2011-12-28

Alaska, Finland, Lunch, and Montessori

Education expert, Samuel Abrams described what he saw at Denali Montessori School:

Students at all levels, from kindergarten to grade 6, were actively engaged in learning in small groups as their teachers circulated as guides.
You can read the rest of his praise of the school in the article, here.


Abrams is a scholar at Columbia University's Teacher's College and a national expert on schools in Finland.  Did you hear they're pretty good?



In his report on schools in Anchorage, he commented on everything from science class sizes to the food in the lunchrooms.  Oh, does what you eat matter? ;-)


Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2011/12/25/2233759/education-expert-offers-views.html#storylink=cpy






2011-12-22

2011-12-16

Dinner table fodder for the holidays: SAT or NOT

You know you'll see some nieces and nephews over the holidays who are in the midst of their college admissions process.  At dinner, as them about taking the SAT.

Here's a warm up from the Washington Post, "When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids" (note: it was schoolboard member Rick Roach from District 3 in Orange County, Florida).

For the heavy stuff, dive into this opinion page debate at NYT: "Why does the SAT endure?"

Tidbits:

David Hambrick, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State:
This debate is ultimately about intelligence and its modifiability — and the question of whether it is fair to use people’s scores on what is essentially an intelligence test to make decisions that profoundly affect their lives. If that makes us all uncomfortable, that’s just too bad.
Paul Siemens, director at Advantage Testing:
University-level entrance exams are not intended as intelligence tests, and for good reason: to the extent it can be measured, intelligence is a limited predictor of academic success at that level. Colleges aren’t simply looking to enroll the smartest students; rather they are seeking mature, talented, well-rounded, motivated, service-oriented and accomplished students of every background.
Jane Shaw, president at John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy:
Test-preparation companies can raise students’ SAT scores by improving their test-taking skills and filling in some educational gaps. But students can accomplish the same thing using aids available from the College Board and others at little or no cost — taking practice tests, building vocabulary and reviewing basic algebra and geometry. Mostly, test-prep companies provide the discipline to help students do what they could do on their own.

2011-12-14

Renovations Start This Week...

This week, the preparations have begun for our renovation work on the high school building at 1102 Autrey.

We'll try to keep a little flow of images coming through this blog so you don't have to don a hardhat to see what's going on.

In this image you can see a cluttered hallway.  Soon to be no more (the clutter and the hallway).  

What's that light streaming in through the window at the end?  That's the future.

2011-12-12

What happens to all those 9th graders?

After a great turn out the week before at our open house, last week we refocused on the to-do list!  A couple in-town conferences on technology and college readiness gave us lots to think about.

December 6th was the first annual College Readiness Summit at Rice University, hosted by the school's Center for College Readiness.  Over 200 counselors, administrators, and teachers attended the daylong event.

What happens to all those 9th graders in high schools around the country?  Around Texas?  Enjoy this little graphic at right for some answers (click to enlarge).

So what knowledge and skills does a student need to have so he can be successful in college?  Your thoughts?

Lots more to read here.

2011-12-02

High School Building Plans

{From this week's Weekly Post}


Tuesday, November 29, Post Oak hosted a high school open house at the Glassell Studio School. The event introduced the high school to prospective students and their families while at the same time updating current families on the development of the new division. We’re pleased that the Glassell School, as one of our Museum District partners, hosted the event. This demonstrates the multi-dimensional nature of these partnerships, and communicates a clear message about the high school program.

Those who attended know that it was a standing-room-only event with people filling the aisles and looking on from the balcony. Nearly 100 people attended, with over half from outside the Post Oak community. It was a fantastic event continuing the excitement and interest in the expansion of The Post Oak School. During the course of the evening, participants heard about the purchase of two more properties at the intersection of Autrey Street and Montrose Boulevard.

[Included here] is a site plan showing how we will be developing that block in the next six months. In addition to the soon- to-be renovated building at 1102 Autrey Street, we have purchased the property next door at 1108 Autrey Street.

This lot will be cleared, landscaped, and kept as green space. This month, we are also finalizing our purchase of the corner lot at 4614 Montrose Boulevard. The vacant building will be razed and the lot will be prepared for more green space and for parking. Financing for the
purchase of these properties is being initially handled through long-term loans that will be offset by fundraising through our upcoming capital campaign.

