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September 20, 2014
All the people who give carnegie negative reviews just didn't work hard enough. I'm a freshman and although the workload is a lot everyone is so supportive and I've never been happier. If you are willing to work hard then carnegie is perfect for you. But if you are lazy and have a bad attitude then you're the problem, not the school. Carnegie give students amazing opportunities that you can't get elsewhere. Wonder why the ratings are so high? Wonder why every single student that goes to Carnegie goes to college? Because the school is phenomenal. I wouldn't want to go to any other high school.

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2014
That "deep as an ocean" determination ended my life. I suggest you don't speak from your point of view. I did strive, you just don't know my story ..... Everyone of those kids that go to Carnegie do not want to fail their parents. "Carnegie is not for every kid." What an excuse! Any school can be challenging, or even the SAME as CVHS. A slot from another child being taken? That slot gets filled up and emptied every year. While I was there my teacher told the whole class that what cvhs promises is not true, over here at Lamar I get an IB dipolma. What is your child getting at CVHS? Over here, I'm getting offered to go to Harvard & other great colleges for free just because of my grades now. What does CVHS offer? You didn't think I didn't strive to do my very best? I did! You don't think I don't suffer?! Be a student for a year over there, and you will see what I'm talking about. Please don't refer to my review again. Thank you for your good luck. Good luck to your child at Carnege, and I really mean it. If he or she is still there - WOW - and I'm serious, good luck. After all these are JUST opinions, so....

- submitted by a student
May 02, 2014
Carnegie Vanguard is a challenging learning institution. It is not a place for those who lack 'deep as an ocean' determination. I feel very little compassion for the student who posted that CVHS is the worse school they ever attended. Sounds like sour grapes to me. The attitude reflected in your harsh and inaccurate assessment of Carnegie confirms that you did not belong there in the first place. Carnegie is not for every student. It is great that you are happy at Lamar. I too wish you'd gone there first instead of taking a slot away from another child who perhaps would have done better with the Carnegie experience than yourself. No matter where you are young lady, always strive to do your best. If you do that, than the establishment through which you are trying to matriculate will be irrelevant. It's your character and committment that will see you through and it is the same attributes that will see the current Carnegie students through as well. Good luck to you. Sincerely, A proud and pleased Parent of a CVHS sophomore

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
This has been the WORSE school that I ever attended in my life. NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL!!!!!! While I was there, I had no social life at all, got really sick & had a medical condition, the teachers never believed me when I was sick, I couldn't walk, & they made me use the stairs. I would sleep 'till 3 A.M, you may not see it now, but wait until your kid comes home crying about hw & projects, I cried so many times. The teachers do not, AT ALL, motivate the kids. Some of these teachers, especially 9th/10th grade teachers are SASSY! I had problems w/ 2 of them. It only took for them to say something & the rest of the staff hated me. LIFE WAS IMPOSSIBLE AT CVHS! I would rate this school a ZERO if I could. I'm at Lamar now & I can say LAMAR IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANY SCHOOL. What I would give to start freshman year again, but in Lamar. CVHS is horrible, the staff are ughhhh, & the main man there ... oh god. Please parents, don't be influenced by the rankings, I am a student who is telling you the truth about CVHS. If you don't believe me, see for yourself when your kid enters that school. You have no social life or time for anything, not even sleep. Friends are what motivates you.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2013
I am a recent graduate of CVHS and I recommend it with some reservations. The curriculum is constructed in order to expose students to new perspectives and students leave more knowledgeable and articulate than they were when they arrived (but this is no thanks to the Science & Math departments). Instead of finding better ways to teach students who are struggling in science and math, the school relies on remedial programs like Grad Lab & Math Models to help the students graduate. That said, the demographic composition of the more advanced classes (i.e. AP Calculus AB & BC and AP Physics C) exemplify the racial achievement gap which exists at every grade level. CVHS is a haven for very specific students and if you don t like it or are unable to stay afloat academically, you should transfer. In fact, if after your 1st semester you fail 2+ classes, it s in your best interest to transfer. Honestly, I am satisfied with the time that I spent at Carnegie and the lessons I learned while I was there. Although the school may not have the most virtuous student body (there s an abject cheating problem), students tend to leave more socially responsible and willing to serve their community.

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2013
As a recent Carnegie (CVHS) grad, I believe it s an excellent school, and the small student body is a plus! Carnegie creates an environment for students to excel academically and allows those who are not as socially successful to find their niche. I felt that most of my teachers at CVHS weren t very good. The Math and Science departments are lacking, and many CVHS students struggle to pass these classes with minimal assistance from their teachers. However, the English and Social Studies departments at CVHS are very strong. While students should be mature enough to advocate for themselves, the school doesn t do enough to assist struggling students (who tend to be less privileged), hence its high attrition rate. Many students find the workload stressful and unmanageable. Thus, the spirit of academic dishonesty thrives at CVHS, and the administration needs to do more to address cheating. CVHS has numerous extracurricular offerings, including a wonderful theater program, but I wish the administration was more supportive of these activities. Most students do not come to CVHS expecting athletic expertise, but our soccer and Varsity volleyball teams are skilled in their leagues.

