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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoy the tailored academics and that my kids do well socially at this school
Rainard is amazing! Nutures and encourages gifted children. A daunting task at times!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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