We’re happy to have been so successful to find and acquire property that is located in the Museum District and which will meet the needs of the high school as it grows. This continues to be an exciting time at Post Oak. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!

-James Moudry, High School Director

2011-11-28

Facebook and College Admissions

Going to college?
Know someone who is?

Take a moment and digest this visual.

2011-11-21

The Most Important Things

In about two weeks, we'll officially begin our construction work on the campus for the high school.  Demo, debris, dust, drywall...you know–the 4 Ds of construction.  (For now, I'm ignoring the inevitable fifth D, delays.)

The president of the National Association of Independent Schools, Pat Bassett, is ahead of me.  He's been thinking about the letter C on his blog.
"...the skills and values necessary for individuals and the collective culture and economy to succeed in the 21st Century: The “Five Cs” of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communicationcharacter and the bonus “Sixth C” I’ve recently added: cosmopolitanism (cross-cultural competency)."
Bassett pushes ahead and links these skills to publications and organizations that are currently reflecting these themes:
Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills for the American Workforce.Five Minds for the Future, Howard GardnerCollege Learning for the New Global Century. Published by the Association of American Colleges and UniversitiesGoogle: Hiring CriteriaEdLeader21, the public school sector equivalent of NAISETS (Educational Testing Service)The General Public: The Knowledge Works Newsletter (October, 2007) 
It's all there in the blog.  So is my comment in response to Bassett that connects, unsurprisingly, the five Cs to Montessori education.  Sometimes, being predictable is best.

2011-11-16

Huddle November 29th, 7 pm at The Glassell Studio School

What else is there to say?  Our next open house will be November 29th at 7:00 p.m.  We're hosting at the Glassell Studio School (5101 Montrose)

Call the school for more information or just show up!
713.661.6688

2011-11-11

Early Decision! Carpe Diem!

You don't have to wait until April to confirm your place at the Post Oak High School.  This is a good thing because some people are concerned about the small number of spaces available for fall 2012.  With our rolling admissions, that number will get even smaller over the next few weeks.

Apply now and get a decision response within 24 hours of a completed application.

You read that right. Avoid the months of stress and decide now if this is a good fit. Okay, maybe you want to wait and come to the Open House on November 29. That's okay. But you don't have to.

What's Early Decision?


Confirm your enrollment before December 15, 2011 and we've got a $5000 tuition discount for you. Confirm by February 10, 2012 and the discount is $2500.

Need the details?  Give us a call at 713.661.6688.

Just twenty students will join us next fall for the expansion of Houston's premier high school landscape.  Will you be one?

2011-11-09

Open House: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.

It's a good idea to come to this.

You'll get the low-down on the program, meet faculty, and get a chance to ask all those questions you have.

We're meeting at the Glassell Studio School in the Museum District at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to all, students are welcome, and you're welcome to bring friends.

Post Oak is almost 50 years old, but this high school is new. And it's for all of Houston. People here are open to new experiences, don't you know! (have you read it?)

2011-11-05

Can't sleep? Don't text me. (Can teens learn this?)

Where do you put your mobile phone when you go to sleep?  Right next to your bed? On a dock nearby?  Is is charging in the kitchen?


Teenagers are reporting trouble sleeping (Forbes 11/3/11) because friends are texting them all night long:
“Someone says ‘I can’t sleep’ so they text you, then you can’t sleep so you text someone else, then the whole grade’s up,” senior Jack Springs said. 
But they're not the only ones getting too much screen time after sundown:
People aged 13 to 64 report poor sleep on weekdays, according to a Washington D.C.-based research firm, which found a high correlation between sleeplessness and late-night technology use.
Remember the days of "taking the phone off the hook" so you could get some sleep?  Right.

2011-11-04

Where is 'Old' Hampshire?

Apparently, it's across the pond.  (And it's just called 'Hampshire' for the record.)


It's also where, in Southampton, they're having similar thoughts about creating schools (learning spaces) that actually engage teenagers.
"...college leaders say the school will 'pioneer a bold new approach to learning, involving enterprise projects and real work'. 
Pupils will be given work experience as part of their courses, which will be shaped through consultation with employers. 
Southampton Studio School will offer a GCSE-based curriculum focused on employer-led projects, through affiliations with businesses and organisations including Ikea, John Lewis, GE Aviation, and Southampton University Hospitals Trust."
The school will have more than just 'academic' outcomes:
“The school will require them to develop a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions as well as encouraging them to achieve well above their current forecasts. 
Who is this school being built for?
City College principal Lindsey Noble said the new school will be targeted at young people from Southampton and the surrounding area who are not meeting their full potential in traditional school settings.
Interesting.  Anyone know any students not meeting their full potential in a local high school?  Bored?  Disengaged?  Merely tolerant of the system?  Hmmm...