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2013
Do not rest on the on top ranked schools reports. Yes, bright kids go to Carnegie, but are they encouraged to be positive people or negative, over thinking, non-social kids who really do not understand what this life and world is about? Be wary of this situation. Your child will be attending this school more hours than you can see and influence them - each day of the week. Too bad this school cannot fuel a more positive thinking environment, if they did, it could be a school with excellent output. Look at which colleges actually recruit here, you may be disappointed considering the hype. When you tour the school, stop and talk to a student or three and see what type of attitude they have. In this world of so much negative thinking, it would be nice to see more of a positive attitude. In our experience, Carnegie administration and staff does not embody much positive thinking or positive teaching. We rate the school one star because it does not live up to expectation in a number of ways.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2013
Solid academics, extremely liberal. Not well rounded. Students work hard but extracurricular opportunities are very limited and not encouraged. If you are looking to help develop a well rounded student that will have a solid college application with academics and all of the outside important activities that build a teen into a mature and responsible, contributing young adult, this may not be the school for you. Consider these things carefully. There are a lot of things on paper but not action regarding opportunities to build the entire person. Houston has many great public and private high schools, carefully consider a number of them ESPECIALLY if your child is exceptionally bright. There is a negative side to everything of course. Just consider the entire package - if your child is not eager to become involved, this school will not encourage it. But they do allow the student to feel that it will all work out because they attend "Carnegie". Not true. Speak to college recruiters to get a real understanding of what they expect. And then work with your student carefully from there. Good luck- High School can be a great journey - keep it that way!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
As a graduating senior, I feel that i should leave a review for any future rhinos that are considering this school. As a person that cares about the well being of others, I'd like to warn you of the dangers first. If you don't like doing homework,don't like reading long textbook chapters in your "free time", and like being considered an intelligent person, DO NOT consider Carnegie. At this school, there WILL be someone that is smarter than you. You can and will work yourself to the point of tears at least once a month if you stay all four years. But you will not suffer alone. That's what makes Carnegie different. Every other student understands your pain. They are right there with you, staying up all night finishing a research paper due in the morning and sleeping next to you in class the next day. I can honestly say that without the love and support of my brothers and sisters, I would have died of a stress induced heart attack years ago, but just like a struggling family, my fellow Carnegeeks picked me up, bandaged my broken pride, and forced me to walk on with them. And even now as I type this review, I cannot help but cry.I will always love my Carnegie family. Carnegeek 4 Life!

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2013
There are many factors to be consider a good high shcool. CVHS is a great shcool. But, one importmant factor, is, what kind of colleges are open to CVHS seniors? Are those senior really qualified for GT? Seems for me that not many students are accepted to top collages. To qualified for GT HS, we need to consider the college admission. Thanks for the great job from CVHS administration. We are hoping teachers and administrative will do better. Thanks CVHS!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
Carnegie Vanguard high school is one of the best schools in Houston. The kids are more accepting and less cliquey than most high schools, the new facility is fantastic and modern while being open and eco-friendly as well. The extra curricular programs though limited athletically excel in their area, the theater department is fantastic and excellent as well as quite professional and the sports teams do well (especially considering the small student body) the teachers are over-all accommodating and will do their very best to aid the students and will honestly care for and remember each individual in their classrooms. The workload is great the stress high and the curriculum difficult put if one puts in the effort and dedication they may enjoy an enriched school life with a social life as well and will leave Carnegie with a glowing resume and experience that will prove especially useful in college. It is an amazing school that is just the right amount of quirky and will make you fall in love. It is a family in a sense for the students that attend , and is one of the best high schools in the nation.

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2013
Making me attend Carnegie was probably the worse decision my parents imposed. They based their decision on the local and national rankings and ignored the lifestyle they were condemning me to. I never wanted to go there; and to this day, as a Carnegie senior, I still think it is the worse experienced of my life. But what is more alarming is that things are getting worse. With the new innovative campus, there is an overflow of applications of students who care only about the appearances. The admitting process is a lottery system whose only requirement is that the applicants is categorized as Gifted and Talented. There are many people who, in my opinion, should have never been allowed. Incoming students are rude and arrogant and have no sense of respect towards their teachers. Carnegie has consumed all of my social life. I see myself stressed over schoolwork everyday, wanting to just run away from my miserable life. I have no friends outside from the few I have at school. Activities are very disorganized and the school organizations/clubs are just a mirror of Carnegie's deplorable student body. Please choose your school wisely.

