Teachers at Cy Creek are either amazing or terrible. The bad ones can talk the talk, but it's lip service. I think they are just overwhelmed by the large classes and increasing demands, but the result is the same--huge classes where the struggling student WILL be lost. The APs are good. The 504 coordinator is very good. My advice would be to look for the teachers that will tell it to you straight--if they start speaking in educational jargon, run the other way because it's all BS at that point.
My son fell and cut his leg while running on the track during class. The coach did not send him to the nurse's office nor did he call me. That night after work, 6 stiches, and a pair of crutches later we left the ER. I spoke to the AP the very next day. He assured me he would take care of the situation. Less than two hours later I get a call from him letting me know he had just gotten out of a meeting with the principal, all of the other APs, director of athletics, director of nursing and several others. They laid out a plan to make sure everybody knew the procedures to follow for injuries during class. They would be having a meeting with all of the coaches as well as an in-service with the teachers to make sure everybody knew the procedures. That evening when my son got home from school he talked about the meeting the coach had with his class on how to handle injuries. Problem solved in less than 12 hours, pretty good turnaround time don't you think. I can't say enough good things about the teachers, principals and staff!!
My family and I recently moved back to Texas after being abroad for 10 years and I was enrolled into Cy-Creek High School. I went in with high expectaions and they were, sadly, not met at all. I can't say anything negative about the teachers because I can tell that they were overwhelmed with the obvious over-population of the school and were doing their best. I felt the whole atmosphere of the school was very chaotic and stressful. I speak in the past tense because my parents pulled me out of the school and are going to homeschool me until we can move- because of the high school. I don't want to badmouth the school, but I do want to warn people wanting to send their children to this school. As a freshman, starting late in the year, I still get a little sick thinking about the horrible experience I had.
The administration and staff really care about the students and want them to succeed. Each student is encouraged to take upper level classes or AP classes if they are prepared for the tougher classes. Those students are expected to apply to college and further their education. If a student is not prepared for the tougher courses, they are encouraged to work at the highest level possible in order to graduate and move on to a career of their choice.
My mildly handicapped but gifted student felt very uncomfortable at this school. As a parent I felt like the enemy instead of partner.
Teachers care little to none about you and don't give you a reason to excel. I've gone through 3 highschools and this one is by far the worst.
I have 3 children- 2 graduated from Cy-Creek and youngest is a junior. I've experienced on-level and k-level classes. I agree, in the K-level classes, the teaching was awesome, yet you must look at the fact, students in K-level classes are there because THEY WANT TO LEARN. On-level classes are a combination of kids who do want to learn, but also the students that just don't care. Because of the latter attitude, it distracts from the entire learning environment. Schools are not allowed to discipline students like they did when I was in school. ( ...and by the way - I AM A CY-CREEK GRADUATE MYSELF!) Todays society has allowed students to get away with not showing respect to their superiors, whether it is a teacher, neighbor or even their own parents. This has crippled teaches ability to control the classroom, therefore limiting the quanity/quality of what is taught.
The academic standards at CCHS, once the flagship Senior High School of the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, have deteriorated over time; CCHS used to be a recognized school, but for the past few years it has been classified as 'Academically Acceptable' by the TEA. While it offers many AP and other upper level courses, those in on level courses suffer from teachers who do not care about actually educating students; this problem is exacerbated by the falling socioeconomic status of the student population. I feel that the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District has gotten too big for its own good. I was privileged to know the principal, Mr. Jim Wells, personally and he even referred to me, several times, as a product of the Cy-Fair School District. For those who must attend CCHS, stay in upper level and AP courses and you should get into a good university.
My son graduated CyCreek last spring and is working on a Mechanical Engineering degree at University of Texas - Austin. I was overall very happy with the quality of teachers and courses he took during his four years, and he has so far seemed well prepared for his course work at University of Texas. The key seems to be staying mostly in the 'K' and AP level courses as they prepare you better for college but also seem to have more opportunities with the teaching staff. The renovations on-going have made the school a mess, but they really don't have a choice and the school will be better prepared for additional students when it is completed. My daughter current attends the school and overall enjoys it and is being challenged in her classes.