2011-11-02

Newsflash: Teens like Money

Have we already covered this (Education Week)?
“They take on three and four credit cards, buy pizza for the roommates, and take on loan debt they don’t really need,...they say, ‘I’ll worry about that later.’ They are shocked six months after graduation when they have to repay those loans. It really hampers them.”
Maybe, but more high schools are dialing up the intensity of financial literacy efforts for teens.  It seems all the boom and bust is making folks think a little about preparing for more than just Psych 101.  Why do all those 18 year olds sign up a credit card just to get a free t-shirt their first week at college?  (Tip: In the car on the way to college is not the time to start talking with them about financial well-being.)

Read the full article.

2011-11-01

Who likes homework?

The debate is in full swing.  How much is too much?  What's the difference between good homework and bad homework?  How has homework changed over time?  How should it be changing?

Holly Robinson over at Open Salon wonders aloud while her fifth child begins high school.

What's the hook?  He's the only one of the five who went to a Montessori school through 8th grade.

Do any of these sound familiar:
“He wouldn't be having so much trouble with high school if he'd gone to a 'real' middle school”“Computer games are ruining our kids”“He's always fooling around”
Read the full post.

2011-10-31

On the Map

After talking with several more prospective families last week, it's clear the high school is becoming more visible.  The vision of combining a school with Cultural institutions is really putting us on the Map...

...the CultureMap.

2011-10-24

Who needs an English major?


From American RadioWorks
The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education.
Listen to the full story (RT- 52:48).  (I suppose you could read it.)


There you'll find these parts:


In a troubled economy, it's harder to make the case for a degree in English, or any college major without an obvious career path. More undergrads are opting for "practical" degrees in business, engineering or nursing.

Declining enrollment and financial problems forced Antioch College to shut its doors in 2008. Now, the 155-year-old college in Yellow Springs, Ohio is reopening with a goal of creating an affordable model for small, liberal arts programs.

Berea College in eastern Kentucky aims to give students from one of the poorest regions in the nation a chance to break out of poverty - by earning liberal arts degrees.

Portland State University is trying to stop students from dropping out by grounding its liberal arts program in the real world. The school's motto: Let Knowledge Serve the City.

Most for-profit institutions focus on degrees in "hard skills" like business, technology and health sciences. But American Public University System is a for-profit, online school that believes the liberal arts can be a money maker.

2011-10-13

Reflections from a high school senior

"I am an 18-year-old senior. I am a product of ineffective schooling."
Alton Lu opens his Huffington Post article with that arrow.
"...my Advanced Placement classes were geared towards "teaching the test." Every day, the teachers would stand before the class and lecture on everything that would appear on the test. "
"In my own AP Calculus class, students complained, asking the age-old question, "When are we ever going to use this?" This elite group of math students still has trouble grasping the application of our many formulas and theorems. The problem is not test scores. We don't even understand what we're learning."
Now consider his Journalism class...
We as a class create a newspaper, conducting interviews ourselves, each of us searching for a unique story. Throughout this entire process, we learn ethics of journalists, AP style, and how to properly interview. Essentially, everyone in the class is a budding journalist. 
Oh, now to Physics...
In contrast, my AP physics class was conducted much like a sermon. Each day would be a lecture on a different topic in which I would hastily scribble notes praying to the physics gods that I would pass the class. It's sad to think now that after so much feverish note taking and sleepless nights, I don't remember Hooke's Law. Nor do I remember the motion equations. I don't even remember what magnetic flux is.
A theme perhaps?  Is all lost?

He's not hopeless; he has ideas:
It's high time that a science class meant actual laboratory work and understanding, not just the fill of laws and theorems that we are forced to remember. Let's have a math class in which we can experience the learning through actual experimentation.
Read the full article.

2011-10-12

How do you improve high school graduation rates?

Purposeful work.


