"We are best known for Classical Education."
Students enrolled 430
Hours 7:45 AM - 3:15 P.M.
School leader LYNN CUMMINS
Transportation options None
District Aristoi Classical Academy
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5618 11th Street
Katy, TX 77493

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(281) 391-5003
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4 stars
Based on 55 ratings

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September 13, 2014
I have to disagree with the previous poster. The students welcome new students with open arms. The dress code creates a strong learning atmosphere. Uniforms have been proven to increase student achievement. The curriculum is much more advanced than public school. Also the advantage of a small school is that no child gets lost in the system. My kids and I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
I have had many problems with the school. Although the school is a small community this tends to be a problem. Children are often left out by other students and are called mean things.I also have a problem with how strict the uniform is. At some point your child will have a dress code, so id rather my child be able to express herself in her younger years. Uniforms often lack personality which means you cant express yourself. Also aca claims theyre education is higher quality than public school. When my child was enrolled she came home and told me she had already learned this and that the class was boring to her. And some of the staff are extremely rude and strict. Although ive seen so many good reviews , I unfortunately have to give this school a bad one. I don't suggest this school for any child. I prefer public school where children have endless opportunities and higher education.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
There is no other school in greater Houston like Arisitoi! The curriculum is Core Knowledge based. Arisitoi's teaching method actually gets students to think critically!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
Our experience in lower grades was considerably different than the older grades (I'd say 3rd or 4th and up); by those ages more students with behavior, academic and social issues were transferring in (no reflection on the teachers, but this matters). My advice is to speak with parents of *older* students, who spend a great deal of time up there, and have some other experience to compare it to. By comparison our other options were a much better fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
My daughter started Kindergarten here last year. As a now 1st grader, she is learning about ancient Mesopotamia and many other challenging and interesting subjects. In addition, she is learning about character - for example, this month they are studying the character trait of perseverance. She adores her teacher, as well as the art and music teachers. My daughter loves school and is thriving. You couldn't ask for a more caring or harder working headmaster. Because of the curriculum, outstanding leadership, and caring educators, I highly recommend Aristoi Classical Academy.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
I honestly believe in Aristoi's way of teaching and concept of learning. The teachers and staff seem to take interest in the students. So far this school year I have seen an improvement in my Granddaughter's study habits and attitude towards her teacher and other students.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
This is our first year experiencing "classical" learning and the transition has been a smooth one because of the wonderful staff. The staff truly practices what they preach. The teachers really assess the individual students not only the class as a whole. I feel like my choice to move my child from traditional public to Aristoi is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I feel like my child receives an abundance of tools to achieve success.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
ACA is a small, close-knit community of students that strive for excellence in virtue on an equal par with excellence in academics. The idea is if children are nurtured in an environment where they are encouraged to grow in virtues like integrity, honesty, and prudence, whilst learning critical listening, reasoning, and logic skills, they will be prepared for any life-journey they may take. Our family has been blessed to see our eldest daughter blossom as a reader, ask thought-provoking questions, and hone her good judgement since attending Aristoi. The teachers are phenomenal. The Headmaster has an unquenchable passion for the classical education model and it shows. The school backs up their curriculum and core virtues with a logical approach to discipline - the Love & Logic model. As parents, we couldn't ask for a better school that reinforces everything that we're teaching at home...AND IT'S FREE!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Aristoi Classical Academy is the best school my daughters could have ever been. Since Kinder, my kids had the best teachers, Mrs Bean, Mrs. Kormash, Ms Guel, Ms Boreman, Mrs Porter, and Principal Mrs Davison. I could keep naming all the personnel, that all of them are just such wonderful people. The atmosphere in the school is friendly and sincere, I always feel welcome and "loved", and I know my kids other than being thought by exceptional teachers, they are also loved. The education my kids receive is so reach, they work really, really hard but I know that this is just what kids in our world need to learn as much as they can to face such a competitive world. I am so proud and I feel so blessed to have my kids and that my family are part of Aristoi Classical Academy.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I have been with ACA since my oldest has started kindergarten there. I truly just love this school. I have stayed the course with this school because of the sound education it offers my children. I adore the teachers and staff here at ACA. I just love the enthusiasm that the teachers have towards their students. My children are thriving and learning much. I am truly thankful to have found ACA.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
