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11059 Timberline Rd
Houston, TX 77043

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(713) 647-7246
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March 18, 2015
After much research, we looked into Rainard for our child, and we couldn't be more pleased. Coming from another private school where my child was stagnating academically, being here has been like a breath of fresh air. My child is learning without being limited by traditional grade level and age boundaries - and around a gifted peer group as well. The small size and low ratio of pupils to instructors ensure students receive a lot of attention. I have to "dock" a star because the facilities could use updating and because there has been some turnover during our years here. The school is a non-profit that doesn't have many resources, but truthfully, the spartan portable buildings are not ideal. They do a good job of sprucing them up, though, and making them cheery and attractive on the inside. Regarding turnover, the school is transparent about changes. I can attest that most core teachers have been with Rainard for years, but there have been some changes with some teachers and also clerical and administration changes too. I don't like that, but the school has quickly found competent replacements. I hope we've seen the last of changes, but thus far things have been good.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2015
Many of the negative reviews here have nothing to do with "not being invited back." Most of the negative parent reviews are made by parents who were *begged* to return and chose not to because of the horrific conditions for the students. There was no begging the Board could offer to make us change our mind and return. Interestingly, our children were behind in several core subjects when they returned to a "regular" classroom. That speaks for itself. The teaching just isn't happening at Rainard.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2015
The school turnover rate speaks for itself. Ask how many teachers return each year (for the history of the school), how many leave each year (get specifics for each year), how many students return each year, how many leave each year (I would guess it's about 50%),etc. then you can make an informed decision.

- submitted by a parent
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March 06, 2015
Thank you for looking at Rainard. It is our belief that some of the reviews here do not accurately reflect our school. It appears that families who are unhappy, and especially if they were expelled or withdrew in lieu of expulsion, may be using multiple reviews in this comment area as an opportunity to vent their frustration at the unfortunate nature of their situation. We deeply regret a family leaving our school in this way. It is an unhappy decision, particularly as we consider the potential implications for the student who must leave. However, these decisions are approached with consideration for the school experience of all of our students. Rainard has improved consistently and significantly in the past several years - each year has been an improvement over the last. To the extent that a problem with the school is legitimate or appears legitimate we welcome and address such feedback from our community. Our school meets the educational, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. We do so each and every day on our campus. It is a happy and productive place of learning and we invite you to come and visit us. We invite you to learn more about our school and program at www.rainard.org.

- submitted by a school leader

March 01, 2015
I am not the parent of a child who was 'not invited' back by the school. I am a parent of a child who was not thriving due to having to try to learn in an environment in which disruptive behaviors by children with 'poor social skills' (I quote one of my child's teachers here) are not only tolerated, but excused. Bullying is also tolerated and excused. Although in our experience bullies are not invited back for the following school year, a bullied child has to suffer for the entire current year without relief, as ours did. And, as others have reported in previous reviews, an additional significant problem is that administration of the school has been taken over by the Chairman of the Board, whose lack of experience in school administration had increased the dysfunction of the school to the point where I can no longer recommend it to others. The place is a mess - a school in which socially 'normal' children have to put up with loud, misbehaving children in the classroom; a school where gifted students are not able to thrive. If you are looking to place your child at Rainard, I highly recommend you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2015
I had to withdraw my child from the school because of bullying. The administration made no attempt to stop the bullying and the teacher excused the behavior, stating to me that 'she doesn't know that she is being mean, she just has no social skills.' I read the negative reviews here only after I removed my child from the school. I wish I had found this site earlier, because the negative reviews are all correct and I would have saved my child a significant amount of pain by enrolling her elsewhere. I agree with previous reviewers - and can vouch, from our personal experience at this school - that this is a terrible place not only for gifted children, but for ANY child.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2015
I moved my kids to Rainard last year from another good local private school. One had been unhappy in a school that simply wasn t a good fit and my other child was happy socially but tuning out academically. Both of my kids absolutely loved Rainard from their first day and my husband and I enjoy the community. The teachers inspire and love our kids. The other kids are enthusiastic, intense, quirky and creative. Their education is more exciting, deeper, interdisciplinary and project-based Our head of school, along with our wonderful teachers, have done a wonderful job of removing discipline problems, restoring school traditions and strengthening community. If your child is gifted come visit and see why we are so happy and pleased with the education our kids are experiencing

