Seven Lakes High School

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Seven Lakes High School
Address
9251 South Fry Road
Katy, Texas, 77494
USA
Coordinates 29°42′26″N 95°48′28″W / 29.707288°N 95.807911°W / 29.707288; -95.807911Coordinates: 29°42′26″N 95°48′28″W / 29.707288°N 95.807911°W / 29.707288; -95.807911
Information
Type Public school
Motto Be the obvious choice!
Established 2005
School district Katy Independent School District
Principal Ted Vierling
Faculty 260
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,957(2012)
Schedule type Traditional
Campus size 125 acres (0.5 km2)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Navy Blue and Orange
Mascot Spartans
Rivals Cinco Ranch High School, Tompkins High School, Katy High School, James E. Taylor High School
USNWR ranking 213/27,000 (top 0.01% in nation)
Accreditation SACS, TEA, CEEB, TACAC, TASSP
Website

Seven Lakes High School is a public senior high school located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Texas, United States in the vicinity of Katy-Gaston Road and Fry Road intersection in Land Use Zone 74. It is located just outside of the Seven Meadows community and Meadowbrook Farms Golf Course and just inside the Cinco Ranch Southwest community.[1] Many extremely affluent communities such as Seven Meadows, Grand Lakes, and Cinco Ranch are zoned to the school. While the school has a Katy address, it is within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston, and is a high school of the Katy Independent School District.

The school was rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency for the 2008-2009 school year (the highest rating any public high school in Texas can attain).[2] In 2013, the school was ranked 213th in the nation out of 27,000 public high schools in the US by NewsWeek; The school was one of three winners of The Houston Chronicle's Chronicle Cup in 2008 for overall athletic performance.[3]

History[edit]

The school was originally planned by Katy ISD to relieve overcrowding at Cinco Ranch High School and Katy High School and to better facilitate the influx of students due to new development planned in the general Katy area. The school plan was the same general design used for two other KISD schools, Morton Ranch High School and Cinco Ranch High school, and was designed by PBK Architects. The school's first year in operation was the 2005-2006 school year.[4] The school had its first graduating class of 408 students in the 2007-2008 school year. The school was nominated a "National Blue Ribbon School Of 2008."[5]

Christie Whitbeck served as principal of SLHS from 2005-2011, before taking a position as Assistant Superintendent in Alvin ISD.

Background[edit]

The school is located in the Katy Independent School District, and has the distinction of being the largest high school construction project at one time in the state of Texas.[6] Seven Lakes was designed by PBK Architects, as were many other area schools.[7] It is also the second largest, as well as the most expensive, school in the United States to be built at one time. The total cost of the school came around to $77,424,704 after construction was complete.[7] The name of the school is derived from two major communities that are zoned to it, Seven Meadows and Grand Lakes, taking "Seven" from the name of the Seven Meadows community and "Lakes" from the name of the Grand Lakes community.[8] While the school is meant only for a maximum of 3,000 students, schools in Katy ISD often become overcrowded due to the rapid development in the area as was the case in 2012, when Seven Lakes reached its peak of 3,957 students.

The school maintains a rivalry of sorts with Cinco Ranch High School, another high school also located in the same school district as Seven Lakes (Katy Independent School District) and located a mere 3 miles away.[9] Logically, much of the area now zoned to Seven Lakes was originally zoned to Cinco Ranch High School before Seven Lakes opened.

Academics[edit]

STAAR Standardized Testing 2013:[10]

  • Algebra I
    • State Average=78%
    • Seven Lakes=96%
  • Algebra II
    • State Average=97%
    • Seven Lakes=100%
  • Biology I
    • State Average=85%
    • Seven Lakes=98%
  • Chemistry
    • State Average=84%
    • Seven Lakes=98%
  • English I Reading
    • State Average=65%
    • Seven Lakes=92%
  • English I Writing
    • State Average=48%
    • Seven Lakes=85%
  • English II Reading
    • State Average=78%
    • Seven Lakes=96%
  • English II Writing
    • State Average=52%
    • Seven Lakes=87%
  • Geometry
    • State Average=86%
    • Seven Lakes=97%
  • Physics
    • State Average=81%
    • Seven Lakes=100%
  • US History
    • State Average=73%
    • Seven Lakes=100%
  • World Geography
    • State Average=75%
    • Seven Lakes=98%
  • World History
    • State Average=70%
    • Seven Lakes=95%

By Ethnicity

Black or African American 11%

Asian 98%

Hispanic 31.23%

Multiracial 43.6%

American Indian or Alaska Native 9%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 8%

White 21%

Campus[edit]

The school has the following facilities:[11]

  • 615,000 square feet (57,100 m2)
  • Natatorium with diving equipment.
  • 9 Tennis courts
  • Weight lifting room
  • Aux. Weight Room
  • 1 wrestling bathroom
  • At least 1 computer per classroom
  • Wireless technology
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Black Box Theatre
  • 2 dark rooms
  • 2 science labs
  • 1 science prep area
  • 4 art labs with courtyard
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Fine Arts Hallway with art rooms, a band hall, orchestra room and choir room

State championships[edit]

  • 2007 Texas 4-A Boys Cross Country State Champions
  • 2008 Texas 4-A UIL Academic Decathlon State Champions
  • 2010 Texas 5-A UIL Academic Decathlon State Champions

Enrollment Trends[edit]

Seven Lakes High School's maximum capacity is 3,000 students.[citation needed]

  • 2005-2006 School Year = 850 Students
  • 2006-2007 School Year = 1,562 Students
  • 2007-2008 School Year = 2,339 Students (408 graduating seniors)
  • 2008-2009 School Year = 2,787 Students (570 graduating seniors)
  • 2009-2010 School Year = 3,186 Students (657 graduating seniors)
  • 2010-2011 School Year = 3,435 Students (746 graduating seniors)
  • 2011-2012 School Year = 3,685 Students (839 graduating seniors)
  • 2012-2013 School Year = 3,957 Students (926 graduating seniors)

Feeder Patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Seven Lakes (not a comprehensive list):[12]

  • Alexander Elementary School
  • Holland Elementary
  • Griffin Elementary School (partial)
  • Kilpatrick Elementary School (partial)
  • Stanley Elementary School
  • Wilson Elementary School (partial)
  • Shafer Elementary School (partial)

The following middle schools feed into Seven Lakes High School:

  • Beckendorff Junior High School
  • Seven Lakes Junior High School (partial)

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