My son started 2nd grade at Aristoi after experiencing difficulties with the "new" public school curriculum. Since starting, he is like a totally new student! He now loves math AND reading. His "below average" grades have gone to all A's and B's, and his social anxiety has improved so much in the small-setting environment. Children are taught and expected to use manners and hold personal responsibility, and teachers and staff are always quick to notify us if there is an issue. All of the teachers and staff are experienced in their areas of expertise, and truly ENJOY the children, they aren't just there for a paycheck. For any parent who has a child that is not fitting in or excelling in their local school, I highly recommend Aristoi. The only drawback is that there is not a bus service and we have a 15 min. commute, but our neighbor also attends, and it is usually easy to find a carpool buddy. I truly feel that this school has made a dramatic change to my child's academic future!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
Schools can say they will meet your child where they are at and customize a curriculum; Aristoi actually does it. The teachers want to see the best come out in their students. The teachers get creative and work with the parents to come up with solutions for a child that say a kindergartener with a 2nd grade reading level, 1st grade math skills but is a developing Kinder socially. When children get injured and require assistance, the principal and staff are eager to assist. Aristoi is an extended family and we all pitch in to keep the school growing in positive ways because schools like Aristoi don't exist anymore. Schools don't talk about virtues or send emails about how to talk to your child when they call themselves, "stupid." Aristoi does. Aristoi teaches the Classics because these help to shape the better part of society, it is good foundation to leap from. Aristoi doesn't teach to pass a yearly Texas test. Aristoi kids are free thinkers, not test passers, but they can do that too. The confidence the kids have at this school is a positive one, they want to be there and they know they can go to their zoned school, but they choose Aristoi.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This school is amazing. My child has received a well rounded education and is ahead of the pack because of this school. The teachers and the school staff care for these children as if they were their own. You can't find that kind of care and education anywhere else!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Aristoi Classical Academy is a great school. The teachers and staff are truly invested in training and teaching the children not only academically but also to show them how to be good people with morals and social skills that help them to become leaders! They are raising up quality individuals that will change the world. My son is thriving and learning so much at Aristoi. He gets the personal attention and help that he requires because of his special needs (ADHD/Dyslexia/learning disabilities). I could not be happier with having him at Aristoi. I made the right choice and will keep him at Aristoi hopefully his entire schooling. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Aristoi strives to teach children within the classical liberal tradition. The results are often amazing. I've seen 5th graders discuss college-level poetry with intelligence, sensitivity, and insight. For example, during a discussion of T. Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz", a student observed that line 13 ("You beat time on my head") could be read as if "time" were a direct object, meaning that the father in the poem was trying to defeat time as one beats an opponent in a game. Given that Roethke's father died when the poet was 14, that interpretation of line 13 is remarkably insightful, especially for an 11-year-old. Classical education lets students engage with great works of literature within a context that respects intellectual pursuits and formation of virtuous character.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2013
I have all three of my children at Aristoi. I love the parent involvement, communication between teacher and parent and the loving environment! My kids are thriving so much better at Aristoi than they ever did at any other school! I would recommend this school (and do often) to everyone I know!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This school is unbelievable! I am so impressed with every aspect of this school from the safety, the professionalism of the teachers and staff, to the communication, to the effect that it as a whole that it has on my child. Making the decision to send my child to this school has transformed our entire family. Our teacher is so wonderful, supporting and understanding. The email communication is outstanding and up-to-date. I see dramatic results in our 5year old in less than two months. Can't wait to see the long term effect!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This charter school has a rigorous curriculum that challenges students and develops them into excellent members of the community. The focus is on classical roots with a strong theme of ethics and behavior included. I have four children attending and have been extremely pleased with the faculty. As a charter school, they have faced numerous financial challenges. This is the one area where improvements would be welcome as the facilities need upgrading, especially with the planned addition of high school grades.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Our now 4th grader and 2nd grader have both atttended ACA since kinderdarten and we have always been pleased with the commitment by the school administration and their teachers to provide the best education possible. Although the physical amenities of the school may not match some of the other schools in the area, ACA more than makes up for it with the more important aspects of our children's education. Improvements are always being made. There must be a good reason for there always be a waiting list for students to get into Aristoi!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