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2013
I'm a sophomore at CVHS and I do love it there. However that feeling is somewhat lessening. The school's brilliance comes from the students and community itself. Where I will say the school is deserving of its status, that status is not due to the school itself, but the tenacity of the students and a handful of amazing teachers. The community at CVHS is amazing. The students are all very helpful and collaborative. The academic competition present in most schools is not present at Carnegie. The clubs created by the kids, and the intellectual society made by them is what really makes the school amazing. However, much of the staff detracts from the possible greatness of the school. Many teachers who are incapable or are unhelpful to the students are not urged to be better. In a school that has ranked in the top 10 schools in the nation, I am very disappointed by the quality of many classes. Teachers are uncompromising and many seem like they don't even want to be there, leaving the students to have to go and learn by themselves and the administration does little or nothing to resolve problems with teachers or other students.

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2012
I'm a senior at Carnegie and it's the worst place in the world. Some of the teachers are good, but too many are self entitled and unhelpful to the kids who are having a harder time. The office workers are rude and the grown-ups that monitor everyone are useless, petty and are just so ridiculous about the dumbest things. The workload is stressful and awful. There's also nothing to do. No serious sports, no music programs, and the clubs are a joke. You can't even go off campus for lunch, even although the new neighborhood is nice. It's like a prison. But the absolute worst part of Carnegie is the students. The majority of them are pretentious, intellectual snobs with zero social skills. Everyone else is just angry at the world and who would blame them? The new campus is pretty I guess, but that's it. It's all looks but no substance. DO NOT GO HERE. I've never been so miserable in my life and starting Junior year I seriously wanted to kill myself. Carnegie ruined my whole high school experience and my life outside of school. If I could give it zero stars I would.

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2012
The learning environment at Carnegie Vanguard is exceptional. Not only does this school provide a rigorous, competitive environment, it also provides nurturing understanding environment as well. There is no such things as public disturbance at Carnegie. Every other students and myself behave ourselves knowing when to talk and when to listen. The teachers care and try their best to help bring out the will to learn out of the students. They also provide motivations for the students to do good on their state exam (TAKS) like root beer floats and etc. Generally most students get a 3 and above on AP exams being prepared as they are during the beginning of school such as implementing AP taking skills early on in the beginning of the school year curriculum and etc. Overall my experience with Carnegie has been amazing! But they should give students who were kicked out a second chance so that they won't have to return to their public home school

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2011
i think that this school is a gret choice for all the students like me that entering the 9th grade.it has a great rank and great scores on test.

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2011
Overall it is a good school that is working within their severly limited resources. As a parent I would like to more support for an already motivated group of students. Most of the students reach their goals because of who they are not because the teacher pushed them or the school set the stage for growth.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2010
This school is an elitist dream. OVERRATED and CLIQUES ABOUND. If you find yourself on the bottom two tiers of Maslow's Hierarchy, please don't waste your time or your child's peace of mind. You will be snubbed. It's not worth it. They point certain children out and plan their demise long before you even notice.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
The academics leave much to be desired, the administration is uncooperative, disorganized, and mostly incompetent. It is definitely not deserving of its status. The teachers for the most part are mediocre, and not engaging or helpful. The administration does little or nothing to resolve problems with teachers or other students. Being unique is encouraged, but the many of students are not very open or friendly, and they are prone to gossip and petty rumors. it is not a supportive environment. Statements by those that had a good experience make it seem as if all of the people who dislike CVHS feel that way because it has such high standards. This is not the case. I consistently made the highest scores on national tests among my peers at Carnegie, with 5s on AP exams and National Merit PSAT scores, as well as doing well in various competitions. However, little,if any, of that success came from instruction at the school itself. Most was from self study. The curriculum is simple, and, though higher than most non magnet public schools, is not very challenging.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2010
Carnegie is the only Vanguard High School in Texas, and fosters creativity, collegiality, and critical thinking in a very diverse student population. Great teachers, dedicated administration, an involved parent group make this a school in which we can all take pride.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
My god-child and her sister went to Carnegie. First rate school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
CVHS rocks!!! its pretty much the most fantastic school ever, especially in hisd. So not the typical high school, love it :)

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2009
Students need to really study and do their work at Carnegie. Kids who transfer are those who can't or refuse to keep up with the pace. I see my two kids work hard and they enjoy the challenge. My older son has been offered an opportunity for an early college option but he would rather stay at Carnegie.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2009
i think it looks like a private with really high expectations for their students.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2009
it's still high school and even though people say a lot of the kids are on top of it many have dropped out to go to other schools- you must maintain a good work ethic