Here's a group of students who changed "most students drop out" into "all of us graduated." And made a mark for themselves along the way.


"People seem to believe... that if you can't learn at a desk in a row, and if you can't take a test, that you're not smart. 
But some people learn better when they're able to go to the shop and see it in action,"

2011-10-05

Teens Benefit From Earlier Bedtimes. Really? Yes.

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation article covers new research that teens who stayed up later and woke up later were not as healthy as their early-to-bed, early-to-rise peers.
Teenagers who stay up late and sleep in...
  • tend to put on more weight than their early-bird peers
  • are one-and-a-half times more likely to be overweight 
  • are two times more likely to be obese
  • are nearly twice as likely to be considered physically inactive 
Dr. Louise Hardy commented that this changes where our focus should be in thinking about teens' sleep:
"It takes off that emphasis that children must have eight or nine hours sleep; it's saying the time in which the child goes to bed is more important," she said.
So do we need to rethink school start times for teenagers as we've been continuing to hear?  Dr. Hardy:
"These calls for the need to change school hours is the wrong strategy; we need to assist families on how to put rules around the family environment without taking a nanny-state approach."
I'm sure the teens would be happy for the 'no nanny state' approach.


Read the full article... 

2011-10-04

The First Day of High School...

Are you a smart, opinionated, down-to-earth, idealistic teenager?  Do you know one?

Head on over to the new Huffington Post High School page.  It's a place to drop off or pick up some pros or cons on your favorite topic.

What's that?  You don't care about anything?  You just want to watch some YouTube videos of people singing?  That's fine.

Or maybe, just think about the next funny show to watch.  That's okay, too.  All are welcome.

2011-10-01

School of the Future Looks Like...

A few months ago KQED asked some noteworthy minds to envision a typical school day in 2020.  Read the headlines below and choose your own adventure! 


(What if they all turn out to be correct and you didn't have to choose?)


You might have read a couple of these before, but maybe not all.  Enjoy! (Click here for the full site.)


School Day of the Future: Learning in 2025

A collaborative project by Knowledgeworks and Collective Invention for Grantmakers for Education

Work or Fun? The Future School Day Blurs the Boundary

Dr. Sugata Mitra’s vision

Future School Day Should Be Based on the Real World

Rob Lippincott, PBS Senior Vice President, Education

Future School Day Encourages Exploration

Curtis Wong, principal researcher at Microsoft focusing on interaction, media, and visualization technologies

Students Learn at Their Own Pace in the Future School Day

Christopher Rush, co-founder of the School of One

Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future

Karen Cator, the director of education technology and deputy director Steve Midgley, US Dept of Education

Learning Happens Everywhere in the Future School Day

Brian Kuhn, manager of information systems at a school in British Columbia, Canada.  Author of the blog Shift to the Future

Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating

Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy

Students Will Build Their Own Future School

Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire 

2011-09-30

The Transformation of Field Work

How does a gas pipeline field surveyor use his iPad?
He explained that he could make his surveying plans into a PDF, mark them up and share with others, through their email, laptops and smartphones. Then the fact that his iPad had a camera, where he could document the joints in the pipes with an image and geotag it with longitude and latitude, added even more value to his productivity.
Boring or real world help?  
...when you are out in the field and every second counts in a project, every joint, every cross reference, using the iPad is making his life easier and more accurate.
It would be hard to imagine that a story like this is unique.


Want to dig further?  See how the iPad fares on an archaeological dig site.


Where does a high school student fit into this?  In the field right next to these experts of course!  


So...tablets or laptops?  The conversation rages on.

2011-09-23

Think Examiner.

Did you miss this little gem in the Bellaire Examiner?

See, now you didn't!  It's so easy to stay caught up!

2011-09-22

Think Again.


Did you miss it?  Catch up with this digest!

  • Location at 1102 Autrey Street
  • 6000 square foot building
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light
  • Flexible open concept interior space allows customizable learning environment that responds to student interests and needs
  • The hub of the school's activity in the museum district
  • 15 minute walk to HMNS!
We're enrolling for fall 2012!  Apply now.

Remember: Place Matters.

(Also, you're never left out of the news when you're connected to The Post Oak School online!) 


We think it's time to re-think high school.  It's a place where students gather to Think Again.

2011-09-21

Think Location.

