas to be so recognized. Last year, the entire district was among only 28 percent of school districts in Texas to meet the No Child Left Behind requirements. The campus directors, teachers and staff are friendly, enthusiastic and hard workers. Parents believe in the school and are active participants in their children's activities.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2012
My sister and I both have a total of six children going to Varnett this year... After looking at the below reviews it looks as if there are more bad then good!!!!! I pray this will turn out for the best. I have bought 5 sets of uniforms X three kids but I pull them out faster then you can say VARNETT CHARTER SCHOOL... I'm looking to send my kids to better themselves... The sad part is most of the poor comments were concerning the staff... TEACHERS... THIS IS NOT GOOD... ALMOST TIME TO HOME SCHOOL MY TEAM!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
My child is in Pre-K 4 at Varnett. Communication levels are poor . This is the worst school every when it comes to skills. I have never experience such a low class of employees in my life. The classrooms are overcrowded with little organization. The teachers are overwhelmed.....My kid will not be attending Varnett next year.....

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2011
My son has gone to Varnett for 2 1/2 years and most of the time has been a horrible experience. He has been left at school because the teacher did not have him in the right area, there are too many children in a class room and the teachers are unskilled and have no manners. My son cried and did not want to go to school because his teacher YELLED at him daily and I witnessed this on the school monitor with the principal. Her response was she would look in to the situation, things got better and then right back to before. I was told he could not change teachers and told the principal after the semester my son would be withdrawn, she took it upon her self to withdraw him and the last day of school for the semester he was not allowed to go. This school is HORRIBLE and I would not recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
My child's teacher sent homework home and spelled President Obama's name "OBAHMAH".... need I say more! If you can't spell or know how to form a sentence correctly, then you definitely should not be teaching children ANYTHING!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
2. I bring your attention to "point" number five in the review. PLEASE tell me that this "teacher" knows the difference between "their" and "they're." And more importantly, someone please tell me that he/she is teaching a subject OTHER than grammar! Well, if nothing else, I think I've accidentally stumbled upon one of the potential problems with charter schools. Not all of them, mind you; just the bad ones, which unfortunately appear to be the majority of them. (Cont'd)

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2011
Part 2: 3) After I resigned, I never received my last check. Apparently, in the contract it says something about them not paying you if you quit and don't give them 14 business days notice. I knew that going in but it was my first year and I was desperate for a job so that's my fault for signing a BS contract...but hey, it was work. What made it even worse was that on my W2 they factored in compensation I never received from them and now I'm supposed to pay taxes on that money. 5) They're so called "fund raising" idea is for teachers and students to sell cookie dough and if teachers and students don't meet the quota....you're expected to pay out of pocket the difference. REALLY?!

- submitted by a teacher
August 17, 2009
School is great the one thing is the uniform are very expensive

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August 03, 2009
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November 10, 2008
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no rating September 20, 2008
My daughter has been a student at Varnett Charter School since Pre- K 3. I can honestly say that Mrs. Hines is a great teacher and I wished she would have moved to Pre- K 4. Varnett, needs to work on improving there staff starting with the attitudes. My daughters teacher now was hired on Tuesday and school started on Wednesday this year and needless to say she was very unorganized and still is. Students were being moved to other teachers classes because of her and when I addressed to the new director Ms. Gray, I was told that wasnt a option. Open house was very unorganized, the director is all about the money I see.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
I still think Varnett is a good school, but they need some extracurricular activites to offer the kids, every school needs that. I also think that some of the attitudes in the staff could change for the better i've heard some staff members talk very ignorantly to those little kids, so that should be address so they can separate the good teachers from the bad. I love the security they have. I also think that the school uniforms should change b/c every parent doesn't have 20+ to spend on a shirt especially when asking for money throughout the beginning of the school semester until the end, so the uniform shirts could definitely change.

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June 02, 2008
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May 28, 2008
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May 14, 2008
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no rating May 02, 2008
This school does not provide any extracurricular activities for the students. There test scores are not the best.

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February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
I think that The Varnett School is a great school. My child has learn a lot since she has been attending this school.

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May 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
I think this is a great program my child loved it.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
This school is the best in academic and security, bussing and other areas but the one area that they lack is extriculator activivtes. they really need them.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
When choosing this school I thought I did My home work but I didn't. This was the BIGGEST MISTAKE I could have made with my son's education. This is the WORST SCHOOL EVER! The teachers are unskilled and the staff what a joke. But with both hurricains Rita & Katrina most Houston Schools are full so there was no place to put him. The went for week this out books. I have talked with oter parents at te main campus, it seems just to be the east campus. I have even contacted the media!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2006
The school is excellent and they are really encouraging and pushing the children to achieve excellence. The Principal, Mr. L. Phillips is the greatest! He is very involved with the students and the parents.

