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5627 Jason Street
Houston, TX 77096

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May 02, 2015
Herod unfortunately appears to be headed in the wrong direction. We have been huge advocates for the school for years. Lots of great people work there. We have had a child at Herod Running the halls for nearly a decade. They have always been happy, safe and growing their intellectual capacity. Recently there was a change in school leadership and it appears she either does not understand or care what the families at Herod want or is intentionally forcing a cultural change. No honest vision has been shared and for the most part the parents have been excluded from any major decision which is not how the school has operated historically. The focus is now testing and state test scores and not educating my child. When we shared our concerns with the principal she responded with half truths and denial. My youngest child who loved going to school now hates it. She does not understand why she has to take the same test nine times when she got an 'A' the first time she took it. Many families are making arrangements to leave who have been at Herod for many years. It's just sad to see the focus has shifted from education to testing . Be forewarned!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
Herod is a wonderful elementary school with dedicated teachers and staff that strive to create a well-rounded, creative child. It is a Vangard 'Gifted" Magnet. It is also the home of a great Dual Language curriculum which serves students from K-5th. We started 2013 with 825 students and interest in the school in increasing all the time. Our student population is very international and diverse, just as the city of Houston is. The children are taught to be respectful of each other and learning and trying our best is the focus for each child. We are fortunate that our principal wisely chose to keep all of our specialist classes. We still have P.E., Library, Music, Art and Mind Masters (a class only taught at Herod). Many schools had to cut programs such as these, but Herod was able to keep them and their wonderful staff. Children in the Vangard curriculum are challenged by the curriculum. From Kindergarten on, children are required to give oral presentations of their projects, which helps them with confidence and public speaking. The school also offers a PTO-run Enrichment program and a school operated Extended Day until 5:30 p.m.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
My daughter has attended Herod for 4 years. She is in the Dual Language program. We couldnt be happier. Wonderful teachers, committed administration and a modern facility. When she started she couldnt speak any Spanish. Now she is totally fluent. It's a lot of work and a real commitment on the student, teacher and parents part, but totally worth it. Wish I could give Herod 6 stars. Great work.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
My son has been at Herod since 1st grade and is now in 5th. He is in the gifted/talented program. We have been very happy with the school, the teachers and staff. His teachers took time to work with him and keep him focused and on task. I'm surprised Herod only has a 6 rating, I would expect it to be an 8 or 9. The academic performance is very good, it has a diverse mix of students and as of this year, all new facilities.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
As an experienced educator certified to teach PK-8, I feel qualified to really judge the academics of a school. This is a fantastic school whether you are in the neighborhood program or the Vanguard program. There are caring and experienced educators on this campus. Great staff...from the front office to the cafeteria. The academics are rigorous! They are more concerned with teaching the whole child, instead of teaching to the STARR test. The homework can be intense. The grading is a bit hard, since they grade based on what they are teaching. ( which is advanced in some areas ) So, your child may not make high A's across the board. This school is very accepting of being " different" and all cultures are represented. Smart kids are "cool" at this campus! I am pleased to send my child here.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
My children have attended this school for two years and we are thrilled with it. Caring, dedicated teachers and staff, innovative programs, a full range of specials offerings and a truly inclusive atmosphere are among the things you will find at Herod. My children are in the G/T magnet program and have been challenged and supported every step of the way. I agree that you can't tell much about a school by its rating on this site. Visit Herod and find out why your kids should attend. Truly a hidden jewel in this area.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
The school seems to be getting better with the new principal! My only complain is the fact that some staff members don't treat the kids with dignity and respect. I hope Mr. Johnson addresses that. Kids should enjoy going to school. Teachers have the right to discipline but keeping in mind kids dignity and respect. Ms. Roetzel, if you chose to teach, I suppose it's because you like children and enjoy working with them. How does being rude fit in that equation?!! Remember that kids say everything. Parents don't like to hear you are rude and ugly to kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
I am very pleased with this school my son had Mrs Hypolite for pk and couldn't have been happier she showed that she was more then just a teacher to my son being that dedicated teacher are hard to come by these days. My son is now in kindergarten and I know that he will have a fabulous yr as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