In just a few hours, we'll do the unveiling.  Many unknowns will become known knowns. ;-) 


Every question probably won't be answered, but we only have an hour!  If we don't get to yours please drop us a note


Afterward, we'll be whisking the 8th graders down to the location in the Museum District and hearing first reactions from them.  After lunch with them, we're all going to meet with Joe Havel, Director of the Glassell School of Art.  They'll get a glimpse of the arts partnership we have with the MFAH (say "Tutankhamun"!).


See you at school at 10:30!

2011-09-20

Place Matters.


Where, oh where, will the high school be?
Until Thursday, patience will have to prevail.
Come Thursday at 10:30 to learn about the location of the Post Oak High School in the Houston Museum District.
Why does place matter?  No matter where you are, you're somewhere.  Buildings and forests and all the spaces around us tell us something.  They speak to the history, the economy, and the culture of the place.  Places are dynamic artifacts of human civilization and natural processes.
To sit in a room and imagine a place is not to 'be' there.  When we travel to a place, when we get the dirt of that place in our shoes, and when we shake the hands of the people who live there, then we can know.  We learn best on our feet, not on our keister.
How can a school combine classroom learning with hands-on experiences?  Steven H. Corey, an associate professor and chair of urban studies at Worcester State College:
“The active learning component is critical,” Corey said. “We aren’t just standing there lecturing. Students are using urban history, and they take it with them once they leave the classroom.”
And it's not just for a grade says Gregory Wilson, associate professor of history at the University of Akron:
“Students want service learning and engagement, and they're not finding it in many other classrooms."

(The Pedagogy of PlaceInside Higher Ed, January 4, 2008)
Thursday at Post Oak, we'll talk about the ins and outs of learning in the Museum District, beyond the classroom walls.

2011-09-09

600 Districts: iPads For All!

Are laptops giving way to iPads in high schools?  A recent USA Today article reports that more schools are trading heavy, outdated textbooks for lightweight, dynamic devices.  Will students catch the fever of 'technology'?


One such iPad devotee is 15-year-old Christian Woods, who starts his sophomore year at Burlington, Mass., High School on a special student support team to help about 1,000 other teens adjust to their new tablets.
"I think people will like it. I really don't know anybody in high school that wouldn't want to get an iPad," he said. "We're always using technology at home, then when you're at school it's textbooks, so it's a good way to put all of that together."
Oh.  Maybe it's the schools who are playing catch-up. Read the full article.

2011-09-06

High School in a Cricket? No Way!

Can the high school fit in a small camper trailer? No.

Can we learn from the inventive and ingenious mind of former NASA designer Garrett Finney who designed the new Cricket Trailer? Absolutely.

That's why we asked Garrett to help us think about how to design a space just for teenagers to do their best work.

Read all about his Cricket Trailer in the latest issue of DWELL magazine.

2011-08-29

Succeeding At Their Own Pace

A Boston.com article on 8/26/11 offers yet another angle on what makes a Montessori school a better option. Let's just cut to Alex Beam's bottom line:
If Montessori was a stock, you would buy it.
Succeeding at their own pace - Boston.com

2011-08-26

How Should Students Learn Math?

We're all accustomed to the Math-Path through high school. Perhaps nothing is as straightforward in registering for classes as the sequence of math classes. But is that the best way to really learn math? Yesterday's NYT essay by Sol Garfunkel (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications) on fixing math education in the U.S. asks just that question:

For instance, how often do most adults encounter a situation in which they need to solve a quadratic equation? Do they need to know what constitutes a “group of transformations” or a “complex number”? Of course professional mathematicians, physicists and engineers need to know all this, but most citizens would be better served by studying how mortgages are priced, how computers are programmed and how the statistical results of a medical trial are to be understood.
Consider the last time you used the quadratic equation versus how you felt trying to understand mortgage interest at the closing for your first house (or how to manage a household budget to be able to afford that house).

As an adult, what types of math do you wish you understood better? How would you have liked to learn them?

The beauty of an education at Post Oak is that concepts, while abstract, are grounded in applications. Often students derive the concept from the application rather than being told a concept then being asked to apply it to an application. In this approach students enjoy the reward of DISCOVERY in their work, rather than merely being presented with a history of others' discoveries.

2011-08-19

New High School Opens in Lexington

A new Montessori high school opened this week in Lexington, Kentucky- the first in the state.

