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Cinco Ranch High School9

Katy, TX | Fort Bend County


April 11, 2015

They charge people for the classes and they do not have much variety. I am only going for the first semester and then I am moving back to Cambridge Massachusetts and live with some room mates so that I can go to a better school. The suburban neighborhoods suck because everyone has no idea what the real world is like.

June 23, 2014

I graduated from CRHS in 2006 and now teach elementary school in Katy ISD. I feel as though CRHS was a great school and really prepared me for college. College was such a breeze for me! I will say, I think the reason some people rate this school poorly is because of their lack of strength academically and their issue with authority. My brother was supposed to be a 2009 graduate and it ended up dropping out. He could not handle the amount of authority the school projected and the "cookie cutter" nature of the students. However, he said he regretted it later. He now goes to University of Texas and is doing great.

April 29, 2014

This is my son's school and I'm as a parent, very proud to say that it is a wonderful school. Teachers, parents and school staff work together to make a very safe and high quality educational site for the students. I will recommend this school to others.

Submitted by a parent

November 21, 2013

Fine arts: choose seven lakes, taylor or morton ranch. Theater at CRHS has been downsized from what is was and if you are moving here for the schools and you are theater focused, you might want to look at Seven Lakes or Taylor. They are much more serious about their theater department : they have expanded as opposed to downsized and have less restrictions for joining the comedy sportz and outside theater events. The choir department is good but the rehearsal schedules are insane. They decided to do their own musical this year since theatre only does every other year. Other great musical theater schools are Stratford or HSPVA.

Submitted by a parent

November 3, 2013

In my opinion CRHS is a very good school. The teachers, the counselors and the school board members really seem to care about their students. I attended CRHS as an exchange student in 2006 and had problems to settle in. The teachers asked me how I am, the counselor took her time to advice me and the school board was very cooperative letting me change the classes I had chosen in the beginning. As far as I can say, the students are nice and helpful. There were students who were very dedicated in school and in their free time. I would have liked to make friends with them but they sometimes seemed too busy with their homework. An improvement might be to give the students in the AP classes not much more homework but only a bit more demanding tasks than in the other classes. However, that might just be my impression. The school has a great variety of extracurricular activities ranging from photogrophy club to French club and also different kind of sports. It would have been great if there was a school bus for the kids who want to attend these activities in the afternoon and who don't have a car. Looking back, I think I learned something at CRHS e. g. writing an essay in English.

Submitted by a student

October 20, 2013

People think that it's really just a privileged white kid school and sometimes they're right, but our staff is extremely responsible and the worst case scenario of a teacher is that they're too off topic and do not teach the material thoroughly enough. The worst case student is just someone who doesn't care enough or gossips too much and the real bullying here is exclusion. But people graduating from this school definitely have a good sense of right and wrong and compassion for others.

Submitted by a student

July 2, 2013

I recently graduated from Cinco Ranch High School. I have to say the school is very safe and protected. Students really do look out for each other. I love our teachers, but there can be some improvement. I took academic English all four years and I have to say I really regretted doing so. I wanted to switch to Pre-Ap, but the gap was to big. Every year it was the same thing. Read assigned books, write essays and reports. I wish we could have gone over our grammar. Things like predicate or gerunds, but instead we keep going over similies and metaphors(not helpful for SAT). Otherwise our math program is great along with all the other subjects.

Submitted by a student

April 7, 2013

Glad it is obvious the folks who gave 3 or fewer stars have kids that are not willing to work to meet the higher expectations of CRHS. With those lower stars pulling down the overall star rating down you know this is greater than a 4 star school. My kids are well prepared for college. If a diploma is all you want go to Morton Ranch or Mayde Creek ...to have your kid prepared for college chose CRHS.

Submitted by a parent

March 27, 2013

I agree with most of the comments below. The amount of testing is silly as it leaves so little time for actually teaching. It used to be a good school but is gradually going downhill under the current leadership.

Submitted by a parent

March 26, 2013

What a disappointment this school has been for us. We moved to Katy primarily for the schools, and we wish we knew more about this school before enrolling. With the HUGE campus, huge enrollment numbers, and overstretched staff, our student is just a number. Combine that with excessive state testing, there is unnecessary stress on the kids, staff, and parents. It seems as though teachers are really stressed out here and they pass that on to the kids. Learning (and teaching) seems to be secondary to passing state tests and achieving exemplary status. Truly a disappointment! And, yes, we're looking for a new school in a different district.

Submitted by a parent

December 14, 2012

Cinco Ranch HS is NOT a good school for students below the top 10% of their class. If your child is not at the top of his or her class, Cinco Ranch would prefer your child not waste their time. This is the reason the home school rate is so high in the Katy area. Katy ISD also has a stupid rule that allows your student 2 college visit trips.Cinco Ranch is more concerned about your student being in high school than the students future beyond the 12th grade. A parent can expect to spend a lot of time in court and Austin fighting the KISD bureaucracy. Setting up face- to- face appointments with the Cinco Ranch staff is more difficult than scheduling a meeting with the President of the United States. OVERRATED!!!

Submitted by a parent

December 12, 2012

I am a student at CRHS and I dislike the school very much. My experiences at this school were horrible. Most of the kids are stuck up and snobby. They find it funny to be racist towards other races. The academics are great, but i don't know if I recommend this school for certain people.

Submitted by a student

April 9, 2011

I guess i must disagree with the 2009 graduate. I am a 2003 graduate from cinco ranch and graduate from medical school next month. I have friends with juris doctorates, masters in finance, masters in accounting, masters in atmospheric sciences, ph. D in neurobiology, masters in computer science, doctorate of dental surgery, and two others with MDs as well. And that is just from my tight group of friends in the class of 2003. Cinco is as good a high school as there is in the country and is not geared towards preparing students for any particular field at all.

March 14, 2011

I really have to disagree with the 2007 graduate. I am a 2009 alumni and am currently in a private liberal arts college. Although yes, Cinco may be adequate in preparing for work at the state colleges listed, I found that it did not prepare me for a more rigorous curriculum at a more selective college (I graduated in the top 5%, so I know the blame isn t mine). In addition, Cinco tends to focus heavily on math and science and ignore the humanities and social sciences. This may be good for producing potential engineer candidates, but not so much for anything else (pre-law, pre-med, etc.). Finally, you will love Cinco only if you love bureaucracies. When trying to visit colleges after having been accepted, I found it difficult to to do so due to an attendance rule that would require me to go to KISD court if I missed more than four days.

Submitted by a student

December 11, 2010

I am a 2007 graduate and will graduate college in May. Looking back on it Cinco Ranch prepared you well. Really, really well. You can't fool around at this school, they are though. In the end it is only to help shape us for college. I had many friends that I made my freshman year who were struggling their first year. They had come from small towns (and there is nothing wrong with that) and the school didn't really prepare them for the challenge. This is an EXCELLENT school to send your child, I would have to rank it in the top "3" in the state with Seven Lakes being right behind it ';). I also have friend who went to other major universities UT, Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, and they all feel the same way. Cinco Ranch is a top notch public high school. TAMU c/o 2011 Gig 'Em!

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