My son is entering the 1st grade Vanguard program at Herod. He thoroughly enjoyed Kindergarten and his class became family to him. His teacher Mrs. Melancon was awesome. She's very caring and very concerned about each child's growth and development. She loved them, and she challenged them. My son always came home to tell me the new things he learned. His sentences often started with, "Did you know " The administration and teachers seem very dedicated to finding and investing in the most effective ways to develop the students. I look forward to another great and challenging year.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
Simply love this school! My son has learned so much in his first year of pre-k, he had a great teacher too (Ms.Pitts), she really cares about her students education. My son enjoyed this year very much, making new friends and all and is thrilled to start Kinder soon. I would recommend this school to all you parents, trust me you won't regret it. :)

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
My son attended Herod for grades 4 & 5. His first year there (4th grade) was great. Excellent, caring teachers. 5th grade was not as good. No communication from the teachers, e mails and notes sent to teachers were left unresponded to for up to 2-3 weeks. Phone calls to teachers were left unreturned. The office staff at Herod is very unfriendly. They don't acknowledge your presence when you walk in the office. They don't offer to assist you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Great school with teachers and staff who truly care about the students. Diverse population teaches kids about the real world.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
My child is in the Vanguard Program at Herod and has had an amazing second grade year. The work she has been given has been challenging but she has also been given the chance to be very creative. For example, the class did a reader's theater rendition of the Johnny Appleseed story. Herod's guided reading program is top-notch. In addition, she gets to take Spanish and in 3rd grade she will get to take guitar. Next year they even move into a brand new building.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
We stumbled on this school by accident with our oldest child (I didn't understand the whole process of choosing an HISD school yet) and were extremely happy with our choice. My son is in the Vanguard program and we are pleased with his progress. He seems to be way beyond his peers at other schools. Herod also has the dual language program which is where my second son's passion lies. After doing research (this time) at many of the other programs, we decided on the Herod program. It is a Spanish immersion program that incorporates English as they get older. We are very excited about this opportunity for his life that he would not have had elsewhere. We really like the new principal and find her to be very involved. I couldn't be happier with any other school. Our family loves Herod.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
I agree with other parents. The school has named Vanguard without its quality. It is worse than other exemplary schools nearby. I don't understand where is thei actual problem. Is it administration/ principal leadership/ teacher quality/ neighborhood student quality or lack of vision? I am really upset.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
I know that Herod Elementary is a Vangurd school and it would be different from other mangnet school. Unfortunately, I am totally un happy about the administration and front desk. They have know connection each other.My experiance they don`t have any vision.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2007
I have been a parent at Herod for past 2 years (my third year this year) and I feel that the school is going through big changes. With change in adminstration there have been a lot of changes in the school. Some for betterment and some not so much. My daughter's teacher seems lost and needs to get better control over the class. She is very unorganized and we have had instance where the children remind her to give the test that she asked them to prepare for. Its been 3 weeks into school and I have no clue as to what exactly is being taught.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
My son transferred to Herod from a neighbor school where he had a very bad experience with his kindergarten teacher. He was accepted into to the GT classes. His first grade teacher was heaven sent, second grade was a blasts, third grade was a challenge her first year with elementary students. We moved from HISD his fourth year to FBISD. My son still excels in math and science. He is now six grade, I do feel with encouragement he received from the teachers and administrative staff, and the principal, he is well on his way. Thank you Herod. Parent of the past.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
I have been extremely happy with Herod. I have two boys there this year (Pre-K and !st) and the teachers are fantastic and positive. My oldest is excelling in the GT program thanks to his K teacher. The office staff is extremely helpful, and even the nurse is efficent and kind. Thank you so much.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
My child just started Kindergarten at Herod this year and it has been a very positive experience. The school definitely exceeded my expectations. I believe the teachers, staff and principal are very focused and involved. My child's teacher is very dedicated and competent. The parental involvement is phenomenal. I believe this school is one of the best in the area and I am happy to be a part of what is going on there.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
I have been a parent at Herod for the past 5 years and I agree the school is not what it used to be! I beleive that the administrative staff including princinple have lost their focus ' the children!' It is time for an administrative change. The school has good teachers, they are not the best, but they are good. The parents at Herod are outstanding and deserve a thumb's up for their involvment.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
