Sharpstown International School
|Sharpstown International School|
|8330 Triola Lane
Houston, TX 77036
|Type||Public school, magnet: International Studies|
|School district||Houston Independent School District|
|Principal||Thuy M. Le-Thai|
|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|
Sharpstown International School is a secondary school in Houston, Texas located at 8330 Triola Lane in the Sharpstown neighborhood. The school serves grades 6 through 12 and is part of the Houston Independent School District. As of 2012 it is an all-magnet 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 were consolidated to be Sharpstown International School, the first sixth-through-twelfth grade magnet program in HISD. The school's international studies magnet program offers Model United Nations, Chinese and Spanish languages, study abroad opportunities, and an internationalized curriculum.
Sharpstown International School provides students with 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 cultures. The student body represents more than 45 countries and over 35 languages. The majority of students speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Igbo, Amharic, and Tigrinya.
The school's mascot for its sports teams is the "Spartan." Previously, Sharpstown Middle School's sports teams were called the Vikings.
Sharpstown International School 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.
The building that now houses 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 the International High School at Sharpstown to form a new 6-12 school, Sharpstown International School. This 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.
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
Sharpstown International School has no zone/boundary because of its magnet program.
Sharpstown International School is a diverse campus that reflects the population of the city of Houston. Students represent more than 45 countries of origin and approximately 35 languages are spoken.
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 ; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.
- "Home." Sharpstown International School. Retrieved on August 28, 2012.
- "Board of Education Meeting April 14, 2011." Houston Independent School District. Item D10 and Attachment D10. Retrieved on August 28, 2012.
- "Sharpstown High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
- "Sugar Grove Middle Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District.