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PK-12
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Tomball, TX
Students enrolled: 450
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27440 Kuykendahl Road
Tomball, TX 77375

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(281) 516-0600
(281) 516-1155
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May 13, 2015
Most of my friends are leaving this school this year as their parents can not take it any more.I once loved this school ,the teachers and all that went with an IB environment.We no longer,have that great school.We do virtually no work,I have had no homework in months.The teachers who are left are only concerned about finding another job.the friends I have in public school are doing far more than us.Never mind IB ,we are doing nothingMy parents are putting us in the public system even though we have only ever done IB as expats.Better doing that than no work at all ,but saying its IB.

- submitted by a student

May 12, 2015
Ok, so the school has gone through massive changes. But, with great change comes... Great change. Some new wonderful people are being hired and the renovations being made are state of the art. The new owner is set to take a back seat & starting to let his staff take over. Things are looking up!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2015
If you care about your child's quality of education and well-being, do not enroll them at WPS. Negative environment for students and teachers since new ownership took over a year ago. Teachers and administrators are leaving or being fired in droves mid-year, promises are mostly unfulfilled, outrageous tuition hikes for next year, for-profit business model which does not focus on the quality of learning experience but instead on superficial things like the school's facade and uniforms, disregard for parents' input, are just some of the issues. We are also pulling our child from this school after four years, as are most other parents in our child's class. Do your due-diligence on owners as they call all the shots, see if you like what you see (or can't see).

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2015
Como WPS-padre en una gran ciudad y el barrio que esperamos que todo sea grande. Pagamos mucho para que nuestros hijos vayan a la escuela prestigios en la esperanza de obtener una educaci n bien por encima de las normas. Todo se ve muy bien desde el exterior. S que se est n haciendo esfuerzos para avanzar en la escuela. Hace a os que el personal y la oficina de administraci n eran tan alegremente emocionados de trabajar con mis hijos. En los ltimos meses, la oficina de administraci n aparece bajo estr s y haber soportado tantos maestros que faltan, es abrumadora. Los profesores ven cansados y faltan las sonrisas sinceras. Yo siempre trato de felicitarlos porque quiero que sean felices. Yo no s qu problemas son verdaderos o no, pero lo que s s es que muestra en la cara de todos.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2015
This is one of the worst schools I have ever been to. I have been to four different school and never have I experienced such a lack of organization. Teachers are getting fired left and right and us students are just slaking off because all our teachers are gone. The new teachers have to pick up where the other left off with just one week of school left. I also have to mention I have been here for two and a-half years and everything was perfect before they started changing things. As a student of this school I strongly recommend NOT going to this school. This should be a last resort option. Sincerely, Student

- submitted by a student

April 21, 2015
"One, two, three...silence!" How many of us have experienced this brash and rude response from the WPS CEO lately? We have had our child at WPS for a few years and when new ownership showed up, we were very supportive of the changes and vision of the school...well, no more. We have also decided to pull our child out and not risk further declination of the education offered. Between the absurd contract for next year's enrollment and the significant hike in tuition without a hopeful return in our child's education, it's no wonder others are following suit. We are saddened by the way so many strong educators have left WPS and are doubtful things will get better without a sincere reevaluation of their philosophical views in running a proper school. We envisioned our child graduating from WPS and now we are excited that we have found a quality school that prioritized a strong educational foundation and a creative approach to learning over everything else. WPS has to learn that superficial renovations designed to mask the weakness in retaining and attracting strong educators is not what our families deserve and want. Wake up WPS!