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2009
Carnegie maintains an oustanding atmosphere for creativity and learning, and attracts a diverse and talented group of students. The teachers as a group there are the most talented and dedicated I have encountered in a public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I am a 2007 alumni and the school helped so much in getting me through college! Its a fantastic college prep school and the only of its kind in HISD. We didn't have the fanciest building, but with all the hard work everyone does there, we deserve it. Go Rhinos!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
It's a place for unique individuals to be their own and truly teaches the students. They teach students the materials and how to prepare for life, and do not teach to 'the test'

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2009
Supportive administration and teachers. Kids are challenged to live up to their fullest potential.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
I love CVHS!!! (I'm a student there and I typed it into google and found this so I thought I would write a little note.) I'm a freshman at Carnegie Vanguard and I love it. I'm a member of the student council, the girls soccer team, the dance team, and the drama club and I'm doing better in school there then I did at my middle school [sydney Lanier(vanguard program)] my friends and I are having a blast the school is very laid back and small which provides a stress free environment. The teachers are great and the other students are amazing and I wouldn't leave it for the world! = ] R!-R!-R!H!I! N!-N!-N!O!S! R!H!I!-N!O!S! Goooooo Rhinos!!!

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December 02, 2008
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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 11, 2008
woohooo! go carnegie! I love this school, there's nothing wrong with it besides needing a little renovation on the building. Otherwise, it's a great experience.

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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
My child has had a wonderful experience at Carnegie Vanguard. She loves the small, relaxed environment and has found it to be an ideal place to prepare for college. There are some fabulous, creative teachers at Carnegie who are able to inspire the students. The principal is receptive to input from parents and works effectively with HISD administration, the teachers and the parents. Even though the school is only in its fifth year as a separate campus, it continues to grow steadily and add both unique academic offerings and extracurricular activities. This year, for instance, a photography class has been added as well as both UIL Volleyball and baseball. The school has also been able to reinstate its Latin program and offers some unique classes like 'The World Wars', '1968', World Religions and Philosophy. It also offers a great drama program. In summary, Carnegie Vanguard is a great school for the right student.

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April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
It's a small school with growing enrolment. Students are interested in a broad range of academic interests, with many academic extracurricular activities. Students are enthusiastic and curious and enjoy pushing their academic boundaries. Most of the faculty respond appropriately to this enthusiasm. Fairly self-motivated student body -- the school is so small, that if they want something, they have to figure out how to get it themselves.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2005
Positive: School atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back. Students accept others without questioning and looking down upon them. Teachers encourage 'the big picture' vision. Star Teachers: Mr. Garner - US, European, World History is a great teacher! Encourages debate and free thinking about any topic. Ms. Bromiley - Biology. US Science teacher of the year! School just became member of HISD UIL league and will most likely participate in sports next year. No music. Extracurricular activities are as abundant and interesting as in the thousand student high schools in high school, . There is a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) but they are highly selective and preferential in their support of groups. Cannot give them the highest rating. Negative: Students are hurt by the fact that the school is small. Advanced science classes are not offered.

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October 11, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 29, 2005
Academic ok, could be better, no music, some art and sports major parent involment

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
As a 2005 graduate of CVHS, I can say that joining the program for my junior year was one my best decisions in recent years. The teachers use a discussion-based curriculum, making learning fun and interactive, rather than lectures. This puts a larger burden on students to do their readings, but I learned the material better than most of my friends at other schools. There is not much in the way of school sports, but everybody finds pride in the completely student run club soccer. The Latin club is superb, and CVHS is gaining a reputation at UIL. The PTO is invaluable for its unending support in nearly every way possible. The best thing for me was the unparallel access to administration and the way I was treated as an equal by my teachers, a partner in education. Fast fact: more students eat in teacher s rooms than in the cafeteria.

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July 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
This school has a great Social Studies department. Designed for kids who like an academic challenge in a close comfortable environment. Everyone knows everyone else. Teachers are very concerned about the students.

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April 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
I speak as the parent of four HISD students. Three of which were in the District's cream puff G/T programs (The fourth is a Downs child). Son just graduated from Carnegie and his younger brother starts this fall. The program is the smallest and brightest jewel in HISD's crown. It is tied with DeBakey for the highest average SAT scores and unlike many other 'advanced HS programs' enrollment in AP classes is encouraged. The teachers and the administrators go out of their way to work with colleges to see that their students get the maximum amount of scholership funds. My son received 100 thousand plus from a small university which ranked in the top 20 in U.S. and World Reports ranking.

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Carnegie Vanguard High School
1501 Taft Street, Houston, TX  77019
(713) 732-3690
Last modified Carnegie Vanguard High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carnegie Vanguard High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top