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PK-5
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San Antonio, TX
Students enrolled: 825
 

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4351 Nursery Road
San Antonio, TX 78234

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May 31, 2015
We are approaching the end of our time here at Fort Sam Houston Elementary and it brings me to tears. Each of of daughter's teachers have been amazing. We have been able to volunteer as a family, including bringing my little one who is not yet school age along for the ride. I love that there is Spirit Wear Friday every Friday. They have Read Across America Week and Red Ribbon Week that encourage children to dress up and show their school spirit. My daughter has attended Pre-K through 1st Grade and we are so sad to leave! We are so thankful to the staff that has embraced us and made us feel at home! Every school is what you make of it and we hope that we can find a school as caring as Fort Sam Houston Elementary at our next duty station.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2015
Filthy, poor excuse for educators bully students and often lie to parents. Teachers only care about the STARR tests. A blemish on Ft Sam.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2015
*sigh* Inmy opinion, this school is what where all of the dependent children that live on post get dumped into a mediocre, low budget learning environment. The teachers are jaded, the principal is non existent and the relationships between parents and faculty seem strained. There is no school spirit to motivate the children, instead my children are exhibiting the same stress to perform that is conveyed to them through their teachers everyday. A civilian school shows more interest in the children in my experience and possibly because these children are temporary to the area. There needs to be a complete overhaul to the staff and mission statement of this school in order to improve.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2014
Fort Sam Houston Elementary school has been such a blessing to our lives for the past three years. When we started our daughter's Pre-K year at Fort Sam she was speaking at a 3 year old level, her speech was delayed and I was so worried that she wouldn't be understood. Before school even started we met with the Speech Therapist and started the beginning phases of testing to create her Individualized Education Plan. She immediately started speech therapy and that year she grew leaps and bounds. Each staff member took the extra time to really listen to her and ensure that she was able to voice her thoughts without being left behind because of her delay. I could not be happier with this campus. The staff is so welcoming, greeting us in the hall each morning, and telling us to have a great night on the way out. My daughter's individual teachers have been wonderful as well. In three years we haven't had a single complaint, our daughter really enjoys school and her teachers. The parent involvement is Fantastic and there are many opportunities to volunteer through the classrooms, PTO and with outside groups like boy scouts and girls scouts. I would absolutely recommend FSH Elementary!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2014
Currently three of my children attend Fort Sam Houston Elementary. The three teachers we work with are fantastic! They are willing to work with my kids when they have problems and they praise them when they are doing well. I have popped in many days, I have witnessed the lunchroom. There is absolutly no yelling going on there. The lunch staff is very kind to the kids.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013
My son attended 4th grade at FSH last year. His teacher was great with him. She was firm, but never resorted to yelling. Her expectations were always high. When she gave a grade that was lower than expected on Gradespeed she would put comments on why my son received the grade he did, (what the expectations were and what my son actually did). She was also quick to respond to all my questions. My son loved and respected his teacher greatly. My son was also in the GT program. His teacher was also great. She too had high expectations and did some amazing things with the students. My son learned a lot and had fun doing it. Other things I like about the school are the "Specials." There are far more choices than in other schools I've been too, including: PE, computer lab, drama, art, music and library. Finally, I feel the school is well equipped to deal with it's super special population of military children and would recommend it! The only thing keeping me from a 5 star rating is the building itself. It's definitely time for an upgrade into something more modern.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2013
You can find great teachers at this school. My daughter did K-part of 2nd at Fort Sam Houston Elementary after which I home schooled her for the remaining part of the year. My daughter did not thrive here. Not to say that none can. My main qualm with FSHE is that kids are not allowed enough free time and are not treated like people. They are not allowed to talk at lunch and are yelled at as a group over a PA system. When they have adults visiting they are allowed to talk to them, but when I would go visit I wanted to leave because I felt so uncomfortable like I was being yelled at. The summer before 2nd grade my daughter's reading flourished and I watched her abilities digress as the school year wore on. There are teachers her who I love and think are absolutely amazing, but the hard thing is as a military parent it is you have to figure out who the best teachers and then ensure your child gets but in their class is hard. I have tried to stay objective through out this review, but I would not recommend this school. I would say find a rental in Alamo Heights their schools are great.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2013
I enrolled my children at FSH for 5 1/2 months, while we were staying with my husband. In that time, my pre-k daughter would come home crying that she never wanted to go back and that the teacher was constantly yelling at the students. My 2nd grader developed a nervous tick from the class he was in. I went in to observe the class and left with 4 pages of notes on the teacher(s) - homeroom and music. I witnessed everything from pointing out children and comparing them (you are creative and you are not) to telling a child, who couldn't answer a question fast enough, to "just go sit down. If you can't figure this out then you don't need to participate." The final straw was the 2nd grade teacher telling my child that she thought there was "something wrong with his brain" and she was going to give him a little test to check... in front of the class. I witnessed lunch attendants yelling at children to be silent during lunch and the music teacher bait the kids to laugh and then would yell, "Do you want me to tell your teacher the way you are behaving and get your color changed?" I was mortified. We will be returning and my kids have begged to be homeschooled. We will be off post