When my daughter was just a baby, I knew that I wanted her to have a classical education. We couldn't afford private school tuition, so my hunt for an alternative solution began. When I discovered Aristoi, I couldn't believe it: a classical education Charter school- TUITION FREE- right here in Katy, Texas! We submitted her enrollment form and she made it in (lottery-style acceptance); and we've been continuously impressed ever since. The teachers are AMAZING. The school is small and needs funds in order to grow- especially with more classrooms, a library, a computer lab... But even though it may be lacking those things, the academics are NOT lacking in any way. I am so proud of Aristoi. I feel that it's the best school in our area. I highly recommend it to other parents looking for an excellent education for their children. This school uses an incredibly well-rounded curriculum and doesn't teach just to pass state tests. I feel sad for all children who are missing out on such a wonderful opportunity to develop lasting foundations for successful futures. If you want a better education for your kids, send them to Aristoi. It provides the type of education you want your kids to have!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Aristoi Classical Academy has been a blessing to our family for three years. My children are getting a top notch education in an environment where the teachers really love what they do. This school has mastered the ability to provide individualized attention because of the smaller classroom sizes and the smaller size of the school. At the same time, I know that the children at ACA will enter into the next level of education fully prepared beyond those of their peers in other public schools, and even many private schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Aristoi Classical Academy is an incredible school. The teachers, faculty, and staff are all committed to ensuring the students learn core values and virtues that go beyond a,b,c's and 1,2,3's. A true commitment to classical education.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This is our first year attending this school and my only regret is that I didn't find it sooner! ACA has been a blessing to my daughter's education. They follow the tried & true way of teaching that my husband and I grew up on. Katy I.S.D. has done away with spelling tests, cursive writing, and several other "basics" that kids still need, so it's nice to have an option within Katy to send my child to and know that I am entrusting her with people who value her education as much as I do. The new generation is so reliant upon technology that children don't know how to spell or how to figure out a math problem without a calculator. I can not say enough wonderful things about the education my daughter is receiving now. She is finally being challenged. The reading selections are amazing and it's nice to see my daughter enjoy school again. Thank you, over and over again, ACA!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Aristoi Classical Academy is a great school and it has been amazing with our children. Not only are they given them a classical education they are helping them become citizens of virtue. This school has been amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
If you are looking for "like a private school but tuition-free," I don't believe Aristoi is your answer. If you are zoned to underperforming public schools and are looking for a more regimented environment, it may be a good fit, that's the case with most of the families. There are some great, dedicated teachers, but the school/classes are overcrowded, and expectations are inflexible to the point of rigidity due to potential for behavioral issues. The downside to private schooling is often the lack of resources, which unfortunately Aristoi also experiences. The downside to public is having to follow state rules, separation of church & state, standardized testing and so forth, which they also have to put up with.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My son started Kindergarten this fall and we are in love with this school. He is given homework twice a week and the communication with his teacher is just amazing. If my son is having issues in any subject the teacher lets us know and gives us tips to help him at home. I like the fact that there is so much parental involvement. The school feels like a community and teachers appear to enjoy teaching and have lots of love for our kids. The school is small and the building is not fancy but I would not have my son go to any other school. Their method of Classical teaching is a recipe for success.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2013
This school is nothing like the old West Houston Charter. Classical education is usually only available at private schools. This charter is top notch- the teachers, the administrators, and the academics. The atmosphere is warm, the kids are loved, and the level of learning is high. Latin is taught starting in fourth grade. Kinder kids learn the Preamble to the Constitution. All students learn what it takes to be citizens of noble character. The history and classical literature are at a level not available even in most private schools. Additionally, there is no skimping in the math department. This school is a treasure. The name is now Aristoi Classical Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
