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PK-5
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Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 614
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9710 Runnymeade Drive
Houston, TX 77096

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May 06, 2014
My child has been welcomed here since day one and has found both a great academic and social home at Kolter. We are so thrilled to have this school in our community! Dr. Shetzer, the teachers, the office staff, Ms. Garcia the school nurse, the librarian -- all are wonderful professionals who really seem to want the best for the kids. The community also benefits from a very high degree of parental involvement. Why anyone zoned to Kolter would choose a private school or another HISD is completely beyond me. This school is, as another reviewer put it, a gem.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SCHOOL! Most, if not all parents would like Kolter (HISD) to build another floor and call it Kolter MIDDLE School! My daughter loves the school, teachers, classmates and Dr. Shetzer. He's GREAT. All decisions are made to help the teachers and students. Parent involvement is A++++!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
LOVE our neighborhood school! We have a strong Principal and teaching staff, strong parental involvement with the PTO and a diverse population. Our Prinicpal is new this year and he has really listened to parents and teachers- very approachable and does what is best for all students. Academically, our school is excellent and my child is challenged daily. This is a great school with a great community feeling for all!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
Kolter is an example of everything right with public schools. The parental involvement is one of the best aspects. There is a thriving PTO which is able to provide great resources to the school, faculty and staff. The fact that so many parents volunteer their time and efforts in all aspects of the school is a positive influence on all the students. The kids care about the school because the parents care. The diverse culture at Kolter is a window into the world. Our children grow up, not seeing different races or colors. They see friends with different cultures, that expands their knowledge and eliminates prejudices. The education is top notch as the teachers place high expectations on all students, making them all reach their fullest potential. Dr Shetzer and the staff are committed to keeping this neighborhood school the best in HISD.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2012
This school is the best thing since sliced bread! My 3 children are thriving and the faculty is loving and kind. I am miffed at the parent comment below. I wonder if the comment is a result of a school mandated punishment due to her student's behavior? Dr. Shetzer is a wonderful addition to Kolter and the doors are open for parent/teacher collaboration. This school has an active PTO and a very productive working relationship with faculty and staff. I encourage parents to come see for themselves. Kolter is an educational gem in HISD.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2012
As a member of the faculty at Kolter I find it interesting that a parent is giving a perspective from faculty and staff. The fact of the matter is every time we have a principal change (and it is not often) there is always going to be someone who does not like the new principal. The faculty and staff have embraced the new principal and representatives from the staff were on the committee who endorsed his hiring for our school. Every principal who has worked at Kolter has brought new ideas and perspectives that have always made the school even better than it was. Dr. Shetzer fits in very well at our school and teachers, parents, and children like his personality and his vision for our school. Kolter has always had a strong PTO and volunteer participation and that has not changed. We support the new principal and together we will continue to keep Kolter the great school it has always been.

