About Shelby Joe

Shelby Joe (周) is General Academic's Founder. A Mississippi native, Shelby graduated from Rice University with a BA in Political Science in 2007, where he still mentors students. He has lived in both China and Germany; he speaks Chinese Mandarin and German. He is also the Founder of the edtech company Piqosity.

Ambushed and Robbed on Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Hike-Bike Trail

Like many Houstonians tired of being indoors and pleasantly surprised by the cool weather last weekend, I took to our city’s increasingly well-developed hike and bike trails to seek fresh air and nature during these often too-isolating times.  At approximately 10:30 in the morning on Sunday, September 20, 2020, I [...]

By |2020-09-25T17:58:03-05:00September 21st, 2020|Announcements|0 Comments

Top Houston ISD (HISD) Magnet Schools of 2020

Analysis of Houston School Choice Lottery for 2020-2021 The most popular Houston ISD (HISD) magnet schools for 2020-2021 are River Oaks Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, and Carnegie Vanguard High School. Families had about a 10%-20% chance of winning the lottery for admission to a highly desirable HISD magnet [...]

By |2020-08-31T10:27:35-05:00August 25th, 2020|Schools|0 Comments

Top Houston ISD (HISD) Magnet Schools of 2018

For the 2018-2019 academic year, almost ten percent of Houston ISD (HISD) students participated in this year’s annual School Choice lottery; participation versus last year was essentially flat when growth was up 19% versus 2016. Families submitted an average of 2.5 applications each for a total of 52,123 applications [...]

By |2020-02-21T17:50:39-06:00May 7th, 2018|Schools|0 Comments

2017 HISD Board of Trustees Candidate Forum for District V at Rice University

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @7pm Spend an engaging and insightful evening at Rice University learning about the issues and the candidates for HISD's Board of Trustees District V. This non-partisan and non-endorsing informational event is hosted by General Academic and Rice University's Center for Local Elections in American Politics [...]

By |2020-02-21T17:50:14-06:00September 18th, 2017|Schools|0 Comments