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PK-5
Public district
Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 824
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10626 Atwell Drive
Houston, TX 77096

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(713) 726-3634
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August 24, 2014
Parker Elementary was on a path to greatness as a Music Magnet school. in the last two years it has plummeted to the bottom with this new principal who has no understanding of kids (she came from a hs) and definitely not appreciation for the music . In two years there have been a record number or retirees and transfers. Meanwhile the arts programs are being challenged and made 'regular'. Everyone knows you can't be the best with 'regular'. Ms. Frodine, I hope you read these reviews and make a positive change with the schools best interest and not just yours.

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August 27, 2013
This is my daughter's second year at Parker, she started her 1st grade this year and she loves her school and teachers. I recommend this school to kids that love music, my daughter plays the violin and will start voice lesson's this years.

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July 25, 2013
we have been at Parker since Kinder and are about to enter 5th grade. Our experience has been wonderful! My son plays violin and sings in the chorus. The experiences he's had in the magnet program have been outstanding! He's more confident & able to see the "big picture" because somebody else( besides his family) has "his back". My son is G/T . Parker's teachers are all G/T certified so it doesnt matter who you get,they will all take your child where they are and "boost" them up even higher. Parker would not function without its parents participation. If you want politics,we have that, but if you just want to sell tickets,help at the book fair or field day, or be homeroom parent, you can do that too. All are welcome. We've hit our "bumps in the road " but everyone from Principal Frodine to the lunchroom lady are open to communication and doing what is best for the child. I would recommend it highly!

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December 17, 2012
Parker is very questionable if not involved in the music program. They do have a great music program. After their flagship classes though....there is a substantial drop off in academics in the upper grade levels. Go to the PTA meetings and tune into the school a year before enrollment so you as a parent can have a firm understanding of the school. Things always change and you shouldn't make a review based on a review you see online or a talk with the principal. Go the the school and feel it out.

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April 03, 2012
TTeachers. Staff are wonderful.... the principal cares about the children... so do the teachers their involvement is great!!!communication. Is wonderful & conferences with parents & involving parents is great as well!!!

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March 27, 2012
The teachers are outstanding and the parents are so involved. This is a great school.

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February 18, 2011
This is my daughter's first year at Parker. I love all the kinder teachers, they are very experienced, very patient and loving. The new principal has a education PhD, hope he will keep this school academic strong as their music program.

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January 08, 2010
Overall this is a great public school with good teachers, academics and of course music magnet program. Neither of my children are in the magnet and I think they get the deserved and appropriate attention they need. I have to agree that at least some of staff can be aloof and/or rude, especially the two ladies in the front office. They perform their duties, but they never smile and have very cold personalities.

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no rating
December 18, 2009
I thought that this would become a good experience for my son and myself, however that as been short lived. I find that the classroom is always in total chaos, the staff to be completely rude, if your child is not in magnet which they don't offer for pre-k your not getting the best.

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October 05, 2009
The teachers and staff and a wonderful group of caring people and the music program is excellent. My granddaughter is so enthused about everything she does at her new school.

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September 22, 2009
The best string program in the country at a public school! Great overall academics. Great atmosphere.

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March 17, 2009
My daughter started this past fall as a third grader in strings. She is taking the violin and I can not sing the praises of the music program at this school enough. I am impressed with the wonderful group of parents who volunteer their time in many ways and just how welcoming they are. My daughter is in the beginners chorus and I tell you it brings tears to my eyes when I hear them sing. After spending three years at another music magnet program here in Houston I can not tell you how wonderful this program is. There are not words to describe how much better this program is. The principle seems to be on top of things and my daughter's home room teacher is lovely (Mrs. Brown).

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no rating
December 04, 2008
The music program is stellar and Parker deserves raves for all they've done in this area. However, the program requires intense parental invovlement during the school hours and so is not available to children whose parents cannot be there because of work. I'm a single parent and my child simply is unable to take advantage of any music instructions because of this. For those children who are not in the music program, the quality of the teaching and level of instruction is questionable.

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December 03, 2008
Our daughter started the strings program in kindergarten and is now in second grade. The program is almost unique, parent involvement is fantastic, and the sense of tradition and community are evident in everything that happens there. We're thrilled with Parker!

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no rating
July 09, 2008
I agree with the last posting. The music program is awesome. However thety are a couple of great teachers. But the further my children get in upper grades i admit im am a little concern about the acdemics. I have 2 children that are in GT. I am a little concerened about the child that isnt in GT as far as academics. We'll see.

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March 31, 2008
Parker is a great school period. It offers a well-rounded, real world experience. My children have been well supported academically by kind, caring and quailified teachers. The administration is supportive and present. My children have shown conistent progress at Parker. When you look at test scores, really look at them. Look for improvements and look at subjects. Parker has a strong neighborhood base but they also serves a transient apartment area. I do mean serve because the overall goal is to educate child not just the ones that shine. Which brings me to my next point. Music. For my family, music is a part to the whole. Another aspect to round out my child. We are priviledged to be involved in the music department where they have received excellent instruction. Academics, Family, Fun, Music. Here, you can get it all. Needs a more diverse teaching staff (esp.K,4,5)

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February 07, 2008
For the most part we have found our children's teachers caring individuals and the gerneal environment very pleasant. However, if you read the majority of the reviews you will find a common element. Most of them rightfully tout the music program as a high quality learning environment in which the children are well taught and challenged. Regretably, it is our experience at Parker for the last few years that non-music student is getting a marginal education at best and that supplimenting your childs education outside the school is a necessity. Test scores are not great and we contiue to notice a lack of concern as long as the music program keeps thriving.

