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Missouri City, TX
Students enrolled: 922

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7400 Discovery Lane
Missouri City, TX 77459

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(281) 634-9450
(281) 327-9449
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March 25, 2014
Best school ever. I have been here since kindergarden and now I am in fifth. Not a single teacher has been mean. You have got to love this school. Awesome events!!! See, I actually like to learn and go to school. Now I actually take the time to study! LOL

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2014
Jan Schiff is a great school! My daughter has been there for 3 years and we couldn't be happier with all of her teachers so far. I only hear positive things about the other teachers too. The school has grown a lot in the past year and will continue to grow unless the district re-zones, but that should be expected as the community is growing. I do not see teaching to the test. My daughter has learned to write amazingly well for a second grader. She is being taught advanced math concepts. And she is having fun at school. We have a new principal who seems wonderful so far. The previous principal was great too. The PTA is really great and raises a lot of money for the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
We moved to this school from out of state over the summer. Our two children (kindergarten and third) had attended an excellent small, private Montessori school before our move, so we were nervous about the change in size, structure, and philosophy. Both of my children love their teachers and classes, and they continue to learn and expand their skills. My third grade son is learning literature analysis skills that impress this Lit major and former high school English teacher. The admin and staff run a tight ship and have handled the rapid growth in enrollment with grace and professionalism. The PTA is welcoming, active, and effective. All of these committed folks create an environment where students thrive. Kudos to Schiff.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
The facility is very crowded. This listed enrollment at 693 is not correct and is an older number. Enrollment for 2013-2104 is appromximately 1,000 children. The density is so packed that they have moved fifth grade into "temporary structures". A nice phrase for "expensive trailers because we failed to plan". This adminstration has clearly been caught sleeping at the wheel. I have even caught wind that certain test scores have been slipping as enrollment has steadily increased. There is also an element of not being able to retain teachers for extended periods, making it tough for parents to evaluate the appropriate teachers for our children. Transportation is terrible. If you live too close to the school, you will be responsible for getting your children to and from school, eventhough your taxes pay for that.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
The teachers spend the majority of the day emphasizing "test taking skills". The emphasis at Jan Schiff Elementary is to get great test scores. The learning component and structured teaching is not evident in the third grade or fifth grade. The number of children enrolled at the school clearly indicates a growing area, but the overcrowding gets worse each passing year. The children are friendly and the classroom behavior is well controlled, but I cannot find any other positives to discuss. The PTO is run very well and the organization is very good at fundraising money and resources for the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I have a special need daughter in this school and she is happy because the school treats her well

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
With the terms used like "highly rated" and "high expectations" leaves me to wonder who is writing these reviews? The school hasn't been operating that long and much progress is needed to reach this level. We moved out of district and I can tell you for a fact that the teachers are not teaching to where they should be at Schiff. I see a difference. Teaching Reading and Math test strategies all day long is not the kind of education I want for my child. This is not a real education. This only ensures employment.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Jan Schiff Elementary School is highly rated, first class educational facility for the surrounding community! The teachers and staff love what they do and appreciate the positive influence they have on the student body.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
This is a campus with high expectations, caring teachers, and excellent leadership. It's a blessing to be zoned to Jan Schiff.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
We will not be returning to this school next year. I was not impressed at all and am very uncomfortable with the lack of experienced teachers at this school and lack of maturity in handling issues. So many important things are being overlooked.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I have 3 kids at Schiff and they love their school, teachers and friends. We have a wonderful group of active volunteers who take pride in our wonderful school. Our administrators are top notch and continue to stay focused on what is important. Can't say enough great things!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I have 3 kids at Schiff Elementary and I feel so blessed to be zoned to this school. The kids love going to school everyday, the teachers are fantastic and go beyond what the teachers did at Sienna Crossing and I cannot say enough about the principal, Mrs. Brewster. She has these kids best interests at heart.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
Jan Schiff Elementary is an exceptional school! The teaching staff is enthusiastic and has the students ready to learn and become better citizens. The leadership from the administrators to the custodial staff are warm, caring and dedicated to the students. I feel my children are challenged every day academically and socially to be the best they can be. I highly recommend Jan Schiff Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
My children are very happy at Schiff. The school has a great faculty and staff. Schiff has very involved parents and a very active PTA. If anyone tries to say that there is not parent involvement, then that must mean that they themselves are not involved, otherwise they would know better. Out of all Sienna schools, Schiff is the least crowded, which makes things run much smoother. And this allows the students to receive more attention. My kids have been to 2 elementary schools within Sienna, while they all focus on TAKS scores, Schiff is less rigid. The Sienna school we came from was so uptight about TAKS, that it made my children to nervous, and their interest in learning decreased. Schiff manages to not put that burden on the students, but at the same time they still do a top notch job at teaching them. My children have constantly made straight A's on their report cards, and they excel in their TAKS scores. Which goes to show that they are learning all year, and not just during TAKS time. Schiff will give tours of the school, and answer any questions you may have. I suggest that you go directly to the source, and then make an opinion.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
My daughter is a 5th grader this year and has been at Schiff since 3rd grade when the school opened. We have been very happy with everything at Schiff. Mrs. Brewster is a very capable administrator & has a wonderful relationship with the students. When I attend any function at school, I'm always impressed with how well behaved the students are. I didn't see that at the school we were rezoned from and know that it is a direct result of the respect the students have for Mrs. Brewster and the Schiff staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I have 2 children currently at Schiff. They were at private school previously and I was a little concerned about the transition. My kids LOVE their new school (Schiff) and their teachers. They are challenged and enjoy their work and learning. They have made a lot of neat friends too. Schiff has been a completely positive experience for us and I look forward to my third child going to kindergarten next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
I agree teachers are enthusiastic, but it seems the concern is with TAKS. I believe Fort Bend ISD primary concern is TAKS and everything else is secondary. It makes you wonder if a school is rated exemplary (Jan Schiff is not yet), what do the grades look like for these students in each subject? It cannot be assumed that students are earning As and Bs just because they passed the TAKS. They are being prepared in school on how to pass a test. We really need education reform in Texas.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
My daughter is K in this school. School is great because of parent involvement ,well qualified teachers and student diversity. I would rather see my kids excel and lead amongst group of kids from different cultures and backgrounds than from homogenous group. It is now the era of globalization and kids needs to deal with people from different backgrounds at an early age. Morever, there is less pressure for them growing up when evreyone is different.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
We are very happy with this school my son star having litlle difficulties at the beginning, but everyone help my boy to became the good student the hi is now, Tkyou!! so much to the Principal and his Great Teacher Mr. Moore.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
Love the school! Very organized.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2010
My son absolutely loves this school. The principal and teachers are awesome. Everyone is committed. The extracurricular activities are good.My son is in the GT programme with Ms. Cormier and she is a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
My children love going to this school. The teachers are great and the administrators are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2009
This school is very diverse with: 0.13% American Indian, 16.33% Asian American, 38.02% African American, 23.56 Hispanic, and 21.95% Caucasian. The total student body is 747. This school is brand new so the test scores have not been issued yet.

- submitted by a parent

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Jan Schiff Elementary School
7400 Discovery Lane, Missouri City, TX  77459
(281) 634-9450
Last modified Jan Schiff Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jan Schiff Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top