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The Kinkaid School5
Posted May 01, 2015
- a student
I am a high school student currently enrolled at the Kinkaid School. I do not understand some of the reviews posted about "unaccepting" or "toxic" or "sub-par academic" environments at Kinkaid. Throughout my entire experience here I have been surrounded by caring faculty and staff and perhaps most importantly diverse, amazing, intelligent peers. Students support each other here whether in academics, arts, or sports. If you push yourself in the honors classes and AP track, you will find the academics here to be challenging (in a good way!) and the teachers inspiring. If you complain about classes and are only on the lookout for an "easy A", of course you may have some complaints. Besides academics, we have amazing visual and performing arts (our musical "A Chorus Line" just won Best Musical and Best Ensemble among other awards at the Tommy Tune Awards!) and sports (we've won many many SPC titles!). In the high school, we also have an excellent dean system for helping with the college process. My advice is to get involved, push yourself, and really make that extra effort to know your teachers and peers. Kinkaid has the opportunities in academics, arts, sports, etc. take them!
I don't think it possible to overstate just how toxic the environment is at The Kinkaid School. The students and by proxy their families are by and large intolerant elitists. The school does very little in the way of encouraging, promoting, or appreciating diversity. Academics would seem to be the school's most redeeming quality but even that is overrated at this vacuous institution. Any AP or IB program worth its weight will far outperform this school in terms of academic rigor and preparation. To top it off, it costs $23k/year for high school - obscene; if I were a parent, you could not pay me $23k to send my child here.
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.
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.
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.
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!'
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.
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.