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2015
We are also leaving at the end of the year. What a mess this school is! They formed a committee of parents and staff and asked for their input on candidates interviewed for the head master position. Unbeknownst to all, he was already hired- and he was the only candidate that no one wanted. So now they an unqualified person for the CEO job. Staff morale is low and families are all looking elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2015
Everybody is concerned about what has happened to the standard of education at woodlands prep, even the kids. We have to pull our children out, we can not risk another year of rotten education, resulting in pitiful Stanford scores. The owner offers no reassurance at all, just silence, it is quite insulting. The lack of concern is unbelievable.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2015
I would never have believed a school could change so much within a year. It has gone from being a great school to an awful school with the demise mainly because all the good teachers have left or have been shown the door . The new "establishment" seems to have strange ideas on how a school should be organized and what kids and parents expect from private education. The turnover of teachers is so great , one grade class has had 6 different teachers to date from August 14 . I wholeheartedly agree with other parents comments about the problems in the school although 1 star is generous. I have yet to meet a parent who can give any positiveu points about the school. I can therefore only assume the positive posts listed on the site are from one source . The school is pushing IB status education to entice International students but the system and education they provide is unlike any other IB school in the world . The standard is so incredibly low that students cannot possibly expect to maintain academic levels should they transfer to another IB school. My advice is stay away from this school even if you have no other IB choice .

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2015
Like most families, we are pulling our child at the end of the year. Here is the scoop: sadly, the school has fallen under the control of the owner's inner circle of incompetent, anti-education advisers. Yet another headmaster and respected long-time employee resigned today. Earlier this month, the owner himself picked a fight with a respected long-time teacher in the hallway and the teacher, who responded calmly, was suspended and then fired. The HR department runs the show, antagonizes teachers and even deals with parent concerns directly, despite the fact they (by their own admission) have no experience in the field of education. The new "CEO" is another profit-based anti-education type who was hired after an interview panel of teachers, students and parents unanimously supported other candidates. I hope the owner realizes when his school loses most of its teachers and students that the real problems start at the top. He needs to hire experienced American educators and trust them or this school will cease to exist within two years. We're pulling our child, and almost all other families in the grade claim to be doing the same. Our advice: stay far, far, away.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2015
I am looking forward to the 2015-2016 school year. There have been many changes this year, but I feel that the improvements that are being made are for the better.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
This school has gone downhill drastically and the Upper School has fallen apart completely. Not only has tuition gone up by 30% but there is no good reason explained as to the upcoming benefit for these students who will not receive an IP diploma. Teachers are promised who know the IB program from Mexico and Europe. There are other IB schools in the Houston area and we suggest Awty and the British school who have this program down. The WPS administration seems clueless and we are at their mercy to understand what the deliverables will actually be (they still don't explain it to parents). Save your money and try schools in Houston instead.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2015
Just this past week the head of the upper school mysteriously "resigned", which is hard to swallow since he seemed to be truly devoted to the school, kids, and teachers. Additionally, with so much other personnel being terminated, it's hard to believe this was not case with the head of upper school also. As others have mentioned, the new ownership seems to be more concerned with the facade of the buildings than with providing an excellent education, hiring qualified teachers, or retaining the good students and teachers. At the end of last school year they lost over a dozen great teachers in the upper school, and more have left throughout the year (the latest case left the 11th grade students with a long-term sub with a science background as their history teacher). We can only hope that this year they don't manage to lose the few good ones that have stayed.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2015