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2015
The written philosophy of Rainard and what it could offer are amazing and what was created by the founder many years ago is exactly what helps students thrive. Unfortunately, political problems, an over-involved board comprised solely of parents, and deep pockets making all big decisions in spite of very little to no knowledge of educational philosophy, Rainard just continues to struggle and repeat the same history of a disastrous attempt to be a school. A small group of happy parents get exactly what they want for their own children, run the school, and everything else falls apart. The reviews here bring to light the unrest that has plagued this school for well over 20 years, since it's founding. It's unsettling to know that it just keeps continuing, causing unbelievably high turnover in students, teachers, and staff. If you think Rainard is the right choice for your family, be sure to dig deeper and know exactly what you are getting into. Your child only gets one school experience, and the stakes are far too high to take a chance that these reviews are the only thing wrong at this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2015
I have been a long-time student at Rainard. At first it was a very good learning experience for me and I highly recommended it. I can no longer recommend this school due to the significant changes in administration which has resulted in an unfriendly learning environment and deteriorated level of teaching.

- submitted by a student

February 18, 2015
I found Rainard by chance. It is a small, little-known school that isn't fancy and doesn't have a huge budget, but it focuses entirely on teaching gifted students. Because of their small class sizes, the faculty gets to know the students individually which means more tailored learning and a better education. At Rainard, they allow for individualism while still expecting students to adhere to basic principles of citizenship (e.g. being responsible for their actions, being accountable, volunteering), thereby creating students we can be proud of. I am thrilled to have found such a wonderful opportunity for my child's education and will not hesitate to continue to send my child to Rainard.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2015
Excellent school. Small Classes. Great Teachers. Nice campus - the portable classroom buildings are not perfect, but they work. Welcoming place. Diverse student and family population. Good value. This is a good school for gifted students.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2015
The school has made great headway towards having the best teachers and a formal program that still gives each child the opportunity to be unique and learn at their pace. My children love going to school and keep improving their skills at a higher than average rate.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2015
This is the ONLY school for my children! They totally get and understand the truly gifted child. They also differentiate which so many schools claims to do, but don't. Dr. Tara Tomicic has done marvelous things for the school since taking the reins as Head of School at Rainard.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2015
We came to Rainard because of the small class sizes and opportunity for our children to be engaged in learning that matches their abilities. We have stayed for these reasons, and also because the teachers and staff have been great, and they care deeply about joy in learning, and they care about our children, and our children are learning a lot. The curriculum roughly tracks most US schools but there is a lot more attention to project based learning, and learning through field trips and in-depth exploration of topics. Sometimes these supplementary methods leave room for improvement. Most of the time, however, they appear to provide a richer and more fun education they spark kids' desire to learn while imparting real knowledge. Rainard has been a good school for us. It has improved significantly and consistently each year that we have been there, and looks like it will continue to approve. And, to be perfectly honest, we expect to stay as long as the school does the basic things well. After all, it s the only gifted school in Houston that is small and welcoming that allows students to learn consistent with their abilities. We have been and remain very happy with Rainard.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2015
My child has been here for five years. Every year the administration has changed due to the board electing to not renew their contract. So every year a different administrator and a different approach to running the school. There is high turnover rate of teachers for the same reason (non renewal of contracts.) Then the board, too, has a high turnover rate. This year, the administrator is the Chairman of the Board! We have stayed until now because of the size of the classes and the personalized attention my child gets. But our heads are spinning from the high turnover rate and lack of quality control of staff and teachers. We have started to look for another school.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2014
We have one child in the Elementary class and this was his first year at Rainard. He (and consequently, we) could not be happier. He had been in our local public school (one of the best in the Houston area) for two years, was increasingly straining under the pressure of a large class and teachers who emphasized sitting still above all else. His 2nd grade teacher constantly complained that he was day dreaming, even though she was giving him all A grades. He simply was not understood the way teachers at Rainard understand him - and he is not twice-exceptional, ADD, or anything similar. Fast forward to this year - within a week, he was more talkative and expressive than he'd ever been, has gained immensely in confidence, and advanced 3 grade levels in language arts in just one academic year. There are only 10 kids in the class, and therefore individual tailoring of the teaching approach. Above all, he feels like he belongs! We are able to talk to his teachers almost daily after school. The administration and communications can sometimes be less than organized, but all in all it hasn't affected our child's learning. We look forward to more confidence-building years at Rainard!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2014