What did the students do on the first day? Work together to design the rules for the school. Of course!

Covered in the Houston Chronicle here.  Article at Kentucky.com here.

2011-08-15

Giving Adolescents a Voice in School

A commentary today over at Education Week to give teens a voice in designing their schools.
The voice of a crucial stakeholder in education is virtually ignored by current institutional practices. I believe that students can offer unique perspectives in some cases, and community-building consensus in others.
With the goal of helping children move into adulthood, this type of approach is in line with supporting teens along a ladder of participation toward being mature and contributing members of adult society.
If we purport to be educating students for future participation in a democratic society, do we not best educate for democracy by creating democratic structures within the school and opportunities for student participation within them? If John Dewey was right that we cannot separate what we learn from the way we learn it, we ought to teach participatory democracy through real, consequential democratic action in the arena most relevant to students, their own schooling. Student participation in school improvement offers an educational opportunity for students and a way to create a culture of schooling that mirrors the culture of participation and consensus-building that we want to encourage in our communities.
(full article...)

2011-08-11

Montessori on the Radio: NOW



Listen now to the President of Association Montessori Internationale, André Roberfroid, on Dallas station KERA. (Missed it? Listen here.)
"What is most important in the early and on-going education of a child? We’ll spend this hour with AndrĂ© Roberfroid, President of Association Montessori Internationale and former UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Program and Strategic Planning. He’s in town for the Educateurs sans Frontieres Third International Assembly, which ended today."

Apply Now! (and a location update)



That's right, the long awaited for application is now available online. You can download the PDF kit and apply right from the comfort of your couch. When you're finished, just email it back or drop it in the mail.


Spaces are limited for this first class and we know it will be a busy admissions season.


We are also preparing an announcement regarding the exact location of the high school. Stay tuned to this channel for more in the coming weeks! While you were relaxing on the beach this summer, we were making some moves in the real estate world. The magic 8-ball has no longer says, "Reply hazy, try again." It's now, "Signs point to YES"

2011-06-23

iPad and Montessori?

There are iPad trials now in many schools with children as young as kindergarten and all the way through high school.  How effective is the tablet technology?  Is it right for all ages?

Which is better for a high school student to have: a tablet or a laptop?  Does the OS matter?
The iPad2 allows for fluid, individualised learning, exploration based on the interests of the child 
Read the rest of the press release for this N.Ireland school, working on Montessori principles, that rolled out 530 iPads to the middle school students.

2011-06-02

Rethinking the schedule...

45 minutes or two hours? What's the right length for a high school class? Does it depend on the subject?


At private schools, though, the longer classes are becoming more common, said Patrick F. Bassett, head of theNational Association of Independent Schools. “I’ve never heard of anyone going back to a traditional schedule, not once,” he added.
Read on... - NYTimes.com

2011-04-25

Kindle+Library=Future


Don't buy that Kindle book! Borrow it! Annotate and bookmark as if it were your own book. If you ever check it out again or buy the Kindle copy from Amazon, your annotations will be right where you left them.

WOW.

That simple e-reader that is supposed to replace all the textbooks with a 8 oz backpack device is about to get an upgrade.


Could an e-reader be the only 'book' that kids (students) in the future will ever know? We just marked Earth Day; what would the Lorax vote for: paper or silicon?

2011-03-09

Student Advisory Panel Calls for Student-Run Newspaper

"But, there must be someone who's in charge to be sure it doesn't look ugly."

These are the moments when it's clear that when students are engaged, schools run better.

The Post Oak High School, opening in fall of 2012, will be directly created by current Post Oak School students. The faculty and administration are working to build up the school, but the ongoing work will depend on the contributions of students!

At this month's High School Advisory Panel (HSAP) meeting , ten Middle School and Upper Elementary students told High School Director, James Moudry, just what they thought about the new division for Post Oak. Their contributions continue to cover everything from how hard will it be to get into the program (ISEE or OLSAT or both) to whether there would be uniforms or just the familiar Post Oak dress code.

What about computers:
"There should be tablets or netbooks." "You'll want to give the students cases for the computers, too."

On the way out the door at the end of the meeting, one Upper Elementary student drops one last morsel:
"We should have a lacrosse team. I have two friends who play lacrosse and they really like it."

In case you haven't heard, the sports offerings will continue to grow as students move into the high school level.