I LOVE IT!! THEY TEACH KIDS WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND LOGIC.. I HAVE SEEN A BIG IMPROVEMENT ON MY SON'S BEHAVIOR.. I AM VERY PLESE ,,,, AND THE AFTER SCHOLL PROGRAM (BAC) IS GREAT.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
My kids had a great 2010/2011 year here. My kinder started here 4 weeks in after the public school he went to started to treat him as if he was "behind" so i enrolled him here and he had a great year. he is reading and writing and made friends and had a perfect year. I put my fifth grader in mid-year and she learned so much. She learned Shakespeare and latin and tons of history. my kids being at this school this year was a blessing. i do know that the administrators can change frequently but I can only speak for this year and things went very smoothly. the stress level in our family went down due to them being in the charter school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
I agree with the previous statement. My 5th grader was frustrated and "felt like a loser" in her public school because when a child can't keep up, they do nothing to help that child, just keep going for the high TAKS grades. I moved her to West Houston Charter School and she loves it and is flourishing. She is a much happier child, and the staff here is excellent and caring. She will not go to another public school where money is the main focus over the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
OK, so I was totally bummed when Ms. Pickering left. But after a rocky year or so, I am delighted with what I am seeing. Headmaster Johnson has a tough road ahead, but he is remarkably impressing me with every aspect of his leadership. I would never send my child to a single KISD school or any other public school for that matter. I am highly educated but not able to afford private schools for my children. We have been with ACA or WHCS for 3 years now and would and have recommended it to everyone! I can't believe the low ratings here on this site. I own 2 successful businesses and can only imagine that the upset parents are the ones leaving reviews (as only the upset customers do!). Bravo ACA and Headmaster Johnson and teachers and students! I can't wait to see how my child excels compared to the other kids in my neighborhood. I look forward to all ACA does with my child!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Scores are going down. Why? When will the state have enough of one charter school failing year after year?

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
Awesome teachers, leadership with vision and an education that surpass anything KISD has to offer!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
West Houston Charter all about inspiring a love for learning!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
West Houston Charter School is a small, classical school with a wonderful curriculum, an excellent staff, and a low teacher/pupil ratio. It is a friendly and safe environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
Horrible communication, It is more like a private club for the Administration. No playground, no real lunch program, inconsistant lesson plans and an overall lackluster environment. Since Mrs Pickering left it has went downhill fast. A few good teachers remain but expect them to leave soon. Do not bring your kids here!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
This is a great school my son was in a private school for 3 years and is nothing compare with the awesome enviroment that they have here, is a blessing to have schools like this for free, no one is perfect. I can see the excellent work of the entire team.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
This school is going downhill again. I have two children enrolled. I overlooked the lack of supplies, and poor sports and lunches for the environment. I have seen my honor roll student be picked on and singled out while behavior problems are ignored. Now I am looking for another alternative...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great place to send your child. Individual teaching stategy, small class sizes - love that concept.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
My children attended a school that was open to their individual personalities for the past 5 yrs. A new school board has changed all that. This will be our last year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2009
well iam a student at west houston and i have been attending there since 6th grade i am currently an 8th grader. pesonally i would say that the teachers there are awesome they really care for you and are there for you when you need them the most (coming from personal experince). they will always love and care for the students there. we are all just one big family. but currently the school as gone through some not so great changes that has caused a huge decrease in the number of students attending. this affected the students the most.. so much that a lot of them were crying so much they started getting sick. :(

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2009
This was our first year at WHCS and it was awesome. My son entered mid year because he was homeschooled. He loved the school, the kids, the teachers, everything. Every day was the best day of his life he said! The staff are amazing! Small classes make learning fun. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2009
We thought this school would provide a more hands on environment for learning and individual attention due to its size. It is sorely lacking in basic supplies, lunches are dismal and the administration allows an environment of unruly behavior.

