The teachers are effective in implementing Common Core doctrine that is illegal to teach in Texas. So, if you are a fan of Common Core then you will be happy with these teachers. If you know better, than you won't be happy with them.
Aside from being trained to pass the STAAR test, and given Common Core type assignments in class, they have very little to no homework. They allow them to finish their homework in school. Probably so that the parents won't become aware of the nonsense that their children are being taught.
The school is good. The initial attraction is the name. University of Houston Charter school. It attracts parents and staff who are truly interested in a great out come. However, the principal seems to be passive aggressive and micro manager when the staff is more than capable. It appears, as if she is learning from them, more than she would like to admit. Which gives a undertone of tension and slow execution of simple things. It took her half the year to get a lunch program in the school. Meanwhile, the kids were fed Wendys, dominos and subways half the year. Then blames the university instead of taking responsibility of simply not knowing how and more. The parents and staff see how she refuses help if it was not her idea. This includes donations and grants offered to the school that the principal ignored, then the parents are forced to fundraise. Meanwhile, we still have school fees. If the family does not pay the school fees, the students are shamed by giving certificates of congratulations to those who did pay. Classic passive aggressive move on children.
Homework is for parents to know where and share learning with child. Routine controls. School provides 10-20 minutes M-T until 3rd grade, plus 30 minutes reading. Nightly M-T, 4th grade has not been severe, 30-40 minutes, plus 45 minutes reading and writing. Book reading, library list, and book fair available.
This is our school's 20th year anniversary and our children are enjoy fourth year at this small district. We see real team culture and render aid action. We do live close and school has low stress or anxiety for family. UH provides opportunity to share in programming and summer camps. Rules are deep, set a quality to life, fairness, and parents prepare and experience with your child's learning. Homework, STAAR, attendance, administration, game night, parties, science fair, field trips, international art/food, and field day; all by design.
I disagree with the parent that said the school is a poor example of public education. The school has a wonderful approach as to how children shoulde be best educated, the problem lies in administation. The administrator is NOT knowledgeable about what the teachers should be teaching or even if some of the teachers are teaching.The second grade teacher is a wonderful example of a good teacher, and there's an assisistant that's equally as good. The other teachers have the potential of being good teachers with the right training. overall my experience at the school has been as good as one would expect from any other public school. There are some changes that need to happen without questions, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water! Parents who appreciate this kind of approach to teaching should support the school and get somebody who can make decisions about the school to listen to them about their complaints about the administrator.
I agree with the parent who said that this school is a poor example of public education. The administrator is poor and likes to listen to herself talk. She ignores parents suggestions and just continues "business as usual." She should be replaced. Also, Math is not taught until the children are in 2nd grade, yet they expect them to take a Math test at the end of first grade. This school is a joke. Stay away!!
UH Charter is part of the University of Houston Main Campus and it is also surrounded by the Third Ward. Many students are there because their parents work for the University so despite its location, the school is very diverse. UH Charter consist of K-5th grade with one class for every grade and two teachers for every class. The school is relatively small and could really use an expansion. It looks cluttered and unorganized but somehow, the staff there make it work. The meals are catered because there is no kitchen on site. There are no computer labs, no art labs, and no traditional library. The older kids are given assigned laptops to learn on in the classrooms. The art and music classes are taught in the cafeteria seating area. Kids can check out books from a small selection of books located in the middle of the main room. There is a lack of communication at the school. Notices are usually posted on walls where parents don't normally look at when they're rushing to drop off their kids. With all the resources out there to communicate with parents, such as twitter, facebook, text, emails, the school rarely utilizes these.