- submitted by a teacher
December 14, 2012
This school was a very good school, but beware that it has a new, inexperienced, principal who does simply not know how to run a school and it shows. I wish my views of this school would not change, but unfortunately this change has caused a lot of tension with teachers and staff and it shows. This principal is not somebody I would want to have twking ca of any school. We are running out if there as fast as we can. Even less parents want to volunteer now, and this is a school that always had big parent involvement. Also, beware that some teachers are very rude to the students and nothing is being done about that, even after it has been reported plenty of times.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
I disagree with the parent that made the post about the Pre K teacher. My child was in her room and flourished. She was prepared for Kinder and did outstanding. The kids love the teacher. She is very organized and is kid centered. If I had another Pre K child I would definately want this teacher again.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
Great school! Outstanding parent involvement, very good leadership, excellent group of teachers, exceptional teacher/school - parent communication. Both of my kids love it here! They are challenged and engaged. If I must nitpick, I wish the magnet program focused more on foreign language as opposed to culture.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
I was a little worried sending my son to public school in Houston because I went to private school growing up. We moved to Meyerland specifically so that we could send our son to Kolter after hearing rave reviews. We made an excellent decision. The school has high parent involvement which is very welcomed. The principal is fantastic and hands on. The teachers very good, although a couple of them are not great at using computers and are difficult to contact. As an educator, I am very satisfied with the curriculum and how the school is run. It's simply one of the best--if not THE best--elementary schools in Houston.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
I have two kids in the school. I thought they are in good hands. However, I have recently started to doubt the effectiveness of the education at Kolter. My older child has been in the Spanish program for 5 years, but after more than 400 hours of studying (3 times a week for 5 years), he still can't carry on simple conversations ! The younger one has been learning Spanish for two years (180 hours) now, but he can hardly make a full sentence!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2010
The more I learn, the more impressive this school is. Kolter has the incredible combination of strong principal leadership, talented and committed teachers, and a core group of parents who are engaged and willing to do extraordinary heavy lifting for the benefit of the entire community. The school environment is focused on what is best for kids. Here is an example. Our 4th grade math teacher felt the class was able to handle increased rigor. She decided to implement the 5th grade math assessment to check her assumption and almost everyone blew out the numbers. As a result, the teacher has accelerated the math curriculum by one year. The 4th graders are now doing 5th grade plus work in her class. I am so grateful that teachers are empowered and supported by the principal to do what is best for kids. It is a privilege for my children to attend Kolter.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Kolter is a school of people who are always trying to do things better. They are already doing a great job, but don't rest on their laurels. From their fifth annual sweet potato harvest festival to their bulletin boards that incorporate the French, Chinese, Spanish and Japanese languages, Kolter is at the leading edge. From the Native Texas Plants and Pond habitat, to the Monarch Waystation, to the raised vegetable and herb beds, to the Native Texas ABC gardens to the Art Cow beds--kids use their hearts, hands and especially brains, everyday.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
We love Kolter and are very please with the academics. We also adore Peggi Stewart and her staff. We have no problem approaching Peggi when we need to and have occasionally just dropped by to chat with her. She is also incredibly responsive by email and even checks her email on the weekends. She has provided great leadership to her staff. I have had several discussion with several of the teachers and it is obvious how much they respect her leadership. We also have had an amazing bunch of teachers that seem to know the right teaching style for our children. One child is very shy and her teachers have really helped our child grow!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
I have been so disappointed in the comments others have made on this site and cannot sit idly by any longer. As not only a parent but an HISD insider I can GUARANTEE that there is not a principal out there who cares more for students AND teachers than Peggi Stewart. Kolter has absolutely lucked out to find someone who is so kind-hearted, intelligent, dedicated, and NOT solely motivated by the bottom line ($) or blindly following the new administration off the cliff. Anyone who claims to find her unapproachable or cold is jealous and/or intimidated - plain and simple.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
I agree Kolter is an amazing school with wonderful teachers and administrative staff. Peggi Stewart is a great leader of Kolter Elementary and there has NEVER been one moment that I have felt as though I can not approach her. Kolter IS VERY lucky to have her has their principal!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
There are so many things that are right about Kolter. I wish HISD would have more schools like Kolter! The waiting list for the magnet program gets longer each year. What I respect about our principal is that she's not afraid to make difficult decisions in the best interest of Kolter students. Don't call her names in the anonymity of a website, make an appointment and go see the woman! Your tune might change.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
I went there in the 60s. It's even better today. :-)

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2010
Great school. Good programs, great teachers, best behaved students, amazing parents' involvement. The administration is a little inefficient and non-approachable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2010
I have worked at Kolter for 26 years and have seen 6 principals come and go. Mrs. Stewart is by for the most professional, enthusiastic and caring principal that I have ever worked with at Kolter. She has great integrity when it comes to the students, parents and teachers. She has implemented changes that definitely are to the benefit of our students and making Kolter a great school for our community

