Middle school can be a tough time for many children, especially overage students who are one or two grades behind their peers. That’s why HISD offers a special school to get these youngsters back on track.
It’s called High School Ahead and it is essentially a campus for over-age middle-school students that provides an accelerated curriculum, compressing two years of instruction into one.
Last year, the school celebrated success by meeting standards for the first time on the STAAR test.
“These students can achieve with a positive learning climate and a caring staff,” said High School Ahead Principal Yolanda Jones.
The school is currently recruiting incoming sixth- and seventh-grade students who are at least one year behind. Students can live anywhere in the district and will be provided with free transportation. Those who qualify to enroll will be exposed to technology and double blocks of reading and math. They also will be taught in a smaller classroom environment with teachers trained in accelerated instruction. The school has a licensed social worker on staff and offers a variety of counseling services for an array of students, including anger management, conflict resolution, and homeless services.
Parents and students interested in learning more about the school can attend informational meetings on campus (5320 Yale, 77091) on June 9, July 1, or Aug. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The sessions will feature tours, a meet-and-greet with the staff, and assistance in filling out applications.
Those unable to attend can also call 713-696-2643 for more information.