We have two children at Rainard and we are looking forward to our third year at the school. Although there have been administration changes during our years here, the changes have all been for the better. The core curriculum teachers have not changed, and, in fact, the majority of the core teachers have long histories with the school. The small classes and character of the school encourage daily contact with your children's teachers. Any classroom or educational issues are dealt with promptly and goals can be made and adjusted easily this way. The administration has been very open and interested in suggestions and observations and several positive changes are being made that reflect this. There is no beaucracy, tenure problems, and red tape like at a public school - if a teacher or student or administrator is not working out, they are replaced. Very refreshing. Our children are not 'twice exceptional' and we could easily aford to send them to any private school in Houston. We choose Rainard. Other schools may promise differentiated curriculum for the gifted student but Rainard actually delivers. And my children wake up eager to go and are sorry to have the summer off!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2014
All schools have issues. This one is no different. But it is important to compare it to the alternatives... Public schools may have 22-30 pupils/class and many children in those classes may also have ADHD or ADD or learning disabilites. They offer gifted students a pull- out class once a week at a separate campus as the differentiated learning experience. There is no effort to individually test and continue to follow the students progress and continually challenge them at their level. Other private and public schools are not interested in students graduating early and moving around to ensure that they take challenging classes with students at their level regardless of age. When we compared the alternatives, we knew we could either homeschool our accelerated children or enroll them at Rainard. We are very happy at Rainard. 12 kids/class, all gifted kids all the time, always differentiated learning and an administration not afraid to have a 10 year old in the high school classes.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2014
My child couldn't be happier at Rainard! The school provides a challenging and nurturing environment for highly gifted kids, giving them significant opportunities for research and writing. The assignments emphasize analytic and conceptual skills. Other schools may claim that they have an advanced curriculum, but those schools rely mostly upon rote learning. Rainard actually delivers when it comes to the development of creative and critical thinking, with a project-based learning curriculum. Also, my child is amongst intellectual peers, which helps with both educational and social development. The teachers and current administration really "get" the highly gifted mind too. The kids are encouraged and nurtured, but the school demands respect and appropriate behavior. Consequently, some students had to leave/left because of their behavior (many of whom were legacies of past administrations who seemed more interested in achieving higher enrollment figures). The school is small, meaning that parents have a chance to be true partners with the school in achieving its mission. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities for parents and most families are actively involved.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2014
This is the second year my son has been at Rainard. Before Rainard, he was always the "misfit" kid that the teacher's didn't know what to do with. He wasn't interested in doing his work, participating in group activities, and always gravitated towards the adults in the room. He wasn't a troublemaker and didn't have conflicts with other kids, but was stubborn and non-compliant when it came to participating. At Rainard, it feels like he's with his own people. He looks forward to school, has friends that he can play with and relate to, and is learning those social skills that he was missing out of in a non-gifted environment. He's also integrated very well into the educational environment. The school recognizes that a lot of extremely gifted children also exhibit other personality traits ("twice exceptional") and does their best to work with kids who have some behavior issues. At the same time, the current administration seems to understand that Rainard isn't a therapeutic school and doesn't have the resources to deal with children who are too far out on the edges of the behavior spectrum. Overall, very happy with Rainard.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2014
Not at all like our shadow days. New admin is worse than the old. They are inexperienced, reactionary & ineffective. Cruelty, intimidation & physical violence were excused as GT characteristics or attributed to special diagnoses. Children of those with influence or special diagnoses are protected from consequences while others suffer intimidation, taunts, threats & even physical abuse. Children, including ours, make mistakes, but we believe in addressing those situations to ensure it doesn t happen again. After a baffling half year struggle with nonresponsive/ineffective admin who could/would not ensure our children were safe and treated fairly, we threw in the towel & now couldn't be happier! So this review is not about being invited back we left to ensure our children are safe with administrators who listen and take appropriate action. There are enough choices that are so much better I advise you to keep looking. There are 5 teachers in lower grades - 2 are new and struggling with classroom dynamics (experience with Rainard was limited to teaching as specialists). High school may be better than our experience in the lower grades, but I wouldn t risk it just to get a bargain .