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2010
Kolter's teachers are the cream of the crop. What's lacking at Kolter is Ms. Stewarts ineffectiveness of transparency and inability to communicate with the parents. If you are a member of the PTO, then you will get her attention.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
I have been at Kolter for seven years and I could not imagine a better school for all my children. They are happy to go to school each day. The teachers are intune to what each child needs. Also, I do not think that we could have made a better choice than Mrs. Stewart to take over where Ms. Keith left off. She took a full year to get to know the school, the children, the parents and the teachers. What changes have been made this year are for the betterment of Kolter as a whole. She is a wonderful person who understands what it is like to have school age children and the struggles many of us go through. I know that my children will be well prepared for what ever comes next.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2010
I agree that the teachers are top notch and very strong. I am not sure that Ms. Stewart is the best fit for the school. She is not warm and does not handle situations well. The teachers and support staff are what makes this a great school and a warm place to learn. I wouldn't shoose any other school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2010
I've had a child attend Kolter ever since 2003. My oldest is now a 6th grader in middle school and my youngest is finishing up her 5th grade. With one foot basically out the door, why would I volunteer to serve as PTO President in this, our final year, at Kolter? It is because I believe in the principal, the teachers, and the staff. Each performs yeoman's service day in and day out. Sometimes I am perplexed by the parents who complain of their children having too much homework. In many Asian countries, children stay after school for extra tutorials and some even have half-day school on Saturdays. Do we want our children to find an easy way out of homework, chores, responsibilities, service, life ...? I would hope not. We should strive to set the bar high for ourselves and for our children. They will appreciate life more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2010
No school is perfect; however, Kolter comes pretty close. For those of you who aren't happy at Kolter then leave so that the long 200+ wait list of people who want in can come.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
The principal at Kolter is amazing. When she took over after Ms. Keith retired she spent a lot of time learning from the teachers, staff, and parents about what worked and where the school could be improved. As a result, she has taken many important steps to build off of a strong foundation, strengthen the school community and increase great outcomes for all kids. We are very, very happy at Kolter and feel the school is much stronger thanks to Ms. Stewart and to the wonderful teachers at Kolter.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
I have been at Kolter for six years because of many reasons. The principal and staff care deeply about students and consistently make decisions for their benefit Every family whether in public school or private school will face a issue or challenge at some point during their child's educational experience. There is no better place to work collaboratively to solve any problem than Kolter. I go to work everyday with peace of mind that Ms. Stewart and others are paying attention and making good decisions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 31, 2010
I have worked with seven principals in my 37 yr. career and Kolter is very fortunate to have the child-centered leadership of Mrs. Stewart. Her priority in all executive decisions is to benefit the students, and the true measure of this is that they all know her!(especially as Wonder woman:)

