We just started the school this year 2014. We have a child in kindergarten, and another in Pre-k. So far, We are extremely happy with EVERYTHING about the school. When we recently attended a meeting for the kindergarten class, the teacher went over the curriculum for the year, very very impressive!! The staff has always been very nice and helpful. First day of school went like this, walking into school, there was a police officer directing walking traffic, my heart leaped, with all the craziness that goes on in today's world, it was nice to see an armed police officer (they also have armed security) We then had convocation, student body and parents gathered in the church, the head of the school spoke to the students about, God, Maturity, responsibility, respect, reputation, leadership, choices, character, and so on, and so on... In the end, the entire staff held hands, and made a circle around the students and prayed. It was very moving!! If you are looking for a school, instills values, teaches Christianity and how to apply in ones daily life, as well as an excellent advanced curriculum, then I would highly recommend Second Baptist!
If your child is a good student, they will not challenge or support their learning because they are not important. No matter how much money you donate. There are occasional teachers in the lower school who understand excellence. However, there is no communication between parents and teachers after elementary school. They do not even have scheduled conferences. Maybe for elementary, but not for middle or high school.
My son graduated from Second Baptist School and my daughter is still in Upper School. Both have attended Second Baptist School and Second Baptist Church Mother's Day Out since one and two years old. Second Baptist School has truly been their second home. I substituted for seven years and have worked for five years in administration. Second Baptist School is not a perfect school because there is no such thing but it is the closest thing to perfection because of the careful planning, direction and desire to truly educate and train students in preparation for college and to succeed in life. Second Baptist School firmly plants students in their Christian walk through Bible classes and life application of God's principles. I thank God for Second Baptist School and for the opportunity my family has had throughout the decades of belonging to the Second Family. I would recommend this school to all parents wanting to mold their children in a structured, safe, and Christian environment.
As a parent of a graduated SBS student, I can say without a doubt this was the BEST choice for our family. My child thrived at Second and was challenged through each school level to strive for excellence, to follow Jesus, to seek right choices and to reach for the stars. Teachers were engaged with my child in and out of school, and to this day, are still interested in the accomplishments of my (now adult) child's life. There are good teachers and there are great teachers. And while there may have been some minor bumps here and there, our family would whole-heartedly agree that the experience of attending SBS from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade was OUTSTANDING. Being part of the SBS community goes far beyond attending school there. Second becomes part of your family and you become part of theirs. We wouldn t trade it for the world!
Is there a way to give this school less than a star? Second Baptist ruined my middle school life. I was mentally and emotionally suffering until I moved to a better, and more welcoming Houston private school. I was a well liked kid, and I was not bullied, but all the teachers want to do is prove you wrong. The kids are snobby and like people to know how wealthy they are. If you haven't gone to this school for your whole life, be prepared for a long hard struggle to find a group that will accept you. Favoritism is a fact of life over there with the sbsers. If you are loaded and are what they call a "lifer" expect to pass, and be the lead in all the musicals, and make the sports team of your choosing. The elementary school is alright, but that's it. Drugs are EVERYWHERE in the highschool, though they hate to admit it. All the athletics are lacking, and the only kids at this school are kids who's parents won't let them leave (for God knows what reason.) After leaving this school, I faced about a year in therapy. I'm not joking when I say the kids at this school ruin lives. You realize later the effects they had on you. Second is disgusting. The church is good though
My three children have attended Second Baptist School their entire educational lives. I can not think of a better educational envionment for my children. Academically, athletically and socially they have flourished.
I am a 7th grader at SBS and have been going her since Pre-K. I HIGHLY suggest for you to bring your child here. I have gotten tired of the people here, yet they are still nice. The teachers help you learn so much! They also give you laptops. Even though you have to give the computer back when you graduate or leave the school, you still have it after school, and in the summertime. They are strict on what you have on your computer because they have to give your Macbook Air back to Apple once you change computers. They make sure your not doing anything bad in class on your computer and can look at your screen which I think is just invading your privacy because they can look at your history whenever they want. I hope to grow up to be an actress. Second Baptist School has given me MANY chances to work on my musical theatre. They have elective classes including choir, musical theatre, music, drama, and band. Also, in middle and high school, you have the chance to take part in a musical or play. There are nice and mean teachers, just like most schools. I suggest taking your children to SBS in lower school but maybe taking them out in middle or high school. Thank you for reading this!!!