Yes, the school is a horrible mess. There are still several talented teachers, but the admin has fallen apart, people are fired every week in the middle of the day, and my child and I receive no communication that indicates anyone knows how to establish a positive school culture and build trust. It creates a depressing environment day-to-day. I don't know who advised the new owner that a successful U.S. school can be run in secrecy and a cold-hearted business-first model, but education is not compatible with this approach. It's about building long-lasting relationships with students and families and empowering good teachers. The rest is for show. Like most families, we're looking around for next year.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2015
This school is a complete mess. Administration has complete lack of communication. The owner runs the school more like a business; doing construction projects and touch-ups that do nothing but make the school look "nice and pretty". There are teachers leaving every month now and, as another parent has said, you never know who will be next. Teachers are stressed out, students are not getting the good quality of education there was before the owners came, parents are upset, it's just chaos. Not only is there lack of communication but also a lack of respect for the parent's opinions. The new owner completely wiped out the board of directors (where parents could weigh in on different school issues) and now runs it like a dictatorship. All these "5-star reviews" are obviously written by the school administration because no parent in their right mind would give such rave reviews. The school also claims to be IB but they haven't even got the certification for it. They bluff a lot of things that they actually aren't. The school went from becoming top-of-the-line to bottom of the pit. Save your money and put your child in a public school, you will save a lot of money and time.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2015
My son has been in this school for 7 years in the Advanced group, and since he was an international student who attended international american schools from around the world, I found this school the best in education, it is the most rigorous and the teachers has been excellent. The bad comments make me feel upset since I love this school despite the changes it has had over the last 12 months. Last year I was worry about the new teachers, but now we are glad that the education continues to be the best of the all private and public schools in the Woodlands, Tomball and Spring area. We have been very lucky that in my son's classes all the teachers ( new and old ) are outstanding. I don't mind the new uniform, I don't mind to pay for meal ( which is not mandatory at all and for me it should be because all international schools in the world gives the warranty that their students are not hungry at all during their school journey, offering different types of foods for all needs ). For me, the most important thing is Education and the quality of the teachers. My son's teachers are outstanding educators plus very nice persons. I am so glad that we chose this school 7 years ago.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2015
We are not paying this year for books, but for a mac which contains all the necesary information; this is more practical and part of the new era education, plus the advantage that the school provides books too, at no cost. High school students are happy, of course that if a high school student is not use to work hard the school is not for him/her.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2015
We are very happy with the school and all the recent changes are only improving the international standards. People are coping with changes in many different ways, some are more experienced and open minded than others. The new IB program will provide our kids with such a better global basis for their future than any local program ever will. Every organizational change will leave some members (teachers/students/parents) behind. That is normal and healthy . Make sure you talk to the right parents/teachers to get the whole picture and not just to those complaining about the lack of fast food and casual clothing.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2015
So much has changed from last year to this year due to the new owners. It is impacting the students negatively in their education as well as their social lives. The dress code has drastically changed, students are forced to use the school's Macs even if they already have one and students are forced to buy a meal plan, which is all very expensive. The quality of the faculty has decreased. The administration is adding new rules as they please without including them to the student hand book (which was not available to the students until months after school began) Parents, students, and even the staff complain about the administration's EXTREME lack of communication. The administration is useless in releasing the student's grades. The midterm exam was on December 19th, and today, January 14th, I have still not received my daughter's report card. It is a shame to see that the administration does not know the location of the graduation, and that they even consider not allowing the seniors to give personal speeches during the graduation. The list goes on and on. The new owners and administration still have a lot of work to do to even compare to the previous ones

