I will be a sophomore the upcoming year, and so far, there have been many more pros than cons. I came from a gifted and talented program in intermediate school. The challenge comparison to the gifted program is a lot less. If you are a student or a parent of a student who took all regular classes, be prepared to face challenges. The regular programs seem to not teach enough of the important skills students need to learn in middle school, especially writing. Because there is only one teacher for a subject, and one academic level, the classes aren't very hard. It is hard for the teacher to teach at a rigorous level because if they do, they know that most of the students will not do well, and there is not a lower level class for them to go to. If you, the parent, know your student is not good at writing, you should have them take classes or something, because writing is an essential skill not only at this school, but in life. My favorite part of being a student at Clear Horizons is that I get to experience college in high school. There are tons of events where students can get free stuff and free food if they have their college I.D. Also, there is not much bullying, or drama.
I am a parent who had 2 students attend the zoned high school and one who attended Clear Horizons, class of 2011. I also substitute teach in both schools.. My daughter is currently working on her master's degree at university of Texas at Dallas. This program was a great jump start to her degrees. Yes, there were issues with staff learning how to get the program up and running. No new program is going to be perfectly run right out of the box. If a student is interested in learning, in a small environment and being academically challenged, then consider this school. I witnessed a very kind student population. If a student got into real trouble, they were sent back to their zoned school, no second chances. Students don't need to worry about gangs, or bullying for being different. By joining the honor society, my daughter received $18,000 in transfer scholarships over a three-year period. Don't believe it when you hear there are no scholarships for transfer students.
CHECHS is a GREAT school. Not perfect, it has it's flaws BUT I am incredibly pleased with the quality of the education. The principal, Brett Lemley and most of the staff. It could be better about communication & organization, but all in all, my daughter and I are BLESSED to be a part of this school!
The Best in Class. In academics, and academics. Yes there is not many activities, but you can join tennis, and other clubs in SJ College. The main focus of the program is academics, and it delivers what promised. My son is Senior and going to a Medical school with scholarships. 2 years ahead of his class in college. Priceless...
I am a prospective parent, hoping to find out more about whether the school is getting more organized.
I am a freshman a this school and i going to this school is the best desicion i've ever made, i know everyone, everyone is my friend. We really do treat each other like family, this school is tough, but well worth the stress.The college classes aren't hard, it's the highschool ones.
Clear Horizons is a good school. My brother went there, and I go there. I consider my friends and classmates my second family because we have a small class size and everyone knows everyone else. Sure, the classwork is rigorous, but it's worth it because as you graduate from Clear Horizons, you also graduate with an Associate's degree from San Jacinto College.
I have never had a problem contacting any staff, either on the HS or College side. My child is involved in several clubs, both HS & College. Taking college classes keeps my child challanged in a way that would not happen in a regular HS.
Although this school has good intentions, I'm not sure if it was worth all the effort. The school is extremely disorganized and it is difficult to communicate with the staff. There are virtually no extracurricular activities besides 2 or 3 clubs, and I'm not interested in any of those. The staff never notifies you when you should do something, so it is extremely annoying at the end of the year to get everything done. While several teachers are excellent, the rest should not be allowed to teach in such an accelerated school program. Also, the college the campus is stationed on is not the best, and many of those teachers are poor as well. As far as the work goes, it is a little bit harder, but not unmanageable.
Wow, communication has turned 180 degrees! I have a senior at Clear Horizons and this is the first year where I know what is going on. The use of twitter, e4, and phone tree have is wonderful. The new principal is extremely accessible. This school is not easy but it is worth the hassle. My student will graduate with 72 hours of college credit. All but 5 hours (one 3 hr class, and 2 PE classes) will transfer to all of the 4 yr universities my student is considering for next year. Graduating with 2 years of college completed and an associates degree, and having no debt is something to really consider. All fees are paid by the district, including books! If your student has an idea what they want to be when they grow up, this is an opportunity to really consider.
I, myself am a Junior at CHECHS, i love it for the most part. It can be quite a bit challenging at times but the environment it excellent. Last year, when i was a sophomore, every single person in the school received commended performance on the TAKS test.
This school is extremely unorganized, and unable to address even the most basic of issues students have. As a Senior, I need my official GPA and class rank to apply to 4-year universities; as of yet, I still haven't received my scores, even after waiting an entire year for the school to get things straightened out. I don't think the material that the high school classes cover is difficult, but I do think that the teachers give us way to many projects, making our schedules even more hectic. Also, the staff is generally unresponsive to concerns that students have, concerning the formation of outside activities. The school has a nasty habit of waiting until the last minute to inform students of changes in schedule, which is really irritating when students have already planed to do other assignments. I really think that CHECHS needs to consider the input of students and parents.
As an incoming sophomore at this school, I believe the program has a good purpose. The whole plan is amazing and I love what they want to achieve. Keyword: achieve. The school is highly disorganized. They often close the lunch room and never advise students to bring money for the college cafeteria, leaving us bewildered. They have no extracurriculars or even school events (not many dances, etc.) and no yearbooks (just pics on CDs). I'd like more staff and LOE choices as well. It's worth it, but I would like to point out the lack of organization, staff, and creativity this school has. If the school works at it, the program would be a whole lot better.
This school has been absolutely great for my child and definitely improves self confidence, strengthens academic skills and focuses on the individual. The homework is demanding, but this is a great introduction to what is expected from college in the future.
As a current student, I do want to point out that CHECHS is one of the most disorganized campuses I've seen. The staff never knows anything thats going on, and it only adds stress to us students. As a president of a College Club, it is hard to jugle a lot of things, its hard planning. The homeworl load should be lowered just a tad. They must rememeber the more were involved with San Jac campuss the better they will like us (chechs). Also the Staff is so disorganized they never do anything in coordination, I remember that we had 5 project due all at once. That week was horrible. But still this school is one of the best opprotunites, but the need to get organized. They should put in more dances because where does the saying work hard play harder come in place???????!!!
Being a student of this school from the first year I have serious regrets. I am not a student who pushes social life as a main point in school; there has been a great decline in my social life but it is not the pinnacle of my frustration. The administration is extremely unorganized and weak, unable to schedule times and dates correct or even ahead of time. I find myself discovering mandated meetings and classes the day before or even the day of, it is an understatement to say that organization is even present in the administration. Even my own parents do not know the extreme stress of having to cope with staff that is unable to solves issues accordingly. Also, the staff is unable to answer and questions which matter; they are good at giving the generalization, however college does not run on generalizations.
As a student here from the beginning, I can rightly say that this school is very disappointing. The school is extremely unorganized, and tends to plan things at the last minute, adding stress to students who are already working with heavy schedules. We were told that clubs were not set up for us when we joined, but that we would be able to create them if we wanted to. This has not happened, in fact, the school has made it extremely difficult to form any club associated with outside organizations such as UIL. The administration tends to have a very smug attitude when students try to address their concerns, and often remark: 'If you don't like it here, you can leave.' I personally don't appreciate that sort of remark, I think we should strive to make the school better for everyone. It doesn't seem like CHECHS is very interested in that.
My experience with this school is great. It has a small community, so it's not overpopulated, and not controlled by an obnoxious school bell. The work can be kept up with, but if your child is a slacker or procrastinator, don't even bother applying; you can't expect to get a degree without doing anything. The only con is the lack of organization. A lot of things are almost last-minute or unannounced. And also, students were told from the beginning that there would not be any UIL activities, so they can stop complaining about something they were told.
This school needs to re-evaluate soon. Students are obviously not happy, so something needs to change.
The school is extremely unorganized. Too the point where it has ruined every aspect of it. That is all.
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