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2013
This is a school that reflects the effects of affirmative action appointments. There is an unacceptable wide fluctuation of the teaching staff aptitude and character within each grade. Our opinion is that the Principal is not qualified to lead and you as a parent will need to be very diligent about tracking cover-ups with her. We too had a lot of trouble with one of the pre-K teachers professionalism and there is not enough characters left to detail how many times we had to come to the school to address issues to protect our children. The classrooms are also too small for the size and activities of modern teaching practices. We cancelled our on-base wait list option because of this school, bought a home up north in a competitive school district. Our kids are now in the gifted & talented program, are safe and thriving. The kids at Ft. Sam are nearly all military dependents and there is suitable support to address deployments and wounded warrior stresses that the children go through in this community that civilian schools do not have and that is the only reason we give this school two stars.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2012
We just moved away from this school and I am so glad we did. My daughters started pre K there and informed me of some very disapointing things after we moved. They said their teacher consistantly yelled at them to take naps and withheld afternoon snacks and treats for kids whom didn't nap. I don't think it is ever acceptable for a teacher to raise their voice at a student and espically young kids who in this case may have already given up naps prior to starting school. I have personally heard several teachers yelling at their classes just walking down the hall. My daughters also came home almost every day saying they watched movies in class (which my husband witnessed durring an early pick up) and saying they were not allowed to have recess because it was either too hot ot too cold out, even on days where the weather was nice and playing outside was possible. Perhaps the junk food they feed these kids for lunch and the fact that they have not been allowed to play outside contributed to the children being unable to take their naps. The facillity is also old and falling apart. I believe the men and women who serve our country, and their children, deserve better than this.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2011
A little disappointed in the school. I have a child in Pre K we moved to SA a 1 yr ago. We were enrolled in a Christian Academy before moving here and was way more academically challenged. The first class there were only 4 children including our child that could write their name. We were constantly getting a color changed because of boredom with the slow atmosphere, we asked for more work to be given and it never happened. We had a meeting with Mrs Hyde ( love her ) and we got it straightened out. We were given a new teacher that challenges our child greatly, no more color changes, no more acting out, just a happy engaged child. This school needs more curriculum for the younger children, or offer a gifted program for the young ones.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2011
Some strong points, but very disappointing overall. Strengths: highly qualified teachers; small class size; great art program; highly motivated and engaging physical education staff; excellent computer technology instruction; numerous volunteer and parent involvement opportunities available through PTO; grade trigger program; objective, numbers-driven grading system; student recognition programs for honor roll and attendance. Weaknesses: overblown emphasis on preparation for state testing; very little emphasis on writing; absolutely no time spent on special projects like written reports and oral presentations; dated math curriculum; graded tests are not sent home to parents for review and signature; extremely limited extracurricular activities....no clubs, no after school enrichment programs; too much emphasis on attendance; antiquated attendance policy (not counted present for the day if student arrives after 9:30 a.m.) Our military children deserve a better, more well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2010
Fort Sam Houston Elementary School is a unique school. It promotes the highest teaching and learning standards, and yields successful results. The Fine Arts Program is unbeatable with excellent music, drama and art programs. The students have many opportunities to learn through technological means. We have a strong, active PTO. Every month of the year is filled with exciting, school wide recognitions and events. Our district leaders and board of trustees are also very supportive of all that we do.

- submitted by a teacher

March 04, 2010
We feel that most of the teachers at this school are great. There are a few that need to retire, but most of them really want to do what is best for the kids. Our disappointment is with the Elementary building. The district has put a lot of money into some unbelievable facilities for the middle school and the new high school, but the Elementary school is a dump. Apparently the school board doesn't seem to care about the little kids. The building is falling apart. It is dirty and those outside ramps are terrible. Kids shouldn't have to wade through water to get from place to place. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself. The elementary school looks like a ghetto compared to the other buildings. Poor little kids......our military kids deserve better than this.....

