If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in the Tanglewood neighborhood, chances are you’re wondering what the local schools are like.  In addition to a wide selection of remarkable private schools, local residents benefit from a wide variety of excellent public schools near Tanglewood.


Top public schools near Tanglewood*


While local schools’ performance will inevitably change over time, GreatSchools.org is an excellent resource for buyers and homeowners to refer to for a general understanding of current school ratings.  Some of the different factors that GreatSchools.org rates each school on are as follows:


  • State test scores
  • Student progress: how much students at each school improve from one school year to the next, in comparison to students at similar schools
  • Equity: how well the school offers disadvantaged students the extra attention they require
  • College readiness: how well high school students are prepared for college when compared to students from other schools
  • Advanced courses: the number of advanced courses taken per student, compared to the state average


Below is an overview of some of the top rated schools near Tanglewood, TX, according to GreatSchools.org data as of March 2018.


Primary and middle schools:


Mandarin Immersion Magnet School


Unlike most public schools, magnet schools accept students regardless of their zip code and offer specialized courses beyond the state-required curriculum, free of charge.

Established in August 2012, Mandarin Immersion Magnet School currently teaches grades pre-k through 8th grade, with 50% of the school day taught in Mandarin Chinese and 50% taught in English.  Classes are taught by native speakers of each language.

The school also states on its website, “A crucial distinction to make is that we are not a foreign language school with Chinese fluency our only end goal; rather, we are an elementary school charged with the same mission to educate children in all the TEKS necessary to be college and career ready, and it is our manner of delivery (Mandarin Chinese) which is different from other high-performing schools.”


Latest at MIMS


Students are currently preparing for a handful of state tests scheduled to take place throughout the month of April, extending well into May.  For more information on upcoming events, view the Mandarin Immersion school calendar online.


Briargrove Elementary


International Baccalaureate World School, Briargrove Elementary, teaches students from kindergarten through 5th grade.  Briargrove is part of the Vanguard Neighborhood Program, making the school an excellent choice for parents of gifted and talented children.  In fact, rather than strictly following Houston Independent School District’s curriculum, Briargrove uses a customized inquiry-based instruction model that increases student engagement in the classroom.


Briargrove GreatSchools.org ratings:


  • Test scores: 8/10
  • Student progress: 8/10
  • Equity overview: 5/10
  • Student-teacher ratio: 20:1


(View the full report for Briargrove Elementary on GreatSchools.org)


Latest at Briargrove


Assessments including the Iowa Survey and High Frequency Word Exam will be administered throughout the month of April.  Open Transfer Period will also begin later on in the month, from April 23 until May 18.  For more information, view the Briargrove calendar online.


Tanglewood Middle School (formerly known as Grady Middle School)


Part of the International Baccalaureate World School program, Grady Middle School re-opened as Tanglewood Middle School in 2016 with a brand new building designed to provide students with the look and feel of a college campus.  In addition to its stunning property, complete with breathtaking views of Houston, Tanglewood Middle School offers a gifted and talented program for advanced students, which helps to prepare children for high school AP courses.


Latest at Tanglewood Middle School


STAAR exams in reading, writing, and math will be administered during the second week of April, with make-ups available on Friday, April 13.  On Saturday, April 14th, students are invited to attend a career expo from 10 AM – 1 PM at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.  For more information about upcoming events at Tanglewood Middle School, view the online school calendar.


Cornerstone Academy


Founded in 1997 to relieve crowding in other local middle schools, Cornerstone Academy has classes between 6th and 8th grade and teaches accelerated core classes using Pre-AP strategies.  In addition to offering challenging, enriching courses, Cornerstone also has a CESIT program that allows students to explore different the career paths they may wish to pursue in the future.


Cornerstone Academy GreatSchools.org ratings:


  • Test scores: 10/10
  • Student progress: 9/10
  • Equity overview: 10/10
  • Student-teacher ratio: 14:1


(View the full report for Cornerstone Academy on GreatSchools.org)


Latest at Cornerstone Academy


The Campus Improvement Team has its next meeting on April 24, at which time teachers, staff, parents, and representatives from administration can collaborate on projects an initiatives to improve the Cornerstone campus.


