I cannot understand why this school is rated so high, except because of high test scores (hint, most kids have tutors or very smart parents helping them).
There' is a leadership crisis at the school. They'll have their 4th principal in five years come September.
As others mentioned, bullying and social jockeying is rampant from the kids and parents.
The school is one of the oldest in the district. We are getting a large expansion to add hundreds of kids because ISD can't properly manage growth. The playground is a dirt field and the modulars are making kids sick.
They have some great teachers but a lot of turnover. We deeply regret choosing this school.
We find the school community generally snobby and clickish. Really the opposite of a warm, inclusive, supportive environment we would hope for for our kids. There is a lot of "mean mom" behavior that trickles down to the kids. We had one wonderful kindergarten teacher and all of the rest have not been great. One first grade teacher picked on my son relentlessly and he is such a sweet kid. There is a lot of pressure for the kids to be perfect from the time they arrive in kindergarten. Many of the parents there love this very competitive and clickish environment. They thrive on excluding others because it makes them feel superior just like back in middle school. They are not very open-minded or emotionally mature, so as one other parent stated, it is a very socially agressive environment. Not healthy for kids. Also this is a very white-controlled school. Whites dominate socially and in the PTA and overall. I have seen racist preferences at this school from some of the teachers. Many of the parents there love to think of the school as perfect, so you aren't going to get a lot of honest feedback unless you happen across that very rare honest parent that really understands the social dynamic. If you are looking for a warm, socially-inclusive, emotionally supportive and open-minded and creative school environment, definitely look elsewhere. It has been a disappointing experience for us and now we will be so much more cautious choosing a new school.
We have not been impressed with ISD's offerings overall.
No foreign language programs, no instrument instruction, no art and no room for universal full day K.
The new principal seems overwhelmed and lacks leadership skills. Still, the teachers and parents make up for what the district is lacking. For WA it is a great school, but for this area I expected more.
This is a great school with wonderful , caring teachers. There is a high percentage of parent involvement which benefits many students. Teachers and staff make much effort to reach all students , and help them grow to their fullest potential. The community is also invested in Cougar Ridge by supporting their fundraising events and being involved whenever possible. The community as a whole, understands the value of a good school and well rounded kids. My kids are not the smartest, most athletic, or well off financially, and you can find me in at school in sweats and beat up tennis shoes most days and we all LOVE Cougar Ridge and Cougar Ridge loves us.