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2010
My son has special needs.The staff here are awsome and my son is doing so well with his teachings. We are going to miss this Awsome school.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2009
I am not sure why there is so much turnover in the vice principles at this school but I like the new. She can always be seen at the school when we never see the principle. The principle doesn't greet us but the girl vice principle does. My kids are learning alot and it helps to know while I watch my other 2 kids. They have a room for me as a parent too which helps when we can't afford the internet. It lets me use the computer to help my kids or see there grades. I really like this school and it is better than Ft. Polk.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2009
My life's busy. My husband's wounded & recovering at SAMMC. This was the 1st school that recognized the needs of military kids in our situation. Ms. Reed had a group for my kid to be with other kids going through the same. His teacher was a bit blase & never really got to know him. He complained that she gave worksheets to sit down with & wouldn't explain anything. But there was one who really got to know my kid. Ms. Morgan. She's the computer teacher. Of all teachers to get to know my kid, it took a teacher who sees them only 2 times a week. My kid wanted to go earlier than the bus just to be with her in the morning & learn what he could. He said she always asked about his dad & surgeries & made him like school. What they learn here's good

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2009
I have 4 children that attended this school, one just moved up to the middle school. I can't say ENOUGH about this school! They are amazing!!! Teachers are dedicated and devoted to the learning and development of each child. Of course, you may find one that is just there buying her time until retirement, but won't you always find one somewhere? I have a GATE child who continues to thrive. Additionally, I have a child that is a cancer patient that requires ongoing evaluations to monitor chemo and radiation side effects. This school has supported and assisted in his needs. Of course, as a parent it is your job to make sure things happen, if they don't talk to the school... When this happened once, I went to the principal and she made it happen. Tonya Hyde is an asset to this school and staff!!!! THANK YOU FT SAM !!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 24, 2009
I am sure that it a wonderful school... For 'normal', 'average' children. Unfortunately for us, our child is behaviorally challenged... which put him below standards academically! Its hard finding teachers anymore that really thrive in teaching.... I always get the feeling that they don't want to take the time to interact with kids and are solely there for a paycheck. With my child, we have found that taking time to build a strong bond is key.... However, we felt time they just didn't have the 'time'. Luckily, they have an alternate setting for children/kids like this... however, sometimes its just to late and my child just never thrived!!

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2008
The curriculum is about average for Texas. Don't send your child here if they excel academically. All emphasis is on the student that can't meet the TAKS standard. A child that excels academically will be bored, and unchallenged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 17, 2008
I'm a teacher at FSH Elem. and your information about class size is way off! I agree with the reviews that the school is great. We are very student centered!!

- submitted by a teacher

March 03, 2008
The teachers and staff really care about the entire child and are there for the children. We were there for K,1st, and half of 2nd. We had to PCS to Maryland and now our son does not look forward to school and even asks to go back to FSH! I was a volunteer and a substitute teacher and was able to see first hand how the teachers and staff worked together to improve the education of the students. The only complaint is that the administration does not have strict discipline policies in place. I would also recommend more counselling services especially for children of Wounded Warriors. As a parent I would tell anyone PCSing to the area to attend this school. Military schools have children who are used to new students, and as far as I saw, everyone welcomed each student into the new school. We miss FSH.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2006
Being a military family and having experienced many schools, i have a pretty good idea of what i like and do not like about schools. The academics are good.....I think it's about average which is a good thing. My kids have attended schools where the focus of academics is so strong that the kids feel overwhelmed and overworked (i saw it by volunteering at the school in many areas). The music,arts sports etc here is great. They are exposed to many different things and it is wonderful. Parents are pretty involved and it works well. Overall i am very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2006
Fort Sam Houston is an exceptional school. Teachers and administrators work together to provide a quality program. Children with special needs have superior programming.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2005
My daughter went to this school for her kindergarten year and 1/2 of her first grade year. When we relocated to Colorado, she was well beyond her peers in Colorado. The school has a program to test students on their abilities in Reading and Math and places students appropriately.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2005
This school is great! The staff works hard to see that all students get the education they need to move on to the next grade and to make it in the real world. The administration works with students and parents when problems arise. The psot youth services has varied extracurricular actives for students of all ages. While some schools are cutting art, music and drama, this school still has these classes with excellent teachers. The G.A.T.E. program is great too. My children love it here and my family appreciates all their hard work!

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2004
This school has been a wonderful answer for my child. He has learned so much already this year, but most important he loves school. The staff is so genuine. They speak to the parent not over them. They are truely concerned abot my child's education no matter what level he is at. I know that you too will have a wonderful experience at this school. Thanks for caring.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2004
This school is extremely too crowded. There are alot of discipline problems here and the staff especially the Vice Principle do little or nothing about it. There are alot of empty threats by the staff but the children are rarely punished and the children know it. The learning curriculum could be better as well. I was so disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2004
I was actually a student at this school and to this day, I still hold it dear. I remember well all the programs that it had. I was a part of the G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) program in which I was pushed hard to reach the full heights of my potential. My grade school friends and I fully remember all our teachers and how much they cared about us. If this school has maintained the standard, I would imagine they are still at the top of the list. I only wish now that I had a school such as this one to send my son to. Thanks for everything.

- submitted by a student

August 25, 2003
There are not enough extra curricular programs for the special needs kids - where does the money go? They simply just exist at this school with not much to do.

- submitted by a parent

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Ft Sam Houston Elementary School
4351 Nursery Road, San Antonio, TX  78234
(210) 368-8899
Last modified Ft Sam Houston Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ft Sam Houston Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top