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March 30, 2009
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no rating August 25, 2008
This school is truly wonderful for elementary students. Advanced academics, family atmosphere, everyone knows everyone. For middle school it's a bit small, but for elementary it's really amazing. Ms. Pickering is truly exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
This is our second year at WHCS. We think this is the best option for our children's education. The principal is amazing and the teachers are outstanding. I understand that WHCS had problems in the past but the new administration has come in and made this the place to learn. There is no alternative in our opinion.

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- submitted by a student
September 28, 2007
This is a great school. The staff and teachers care about each and every child as an individual. Because they do need supplies the children have become more resourceful. And get involved themselves to obtain things they need taking pride and appreciate what they have. I hope they can get a ninth grade class for next year. Its been a great experience. Very strict rules the kids no this and behave. I feel my daughter is safer here than any other school she has attended. Other schools you have to worry about teachers verbally abusing, or strangers entering campus, other students. Not here. Academics are sufficient. These kids are not burnt out they are eager to learn. I think the teachers and staff are working hard with next to nothing and should be commended for their diligent efforts. Make a difference their wish' list is on their site as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
I strongly believe this school will be triumphant and continue to grow. Like any other school there are its ups and downs, but over all the love between all the parents and children really shines through. We have a wonderful Principle this year that has shown already her enormous determination and loyalty to WHCS-KCA. The after school activates have grown tremendously (piano, violin, fencing, cheerleading, band, and many more). I know Mj is attending one of the best schools that will offer her the best opportunities to be successful in the future because of the dedication I see in all the teachers for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2007
their school is okay. they need more supplies. and more organization in the junior high building. they need to be a little more friendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
KCA has been through many changes over the last several years. There is a strong faculty and staff and with a properly trained Board they will exceed all expectations and our children will benefit from the improved curriculum and fine arts program. We have a high level of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
Due to the unstable administration, I took my children out. In the new school, I found out that they don't even know basic math. I have to pay a tutor to catch them up. There is a lot to be said for TAKS test scores. My kids should be able to pass one. After all, the test is just basic skills and my kids don't have that. I really wouldn't want any other child to suffer this way.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
Both our kids enjoyed their first year at WHCS. Despite what a previous reviewer said about the administration, the teachers really care about these kids. They actually learnt something more than how to pass the TAKS test so that the school can get federal funding. At the regular KISD schools that is all they concentrated on - prepare to ace the TAKS. The extra curricular activities on this campus keep the children involved and nurture friendships across the grades. Want a good private school education at a public school price-free, and give your kids a broader outlook on life - WHCS is an automatic choice.Next year we will have all 3 kids here.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
WHCS has gone classical (Core Knowledge Curriculum) and had a major overhaul. They have all new teachers except for one(and she is wonderful). All the staff is on board and eager to continue their training in Classical Education. Our test scores have improved greatly in just one year. The school is working closely with the TEA to continue improving the test scores and becoming a 'Recognize' school (without teaching the TASk test in class, unlike most KISD schools). If you are looking for an alternitive, a small family oriented campus (166 students), for a free private school education, or a school that incorporates the fine arts then WHCS is an excellent choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
The school is an unorganized mess. They have been through 3 to 4 administrators for the last 4 years. The new administrator does not have the best interest of the children at heart. They do not have certified teachers and their tests scores were unacceptable for 2005-2006 school year. I do not recommend this school to anyone.

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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
This is a great alternative school for our children - they love it!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
This has been a great school for my children. They love the personal attention that their teachers give them due to the smaller class size. They love being in a school that allows them to work at a slower pace and not get so rushed and stressed out. It's also nice to see them learning music and dance and theatre arts. The atmosphere is great here. Overall, kids are kind and respectfull and if not they know the consequences. No fights here! It's a great loving and nurturing environment where children learn with enthusiasm.

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Aristoi Classical Academy
5618 11th Street, Katy, TX  77493
(281) 391-5003
Last modified Aristoi Classical Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aristoi Classical Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top