The expectations for students at Herod is very high, and those expectations are supported by the dedication of available, caring teachers. We were blessed to have our daughter accepted into the magnet program at this school. It was a great start that carried her all the way through high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
This school is above standard. The parents are very envolved, and most teachers are very dedicated. My second grader, however, had a very dificult time with his homeroom teacher. She was not understanding, he had bullying problems this year, and on many occasions he was punished along with the aggressors. As a mother, it is hard to let go, and especially with your oldest, but I was actually concerned for his safety. I tried addressing the teacher, but she made herself unavailable to me. We are relocating and it is unfortunate that nothing was resolved.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2006
The teachers seem genuinely care about the students. I am very surprised that this school isn't even an 'Recognized' school given nearly 1/2 of the students are G/T rated. The PTO is the most involved group I have sever seen in a school, they are not short of any caring parents at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Our son has been at Herod about one year in the Kidergarten Vangard program. We have had the most pleasant experience so far. His teacher is very sensitive and well qualified. All teachers and staff are friendly. Very involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
Herod is an excellent school. My child is in the vanguard program and it is wonderful. The teachers are very creative and challenge the students. Herod has a very active PTO. There are lots of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
Good so far. We are new in the school [ first year] . The math program needs attention and better communication with teachers is needed.Thanks

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Herod used to be an escellent school. I have found in the last two years that Herod has gone way down hill. The administration took away the drama program without even consulting the parents. This was an excellent program that the students truly enjoyed. The fifth grade dual language program last year was a total flop. First of all they hired a new teacher that called the students stupid and lazy. When that teacher voluntarily quit they hired a long term sub that did not even speak Spanish. How can they justify hiring a dual-language long term sub that does not even speak two languages. The students in this classroom were short changed. They had a spanish speaking teacher that could of taken over the classroom. A first grade teacher cannot control their 2-way language class. This school needs direction. I think it is time for an administration change.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
My children have received a superior education from loving teachers at Herod. For reading and math, the school does much better than many of the top private schools. However, my kids are in the Vanguard program. Neighborhood parents complain their program is more spotty. Art is excellent; music is subpar.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
Herod has been an enlightening experience for my family. I think that the teachers could do a better job of communicating individual student needs and addressing those issues in a timely manner.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
I think Herod is the best elementary school. One let down though is that they took away the drama program. Ms. Miller, come back! Everything else about the school is great! The teachers are excellent!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2004
I have been a Kindergarten teacher at Herod for nine years. One of the reasons I have stayed at this school is the staff I work with and the great community. I know that I am very fortunate to work at Herod. The staff is courteous, well educated, and consistently finding new ways to better the curriculum and make it more engaging for the students. I feel that the principal, teachers and staff at Herod are here for the students, the school, and this community. It is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2003
My child has been in the Vanguard Program for a number of years. My child's classroom experience has been very positive. The grade level teachers have created an atmosphere of creativity and discovery; they are clearly dedicated to their profession and to the children. With regard to core subjects, I have no worries about the education my child has received thus far. While I'm persuaded that the teaching staff is highly qualified, the principal, in the fourth year of his first assignment, generally makes decisions to suit his agenda. In my view, a more genuine interest in parents' input and concerns needs to be demonstrated. The protocol for voicing a concern to the administration is the Topic of Concern form, which is usually treated expediently and without personal contact. Communication between the administration and parents is poor; parents have not been notified of major changes affecting our children such as Spanish being reduced from 3 times a week to 2, elimination of the drama teacher, and the fact that the playground was condemned, among other examples. Therefore, while I feel my child's daily experience within the classroom with the teacher and peers is positive, at the same time I feel that the general atmosphere at the school from the parents' perspective is unpleasant. The district motto is, 'Parents are partners;' however, I find parents at Herod too often in an adversarial relationship with the administration. Finally, watching videos comprises much of the once a week music class. I'm very surprised that this is considered an adequate music curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

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Herod Elementary School
5627 Jason Street, Houston, TX  77096
(713) 778-3315
Last modified Herod Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Herod Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top