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The Kinkaid School

Private | PK-12


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Posted July 27, 2013

Unless you are a part of a family of extreme wealth, do not go here. The kids here are pretentious and bratty, and they will make fun of anyone who isn't white and wealthy. The academics here are average, if not below average. There are very few pre ap classes freshman year of high school compared to a vanguard high school. The facilities are amazing, but that is something you would expect if you're paying 20,000 a year. You are much better off going to a vanguard public high school that has much more options for AP and Pre AP classes.

Posted February 28, 2012

I am currently a student at the Kinkaid School and I have been ever since pre-kinder garden right now I am in Eighth grade and I am looking at boarding schools the people here are somewhat mean but not really the main reason why I don't like it is because the academics make it very challenging to juggle everything, at the same time. this includes sports and academics. This is a great school to help people that are already doing well in school so better. I had Ms. Cooney who was one of the best teachers although at the time she would make everyone feel bad about losing something but that actually ended up to help me and I still use some of her strategies. A little look at how well the Academics are is I am getting C to C+ 's at Kinkaid and I got in the 64% in the SSAT ( a test to get in to boarding schools). I was also projected to get in the 99% on the SAT.

Posted December 5, 2010

As a 2007 graduate, I now have a few years perspective on my education here. Without a doubt, Kinkaid has excellent resources - teachers, administrators, and facilities are all top notch. However, it is a bit frustrating to me to see that the school's assets are not used in the best way possible. The admissions policy seems overly based on legacy and perhaps on finding involved and well-connected parents. I recognize the appeal of tradition in a school of this age, with several "firsts" for Houston schools. However, tradition can get in the way of the spirit of innovation that great schools need. I don't know if Kinkaid has much motivation to do this - the same crowd of wealthy and good but not outstanding students, whose parents attended Kinkaid before them, seem firmly lodged in the institution's identity. If the administration committed to raising the proportion of students accepted purely for merit, and made greater attempts to reach out to different backgrounds of students, I think it would well and truly pay off. Until then, I would have to recommend Kinkaid with a major caveat.

Posted May 11, 2010

Incredible for a strong, well rounded education. Diverse students, great fine arts and athletics, and top notch academic college prep curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 4, 2010

Great school, great teachers, administrators, donors/supportors! A school to be proud of for the students of Houston. It is similar to the motto used by the University of Texas - 'what happens at Kinkaid changes the world!'

Posted July 15, 2009

The teachers and facilities are uniformly outstanding. In high school, Kinkaid requires substantial participation in arts and sports, plus has a 3 week mid year change from normal classes. The result is an exceptionally broad and balanced educational experience. Students discover hidden talents. The school atmosphere is very positive and supportive. It's no wonder it produces so many leaders.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2009

This is one of the top prep schools in the South. A C+ at this school is like an A- or B+ at other schools. Collages know that and they notice any Kinkaid student as one that will succeed in life. Some of the country's leaders went to Kinkaid including President George W. Bush. It is a beautiful school. However if you do activities outside of school you may not have time for them anymore (in high school). Once you are in high school and even late middle school, your life revolves around school. Because it is very well rounded that isn't too bad though.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 23, 2008

I went to Kinkaid for 1st grade through 12th grade. The preparation and mindset instilled in students at Kinkaid is exceptional. I matriculated into the University of Texas at Austin as a sophmore, because of all the SAT-II and AP credits due to Kinkaid's high school curriculum. My writing skills were greatly superior to my fellow UT students, most of whom had attended public schools.