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2014
Easily the best high school bargain in the city. The classes have just 4 to 5 kids in most of them and the teachers are fabulous. The relaxed setting and smaller size allows the students to receive significant individual attention and mentoring, creating individualized and customized education plans. The small setting is conducive to developing relationships. The teachers have taken it upon themselves to stay late one day per week so the students can hang out and socialize together, playing games or whatever. And while the field trips are good for all students at Rainard, this is especially true for the high school. Yesterday they combined kayaking in Galveston with art, stopping to paint while on the water, and at the end of the month they go to the Grand Tetons for a week. This has enabled my child to make significant academic progress and is transforming him into a more dedicated and serious student as a result of the attention, compassion and genuine interest the faculty shows each student as permitted by the small classes. This creates the incredible comparative bargain.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2014
Every year Rainard is rated harshly by parents of students who do not receive invitations for their children to return for another year. It always starts in February when contracts are due in March. There are only so many seats to fill in classes that are kept to the ratio of 1 teacher to every 12 students so administrators have to be careful who they choose to fill those seats. If students have not progressed academically, perhaps they would be better off going elsewhere. Some of the previous posts have misinformation about qualified teachers leaving. Teachers who leave have their choice of other places to work because Rainard looks great on a resume'. However, the best teachers stay! In the lower school, 80% of the teachers have 5+ years of experience at Rainard. School-wide, many teachers have over 10 years experience. As for lack of curriculum, several teachers are educational authors. They are happy to write their own books and teach at any level needed. My child who has attended Rainard for 5 years has only known 2 different administrators until this year so I don't understand how other students met more than he did. At any rate, the current two heads of school are the best!

- submitted by a community member

March 08, 2014
Rainard School is for people who understand exactly what thinking outside the box means. My son graduated with honors from UT thanks to scholarships that he would not have been eligible for without the support of his teachers at Rainard. They supported him from age 9 to graduation and recommended him for early enrollment at university. Ask yourself if your child has ever struggled with homework or had to stay up all night to complete assignments that didn't make sense to you or the child! If you answer yes, check out Rainard. Get to know the teachers who make the school a great place to find answers and instill the love of learning without a lot of paperwork or nonsense.. The administration is not the heart of a school. It's the teachers who put the work in and the best ones stay through changes because they care about the success of each child.

- submitted by a community member

September 26, 2013
I am a former student at Rainard having been bullied if not traumatized by fellow students and my teachers in second and third grade. Despite all of this I was leery to start at a new school and was quite nervous starting fourth grade in 2008. Almost immediately I was embraced by my teacher the administrative assistant and two twin boys little did I know would become and still are to this day my best friends. Honestly I cant say that that year was the most educationally focused but having dealt with what I had the previous two years that is what I needed. I had also formed a great bond with the then head of school and the year was a good one. My fifth grade experience was not the same due to the then heads of school who had replaced the former. It was around this time I started exhibiting traits of anxiety so in addition to the school falling apart my parents took me out and transferred me the following year. I later returned for eighth grade after somewhat troubling sixth and seventh grade experiences. I was again embraced with open arms but it was again different I experienced extreme anxiety and left half way through the year. I am thankful to Rainard and all it has done for me.