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2010
I have been at this school for five years and could not think of a better school for my children. The principal and teachers are all approachable and willing to work with the students. I have children with needs and will say that Mrs. Stewart and the teachers go over and beyond to help my children. We have the top resource teacher in the district along with the top specialists such as the reading literacy facilitator, speech therapists, and counselor. Having these people at the school everyday allows them to meet every childs needs and gives parents accessibility to them. This school is like a private school in a public school setting which is why 5 yrs. ago Kolter was the only option or we were going private. My kids love school and that's the most important thing a parent could ask for.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
The majority of the teachers at Kolter are wonderful. Unfortunately, there a number of teachers who have no business teaching kids of an elementary age. The true problem at Kolter is the principal. The principal is ineffective at dealing with parents, even when a child's academic & emotional well-being are at stake. Furthermore, she does not listen to the teachers that truly care about teaching all children - not just the GT children. This is not the same school that we chose for our oldest child six years ago.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2009
Kolter Elementary is, by far, the most well-rounded and academically challenging elementary school in the area. The teachers and staff are not only accommodating to the needs of students and families, they are the type of people who leave a wonderfully positive impact on the children. The foreign language magnet program is excellent! The children learn about the world around them from different cultural perspectives and are accepting and repsectful of all people. The 'neighborhood' feeling here makes it warm and welcoming to all. Thank goodnes for choices in HISD!! We are thrilled to be part of the Kolter family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2009
Kolter has earned the TBEC Honor Roll 4 times. The TBEC Honor Roll is based on maintaining high levels of commended scores and achievement growth. They have been exemplary for nine years straight. Kolter has a strong partnership with parents, and from my experience the teachers work extremely hard to work with parents to meet the needs of all the children in the class, GT or not.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
Kolter has been wonderful for our family. I have one child that has graduated from Kolter and two that are currently attending. My child that graduated was accepted into all of the middle schools that she applied to. I have found that the teachers prepared her well for middle school. Although the teachers certainly prepare the students for standized testing, I believe they do much more. My children come home with exciting, interesting, and challenging projects as well as the more routine schoolwork. All three are in the G/T program, but each are very unique learners. They have all done well at Kolter. Recently, I have been very happy with the growing use of positive reinforcement for discipline. The children who are behaving well are rewarded and spotlighted through different programs. We have a fabulous principal. The parents are very involved. I could go on and on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2009
What's not to love about Kolter? There's a great balance of veteran teachers and young teachers! The climate is friendly, but expectations seem to be high for the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
I am a very satisfied Kolter parent of a GT student. I disagree with the prior poster, who I imagine is one of the bitter few. My child is challenged academically on every front in an environment that fosters independence and creativity. A Kolter parent is expected to participate in the learning process, but I leave the teaching to the teachers. In addition to the extra enrichment objectives that are met through the GT and language magnet curricula, I appreciate that the teachers aid in preparing the children for standardized testing, which is an essential component to academic success (as is the case for privates, who devote equal resources to preparing for ERBS). I do not expect my GT child to be 'catered' to, as the prior poster suggested, but I do expect a terrific, well-rounded and down to earth education for my child. Mission accomplished!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
Kolter's curriculum appears to be based on meeting the minimal education achievement criteria required by law. It does not cater to G/T students but to more of a 'honors' curriculum. If you care about the educational welfare of your G/T student, my suggestion is to look elsewhere.My experience is consistent with another parent's comment on this site: 'The parents are the ones that teach the children. The teachers teach for the tests.'

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great kids, dedicated teachers, and parents that'll bend over backwards -- a ton of people believe in this school, and it's great to see.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
We love Kolter. The staff is incredibly caring, experienced, and competent. It feels like a family. My daughter is being challenged to work at a high level. She loves it. What's not to like?!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2009
As the teacher of the gymnastics program at Kolter, this has to be the best school I have seen. The parents are involved, the staff is great, and the after school director is the best around. This is a great school and I look forward to continue to teach here.