Posted May 20, 2007

I used to attend Kinkaid for my sixth grade year. Although the education and extracurricular activities are amazing, the people are not. The school is indented for people of wealth and if you don't meet that standard the kids make fun of you. Also if your different or of lower social status, or non-Caucasian ethnicity I don't recommend this school at all. If you meet all the right things then I recommend that you attend as soon as possible because in sixth grade a teacher named Ms. Cooney is excellent. Kudos, Ms. Cooney. And theres one more year left for those of you who want an excellent Spanish teacher. Her name is Mrs. Beck and shes retiring after the 2007-2008 school year.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 27, 2006

I went to Kinkaid from Kindergarten to 12th grade. First, I have to say that the teachers at Kinkaid are excellent. Kinkaid is also unique from other schools in several different ways - 1) It focuses on promoting arts, athletics, and academics 2) It has a character education program that is dedicated to promoting respect, honesty, kindness, and responsability 3) Interim term 4) It is highly respected by top colleges. Like all private schools, Kinkaid is expensive, but it is at this moment the least expensive of all the private schools in Houston. Even though it is primarily white, racism and discrimination are not tolerated at Kinkaid. My group of friends included people of Jewish, Lebanese, Indian, Chinese, and Burmese descent. Kinkaid does tend to only accept those who have connections with the school from Pre-K to 5th. But 6th and 9th grade admissions include people from various backgrouds.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 9, 2006

This is a good school, but is quite pricey. There is little diversity and no effort made to meet that challenge. Parents are friendly, but administration is not very welcoming
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 9, 2006

I am a proud member of the Kinkaid School fighting class of 2006. This is my 13th year and I am overjoyed at the prospect of going off to college next year. However I would like to say that Kinkaid was the perfect school for me and I would bet the perfect school for 95% of my classmates. My education I have received is beyond words. The facilities are beyond anything a high school student could wish for. The special programs offered are spectacular, from Mr. Veselka s amazing photography program to Mr. Louis s breathtaking sets, every art has an incredible program. I have never been good at sports, but I did 11 seasons. When I look back as to why I did 11 seasons its not only that I loved playing the sports but that I particularly loved my coaches. Kinkaid is an amazing opportunity, don t let it slip away.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 25, 2006

Disappointing. Potential for academic excellence exists, but the school has created an insular environment where children of wealth and privilege are cosseted away. Don t be fooled by exceptional facilities, a multitude of programs, and pretense of academic rigor. The school, by policy, is highly selective based upon one key stated criteria: 80% of admissions are related to someone affiliated with the school (i.e., legacies). It appears the other 20% are further broken down by two criteria: a) academically exceptional students and b) financially exceptionally prosperous families. The result is that Kinkaid caters to financially elite children of average intellect. The academically elite students suffer. This is not a school for parents who want their high-achieving children to be grounded in reality or academic excellence. Instead, this is an academically adequate school for Houston wealth, and those willing to pay highly for the opportunity to mingle with wealth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2006

Our five children were incredibly fortunate to be able to attend Kinkaid for all 12 years. I don't know what the financial aid offerings were (we didn't need it), but it may be good. The programs are all of high quality.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2005

The academic programs are above average with teachers who empathize easily with students and offer extra tutorials for those in need. The fine arts program is exemplary and teachers in the department are formally trained. Students begin athletic activities in pre-k but are oriented into team sports in seventh grade and on. Parents are highly involved with this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 1, 2005

Academic programs are above average. Fine arts programs are outstanding. Emphasis in sports is more on winning than developing kids skills. Parent involvement is quite high.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2005

Excellent academic standards, but pricey.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2004

Kinkaid is a fine institution with great teachers, wonderful athletics, and musical programs. The student body is a great nuturing unit for any child. I would highly recommend Kinkaid for any child who truly wants to succeed in education.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 3, 2003

Kinkaid is a challenging school with very supportive teachers. My son has learned some valuable skills to help him prepare for college, such as how to outline his reading and how to study for foreign langauges. I would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2003

This is a really fine school with top flight teachers and administration. My Mother went there in the 40's. My sister and I in the 70-80's and now 2 kids, with 1 on the waiting list. It is hard to get into (entry points are pre-K, 6th, 9th), so plan ahead. It is worth the time, money and effort to get an education at this school. The only other one that ranks with it would be St. John's, which I know little about academically.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 4% 13%
Hispanic 3% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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