High schools:


Challenge Early College High School


Known as the “school of opportunity,” Challenge Early High School caters to students in grades 9 through 12 and offers students the ability to take college-level courses for credit.  Last year, the school also placed #79 in the country and #21 in the state on Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, which compared more than 2,300 schools nationwide.


Challenge Early College GreatSchools.org ratings:


  • Test scores: 9/10
  • College readiness: 10/10
  • Student progress: 9/10
  • Advanced courses: 10/10
  • Equity overview: 10/10
  • Student-teacher ratio: 21:1


(View the full report for Challenge Early College High School on GreatSchools.org)



Latest at Challenge Early College High School


In addition to state exams and the Iowa Survey, students have the opportunity to participate in the Spring Fling, Career Expo, and History Bowl during April.  View the school’s online calendar for more information on upcoming events and exams.


High School For The Performing And Visual Arts


The HSPVA, otherwise known as High School For The Performing And Visual Arts, was founded in 1971 and encourages both academic and artistic excellence from students in grades 9 through 12.  HSPVA boasts one of the country’s highest numbers of Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and even earned the highest ranking possible under the Texas Education Agency’s accountability system during the 2015-2016 school year.


HSPVA GreatSchools.org ratings:


  • Test scores: 9/10
  • College readiness: 10/10
  • Student progress: 9/10
  • Advanced courses: 10/10
  • Equity overview: 10/10
  • Student-teacher ratio: 16:1


(View the full report for HSPVA on GreatSchools.org)


Latest at HSPVA


In April, students across each program will be performing every week, with plays, concerts, art shows, and more all scheduled to take place over the next few weeks.  Visit the HSPVA school calendar online for more information.


TH Rogers School


With a diverse student body representing countries all over the globe, TH Rogers School teaches grades pre-k through 12, and has a massive student body, including gifted and talented students, deaf and hard of hearing students, and a multitude of students with other impairments as well.


TH Rogers GreatSchools.org ratings:


  • Test scores: 10/10
  • College readiness: 1/10
  • Student progress: 10/10
  • Equity Overview: 10/10
  • Student-teacher ratio: 11:1


(View the full report for TH Rogers School on GreatSchools.org)


Latest at TH Rogers


This April, aside from state assessments and the Iowa Survey students and parents can look forward to the beginning and intermediary orchestra concert, the middle school sport award ceremony, and the National Junior Honors Society induction.  View the school’s calendar online for more information on upcoming events.


KIPP Houston High School


Founded in 2004, KIPP Houston High School serves grades 9 through 12 with a student body mainly composed of college-bound children from Houston’s Southwest community.  KHHS boasts more than 30 extra-curricular activities for students to choose from, and is also KIPP’s first college-preparatory high school in the US.  For anyone unfamiliar, KIPP stands for the Knowledge Is Power Program and is a non-profit network of over 200 college-preparatory schools throughout the country.


KIPP Houston High School GreatSchools.org ratings:


  • Test scores: 8/10
  • College readiness: 9/10
  • Student progress: 1/10
  • Advanced courses: 9/10
  • Equity overview: 9/10
  • Student-teacher ratio: 15:1


(View the full report for KHHS on GreatSchools.org)


Learn more about KHHS


Parents who are interested in enrolling their children at KHHS can find more information about the application process for the upcoming schoolyear on the KIPP Houston website.


Moving to Tanglewood?


The Tanglewood community is fortunate to be surrounded by a variety of exceptional private and public schools that not only enrich the community, but increase property values as well.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Tanglewood neighborhood and need help finding homes for sale in or around Tanglewood, please contact me today for more information!


*The selection of schools listed in this post, with the exception of Mandarin Immersion Magnet School and Tanglewood Middle School, is based on GreatSchools.org data for top schools near Tanglewood, TX as of March 2018
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