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Compare KHS, KPHS and Quest?

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Eliza2 2
kwhdman 2
Hiro Protagonist 2
Dorothy Parker 2
Emperor of Kingwood 6
AMDG 5
Karras 1
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kwhdman --- 1 years ago -

We have been homeschooling for the last 4 years, but I am considering enrolling DD in high school next year (freshman).

We are zoned to KHS, but I was trying to look at all of our options. I know KHS is supposed to be great academically, but it is so incredibly competitive and so large. It amazes me how well a student can do there and not be in the top 25% of their class. Does KPHS have that issue as well?

DD is strong academically (I give her the IOWA test every year so I know her scores), and I would want to continue with challenging curriculum - but not busy work. She plays basketball, so I don't know if something like Quest is a good fit for us without any athletics. Do you know how many girl basketball teams are there at the high schools?

On Quest's website, it states priority is given to youths that are disadvantaged, underserved, English is not the first language, or first generation college students. DD does not fit any of those criteria. Do those students generally take all the spots available at Quest?

Any experiences, comments or comparison that might be helpful for us? Are transfers even being considered for KPHS? If not, our decision will be narrowed down to Quest and KHS.

Thanks! 

AMDG --- 1 years ago -

Not sure this will help - almost all of my children went to KHS. Some were very good students, some were just OK. Some were very acitve, some not.

I think they all recieved a good secondary school education, and were prepared to do college level work.

They all had some wonderful teachers, and some so so teachers. Some great coaches and some not so great coaches.

I think there is only so much the school can do, and should be responsible for. I think it is still much more about the parents and the home than it is about the school. I think an involved and concerned parent is the most important factor for a sucesful secondary school experiance. Since you home schooled I am sure that wont be an issue for you.

Good luck with what ever choice you make. And sucess to you child. 

Eliza2 --- 1 years ago -

There have been many discussions on this site about KHS vs Kingwood Park High School. Do a search and you can read all the opinions. 

Karras --- 1 years ago -

Our boys go to KHS, no problems. They will probably go to large universities so probably better to go to a large high school.

I have friends whose children go to Kpark, they like the smaller feel and easier to make the sports teams.

I know kids who go to Quest. They are smart kids and go to Quest for the college credits. The only downside is little to no extra curricular activities. 

EllieD --- 1 years ago -

You can go to each school's website under campus information and compare enrollment, student/teacher ratio, accountability rating/STAAR scores, and average SAT/ACT scores for each school. 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 years ago -

You won't find a challenging curriculum in public school. 

Dorothy Parker --- 1 years ago -

Going from being homeschooled, Quest is probably the best fit. Academically focused, smaller classes, little extracurricular activities. It would be the closest of the three to a homeschool experience. 

Hiro Protagonist --- 1 years ago -

You won't find a challenging curriculum in public school.?

Wrong. As usual Bob is making false generalizations.

KHS has a great AP and Honors program, and offers many classes that give college credit. If a student is motivated and wants a challenging education, they can get one. 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 years ago -

KHS has a great AP and Honors program,

If you have low academic standards.

many classes that give college credit.

Not usable for a baccalaureate degree in real universities. 

Hiro Protagonist --- 1 years ago -

If you have low academic standards.


Ridiculous. By any standards, those programs match up very well. 

Eliza2 --- 1 years ago -

KHS has a great AP and Honors program, and offers many classes that give college credit. If a student is motivated and wants a challenging education, they can get one.

Kingwood Park High School has this too, and at Quest the student can graduate with the AA (two year college degree) 

AMDG --- 1 years ago -


If you have low academic standards.


What high schools in town do feel are significantly superior??? Just wondering. 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 years ago -

The Kinkaid School in Houston
The Marine Military Academy in Harlingen
St. Johns School - Houston 

AMDG --- 1 years ago -

Are they significantly better than Carnegie or Debakey ?? Is there some way to actually measure that??? 

Dorothy Parker --- 1 years ago -

If it's expensive, it must be superior...lol.

Interestingly, my daughter graduated from KHS with kids who went on to Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell, Purdue, and Brown.

My daughter was accepted to a prestigious art school and given an awesome scholarship based on her portfolio which was due to her talent being enhanced by the art program through middle school and KHS.

So, not everyone feels KHS, KPark or Quest are mediocre schools. 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 years ago -

I don't know. 

AMDG --- 1 years ago -

I don't know.

Agree - just so subjective - There is a very good secondary education available at KHS, sure the same at the others. To my original point if the parents are involved in their child's education - ensure they are taking the right courses for their talents and aspirations - they will be well prepared for the next level - not sure what more you need or want in a high school. 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 years ago -

Fully agree with that. 

AMDG --- 1 years ago -

well - maybe a little bit better football team :) 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 years ago -

Maybe the difference is in the type of school, prep school versus high school. 

kwhdman --- 1 years ago -

Thank you all for the info. We have a lot of thinking to do and probably some tours of the schools.

Have a Merry Christmas! 

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