- submitted by a community member

September 14, 2013
So pleased I took a chance and ignored naysayers.... The former head of school never took a single moment to meet with my family while we were going through the admission process. He denied our entrance of my 141 iq son when he showed hesitation and nerves the day of the school visit. I was shocked, how could an administrator "get" gifted kids and not understand the anxiety and nerves that almost always accompany these children? I said to hell with this school, but when I heard there were new directors I knew I had to check back in, so I met with the board, met the administrators and I am so happy I took a leap of faith. My son is exactly where he needs to be, has a fabulous teacher, and the new directors are smart and take every necessary step to communicate with all parents. Singapore math and rice university stem scopes are being implemented, but really, I just want a place where my gifted kid could belong and I found it. Gifted parents belong, too. It's a happy place, check it out.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2013
In the past 6 years this school has been through 4 heads of school change, three curriculum changes and massive teacher turnover. My child needs continuity to thrive. My student deserved a school with a clear direction to prepare her for college and the future. Rainard could not provide this. Because of this Rainard is overpriced for the substandard education it provides.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2013
This argument-through-reviews is unsetting but interesting. The theme I notice in both the positive and negative reviews is that the students are thriving. That is worth everything, worth saving, worth fighting for. Engage in discourse, listien to one another, evoke positive changes. Understand you won't always agree. Elsewhere you may find a world more interested in breeding academic jocks in the name of gifted education than nurturing the intelligence and creativity in these young minds and souls. Just a thought:)

- submitted by a community member

May 03, 2013
I think families will continue to consider the school for its uniqueness. I haven't read one negative comment about the things that matter the most in schools - the children's learning and happiness. If I gave up in a school every time I disagreed with the admin, my kids would be constantly moving. Work it out, seems your school is worth fighting for!

- submitted by a community member

May 02, 2013
While I agree that Rainard can be a great place for both the social and emotional growth of academically gifted children, for us it has come with a negative academic cost.. My child has not been appropriately challenged. A fact borne out by a peer to peer comparison with gifted friends attending other private schools and tumbling scores on standardized testing. Despite this, I was willing to give Rainard a chance, as I felt they were headed in the right direction. The past several months have proven to me otherwise, and i caution anyone considering this school to definitely do their homework. There are many children at Rainard with difficult behavioral and emotional problems and the school is not adequately staffed to handle these students. The extensive time spent on some of these students disadvantages the other better adjusted gifted children. Some of these children have strong ties to the current decision makers. Last year there were 85 students enrolled at Rainard; ask how many of them have re-enrolled. This is information that can be readily obtained from any other private school in Houston. Meet and spend time with your future teacher. Make an informed decision.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2013
This school evolved a lot from when we first arrived. Our child had been in this school for years. We enjoyed the curriculum and how everything was adjusted to our child's level of learning. We have the utmost admiration for the excellent teachers (most of whom are leaving) and awe at our child's schoolmates (most of whom are also leaving). We can understand why a lot are upset about how the Board acts arrogantly, dismissively, and with disrespect towards the parents who question their actions and decisions. We're not surprised that almost all good teachers are leaving. The Board keeps talking about how they support the teachers but they act totally contrary to that. We are mystified with those who chose to keep a blind eye and ignore these things. We cannot understand, when there are better alternative schools around, why anyone would want to pay $15K a year to enroll their child in an unproven experimental system of operation with new heads (co-equal heads actually) , new teachers and a whole lot less students. With that in mind, ask yourself, why spend money and waste important years in my child's education for an experiment no one is allowed to criticize? It WAS a good school.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2013
My son has attended Rainard for 10 years. The teachers have all been passionate and inspirational! Learning is not only academically challenging, but learning is fun at Rainard. Students are with like-minded peers and don't want to leave at the end of the school day. They like to stay and hang out or talk with the teachers. My son has always loved going to school and never wants to miss a day. During a three-week DUKE TIP medical summer camp at A&M last year the instructor commented, "I don't know what school your son attends, but keep him there. He is receiving an excellent education - top of his class here at camp - and is a well rounded individual. Someday I'll be working for him." I highly recommend Rainard School!

