About Shelby Joe

Shelby Joe is the Publisher of Houston School Survey. He is the founder of Piqosity, a Houston-based adaptive, online learning platform. He began his career in education in 2003, when he founded General Academic out of his dorm room at Rice University. He holds a BA in Political Science. In his limited free time, he enjoys traveling and hunting for bargains.

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Overview

Scholastic Testing Service’s HSPT is an admissions test for entry into Catholic high schools. The HSPT contains five multiple-choice sections: Verbal Quantitative Skills Reading Mathematics Language Skills Depending on the school, the HSPT might also feature an optional section covering Science, Mechanical Aptitude or Catholic Religion. The optional test is not included in the composite score from the HSPT and not every school chooses [...]

By |2019-08-07T21:40:37-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Private School Application Process Overview

In this article, we provide advice for starting the private school application process. In general, start the process early, keep your child’s happiness in mind, and talk with as many people as possible. The Application Form Most of the private schools in Houston post application forms to each school’s individual website, while a few private schools release paper applications upon request. As with colleges, [...]

By |2019-08-07T17:56:31-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Lessons Learned from Experienced Parents

General Academic interviewed the parents of both private and public school students to more completely understand the applications gauntlet from those who had already been through the process. These parents were our clients at the time and represent a broad range of backgrounds. For example, we talked to a mother who was born and raised in Houston and another [...]

By |2019-08-07T17:13:23-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Introduction to Homeschooling

Not every child will be successful or happy in a traditional classroom environment. For these students, alternative education curriculums such as Montessori, individualized, and home schooling may be better options. Although Montessori school techniques can vary widely from school to school, this teaching method generally strives to offer a comparatively more nurturing and holistic learning environment than strictly score [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:19:39-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Choosing a Preschool, What to Consider

Some of you have only recently embarked upon the interesting adventure that is parenthood. Others among you already have children in the school system, but still have younger ones barely out of diapers. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a veteran, though, choosing a preschool for your tots can be difficult. Fortunately, we’re here to help. In this section, [...]

By |2019-08-07T17:12:50-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice, Private Schools, Public Schools|0 Comments

Balancing Extracurricular Activities with Academics

Many of us structure our days by prioritizing so that we create a healthy balance among work, school, friends, family, exercise, sleep, etc. As adults, we have had a few more years of practice balancing our lives. Kids, however, have not quite learned how to structure their days to create the healthiest set-up for themselves. That is the job [...]

By |2019-08-07T16:02:49-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Understanding Your Child’s Psychological Development

Maintaining effective communication with their child is a common struggle for parents. The way adults tend to talk about their daily lives and the problems they’re dealing with doesn’t seem to translate well to a conversation with a 3rd grader. Parents naturally want to help their child handle problems, and it can be frustrating when the parent doesn’t fully [...]

By |2019-08-07T21:45:45-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice, Health & Psychology|0 Comments

Top Houston Schools by National Merit Semifinalists 2019

A National Merit Semi-Finalists (NMSF) is a high school student who scored in the top 1% of Texans on the PSAT their junior year.​ The number and percentage of awardees is one of the only statistics that is cross-comparable between private and public high schools. These NMSF figures are particularly attractive, versus SAT and ACT scores, because they're publicly [...]

By |2019-09-18T16:40:11-05:00August 5th, 2019|Analysis|0 Comments

Houston Private School Tuition 2019

Private school is expensive. Regardless of grade level, Houston private school tuition will set families back about $22,166 a year per child. At $15,626, Catholic schools represent a holy grail of savings or nearly 30% versus the city average. We currently track tuition for about 45 of the most popular Houston-area private schools. The cost below does not include [...]

By |2019-08-15T16:38:02-05:00August 1st, 2019|Analysis, Featured, Private Schools|0 Comments

Top Houston ISD Magnet Pre-Kindergarten Schools

There were 3 magnet schools that accepted 3-year old students, and 7 magnet schools that accepted 4-year old students. However, admission priority at pre-kindergarten is strongly for disadvantaged families, and for these students there is no tuition to attend. (Image Caption - With 173 applications for 30 seats, Wilson Montessori is one of the most popular and difficult to [...]

By |2019-08-08T22:25:25-05:00July 29th, 2019|Analysis, HISD Schools|0 Comments
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