Alief Elsik High School
|Alief Elsik High School|
|Main campus: 12601 High Star Drive
Houston, TX 77072-1197
Ninth grade center: 6767 S. Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77072
|Motto||"Champions... Leaving a legacy!"|
|School district||Alief Independent School District|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue & White|
|Athletics||Football, Basketball, Track, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Soccer|
|Mascot||Rocky the Ram|
|Rival||Alief Hastings High School|
|Website||Elsik High School|
Elsik 9th Grade Center
Elsik is divided into two campuses: the main campus (12601 High Star in Houston, zip code 77072), and the Alief Elsik Ninth Grade Center (located at 6767 South Dairy Ashford, city of Houston, 77072), which serves ninth graders. Both campuses, which are in the Alief Independent School District, serve grades 9 through 12. The school's mascot is a Ram, and the school's basketball and football teams are well known throughout Texas, as is the speech and debate team. The school is considered to have the best speech and debate team in all of Houston. Placing in the top ten qualifiers in the state of Texas as well as sweepstakes winners in the NFL state tournament. The academic teams at Alief Elsik - Academic Decathlon, Star Academic Challenge, and various UIL organizations - do participate in regional, state, and national competitions. Alief Hastings High School is another high school that sits adjacent to Elsik, and is considered to be its sister school. The two schools enjoy a friendly rivalry that heats up each year in the final football game when they play each other in a shared football stadium.
Alief's three traditional high schools, which includes Elsik, Hastings, and the more recent Alief Taylor High School now follow a 7 period schedule. On Monday through Friday there are 50 minute classes, with an hour-and-thirty-minute lunch period (5th period). The one day with 40 minutes of class time is Wednesday, which is used to give teachers a meeting day after school. This has been in effect since the 2007-2008 school year began. Currently, Elsik has a night school, much like its fellow Alief high schools.
AP and Honors classes are graded on a 5.0 grading scale, while all other classes are graded on a 4.0 scale. Dual credit programs for US History are offered for juniors, and English, Sociology, Government, and Economics are also offered to seniors.
Elsik opened in 1975 on the same campus as Hastings High School as what is now known as "Hastings South". The first year Elsik only held Freshman, and added classes every year thereafter, until the school had all four grades, with the first freshman class in 1975-76 graduating in 1979. While the two schools were divided by a large courtyard and bus run, there was frequent contact with students from the other campus, which made for very interesting times during sporting events between the two schools. Certain classes were shared by both Hastings and Elsik, such as Machine Shop classes, Art classes, and Accelerated Learning or "Honor Roll" classes.
A separate school building partially opened in January, 1982 one block away from Hastings. The original portions were known at the time as the "North House" and the "C Building." The remainder of the building, known as the "South House," opened in January, 1983. During the construction of the South House, temporary walls existed in the South Cafeteria and classroom wing, dividing the completed portion of the building from that portion still under construction. Even after the new building was complete, certain classes and sporting facilities were shared between the two schools.
In the late 1980s, a separate building was built bridging the two schools on land formerly used for Physical Education. This new building was almost like a separate school and included its own cafeteria. It mainly filled the need for shared classes in one centralized, easily accessible location for students. Known as the "Annex".
Elsik High School is one of the largest high schools in the state.
The campus demographic is 47.7% Hispanic, 35.8% Black, 12.2% Asian, 3.3% White in the 2011-2012 school year.
All Alief ISD elementary, intermediate, and middle schools feed into Elsik as high school placement in Alief ISD is determined by a lottery: the lottery can result in either Elsik, Hastings, or Taylor. If a student was selected by lottery to attend a high school different from the high school of a relative currently attending or graduated from, the student may opt to transfer to that respective school. Students may also complete an application for the district's magnet high school, Kerr.
The lottery system was originally developed as a method to create balanced demographics in Alief's high schools when it was found that there was no simple geographic method of dividing the school district that would be fair and equitable. As a result of the lottery, the demographics of Alief's high schools are virtually identical. However, it is common that neighbors who had attended the same elementary and middle schools must instead go to different high schools. Alief's relatively small geographic area permits the lottery in that anyone in the school district has reasonable access to the high schools. A similar lottery in a larger school districts would result in placing a much larger burden on students as they would have to travel farther.
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