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2013
Our student was always 'ok' in other schools. She made good grades and had a few friends, but it was never quite right. She was excited about learning, liked bugs and science, read voraciously, and wasn't terribly concerned with 'matching' the rhythm and rules created by the other kids. At best this meant that she was often isolated, at worst she was bullied. It was like watching a light go from blinding brightness to one that was struggling to fight the darkness. It took a few weeks of feeling safe and valued at Rainard for that light to return, but it did. We struggle to make sure she is getting everything she needs in such a small place, and the board has struggled to find a head of school that 'gets' the Rainard culture AND can keep everything in place for a K-12 school. Their new plan to hire co-heads to split and share the responsibilities has promise. It isn't perfect, but what school is? This one is certainly working to get as close as possible. If you have a kid who just seems to shine a little too brightly for the world around them, too smart, intense, sensitive, bossy, fast... come and check us out. I wish we had made it to Rainard a few years earlier.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2013
This is a great school for students in the elite 3% of the population with 135+ IQ. My children have attended for 3 years and I am amazed at their progress. I have one in high school and one in elementary. The school uses a 3-year rotation of curri- culum so it really takes that time to get the benefits involved. My children have wonderful teachers who make up for the transitional history of administration. Sometimes change is good. The administrators are given short contracts by the board of directors for a reason. The board is a strong governing body made up mostly of lawyers and doctors. I trust their judgement but more importantly, I trust the teacher who would put herself in jeopardy to protect my child.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2013
Probably worth waiting a couple of years and then visit Rainard to check on progress... The current admin cannot carry this school forwards as needed. My Child has attended this school for three years + and have seen much change but always for the better. I hoped this would continue but due to the recent treatment of parents and teachers we now have difficulty trusting the current admin/board. It has become almost an all parent board with current children, which is creating a non-objective and emotional environment that opens the school up to conflict of interest. Not good for the parents on the board and not good for the school proven in many recent decisions and results. The potential for a large switch out of admin, teachers, parents and kids for the next academic year is highly likely and should be considered when looking at the risk/reward for Rainard. Id wait and see how the next 1-2 years goes and revisit...

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2013
We are a long time Rainard family and up until two months ago, I would have recommended the school for anybody with a gifted child. While never perfect, the school worked with and listened to the parents. Very sadly though, I can no longer recommend the school in good conscience. The head of school firing was just the beginning. The board does not believe the parents can think for themselves regarding what is best for their child. The board has worked in secrecy until the point where they realized there was a mass exodus at the school and now they decide to try to share. Unfortunately, their direction they are only half sharing is not the best for our kids. They hire a co-head who is an amazing GT teacher but has no experience in managing faculty or dealing with kids older than 6th grade. The community, family feel of the school is gone. I truly hope Rainard can get back to the fabulous place they once were but until that time, please do your research if you are looking at the school.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2013
My child has attended this school for several years and the changes in my child have been amazing. Yes, there are changes going on, but all good changes. Changes for the betterment of the school and the children that go there. Some of the Board members have children that attend this school and some have children that have graduated. It is a really special school for all grade levels especially when they are learning and playing together.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2013
The Rainard School changed my son's life. After years in public school and being ridiculed and bullied for being different, he was welcomed and accepted by the community at Rainard. Saying that he has blossomed there is an understatement! Are there problems? sure....but there are in any school. We are confident that the changes being proposed at the schol will address them. The Board is made up primarily of parents from the school who are only working in the best interest of the students. When the new board was implemented last year, I don't remember any grumblings about the need for 'elections' etc, In fact, quite the opposite. The community seemed excited about the caliber of the people who VOLUNTEERED to step forward and serve. The Head of School was not doing his job and admitted to his shortcomings. Had everyone attended the Town Hall meetings this week, they would have learned the full scope of those 'shortcomings'. Our family is excited about the coming changes and look forward to another year at The Rainard School. I encourage all to come and visit the school, spend time in the classrooms and meet the people. It's an amazing place for a special group of kids.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2013
I rate at 4 because there is some work to do, but the culture created by the teachers, students and parents is truly unique. Kids are not only valued by the staff but also by the other children. This aspect has to be seen to be appreciated. The Board has recently made some tough decisions regarding leadership that most agreed with, but some didn't. Unfortunately, some families, most of whom already intended to leave for various reasons, felt compelled to polarize the issues rather than work together on them. Prospective parents should do their research and ask questions. But if interested, you must see firsthand the accepting and collaborative environment driven by the teachers and students - that is what sold us several years back.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2013
Rainard was a school that welcomed our family and made us feel at home. Until this year. At the beginning of the school year, parents were asked what they liked best about the school, and the administration was ranked number one in the responses received. Then, the Board completely upended the administration, resulting in the loss of the Head of School. Since that time, there have been many other losses to the community, teacher resignations, long-term families leaving. But the most important aspect of these changes for our family is that Rainard is becoming not a school for the Gifted, but a school for gifted kids with behavioral or other social issues. One of the reasons we left public school was to find a place where our kids weren't bullied, weren't required to deal with distracting or dangerous outbursts in the classroom, and where content of character mattered. We have not found this to be a guiding principle of Rainard this year, as the Board seems to be insistent on becoming a school for gifted kids who cannot function outside of this very narrow environment. If you are looking for a challenging academic environment for your well-adjusted gifted child, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2013
Rainard is a wonderful school for the student with a very high intelligence who may not fit in at traditional schools. There is no pressure to be popular or fashionable. It is a place where nerdy kids find their tribe and positively influence each other's academic interests. The school understands asynchronous behavior and works to make students feel okay about subjects where they might struggle. We are friends with many families of students and feel right at home with them, too. It has been a godsend for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2012
I sent my kids to Rainard over several years. The school is excellent and clearly meets needs that many schools cannot meet. If your otherwise bright, inquisitive child does not want to get up and go to school in the morning, then you need to seriously consider sending him/her to Rainard, at least for a few years, to get that "joy of learning" back. The only negative comment I can think of is sometime the parents (especially the inexperienced ones) did not always appreciate what they had and were constantly picking at the small things and could not see the bigger picture (kids happily learning in an educational setting). Still, the school was far more patient with these folks than I would have been! -- Happy parent of nerdy and confident kids

