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K, 8
Public district
Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 445
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900 W. Gray Street
Houston, TX 77019

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February 11, 2015
The IB/Dual Language Magnet alone is impressive. My daughter is in kinder. She already reads in Spanish at the 1st grade level and it is only the middle of the year. She participates in the afterschool program, which in kinder means cooking, recess, photography, music and always homework assistance. The school holds concerts and has a soccer team (Go COLTS!). The PTO and APTT meetings are always in both English and Spanish and very useful. Teachers teach core values and this creates a respectful and positive environment. The teachers there are so hard working. Also, we live very far away from Wharton, but because it is a magnet, my girl gets bussing for free. The bus situation is very safe - there are only two other kids on her stop. I'm on a cellphone basis with her bus driver, which eases my helicopter parenting tendencies!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
The school staff, Ms. Jennifer Day the Principal, Ms. Katy Perez, Ms. Pat Selin are all simply wonderful. Our son was in 2013 - 14 kindergarten class at this school and then we had to move to Wisconsin unexpectedly. During the time he was in school and even when he left we were guided and taken care of nicely! Lots ofgood advice was given by the principal and his class teacher Ms. Katy. Thanks to all of that. And I really appreciate Ms. Katy's never ending optimism with the kids. I also liked their teaching methods. It is a great school!! Thanks to one and all Abhi

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
I'm a former student and... I went there for 10 years previously and... it went down drastically in me and most of my friends opinion

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2013
Wharton is below average by not having a nurse on campus.If you get sick they call your parents as you lay on a portable bed all the previous sick people have laid on.You are going to expect eating "food" that is almost as good as toy food.When you get to middle school you must do 20 or so community service hours"free labor".But at least you wont have problems with classmates, and as for the teachers about 1/5 are good. The teaching is "ok" you have advanced placement classes in middle school.Spanish: you memorize more than you learn even though you were supposed to learn most in 4th grade where it was almost completely skipped as was the case for our cursive learning in 3rd.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2013
Good school for elementary but not great 4 middle school. It has no sports except for cross country which is only 3 months and no electives what sievert no gym all middle schoo, is forced outside in shacks with no lockers carrying around a humongous backpack.

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2012
Best school for Spanish-English dual-language education in Houston! We are so fortunate to have found this school. We looked long and hard for a school that taught proper Spanish in Houston and were surprised to find little to no choices amongst both the public and private academies. We began in a private school but after a year, we heard about Wharton and decided to give it a go. We have been extremely happy with the academics of the school. Teachers are well invested in the children and the school is currently an IB Candidate. Also a plus, is that that school is a Pre-K to 8th grade academy which is a huge plus in continuing the dual language program without having to search for another school once middle school years come around. The facilities of the school need to be improved but that said, the HISD bond that recently pass will have a great impact on Wharton since it was one of the few schools selected for major renovations.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
Excellent choice. Small school setting from elementary to 8th grade. My children were English speakers when they began in Kindergrten. By the end of K, they could read perfectly in English & Spanish. They are in 4th & 5th grade now, and they excel in test scores in both languages. Everyone knows their names, it is a small, tight knit school. I highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Wharton has recently gone through various changes, improving it beyond the great school it already was. The parents are very involved and motivated to get its International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) certification. There is only one other IB PYP dual language school in the city.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2011
Wharton is not a wonderful school, everything has a dual meaning, literally. The parents are told one thing and another thing is done, beginning with the principal, she absolutely hates to spend money (budgeted) on the kids for improving materials, her ethics and professionalism towards insubordinates is poor, and discriminates towards people with less education.

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2011
What a wonderful school. We have two children that attend. Both have different academic styles, yet their needs are met. The principal is incredible, she really appears to believe in the schools mission. Her daughter attends the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Rare and excellent duel language program! Native English speaking children should start out in K or 1st in order to learn & function in both languages throughout their elementary years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great learning center, great community center, very involved in the community.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2007
I love this school! My son began in Kindergarten with no Spanish knowledge, and is now in first grade at Wharton, and can read well in English and Spanish. Initially, I was worried he would fall behind because of the language barrier, but he has really taken to it. I agree with the other review that said the first few weeks were an adjustment, but he is truly learning and enjoying school. The staff and faculty are great with the kids, and the parents are very involved. The kids that go there are a great group. There is a real sense of community, and while the school may not have the resources some of the wealthier elementary schools do, the 'it takes a village' mentality and positive spirit that is fostered there make sure the students do not suffer for it. Best of luck if you are interested in this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2005
Small intimate setting, the faculty and staff know all of the students and their caregivers. The extended day program is structured and well rounded. The teachers and principal actively encourage and solicit parent involvement. Team teaching, focused on student development and enrichment. Wharton provides an extraordinary academic foundation. The Recognized rating only tells half the story. The standardized test are given in English, over 75% of Wharton students spend more than 50% of their day being taught subjects like math, science, reading, language arts and social studies in a Spanish speaking environment. Yet they are excelling in an arena where most of their counterparts are being taught 100% of their subjects in an English speaking environment. These children are being prepared to excel in a global society.

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Wharton Dual Language Academy
900 W. Gray Street, Houston, TX  77019
(713) 535-3771
Last modified Wharton Dual Language Academy is a Public school that serves grades K, 8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wharton Dual Language Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top