The lower school is definitely worth the tuition because students get an exceptional foundation. Middle School is very very hit or miss with educators. Mostly miss with a diamond here or there. High School is to be avoided at all costs. The faculty is extremely arrogant and intolerant of any parental issues or concerns....and I've only had very very few over the course of many years at SBS. I honestly think that when interviewing MS and HS teachers the questions are: 1) Do you have a teacher's certificate? 2) Are you a Christian? Welcome to SBS!!!!!
Amazing staff and teachers! They love the children and work as unto the Lord. The curriculum is integrated and reading and writing are a vital part of each subject. They do many projects and use technology to differentiate and make it individualized. I am so thankful my kids got to be in this loving, highly academic environment.
LOVE. Defines SBS! They all really care about how students learn and about the whole child. The teachers take time individually and the students learn robotics, Latin, use lots of technology and projects. It is challenging, but just right....not busy work, but relevant.
Your child will be miserable here. We pulled our child out and went to a better christian private school. Children's creativity is stifled at Second Baptist. You can chooses to ignore this comment at your own risk. god help you if you do.
Second Baptist not only prepared my child academically for college (Class of 2010), but also gave her the Christian foundation to stand on when faced with obstacles that came up while away from home. She commented that Second Baptist was, at times, harder than college.
Beware of the Lower School. My daughter developed anxiety attacks and nightmares. I soon found out that Revelations was one of their Bible verses. She began having bad dreams about lambs blood and some of her non Baptist friends going to hell. I do not believe that Revelations is age appropriate for the younger children. In addition, the teacher decided that she was ADHD. I had her tested at several places and non of the doctors said she had ADHD. But did have anxiety. The pressure became so great to put her on drugs, that I finally lied and told them she was on ADHD meds. Immediately her grades skyrocketed to 100's and I was told how great she was now doing. I had several conferences with administration. I got zero support there. Similar things happened to other parents as well. This is a high pressure school. Too much pressure.
I attend the Second Baptist middle school. The Bible program is actually very serious and detailed. If your child is not Christian or not religious they will be very uncomfortable. The school definitely forces Christianity. Let me be honest, the boys here are very rude. The girls are typically kind, though. The teachers also force the idea of being a conservative Christian republican, and the children don't learn to have their own opinion. There is no diversity here. People are not unique, creative, artistic, or willing to stand out, speak up, and be themselves. I feel like the school has no vibrancy. But the education is very good. It is tough and challenging. There will be stressful days of work, though. The grammar and math is especially good. Although the experience has been good, I'm looking for a school that is more artistic and unique.
I love this school. It is classically Christian with a great Bible program, but Christianity is not 'forced' on anyone. Discipline is good, and the teachers are warm and fun (at least in lower school!) Academics are wonderful. The math in lower school is challenging, but very well integrated between grades. Reading, spelling and grammar are great too. Science and social studies are great fun and my kid knows so much already. One thing that I really like that was unexpected, is the athletic program. Football games are a whole lot of fun for the little ones, who cheer, play in the playground, eat hot dogs and just generally get to enjoy the school spirit that most of us didn't get until high school. The cheerleaders and football players are sweet and gracious to the little ones. Great place.
I have a daughter who is graduating this year and has been at Second Baptist School since she was in Pre-K. It is an exceptional school with exceptional teachers. For the 70 students graduating from the class of 2009, 12 got into UT and 12 into A & M. So much for the 10% rule. The colleges love the students coming out of Second Baptist because it is a College Preparatory school and the kids are well prepared for the academics in college.
We had a hard decision to make for our daughter. We are zoned to Spring Branch Memorial Drive Elementary School (which is a great school i am told) and in the wonderful Spring Branch ISD. We ended up making the decision to send our daughter to Second Baptist. Can't count the number of times my husband and i said how glad we were that we chose SBS. I know it's only Pre-K so far but we believe they totally have it mastered. She amazes us daily on what she knows about the Bible. She is reading. The teachers are very loving and firm too. Discipline and respect are hand and hand. We are continuing on at Second. Love it!
Incredible School, highly recommended! High quality education, challenging curriculum, loving teachers, and effective preparation for college. I credit this school's academic preparation for helping me earn academic scholarships. Honestly, my honors degree classes at tx A&M were comparable to the AP classes in high school at second, and because of the AP program, I Started my Freshman year with 41 hours of credit. Parents are extremely involved, and overall, the school provides a very loving Christian environment for its students.
Great School! My niece and nephew attend there and love it. They always rave about the teachers and my niece scored over 1350 on her SATs! She totally credits the excellent education she feels she received from Second Baptist School. She has attended from Kindergarten, and is now entering her senior year, looking forward to attending an excellent university next year, hopefully with an academic scholarship.
Second Baptist has a warm, caring environment. The school is worth the money just for the bible program.
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