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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CVHS rocks!!! its pretty much the most fantastic school ever, especially in hisd. So not the typical high school, love it :)
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.
i think it looks like a private with really high expectations for their students.
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