About Samuel Pearson

Samuel Pearson is General Academic's Associate Manager. He graduated from Rice University in 2017 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science & Visual and Dramatic Arts. Before joining General Academic's team in 2023, Samuel was a high school teacher and technical director at a premier independent school in Houston.

Stop Learning Loss and Make the Most of Your Summer

The best way to prevent summer learning loss is to maintain regular practice. Follow these tips to stay in shape over summer vacation! Summer Learning Loss It's summertime, and the learnin' is easy! Though it is important to spend some time relaxing, students who fail to maintain regular academic [...]

2024-05-20T16:10:39-05:00May 16th, 2024|ACT, Announcements, ISEE, P/SAT, Subject, Summer Reading|

Top Houston High Schools by SAT Score 2024

Houston's top high schools by SAT test scores are Carnegie Vanguard, DeBakey, and Kinder HSPVA. Carnegie is also the Houston-area's top public school by National Merit Semifinalists, students who scored in the top 1% on the PSAT. Among Houston's big suburban high schools, Memorial (Spring Branch), Tompkins (Katy), and [...]

, 2024-04-18T18:24:28-05:00April 18th, 2024|College, P/SAT, Schools|

Texas High School Graduation Requirements, Explained

Texas high school students have two main pathways to graduation: the Texas Foundation High School Program, and the Texas First Early High School Diploma Program. Since the 2014-2015 school year, the Foundation High School Program (FHSP) has been the default route for graduation for all Texas public high school students. [...]

2024-04-01T13:51:08-05:00February 21st, 2024|College, Schools|

How to Apply to Houston ISD Magnet Schools

What are Magnet Schools in Houston ISD? Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the eighth largest public school district in the U.S., with nearly 190,000 students across 274 schools. Of those schools, 120 are considered Magnet Schools. Magnet schools, known as “magnets,” aim to attract specific types of students [...]

2024-02-19T10:56:47-06:00December 12th, 2023|Schools|

Top Houston Public High Schools by SAT Score, 2023

The top Houston-area public high schools are Carnegie Vanguard, DeBakey, and Clements. The SAT is an almost ubiquitous part of the American educational landscape, serving as a critical metric for gauging college and career readiness. Its influence extends to educators and institutions as well, offering valuable data that can guide [...]

2024-04-18T14:14:07-05:00November 9th, 2023|P/SAT, Schools|

Top Houston ISD (HISD) Magnet Schools of 2023

Analysis of Houston School Choice Lottery for 2023-2024 The most popular Houston ISD (HISD) magnet schools for 2023-2024 are River Oaks Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, and Carnegie Vanguard High School. The application cycle for the 2023-2024 school year took place the previous year, between 2022-2023. Families had [...]

, 2024-02-07T14:54:49-06:00October 25th, 2023|Schools|

Houston’s Best Elementary and Middle Schools by STAAR Scores 2023

T.H. Rogers Elementary achieved top STAAR scores in both Math and Reading. T.H. Rogers is the best elementary and middle school in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) by state test scores. The results aren't terribly surprising given that every student at Rogers must be designated gifted [...]

2023-09-13T21:16:08-05:00September 6th, 2023|Schools|

ISEE Test Dates in Houston for 2023-2024

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is the most popular standardized test required for admission to most Houston-area private schools. This page details test dates and locations for the 2023-2024 application season. Parents must register directly with the test administrator at ERBLearn.org. General Academic is Houston’s leading ISEE tutor; click [...]

2023-10-16T14:14:13-05:00August 7th, 2023|ISEE, Schools|

Houston’s Major School Holidays and Test Dates 2023-2024

At General Academic we're constantly aware of and alerting parents to Houston's major academic dates and deadlines like the ones below. 2023 August 28 – First Day of School September 4 – Labor Day September 25 – Fall Holiday November 20-24 – Thanksgiving Holiday December 25 - January 5 [...]

2023-08-01T17:36:39-05:00July 31st, 2023|ACT, ISEE, P/SAT, Schools|

Houston Private School Tuition 2023-2024

For the 2023-2024 school year, Houston private school tuition costs $25,674 a year on average per child, which amounts to a nearly 6% increase in tuition as compared to the 2022-2023 academic year. The cost of a private education in Houston has increased 15.8% since before the pandemic. The price [...]

2023-07-31T12:48:04-05:00July 31st, 2023|Schools|
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