- submitted by a teacher
August 27, 2009
Kolter has been an excellent choice for my children. Mrs Stewart, the new principal for 2008-2009, is slowly making some wonderful changes. She listens to teachers and parents and is very approachable. She is calm but focused in her decisions. My kids have had some fabulous teachers and some good but not great teachers but I expect that anywhere. I thought 2 teachers in 2nd grade would be a bit much but my kids did not have a problem and each teacher brought a different perspective. All the staff at Kolter, teachers, office and janitorial, are caring. Kolter brings so much more to the education process than just books. They have a great foreign language program that is incorporated into the entire learning experience. They have strong PTO that works to get all involved. The school is always looking for ways to better the learning experience and environment for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2008
I love, love, love Kolter. My child is extremely happy while at the same time is being academically challenged. I don't believe there is a private school out there that could boast being any better than the academics at Kolter. The teachers are very caring and the new principal is extremely approachable. Admittedly, I was anxious about what would happen with a new principal, but that was put to rest right after the first week. She has indurred a pipe busting that flooded one of the halls overnite, smoke smell throughout the school, and then Ike all within a three week period and still has a good sense of humor. The language program is fantastic and the diversity amongst the school proves the point. I encourage anyone to come tour Kolter and see for yourself all it has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Our first year at Kolter and we were not pleased with the leadership of the staff. The non-responsiveness from teachers and administration to issues ranging from cleanliness to academics is lacking. The PTO is strong and parents are very involved - excellent, but failed to see support from staff. We were also disappointed in the manner in which inappropriate behaviors are dealt with or rather NOT dealt with... It's sad, because the teachers that do care are so overworked and stressed out - it shows...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2007
My son is attending Kolter in the magnet program. I couldn't think of another school for him. I am very happy with the teachers, the Principal and the way the school works. Parents are very involved too. I think is a great school and one of the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
Overall Kolter is a good school. However, all the positive reviews I have read here tend to be from K-2 and I would agree. Third grade up is weak. Principal is primarily focused on test scores and teachers definitely teach to the test. Very little flexibility or imagination in the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
This is school mainly focuses on teaching for the standardized tests. They do not pay attention to the child who needs help or the GT child. I did not believe that schools could score so well and teach so bad until I had my child in Kolter. The parents are the ones that teach the children. The teachers teach for the tests.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
Excellent prinicpal, but really push testing and performance on TAAS test. Many of the upper elementary teachers are really burnout and nasty. Excellent PTO and extremely involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Kindergarden was wonderful, in first grade, the students began switching between two teachers (not age appropiate teaching for the age) and too much busy work home work (my first garder was coloring circles ...blue and squares green...my two yr ol does that type of work)

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
What a wonderful school for both students and teachers. Students are always engaged and the activites and endless. Teachers are very friendly and are always willing to go out of thier way to help both the parents and students!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
My Daughter is attending Kolter this year in Kinder. and my husband and I are so impressed. There are so many great things about this school I don't know where to start. I guess for me the level of parent involvement is amazing. There is so much support, in volunteering and also financially. I have noticed more play ground developement and also wonder gardens that kids can cultivate, springing up. They also have a pond for the kids to learn about nature. The Language magnet is spectacular. My daughter would come home singing songs in chinese . The teachers are wonderful, in my daughter class almost all the students will start Gifted and talented classes in the Fall. They have so many after school activities too, a beautiful art music building. I would recommend this school to anyone. Overall I would rate this school a 5 Star!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
So far so good, I am 100% completely satisfied. Excellent school all around. Kolter makes you feel like you've traveled to another country, it's very neat and I am so Kolter proud!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
My wife enrolled our Kinegarden son into Kolter. She was very impressed with the faculty and the parent/teacher relationship.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Kolter is a fabulous jewel in the HISD school system - like a private school. Top quality staff, starting with the principal. We highly recommend this school.

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April 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
Very diverse student body. Lots of parent involvement. It's a good school, but too much focus on standardized testing. Guess that's the down side of public schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
I love this school! We had attended Lovett Elementary and were so disappointed with the quality of education and the uncaring nature of the administration that we opted to try Kolter based on its stellar reputation. Besides ancillary instruction, the students have two teachers. One specializes in reading/language arts and the other specializes in math/science. This split makes all the difference! Instead of having to be experts at all subjects, the teachers are allowed to develop their specialties to the maximum benefit of each and every student. No student gets left behind at this campus. As an added bonus, my daughter is also learning a foreign language!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
This is my son's second year at Kolter (2nd grade). He had an awesome first year and had really great teachers. His reading teacher helped him progress from a struggling reader at the beginning of the year to a fluent chapter book reader by year-end. I can't say enough about all the teachers' dedication to students at this school.

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February 23, 2004
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Kolter is an extraordinary neighborhood school because of the strong partnership between highly qualified teachers, involved parents, and diverse student population. Kolter is the only public elementary school in Texas that offers foreign language instruction to PreK-5 students!

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Kolter Elementary School
9710 Runnymeade Drive, Houston, TX  77096
(713) 726-3630
Last modified Kolter Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kolter Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top