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Northwest Preparatory

Charter | PK-3 | 144 students

 

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Posted May 13, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS NOT A VERY SAFE SCHOOL AT ALL MY CHILD HAS A FRACTURED NECK THE BUS DRIVER RODE AROUND PICKING UP OTHER STUDENTS WITH A SMOKEY BUS AND THEN LEFT THEM ON THE BUS AND TOLD THE OLDER STUDENTS TO GET THE REST OF THE STUDENTS OFF THE BUS AND MY KIDS INHALED SMOKE A STUDENT THAT IS 14YRS OLD GOT ON THE BUS AND PUNCHED MY CHILD IN THE EYE AND RECENTLY THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER HAD HER DAUGHTER WHO IS 17YRS OLD CONFRONT MY 8YR OLD DAUGHTER ON THE SCHOOL BUS AND WHEN YOU CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO ASK THEM QUESTIONS NO ONE WANTS TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND THE 17YRS OLD WAS NOT EVEN AUTHORIZED THRU THE STATE TO BE ON THE BUS AND THEN THEY KICKED MY CHILD OF THE BUS SAYING THAT SHE WAS TALKING ON THE BUS MY KIDS WOULD NOT BE GOING BACK THERE AND I ADVISE ALL THE OTHER PARENTS WHO THINK THAT THIS IS A GOOD SCHOOL TO SEND ANY STUDENT TO
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

The teachers, don't care period, the structure is poor, they seem to be more concerned about minor issues vs major. I WILL NOT send my kids back to this place. I hear they have a kid there 19 years old in the 8th grade! They don't return phone calls and the teachers are friendly one day and funny acting the next. They don't call you to address issues such as grades, its just a poorly structured school PERIOD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

What can I say, beside it's the worst charter school that I have ever encounter, I recently pulled my children out, because they have been beaten up, cursed out, and stolen from in the fist three months of school, I notified administrators, and staff and know one ever called with a follow up about the incidents, and with all of that being said, not one time did the PRINCIPAL called. The children are running wild through the building, and anyone off the streets can walk through the school at any time, there is no type of security are structure in that facility. And the staff, you as a parent should be able to discern who's teaching your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

This is our first year attending and we love it so far. We have a Kindergarder that goes and it has really opened her confindence in being assertive in learning. The school needs to work a little on organization but the school year is young, we look forward to the improvement. It the school a try. I'm very pleased! Ms. Gardener is great. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

I am excited about Northwest Prep! The administration this past year did an okay job with discipline, tutoring, test prep, etc., I feel they are going to take it up a notch this year! I also met the new principal and was very impressed with his wealth of experience. he blew me away with his vision for the school and what they are already doing ! I like them because they are a community school that understand the challenges some students face! i was fed up with the regular district and NWP took my babies in with open arms and encouraged me in the process! my babies did good this year and I am expecting greater! i will take teachers that care over bigtime schools anyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2012

I am also a parent and must say that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hardin. The other so-called parent that commented is obviously a disgruntled employee or someone that had no patience in meeting the man. If you would just check the internet or spell his name right you would easily read his bio just like I did. I TOO AM EXCITED ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE. There were areas of concerns I noticed with my children, but they alwways had dedicated teachers that kept me in the loop on a consistent basis. With the new principal in place I can see positive changes already. I will give Northwest the benefit of a doubt and see how well things go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

I have just read the recent reviews of a parent who plans to send their child to this school in the fall. A word of caution, this school also houses students who are on parole and probation for major offenses. The offenders are located in close proximity to the youngest children in the school. I refuse to send my child back to this school, even though his teacher was excellent! I used the Texas Educator certification system to determine the qualifications of the other teachers before completing the re-enrollment forms. I found that less than 10 of the teachers were certified educators. I also researched the school prinicpal's credentials, and could find no information. This deeply concerned me, and I attempted to schedule a meeting with the prinicpal. The secretary re-routed me to another person to answer my questions. The young lady was quite polite and well-informed, but I was very disturbed that the school principal did not have time to speak with me. I was also very concerned about the behavioral climate of the school. This parent should think very carefully and do complete research before sending their child to this school. PLEASE!


Posted July 11, 2012

I am very excited about the direction that Northwest Prep is headed. I will be sending my 4-year old here in the fall and I am very excited about the teacher she will have. The school is transitioning administration and has a new Principal, Mr. Hardin. They are also undergoing a rebranding and are working very hard on changing the culture of the school. I enjoy the idea of the small class sizes, highly qualified teachers, and knowing that the new incoming administration has the heart to do whatever it takes to make this a place where children will be challenged academically, and nurtured socially. I am looking forward to becoming a NW Prep parent and cannot wait to get involved in participating in my child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

Northwest Preparatory Academy has a home type of atmosphere and love the students. The school focuses on academics as well as behavior. The teachers are qualified to teach and are team workers which is needed to keep the exemplary status. Great place to be!!!!


Posted July 10, 2010

Initially this school will fool you into believing that they have your child's best interest at heart, BUT THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!!!! The administration alone is a joke, who I have spoken with on a number of occasions and he has smelled like an alcoholic and is very disrespectful to parents. This school has no support and they allow students who are not in compliance according to the Student Code of Conduct to have free range and do as they please because they want to count heads and not the interest of students. Furthermore, the administration (Principal), is very rude and a bad example as a leader of this school or any school. I have been at the school on a number of occasions to hear him using very vulgar and profane language towards the staff, as well as, the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

On the surface, this school seems to be a good choice. They have recently moved into a newer building, have an administration full of smiling faces and they have a phenomenal graduation ceremony. In actuality the graduation proceedings are indeed a nice show, however the grandeur, magnificence and dedication put into this event does not extend to the education of children. The greatest priority of the administration seems to be keeping bodies in seats so that money can be made. There are competent teachers there, but they lack support, resources and organization from their administration which would allow them to be more successful. So, If you would like to have a thorough well rounded educational experience for your child, I would recommend you go elsewhere. However, if you do simply desire a nice graduation ceremony to attend at the end of the year, you have definitely found your choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

I am embarassed to say that I work at such a place! The administration is all out for themselves and not for the bettering of the children. There is little to no parent involvement. There is no structure for the students to follow, they basically do what they want when they want. They have free range of the campus at all times. I would not suggest this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 25, 2007

No extracurricular activities. Cramped learning enviroment.Not enough teacher parent communication. Had after school program but nothing was being done in that program to help with preparation for the TAKS Test and other studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

This school is doing good in its starting year. It has several things to work on such as getting more extracurricular activities for the children, like add a music class. The children are all great and eagar to learn. The school's parent involvemnet was not that good, some of the parent didn't agree wiht the staff but their involvement was okay. The school also needs to get a facility for the parent's to see school functions. It does need some imporvement. The academics were good from what I saw children exciting about learning. They all left school knowing how to spell their name and most their abc's and numbers. The basics for any child. Hopefully this second year will be better for the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 9, 2003

This school starts off good, but once it gets your child's state fund money, you began to see a change in the whole school's performance. None wants to talk about anything related to this school. This school is family oriented and friend also, meaning they only cater to the one's that have been their. This school isn't concerned with your child's acedemic performance, only your child's state money.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Female100%
Male88%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education67%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female82%
Male71%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education67%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
28%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students27%
Female38%
Male18%
Black or African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education28%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant27%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted27%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students15%
Female19%
Male12%
Black or African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education16%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant15%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted15%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 85% 13%
Hispanic 10% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
White N/A 29%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 0%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • ERIK SINGLETON
Fax number
  • (713) 676-1940

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  • College preparatory

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4705 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020
Phone: (713) 674-2105

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