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October 05, 2005
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August 15, 2005
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July 20, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 11, 2005
Academics were addressed strongly for the TAKS test, some of the teachers were more concerned with whats going on outside than in their classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2005
High level of academic support.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
The quality of academic programs are good. Over the last several years the academic level in my opinion has deceased.The availability of music,art,computer and sports are non exsistance. There are no extracurricular activities that the children can look forward to. Over the past several years the extracurricular activites has deminish. They do have a great tutorial program that allows the children to prepare for the taks test.The tutorial program is set up for after school and every other Saturday until January and every Saturday after that until Taks testing is complete. They do encourage the students to do well on the TAks test.Overall this is a good school just need to give the students more extracurriclar activities besides PE.

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April 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
This school is the best charter school that you can possible send your child or children to now the academics are wonderful and they challange the kids to their fullest. But the only problem is that there are not any extracurricular activities at all so if your looking for a school based on education then go to varnett. The staff is great starting with the dirctor all the way down to the security leaving no one out. my daughter has been there since pre-k 4 and she will stay there until the 5th grade. Every parent that i know who child goes to varnett love it and so will you.

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January 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2004
My daughter has been a student at the Varnett Charter School for the past two years, and has received a wealth of information. She is so happy with the experiences that she encounters on a daily basis. The school provides trips for students that they might not experienced at any other school. And talk about cultural activities, they produce the best black history program I have ever seen for the two years that she has been in attendence. My daughter would go to school all year if she could and this has to be from good experiences that she has. If she did not enjoy school she would not be happy to go each day. I also do not need to worry about safety because security is so tight.The uniformity of the school should be given credits because no one is out of place. Great job to the staff and superintendent. Respect.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
I must say that every school has its problems, but Varnett is making a lot of effort to keep parents happy and our children safe. I love the school and would not want my children to be any where else.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2004
My daughter has been at the Varnett School for 4 years. Our experience has been wonderful. Every teacher we have worked with (PreK-3rd) has been an invaluable asset to my child's academic future. Over the years the school has made many changes, but has not maintained or established any extracurricular activities.

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July 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
My son went to varnett thae past 2 years and i must say that it is the worst school experience ever. The director is only concerned with getting government money she could care less about the kids. I would not refer this scholl to anyone on this earth.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
This school is run by a dictator using govenrment money. Yes there are the 'PTA' and such but the decisions all rest in the founder of the school. There is a school board and the husband is one of the board members. The teacher turn over rate is very high. During the school 2001/2002 school year tweleve teachers had been fired or had quit by December 2001. Those teachers who have been there for sometime are really trying even though a majority of them are not yet state certified. The administration would have you believe that these teachers are all certified or hold some sort of college degree. The children are pretty discplined. However one one can sense a lot of stress, tension and fear around the campus. The teachers seem to be so stressed out and the students don't look happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
My children attended Varnett Charter School this past school year. I never imagined that it would be such a bad experience for them. I feel sorry for the teachers at this school. The children were not allowed parties or treats of any kind, not for birthdays, nor holidays, like Halloween or Christmas. At the beginning of the year, the children had art, computer, and music each week. I know the art teacher quit early and was never replaced. The computer teacher was fired in December and never replaced, and the PE teacher was fired in March, and never replaced. So much for the students having enrichment! I know the teachers did the best they could, considering the dictates of the superintendent. My children will be returning to Houston ISD this year!!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
This school is the worst form of education any child should have to encounter. The teachers are treated like slaves and animals. Parents wonder why things seem unorganized, teachers are notified at the last minute of any changes and have know say over their classrooms. Teachers are fired for any reason i.e. getting certified , family illness, clocking in and out.

- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2004
My son has attend Varnett for 2 years and it has been a horrible experince. The education is wonderful but the teacher and staff are very unorganized. I would love to acknowledge Ms. Waston and Mr. Shelton and being the best teacher and staff menber I have encounter. The receptionist is rude and the new Director has never returned any of my calls. Don't send your child to this school and I hope they shut this horrible school down!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
This has been my daughters first year and it has been nothing short of a nightmare. The last comment helped me greatly because it mirrored my experiences completely. This school is a haven for raising the next generation of bullies, teachers and students alike. It really should be closed. I have had serious incidents of violence and from the principal to the superintendant every one is looking the other way...for now!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Varnett is a wonderful school and my child has been there a couple of years. And my child will be there until the 6th grade. The teachers are great, the security is the best and the kids love Mr. Shelton (the head security persons). My child is excited to go everyday and loves the challange of the homework. In this day and time we have to prepare our kids of the future and Varnett is doing that. The only problem is they need to get more extra curricular activities thats the only thing. Now if you want the best education, the best staff, the best overall experience then send your child to Varnett you will love it just like I do and other parents.

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no rating January 16, 2004
My child has attended Varnett for three years and we have not encountered any problems. The quality of education is just as good as public school and almost equal to that of a private school. The staff and superintendant are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
This was the worst school experience that me and my daughter have encountered! They are harsh in regards to discpline and treat the children as if they were inmates! They cater to intercity children and families that have low incomes. Do not send your child/children into this envirmoment. As an African American we should not still treat our children as slaves or as cattle! The staff is not professional and I wondered if they were degreed.

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Varnett Charter School
Po Box 1457, Houston, TX  77251
(713) 723-4699
Last modified Varnett Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Varnett Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top