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2012
Rainard is the perfect place for our daughter. She is challenged, nurtured, and is allowed to think outside the box. We love this school and feel very fortunate that we found it.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2011
The new headmaster is wonderful! He has really inspired the whole school community and added some excellent new teachers this year. Our son is pleased and we are really impressed. We would send our child anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2011
My son is a proud graduate of Rainard School. He struggled in public school even though he is a high achiever and always maxed testing. He was in pre-ap and challenge programs but thought the work was tedious and he was used as teacher's assistant. We tried home schooling but were not successful. When we found Rainard, we felt like it was the perfect fit and it worked for us beautifully. The teachers he had were wonderful. The founder and headmaster were lovely people and he still keeps in touch with them. Most of his teachers have moved on except for one and she is the best. If your child can start early in their program they will love it. Rainard's been educating gifted children for 26 years so there must be something special about it.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2011
Rainard is the best place for young scientists. The lower school science teacher is the most nurturing teacher in TX. She saved my son from unnecessary meds and therapy. Try her science camp ( she even teaches in the summer). The outgoing director was not the best but there's a new headmaster who seems nice.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2011
Public or private, there is no better school in Houston for those with high outlier IQs. It is not for everyone; but that is the point. If your child is in trudging through school and looks forward desperately to the one-hour a day, or one-day a week they may be pulled out for GT acceleration Rainard may well be the place for you. Kids are not gifted only during GT pullout time. They need a full-time program. They need peer group. The need teachers who see kids like these every day not just once or twice in their careers. Rainard has proven willing to meet head on the intellectual, social and emotional needs of this amazing population. The school has been a great blessing to our family. With the new head of school, the sky is the limit for Rainard. If you have one of these kids, please don t wait as other schools waste multiple years of your child s time by making them wait and wait and wait for the rest of the class. Is Rainard perfect? Of course not. But rest assured that you'll find no zoo chow here; let your cheetah run free.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2011
We have a six year old who is starting her second year at Rainard this fall. Returning to the public school environment would be unthinkable. Last year, our daughter researched and presented several projects to the other students and parents on topics in zoology, botany, the human body and medieval castle building technology, all within the context of the school's theme last year of the Middle Ages. During evening bath time last year she told me the story of the Battle of Hastings and the start of feudalism. (That was even one of her spelling words!) She went on field trips to the Japanese gardens, museums of natural science and modern art, and to see plays in two separate venues. We were very pleased with the education she received and are excited about the new school year. We strongly recommend Rainard to parents who are looking for an environment to allow their gifted child to excel and not be held back while the other kids "catch up" in kindergarten. Rainard has a new head of school this year, with a lot of support and a plan to grow the school to reach more students. We're pleased with the direction and excited about this new year!

