Advertisement
Advertisement

No rating

GreatSchools Rating

The Village School

Private | PK-12 | 1350 students

We are best known for our international community and rigorous academic program.

 
 

Living in Houston

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $209,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $910.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 13 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 7 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

50 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted March 7, 2014

It's a great school. My son is extremely happy here. As far as the curriculum is concerned, it is advanced yet very modern. The techniques and teaching style does not put bourdon on children. I love the fact that there is open communication between parents and teachers. My son enjoys his school and he is also progressing at a very fast pace without getting stressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

I've been a student at The Village School for four years, now in 10th, and I love it. Every school has its ups and downs (this is my 5th school), but I've found the teachers and staff at Village to be extremely approachable, knowledgable, and fun. There have definitely been some changes in the last few years but mostly they've been positive.... Yea, they've gotten stricter on uniform and rules, but it is a private school that's getting a lot bigger. People complain when things change, even when they make changes we want...like grade weighting. I think some people/parents just complain to feel important. The school is legit and is getting better and better!


Posted December 30, 2013

I have been at the Village School since I was in Kindergarten and now I am in 7th grade. Ever since Meritas bought the school, everything collapsed: the tuition is super high, the teachers don't have any experience and it seems to me that the only thing Village cares about it MONEY. The new grading system is driving me out of my mind. I asked one of my teachers what I need to work on and I told her I don't understand why I received the grade I got and she said she doesn't know either. The Village School is loosing its traditions and it is in huge trouble. They are now accepting anyone who takes the test if their parents have the money to pay. We used to be amazing in Math and Science but now, we are focusing on Every Day Math. It does not surprise me that many people are leaving and complaining. When I do move schools, I have to admit that the memories and friends that I have made at this school will always be remembered. I will never meet better friends. They are like my family. Anyways, the Village School isn't even listening to the frustrated parents and teachers. It is not a successful school. So please reconsider about going to The Village School if you want to be happy.


Posted December 3, 2013

Since Meritas arrived, it has brought with it poor leadership, coupled with weak administration. Some fantastic teachers at this school propping up inexperienced colleagues . Super atmosphere , happy students but underlying problems need addressing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

I am a long time LS and MS parent at Village School. VS has pockets of excellence, but the two changes this year are: (1) Standards Based Grading, which hurts good students, as some of the grades are capped (ex: in some classes the highest grade possible is a 94, even if you get everything right. Other assignments, max grade is a 90.) This is going to be a HUGE problem for the school, and they are not listening to parents or students about the practical effect of this. No other major private school in Houston does this - why they changed the old grading system has not been clearly explained; (2) changed the math system to Every Day Math (Singapore Math is better.) Many children are having trouble with math now, and it used to be a big strength for the school. I hear from many LS and MS parents that they are planning on leaving due to these two changes. The school administration does not listen to parents or teachers, and it is a "for profit" school, so making money is the priority. I am happy to pay for value, but the tuition has gone up and the value is down. If you care about your children's grades, DO NOT COME TO VS. I love the school, but it is in big trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2013

Our kids love school. This is the most important criteria. They are challenged, finally! They have a large group of diverse friends. We wanted the best education in an international atmosphere and I think Village has met and surpassed our expectations. The teachers are so committed. We were made to feel right at home from the start. Our children have different academic strengths and both are challenged and so far successful. Couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2013

I am a current Village High School student. The high school itself is expanding at such a rapid pace, we have a new amazing building and are about to build a new theatre and sports fields. The IB curriculum that is offered is very challenging, yet it's a very good program! I love the diversity of cultures throughout the students. My only problem is that when a teacher is complained about, the administration doesn't really listen, other than that it's a great learning environment! The teachers are very supportive and want you to do well, therefore they're always available before or after school. The grading system is different in the high school than the rest of the school. The new grading system for the 1st-8th grade is great! Instead of just putting a grade on your report card, it lets teachers tell the parents of their students if (no matter what the grade) their student is improving and meeting the expectations that the teachers has with the students, specifically. The fact that the high school is just starting up is actually a great experience. You, as a student, get to start all the traditions and clubs, which is something not every high school student gets to experience.


Posted November 2, 2013

I am an eighth grader at The Village School, and I have been in it since Kindergarten. When I was in third grade, the school was bought by Meritas, and it all went downhill from there. I have become more and more frustrated with the cancellations of old school traditions and some of the below average teachers they are hiring. This year, I am at a breaking point with the school because of the new grading system. Instead of simple, number grades, we are now graded on our report cards by these letters: EE (Exceeding Expectations). ME (Meeting Expectations), AE (Approaching Expectations), and BE (Beginning Expectations). Anything below a BE means that the work or test is counted as if it wasn't turned in, or honestly tried at, really effecting the final grade. I also fear that the high school is not experienced enough to actually start genuinely teaching to The Village School standards, which is why I will not be attending this school next year. If you are considering The Village School, especially for middle and high school, please reconsider. -Middle School student at The Village School.