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
Totally agree with the last comment ...... And the madness just continues...... 1) as of a few days ago my child is told that she IS NOT permitted to drink from her water bottle that she brings from home anywhere in the building unless it is in the cafeteria .... 2) With regards to The Midterm exams which the children took before the Xmas break .... A lot of the kids felt unprepared and under a lot of pressure as little if any time was actually given to the students in the middle school to prepare for the exams..... The teaching of new material continued right up until the last minute.... 3) very strict code of policy is being adhered to with regards to the uniform now resulting in detention for wearing the wrong color of shoes even. 4) high staff turnover rate still continues from what our kids are telling us...... 5) completely disorganized school in which many students and parents are dissatisfied and unhappy 6) Science Fair which is to be held this week has been a total let down. My child came home crying today for feeling so unready and unprepared by the school to present a science fair display with so little help and encouragement ..... Need I say more?........

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2014
As the good and bad comments show, there has been a lot of change at this school. My child has several first-year teachers, and obviously the new administration is different. The school has more Hispanic and European students among the first-year kids, but that's to be expected when you brand yourself "IB". Overall, we are very pleased. The new teachers, many of them younger, are intelligent and energetic and devoted to the kids. I think the administration has to be more mindful of open communication with the families, but that doesn't impact my child much day to day. We are generally pleased with the direction and the environment.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2014
This school seems much more concerned with making money than actually creating a quality environment for students. In addition to paying tuition, the students are required to purchase an expensive meal plan and are not allowed to bring their own lunches. They also have to pay to rent a laptop and purchase uniforms. There is a very limited course of study with few electives for upper school students to choose from. The school seems to be all about appearance, with a gated entrance and a flashy exterior. Inside, the hallways are narrow and the classrooms are small. The boys are required to wear blazers and ties on Mondays, even in the Texas heat. There has been enormous turnover in the staff recently: a combination of people getting fired and choosing to leave. That is never a good sign. It seems that with the new ownership, this school has gone way downhill.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2014
Do NOT go to this school! All they seem to care about is making the school look good and making money. They claim to have a great and growing music program, but it seems that they mostly just do theory. You are forced to eat their food and pay for a meal plan even though they don't have a great selection. In my opinion, the school uniforms look ridiculous! Even though they claim to have an IB program, they are still technically not certified for it. This school claims to have many things that they don't actually have and they don't seem to care about student success. I would pay the admissions fee to not go to this school.

- submitted by a community member

September 27, 2014
the school has had some changes. But the negative reviews are from people who went to the St. Andrews American School. First of all why would you need to have an American school in America, second the school currently has more teachers than students and most of the teachers were fired from Woodlands Prep for not having the sufficient quality the school wanted, even the director at that school was fire from Woodlands Prep.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2014
The Woodlands Prep is a great school. The new teachers are very well-prepared and really good teachers. Plus, the new IB system has improved the education, and the fact the there are not as much people provides a very individualized education.

- submitted by a community member

September 19, 2014
The Woodlands Preparatory School has undergone changes with new ownership; however, as a teacher, nothing in my classroom has changed besides my lessons becoming more enriched, conceptual, global due to the exceptional IB Training I received this summer. I have a graduate degree in my field as well as many other teachers who chose to stay at WPS, and we are an extremely gifted group of educators. We have an extraordinary population of international students, not just spanish speakers. We communicate in English, French, Mandarin, Spanish and more throughout our school. Our population grows monthly with students from all over the globe. If you tour our school, you will find that we are a smart, friendly, intercultural environment, and we are working extremely hard to provide a World Class educational experience for each and every student. The future is extremely promising at WPS as the students and teachers and are happy, intelligent, and going above and beyond the learning process. All of our teachers are extremely gifted in their fields. Fortunately, we now have unlimited resources available to create a World Class environment, and we will fulfill this vision.

- submitted by a teacher

August 13, 2014
This school is wonderful! Highly recommend it. The teachers in this school are the best. They had the best communication with students and the front office is so kind. The programs they held are amazing and the small classes make every student learn more and make friends more easily. My daughter was so happy and will always remember the Woodlands Preparatory School.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2014
New owners and administration leave much to be desired. Many staff either quit over the summer or were fired. New headmistress has minimal background in education. Our child's teacher last year was more of a babysitter - I had to have my child tutored this summer to bring him up to grade level so he could enter another school not at a disadvantage. New owners seem more focused on "flash" and "image" rather than content. A brick wall and guard gate at the entrance? How pretentious... They seem to have little grasp of the realities of building new infrastructure either - where 's the brand new building that was supposed to have been completed by now? Mowed down the forest last year and then... Nothing. Yet another broken promise from this school. Try the public schools in The Woodlands and Tomball - much more opportunity and diversity than here.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2014
I love this school, the new owners however... Not as much, they have completely "revamped" the system by giving the children laptops, but my child tells me some kids just play on those macs in class and hit Command+H whenever a teacher comes around, however the academics are spot on and the athletics are fun for the children. If your child is a social kid this school is great, if your kid is shy and hard to open up... not so much. My children who are social butterflies love this school, so will take their word for it.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2014
The culture of education and community that once existed when this was a not-for-profit educational institution has been lost with this year's purchase and privatization. A good diversity of international students still provides a unique environment for some, but better options now exist in the area including those within the Tomball and Montgomery public school system. New buildings, new gates, and a new owner have done nothing to improve education - and a differentiated education is the only justification for the cost. Becoming for-profit shouldn't have meant losing sight of the shareholders and customers - the parents - and their input and interests. Ask other parents before making a decision for your own children.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2014
There are other schools in the area that offer more for your child(ren). Do your research and ask people in the area what they've heard!!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2013
My kids LOVE this school, and are excited and proud to go to WPS. I have a 5th and 6th grader. They are challenged, but not over their heads. The teachers make learning fun, and seem to enjoy educating our children. I am shocked when my kids get in the car, and talk so positively about what they learned or experiences they had each day. We were at a public school the past 2 years in CCISD, and my kids never had this kind attention in education. They also provide help after school if needed, and it is looked upon by other students in a positive not a negative. We have not used this yet, but it is nice to know it is available. There is homework, but it is not busy work, they actually apply what they are learning. It has not been too overwhelming. My kids both play sports and are able to complete homework, and have some free time. The teachers and staff at this school are so amazing!! I can't say enough positive things about each one of the teachers. The biggest change is from my son, who is wanting to learn and apply himself. As well, grades do not correlate with financial donations. My kids are excelling and we have not given any extra money to the school.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2013
Excellent school. Let me explain you something that could be very useful, specially if you are an expa family. This is a small school with an excellent education specially if your son/daughter is in PAP classes from 5th grade which is for smarter students. It was hard at the beginning because they have too much work, but then they learn to manage their time wisely. We have been in this school for 5 years and we love it. You have all the necessary support for any concern you could have regarding teachers, students or anything else. During these 5 years they have been improving in education, if for any reason you don't like a teacher, you can talk about it and they do whatever they can to help, from searching the best teachers each school year. The main purpose of this school is clearly to offer the best educational program. We like the environment and I aasure you that the education is much better than other American International schools of different countries like Italy, Peru, England, Venezuela, Colombia, Egypt. etc.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2012
Excellent school and teachers. The front office staff is wonderful. Great academic program. 299 students and 45 teachers, so great ratio! One of the best private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2012
Not the best. Nice area and extra curricular Programs but the general education is a little dumbed down for my daughter. Sorry to say she will be going to a more challenging school next year with a better overall more balanced curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2011
I was not pleased with the teachers. Most of the teachers show high levels of favoritism. The staff, on the other hand, is great, very nice people. If you are rich and are willing to be a favorite this is your school. Most people will receive bad grades on projects/tests if they do not make big donations to the school, they are not rich, or they are not a favorite!!

- submitted by a community member

December 14, 2010
We are an expat family who came to Woodlands Prep six years ago. We have been so pleased with the level of education, extracurricular activities, student-teacher ratio, and quality of teachers. This is a world class school with a focus on academic excellence. At the same time, the social opportunities and the sports and arts options have also provided for a very rounded educational experience. My children love school and have benefitted greatly from the small class sizes, the rigorous academic program, the gifted and caring teachers and all the extras provided by WPS. We would highly recommend this exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2010
Excellent school.Great academic program and teachers, great soccer fields, tennis courts and gym! We are an Expat Family, the school made us feel very welcome when we arrived. For my son the move from a big American school in Europe to a small private school in the Woodlands was a huge change, but he loves it. Thank you Woodlands Prep!

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2007
Excellent Arts Program!

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2006
Great school, lots of communication and parent involvement, great electives begining at the elem. level.

- submitted by a parent

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The Woodlands Preparatory School
27440 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball, TX  77375
(281) 516-0600
Last modified The Woodlands Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Woodlands Preparatory School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top