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October 26, 2007
We are so happy that our children attend Parker! Wonderful teachers who go above and beyond to help students learn, an incredible music program, and involved parents really make this school one-of-a-kind! High expectations are held for the students, and the kids rise to those expectations. The music program gives them a very strong musical foundation, but it also builds in the children a strong sense of responsibility for their own work (academic and musical) and their instruments and respect for others and their work.

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July 10, 2007
Both my teenage sons went to Parker. Every year they have been in the HISD All-City band (elementary, middle, and high school) due to the excellent musical training received at Parker. They were accepted into the most rigorous HISD high school magnet programs and are excellent students. Parent involvement is very high at Parker and the principal lives just a few blocks away. The lady who writes the school newsletter has college age children, but she loves the school so much she continues to do it. My husband and I saw the diversity of the school as a positive.

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February 07, 2007
I agree Parker has a great music program, very friendly staff, music teachers are wonderful and knowledgeable but as far as academics goes...Academics don't seem to be a priority and we believe because of the number of students the attention to my child's academic needs is minimum. We do not count with the help we are requesting and that is a big disappointment.

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January 18, 2007
I am very impressed with the music departments at Parker and the PTO but that is where the applause stops. The teachers are trying but the constant I hear from them and the administration is that they just have too many kids. Everytime I go to the school the children are loud and unattentive to the rules. I am never greeted with a smile or hello in the office. The music department does not make up for all the other lacking areas of the school.

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September 19, 2006
Where else can you find a school within a regular school district that can give children such an amazing musical program and also keep the academic standards up as well? My wife, myself and our two children (Third grade and Kindergarten)are very much impressed with all that Parker has to give from the administration that is very involved with the teachers, students and parents, the vocal PTO, all of the volunteers, the wonderful teaching staff (especially all the music teachers)and all of these wonderful kids. In addition, Parker is a very diverse school and I believe shows these children how the world looks. And the children all get along so well. We are blessed to have Parker Elementary under the HISD umbrella.

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August 21, 2006
What a fantastic school! We're fortunate to have all three of our kids enrolled there. My work takes me to many of the elementary schools in the Houston area, so I've gotten to peek behind the curtain at other schools. There are quite a few very good elementary schools around here, and Parker is one of the top ten, maybe top five. The teachers are fantastic, the Grammy Award-winning music department is a joy, the parents are very involved and supportive, and the office staff manages to keep all this craziness from flying off the rails. The magnet program means that Parker has a beautifully diverse population, and my kids learn every day that it's the inside of a person that really counts.

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August 20, 2006
In my opinion, this is the best school in the country. The music programs are top-notch! Students get individual lessons as well as group lessons (depending on which instrument they are learning). Most students are required to stay after school from 3-3:40 for additional music instruction. This helps them to more quickly learn their instrument. The teachers are great! They know their stuff and have a genuine love for the kids. The principal is amazing! When she sees students in the hallways, she will call them by name and even remember who their siblings are. She makes parents feel welcome to talk to her. The librarian is the best! She makes library time exciting while teaching kids a love and respect for books. Every student in the school can hardly wait to go to the library. There are over 500 approved parent volunteers. Very active PTO! I highly recommend this school!

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May 11, 2006
I have been so pleased with Parker. I now live out of district and it is with great regret I need to transfer my daughter. Parker has the best music and academic program of any elementary school in Houston.

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May 04, 2006
The academics are excellent. The students at the pre-k level learn how to utilize and play a musical instrument. The teachers are very positive and do not hesitate to discipline to keep the students in a healthy learning environment. The park next door to the school is scheduled to be remodeled this summer.

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May 03, 2006
Parker is a fantastic elementary school! The motto there is 'the best education that money can't buy!' That is truly the case. There is a lot of parent involvment and the music programs are great. If you close your eyes and listen to the young musicians play, you would swear you were at a high school or college concert!

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January 18, 2006
I can't say enough good things about parker. I have been a parker parent for 8 years and will continue to be for quite some time as I have a 4 year old. My children have a wonderful start in life due to the professional teachings through the suzuki music program (cello). The teachers really care and work selflessly for the students. The Parent involvement is great. Parker feels like family.

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October 06, 2004
Both my girls went to Parker. I felt so fortunate to have found this school. It's music programs are beyond excellant. The teachers are so loving from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Then from 4th to 5th they become tougher but non the less caring. Every child is taught as if they were the only child in the school. I would not have paid a private school over this one because to me it has every advantage that a parent could want for their child. I rate this school a 5 in all categories. The teachers only want the best for the children from beginning to end. I suggest going to Magnet Awareness Week and hoping your child gets accepted. Best move you can make!

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August 25, 2004
Excellent School! Was debating between parish school and Parker - I have no regrets - excellent teachers, very strong academically and of course the music is an amazing addition. Kids are taught to be proud and to be great students.

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November 28, 2003
I have fallen in love with this school. With 2 children having gone to Parker, I would recommend this school to anyone.

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November 11, 2003
A good school with well disciplined children. My child has been able to maintain high test averages both in the state and nationally.

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September 05, 2003
Teachers are good, however as for the resource classes, you have to push to get what is required by state to be offered.

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Parker Elementary School
10626 Atwell Drive, Houston, TX  77096
(713) 726-3634
Last modified Parker Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Parker Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top