Posted September 29, 2013

Our school's residential program is getting worse and worse this year, all the students in the dorm live unhappy and uncomfortable. The residential program used to have a great director who consider students' interest as the most important things in his job. But the new dorm director consider nothing for students's study and life. The students even be forced to have early lights out or loose the rights to go out with the daily trip for punishments. What's more, most dorm students don't have relatives in Houston, the one could help them is school, and it writes in the handbook as well, but when they are sick and need to go to the doctor, the dorm director and dorm parents even don't take them to doctor on time, which made students fell even worse. The residential life even don't allow students to take the SAT or TOFFEL test which are essential for their college application, this is totally unreasonable and selfish because they afraid they need more dorm parents wake up early and complain. As a parent I feel so upset about this school's policy and the dorm directors, we pay fifty thousand a year for our children but they even can't be took care the basic daily life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

It is a good private school. Good teachers and good education quality. Satisfied with all aspects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

I am a parent of a residential student. I have to say I am very disappointed at the residential management and the services. We pay a very high fee and it increases every year. However, the service and the care they given to the students are getting worse and worse. I regret to choose this school. They enroll more and more students who can not even qualify for high school. That tells me the school is only care about money, not the quality and the reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

I was a former student at The Village School (1985-1996). It was a privilege to have gone to this school during my formative years. The school allowed me to attend this school on scholarship. I knew of other schoolmates that were also receive full scholarship.


Posted September 4, 2013

I'm a student at The Village School and have been for a couple of years now. The academics in this school is very strong, but only for those who are willing to work for it. Teachers in the 2012-2013 year were very disappointing, but in this new school year all new teachers have been very good so far and have plenty of experience. It is true that there are several newer students that do not take academics as seriously as others and those tend to fall behind. There are occasional problems with the administration due to the fact that it's growing so fast, but it has been getting better. The school is expanding it's facilities at a rapid rate. Teachers are very good at coming, at least, half and hour before school starts and and staying half an hour after the very last bell in case any student wants help. The athletic department, though not nearly as big as public schools, I believe is very close. Playing sports has been a big part of all my years at Village and I've gotten to know each of my coaches personally. The truth about the Village School is that, if your child is willing to work hard, this school can guarantee them a bright future and a great, diverse high school experience


Posted May 23, 2013

The Village School has a new HS principal this year. He has dumbed down the curriculum and forced teachers to pass students who cannot or will not do the work. Students cannot receive any lower than a 50%. Several teachers left during the school year, and more will leave at the end of the year, due to his and the asst principals policies. If you want a guarantee that your child will be promoted no matter what, plop down your 20 thousand, cause this is the place for you! Education and a degree should be based on merit, this school is no better than a public school, and the leadership is probably even worse than you would find at most public schools. When The Village School was sold to Meritas, it became purely about profit and not excellence. Put your child elsewhere, if you want them challenged and care about ethics and grades based on merit and not money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

As a teacher at the Village School in Houston, I am disappointed in this school. Because they are desperate for students, they make us PUSH our students during class time to convince them to return if they are thinking of not coming back the following school year. They also have us EXCLUDE students from end of the year parties/functions if a student decides not to return. It is humiliating to the student as they are left behind while the others go to a party and receive gifts from the school. This IS NOT how a school should treat their students. It is very hurtful and shameful. I am considering leaving this job as soon as I find another.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 4, 2012

Great school with excellent teachers. It has great people who are very sociable as well as they work together to accomplish the mission at the end!


Posted August 14, 2012

I agree with what some people are saying. The new teachers have very little experience. Some teachers can't spell. Academic program is supposed to be individualized, but it's not unless you constantly nag the teachers to do something. And they spend less time on smart kids and give more time to students who are behind. Makes me wonder what did I pay so much for. My child was bored out of her mind. They accept any students as long as parents have enough money to pay. I don't plan to re-enroll my child next year. I rate this school at average, but I think it's definitely losing its reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

I went to The Village School for a couple years. As mentioned in many other reviews, the student/teacher ratio is very high. The schools isn't very diverse as claimed. Although they take pride in uniqueness, the students aren't very accepting. I never felt accepted by many students. I felt judged because of the people that were my best friends. The dress code seems strongly enforced, but thy are too lax about dress code. Academically, the teachers hardly ever went out of their way to help. Basically if you struggled, the class moved forward. The only option given was tutoring for a fee. The school takes so much pride in theirs athletic department, but the facilities are very limited. I also did not enjoy my time on any teams or PE. The faculty in that area isn't great. I also think the overnight trips are extremely short and they should be in the middle of the year. However on the positive side I did have some memorable experiences. This school is a hit or a miss.


Posted December 5, 2011

I am very disappointed with the school. It seems to be equivalent to an average public school in terms of academics except that you need to pay here. Teachers are very new and inexperienced esp. in 3rd - 5th grades. I came from Californica and was shocked to see such poor academics of a private school. Lower school management has excuse for everything. I will not re-enroll my child again and will not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

It used to be a good school until couple of years back. Most of tecahers are very new to village school and not very experienced in teaching - more fresh out of college or 1-3 years of overall teaching experience. It seems to be on a steady downhill since last couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 45% N/A
Hispanic 12% 47%
Black 5% 14%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Two or more races 0% N/A
White 0% 37%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • State Chess Champions
  • State PSIA-Elementary
  • State PSIA Middle School

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Bernie Mitchell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • TAAP
Fax number
  • (281) 496-7799

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • The Village School is a coeducational non-denominational college preparatory private school for preschool through 12th grade. The Village School provides a rigorous academic curriculum that challenges its students to be critical thinkers and life-long learners in a supportive and nurturing environment. Village High School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma program and boarding opportunities through the Meritas Elite Boarding Program. Students at all grade levels participate in competitive athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular activites. Located in the energy corridor of Houston, Texas, The Village School has an international student body, with students representing six continents and over forty countries.
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

This school accepts applications on a

rolling basis

 
Apply now
 

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

13077 Westella Dr
Houston, TX 77077
Website: Click here
Phone: (281) 496-7900

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT