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The Woodlands Preparatory School

Private | K-12 | 210 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2014

The WPS school has adjusted to new ownership with a new vision, however, the new administrators in place now have decades of edu. experience and degrees in edu. leadership. They are allowed to run the school as they see fit. Because of this, the changes WPS is making are positively progressing daily. Most parents are pleased with new meal procedures since during the previous ownership, the students had unhealthy foods such as fast food offered on campus, and off campus lunch put more students at risk. Security is of utmost importance when protecting our children, especially this day in age and with our social status, so I am unclear as to why 24 hour gated security is a problem for anyone, just as I am unclear as to why a healthy, organic lunch program or a formal dress is a problem. My daughters have technology free days and technology time in the classroom. They do not have too much technology as they come home with handwritten assignments and handmade projects weekly. I believe people need to find another place to report such horrid, untrue reviews. Visit the schools' next Parent Social Committee meeting, and get honest feedback about this school from current parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2014

Unfortunately, this school has gone overboard with the "digitalization" of education. They have digitalized EVERYTHING. The new owners have forced the parents to rent a laptop which costs an extra $700 a year after tuition. Since most of the students have laptops, it has gotten very hard for them to pay attention in class since all of them are on their laptops playing games. The school forced the meal plan on us as well. As another parent has pointed out, our kids are not allowed to bring their own lunches. They have even gone as far as make it closed-campus during lunch to enforce this new policy! Responsible upper-schoolers are not allowed to leave for 15 minutes to go get lunch. The boys are also required to wear blazers on Mondays. Our kids go to school, not work! The new management has completely ruined what the previous ones had. They have made the classroom environment artificial feeling. The new owners are too concerned on making money and squeezing every penny from the parents. Reconsider going to this school because it has totally been ruined
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 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


Posted October 4, 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.


Posted September 28, 2014

The negative reviews this school has got are justifiable.This school has some excellent teachers,that were there before the new management took over,but teacher can only work to the curriculem they are given.Students previously did ,math ,language arts ,social science and science every day.Under the new system,we are doing less hours on core subjects.However we now have,P.E ,photography,and drama every day.If your child is not very academic,but loves the arts you will probably love this school.In my opinion this new curriculem is not challenging those who are very academic.Research the curriculem,before hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted June 9, 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!!


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 31%
Hispanic 17% 51%
Black 4% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
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  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Photography
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  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

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  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
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  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

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  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

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Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
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  • (281) 516-1155

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  • College preparatory
  • Honors track
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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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School facilities
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
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27440 Kuykendahl Road
Tomball, TX 77375
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