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Houston is located near the Gulf of Mexico and is the largest city in Texas. It is also the largest city in the southern United States. Houston features a wide variety of cultural attractions in its Museum District, and the city’s Theater District has one of the United States’ highest concentrations of performing arts venues. It is also home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, and their presence gives Houston its nickname of “Space City.” It is one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the United States: over 90 different languages are spoken in Houston.

There are hundreds of elementary, junior, and senior high schools in the Houston area with tutors in close proximity available to provide private instruction across all grade levels. The Houston Independent School District has almost 300 public schools within its system, such as North Shore Senior High School and Elsik High School, and over 100 of these are magnet schools that offer discipline-specific instruction. If you are interested in seeking a postsecondary degree, Houston has four different state universities to choose from. The largest and most renowned is the University of Houston, a Tier One research university. There are many private higher learning institutions, including the elite Rice University. In-home or online test prep and tutoring may help bring these top schools within reach, and many top tutors have graduated from these universities. Additionally, a variety of community colleges are within Houston’s city limits. Even in community college, you might want to take advantage of online tutoring for test prep in your classes.

Each year, Houston throws festivals, parades, and events you can attend--many at no cost. The diversity of the city’s residents is reflected in these happenings, which include the Houston International Festival, the Bayou City Art Festival, and the Houston Greek Festival. The most popular and largest is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which lasts for almost three weeks. You can also take in a performance at one of Houston’s many cultural institutions. It is one of very few cities in the United States that is home to permanent professional performing arts companies in all four major disciplines: theater, opera, music, and ballet. In addition to the city’s performing arts offerings, Houston’s skyline boasts many remarkable structures designed by noted architects, including Cesar Pelli, Philip Johnson, and I. M. Pei.

Houston has professional teams for every sport except for hockey. The Astros, Rockets, and Texans are the city’s teams in baseball, basketball, and football, respectively. Both the Astros and the Texans play in state-of-the-art facilities with retractable roofs, which allow you to take in a game and enjoy the city’s temperate weather. The city also has a Major League Soccer team: the Houston Dynamo. If you're a cycling enthusiast, Houston offers over 150 miles of dedicated bikeways and a bikeshare system. Houston B-Cycles can be rented by the hour or the day, giving you the chance to experience Houston in a unique way.

Hoping to further your education in Houston? Work to take your studies to the next level with in-home or online private instruction and test prep tutoring.

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
Rice University 5 15%
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%
Brazosport College Unavailable 100%

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.

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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.

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Tutoring review by Rex in Houston, TX
In this session, the student and I studied for his test the following day. The math section he's currently covering involves functions, and some basic concepts and operations involving them. There was also significant emphasis on graphs, and the idea of transformations of basic parent functions.
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Tutoring review by Travis in Houston, TX
The student is definitely bright, and we finished up right at an hour. Today, we worked on some quiz review regarding distributing polynomials and different ways to think about quadratic equations.  The student needed some review of the FOIL method of distribution, and we had to slow down a bit so he could focus on the steps, but otherwise he picked it up very well and was able to do most of the homework himself.
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Tutoring review by Christine in Houston, TX
The student and I reviewed world history for her exam but primarily focused on math. She showed a strong understanding of inequalities and solving for the variables. The absolute values were more tricky, especially when involving dividing by negative numbers and switching the inequality sign but after a handful of problems, she seemed to understand the concept. It seems as though she has a strong understanding of math but can get confused by abnormal equations or more complex ones. A majority of her errors come from easily remedied mistakes.
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Tutoring review by Ishita in Houston, TX
Graphing lines. Point slope form, slope intercept form, finding slopes and intercepts after being given points, and setting up word problems. Student  seems to be doing a lot better with the whole subject in general.
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Tutoring review by Rachel in Houston, TX
We continued our review of the renal system (and almost finished!). We continued our review of extrinsic and intrinsic control of glomerular filtration rate and began on renal clearance, how NA/K ATPase pumps help draw sodium ions out of the lumen and into the capillaries/interstitium. We discussed where secretion of K and H take place as well as how ADH, aldosterone, renin, and angiotensin I and II work. The student definitely understands the material and we made really good progress today.
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Tutoring review by Clare in Houston, TX
Student completed some measuring worksheets in math. She worked on separating suffixes from root words. We finished the session by practicing her long division skills. She is making progress in remembering the division steps.
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