I am surprised by some of these Excellent ratings. Do a little research and see where this school ranks among Texas or just Houston schools for that matter. If you can see 'history' you will see it's steady decline. I had two children graduate from Cy Creek. One (son) in 2002 and the other in 2005. The school had began to really go down about 2000-2001 by the time my daughter graduated in 2005 the standards were so low, I would have never enrolled her there. I would have been cleaver, as many of my neighbors were and found ways to have their children placed in a different school within the district. Hey, if it means buying a lot in the 'right' area, I think I could have swung it. Cy Creek was once the High School in the Cy Fair District - sadly that is not the case any
I am a former student of Cypress Creek High School. The academics Cy-Creek offers are second to none if you are taking above-level classes. The few on-level classes I took seemed to be more a babysitting period instead of a learning period, but has more to do with the students than the school itself. The building does need some renovations done, but if I've heard correctly these are already in the works. The teaching staff does vary depending on the department. Some of the teachers I had were outstanding while others seemed to know less about the subject than the students did. All in all, I'd say the school is definitely one of the better schools in the area
What an Awesome School! Cypress Creek was a wonderful, challenging experience for our daughter!Under the guidance of Mrs. Winn and her Great Guidance staff, She was able to leave with enough AP credits to be classified as a Sophomore @ OU. Mr. Wells is a dedicated Principal and it shows in his popularity with the students! (Diamond Jim) can be found with his students a great part of his day!(How Cool Is That?)He is always willing to listen to parents suggestions and complaints! My best advice is don't show up at any school only when there is a problem, Make yourself useful, helpful and known as a supporter of your child's education!My biggest regret is that we had to move out of state, and my next child won't be able to Graduate from the Best High school in Texas! Can't Hide that Cougar Pride!
Huge Student Body. Great academics if student is in excellerated program. On level suffers as it is the catch-all for everyone else. Discipline is an issue in these classes. Teachers very capable and doing the best they can with what they are given. School graduates some fantastic kids and is probaly the strongest in the district.
Cchs offers great opportunities for students. They consistently produce top notch graduates that are ready for college enrollment. My son's ap classes allowed him to 'place out' of 15 hours of college work. He received a vocal music scholarship thanks to miss paul and the great choral program!
The school really seems to care about its students. I've heard that there are very good teachers who go above and beyond and that there are teachers who seem like they hate their job. I also believe the school takes proper measures to ensure safety.
Cypress Creek, in simplest terms, is the best school. We consistenly outperform and outshine othe high schools and students love their school! Mr. Wells is a great principal who really cares about the students and he and the rest of the adminstrative staff help make Cy-Creek wonderful! The parent volunteers are active and so are the many student organizations.You just can't hide that Cougar Pride!
im a current student at cypress creek and i really enjoy it. i moved from another country and would have to say i am getting a much better education than where i was living previously. my teachers are nice, and they are not cliquish. i think i have been graded very well and my teachers make me work hard for the grade i deserve. The Theatre Department at this school is really good, as well as the silverado drill team, and the volleyball team. i think this is the best choice of school my parents could've made. im currently a sophomore and im very excited about my 2 years ahead. Mr. Wells is the best principal.
As a former student, I would say Cy-Creek is your typical public high school, assuming your typical public high school is filled with snobby rich kids who drive brand new luxury cars and expensive classic cars. If your kid is a stuck-up preppie, athlete or an eating-disorder-having drill team member or cheerleader, they would do just fine. If your kid is an individual and an introvert, send them somewhere else. Some of the teachers were really good, some were really horrible and most were as cliquish as the students. As far as preparing a student for college, that's up to the student themselves and not this or any other school. I got into the university I wanted to just fine and I'm not an overachiever. For the record, I never saw a roach or rat my entire four years there but my four years were pure misery.
I am a parent to two former students at Cy-Creek and an aunt to two other former students. All four were accepted at The University of Texas at Austin - three to the McCombs School of Business and one to the Communication school. My youngest daughter entered the university as a sophomore because she scored so highly on her AP exams. I have been a teacher and administrator in Cy-Fair and an administrator in two other affluent suburban Houston districts. Cy-Creek did a much better job of preparing my daughters and nephews for college than the other districts with which I am experienced.
Cypress Creek is a fairly typical suburban public high school. Do not send your children here if you expect them to excell. However, if you are satisfied should they understand the basics, then it should suffice.
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