Sharpstown International School

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Sharpstown International School
8330 Triola Lane
Houston, TX 77036
United States

Coordinates 29°41′54″N 95°31′54″W / 29.69833°N 95.53167°W / 29.69833; -95.53167Coordinates: 29°41′54″N 95°31′54″W / 29.69833°N 95.53167°W / 29.69833; -95.53167
Type Public school, magnet: International Studies
Established 2011
Locale urban
School district Houston Independent School District
Principal Thuy M. Le-Thai
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 1,000 students (2012-2013 school year)
Average class size 22
Hours in school day 7:45 AM to 3:15 PM
Color(s)      maroon and      khaki
Mascot Spartans

Sharpstown International School is a secondary school in Houston, Texas located at 8330 Triola Lane with a ZIP code of 77036. Sharpstown International School, which serves grades 6 through 12, is part of the Houston Independent School District. As of 2012 it is an all-magnet school.[1]

Sharpstown International School

The Houston I.S.D. in partnership with Asia Society International Studies Schools Network developed a new, small high school in August 2007 called the International High School at Sharpstown. In the 2011-2012 school year, International High School and Sharpstown Middle School was consolidated to be the first sixth-through-twelve grade Magnet program in HISD, with an international studies focus called Sharpstown International School.

Sharpstown International School provides students the opportunity of a personalized learning environment and prepares them for active roles as global citizens. It develops students’ international knowledge and skills by deepening their understanding of world culture. Students are representative of more than 45 countries and over 35 languages. The majority of students speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Urdu and Persian.[citation needed]

Sharpstown International School, in the Sharpstown area, offers pre-AP and Advance Placement courses, including elective courses with international studies focus such as Model UN, AP foreign language classes, student exchange programs, Comparative and Graduate Portfolio System of ISSN for students who wish to attend college. The school was named after its community.

Sharpstown International offers two foreign language classes: Spanish and Chinese.

The school's mascot for its sports team is the "Spartan." At one time, the sports team was called the Vikings.

Sharpstown International offers an annual International Festival. The International Festival happens every first Tuesday of December with many games and activities students and parents can enjoy throughout the night.


Sharpstown International School was originally built in 1967 as a high school. It was named Sharpstown Junior/Senior High School, housing grades 7–12. The area around the school grew quickly and, in the early 1970s, a new Sharpstown Senior High campus (serving grades 10–12) was built on Bissonnet Street. The older campus became Sharpstown Junior High, serving grades 7–9. At the beginning of the 1980–81 school year, Sharpstown Junior High became Sharpstown Middle School (grades 6–8), and Sharpstown Senior High became Sharpstown High School.

In 2011 Sharpstown Middle was consolidated with Sharpstown International High School to form a new 6-12 school, Sharpstown International School. The new 6-12 international studies magnet school has no zones or attendance boundaries. Students who are eligible for the magnet program come from all Houston Independent School District attendance zones. Sugar Grove Middle School took portions of the boundary from the old Sharpstown Middle School.[2][3][4]


Sharpstown International School is in the Sharpstown area of Houston. It is a few minutes away from the Houston Baptist University on Fondren and U.S. Highway 59 (Texas) — "Southwest Freeway". It is a few minutes from the Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest on Beechnut and U.S. Highway 59.


Houston ISD provides school buses for magnet students and to those who live more than two miles from the school.

Neighborhoods served by Sharpstown[edit]

Sharpstown International School has no zone/boundary because of its magnet program.

Student body[edit]

Sharpstown International School is a diverse campus that reflect the population of the city of Houston. Students are representatives of more than 45 countries and approximately 35 languages are spoken.

School uniforms[edit]

Sharpstown International School has a mandatory school uniform policy.

The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to Sharpstown may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform [1]; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.


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