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The Houston School System
Did you know the Houston Independent School District has nearly 300 public schools as well as many private schools? It is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation. As with any other city, there are some schools that offer students a more rigorous learning environment, and competition to gain entry into these schools can be steep. With about 210,000 students in the public schools alone, the Houston educational system can be intimidating.
One of the ways to help students who are struggling with academic studies, or those who simply want to become even more accomplished, is to engage the services of a private tutor. Professional Houston tutors can work with students from pre-K studies to collegiate classes to professional skills. A private tutor can also help with test prep for exams such as the STAAR, ACT, SAT, or ISEE.
Here's a breakdown of SAT test scores in the city. How does your student measure up?
Houston Test Scores
The STAAR, or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, are the annual assessments given to students in grades 3-8. Depending on grade level, the subjects students are tested on can include reading, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies. There are also end-of-course (EOC) assessments for specific courses, including English 1 & 2, Algebra 1, U.S. history, and biology.
An experienced Houston tutor can help students not only master exam content, but may also provide new test-taking strategies to help the student gain greater academic confidence, reduce test anxiety, and go after his or her goal score.
Preparing to enter the best schools no longer begins with college. Students may also need to compete to be accepted at top high schools in the city. Are you curious about which high schools are considered the best and most competitive in the area? Look at this table:
Houston High School Rankings
|High School||Houston Ranking||State Ranking||AP Pass Rate|
|Carnegie Vanguard High School||1||5||95%|
|Seven Lakes High School||2||11||91%|
|The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts||3||17||88%|
|Cinco Ranch High School||4||19||85%|
|Memorial High School||6||21||89%|
|Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions||6||25||88%|
|Obra D. Tompkins High School||7||28||Unavailable|
|Kingwood High School||8||40||82%|
|Clear Horizons Early College High School||9||46||62%|
|Clear Lake High School||10||53||81%|
Private tutoring can also help students who are approaching the end of their high school career or moving into their first collegiate level classes. Varsity Tutors can help you find the perfect tutor to manage the transition to college or tackle especially challenging coursework. Are you or your child considering attending one of these top Houston colleges?
Houston University Rankings
|College||National Rank||Acceptance Rate|
|University of Houston||248||59%|
|University of St. Thomas - Texas||433||77%|
|University of Houston - Downtown||838||83%|
|Houston Baptist University||Unavailable||68%|
|Prairie View A&M University||Unavailable||85%|
An expert tutor is able to work alongside a student to improve their test-taking skills and understanding of content covered on college entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT. When a student gets to work individually with a tutor, he or she gets the direct attention they need to excel. Compare the student-teacher ratios of some Houston schools to the one-on-one approach tutoring provides:
Houston Student-to-Teacher Ratios
North Shore Senior High School has a 16 1 student-teacher ratio.
The Woodlands High School has a 19 1 student-teacher ratio.
Deer Park High School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.
Dobie High School has a 19 1 student-teacher ratio.
Elsik High School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.
Texas State Average has a 15 1 student-teacher ratio.
How Varsity Tutors Can Help
No matter what your academic goal, Varsity Tutors can help you find a Houston tutor who can help you go after it. Whether you are expanding your career horizons with a few extra classes after work, fulfilling a lifelong desire to learn a foreign language, you’re a college student who wants to go the extra mile, or you’re a parent who wants to provide the best opportunities for your elementary school age child, personalized tutoring with a subject area expert is both convenient and effective. You have the power to choose where and when to meet for your tutoring session, and your experienced tutor delivers individualized lessons that may complement your learning style and academic strengths. To get started, contact Varsity Tutors today.