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2011
We have been thrilled with Rainard for both of our children. Our son has been there for three years and our daughter for one year. The campus is quaint and the staff is unbelievably caring. More importantly, our quirky kids have found friends at Rainard with common interests. The school serves a definite need in the community. It is not a traditional school, so it might not be for everyone, but for students who need a challenging environment with flexibility to learn at their own pace, Rainard is a great option. Although in previous years I would have given a lower school based on the leadership, the new head of school is fantastic! The school is really lucky to have him.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2011
I am a current highschool student at Rainard, and I believe that it has turned my life around. Before I began attending Rainard I was living and recieving therapy for depression at a residential treatment facility it Utah. My schooling there was not that great and I feel behind in math. It wasn't that I was bad at it, I fell behind because I was only taught the basics. This RTC was not that bad, I have been to many schools in which the math was "dumbed down." This became quite apparent when I had trouble in Geometry because I had not learned how to apply the information I learned in Algebra I. I am doing quite well now here at Rainard where I fit in, not because I'm a freak or a nerd, but because I now have the ability to use my intellect to its full potential. If I had known about Rainard earlier in my life I would have been here in a heart beat.

- submitted by a community member

February 15, 2011
This is my student's 8th year at Rainard. I previously wrote a glowing review because Rainard was truly a GREAT school, but that is no longer the reality. A serious word of caution to parents considering this school for their child...request the opportunity to interview the teacher of the class your child will be placed in BEFORE you enroll. After a chaotic classroom experience in 2009-10, we hesitantly re-enrolled after an unsuccessful search for an alternative. Our experience in 2010-11 has been an excrutiating disappointment and our family (including the student) has unanimously agreed that we will not return and may not finish out the school year. Huge disappointment...the joy-filled learning environment that sustained our first 6 years has been so distorted over the past 2 years that we no longer recognize it. Truly sad.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2010
Be very careful. My child went to this school for several years and it used to be a very good school for Gifted Children. The 2009-10 school year was abysmal. Many of the fundamentals of the school were changed. Communication with the parents was terrible. The Saxon Math comments below are right on. We were one of a large number of students who left at the end of this year.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2010
The Rainard school is very good and my son is flourishing there in their positive environment. I was worried at first about the program not having a rigid structure, but that turned out to be a positive not a negative. The post about Saxon Math may have a little validity to it - my child asked me to tutor him in his math (which is not a problem for me). Overall, his math is doing very well, he just wanted to catch up and pass other students. The overall results from the school are excellent. I have accepted the way they teach because of the results. I am a very structured and disciplined person so I had to take a step back and review from a larger perspective. I am very satisfied with my child's progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 13, 2010
Rainard's math program is a joke. They use Saxon math which when used correctly can be good. However, the students teach themselves which is not how Saxon is intended to be used. The people at Saxon will tell you that it is not intended to be a self-teaching curriculum. The way Rainard uses Saxon amounts math worksheets with only about ten minutes of instruction per student per every three days. Children who once loved math are bored and falling behind unless they have hired outside tutors or are being taught by their parents at home.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2009
Rainard School is the only place for gifted students in Houston, does a great job of nurturing the joy of learning and getting out of the kids' way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 04, 2009
I enjoy the tailored academics and that my kids do well socially at this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 04, 2009
Rainard is amazing! Nutures and encourages gifted children. A daunting task at times!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 04, 2009
Rainard is the only school for gifted kids in Houston. It understands their different needs and learning styles and helps them in many different aspects of their lives.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2009
It's the only place in Houston where gifted kids are loved and respected for their differences and are offered the education they so greatly deserve.

- submitted by a teacher

December 12, 2008
Rainard is a truly unique school that has given our son the freedom and support to excel and achieve to his full potential. It has really been a blessing.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2008
My son graduated from 8th grade and was able to go into most 10th grade classes at Katy High. He is now attending UT very successfully and will graduate early thanks to advanced classes taught individually at Rainard.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2008
If you have perfect children with perfect lives, by all means, send them to this school. If you or your children are less than perfect you must either accept the psychoanalysis of the teachers and administration or leave, and sometimes both.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 20, 2008
Very innovative school with great teachers. Every student can work on her/his own (advanced) level and pace without being hold back by age or grade.

- submitted by a parent

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Rainard School
11059 Timberline Rd, Houston, TX  77043
(713) 647-7246
Last modified Rainard School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Rainard School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top