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  • Kinkaid School
    201 Kinkaid School Drive
    Houston
    Texas
    US
    77024
  • T +1 713 782 1640
  • E iris.bonet@kinkaid.org
  • W www.kinkaid.org
  • Memberships: American Field Service , Counsel for the Advancement and Support of Education , College Entrance Examination Board , Cum Laude Society , Educational Records Bureau , Independent Schools Association of the Southwest , National Association for College Admission Counseling , National Association of Independent Schools , Network of Complementary Schools , Texas Association for College Admission Counseling
  • State/Independent: Independent: private non-profit
  • Lower School Ages: 4-10
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Middle School Ages: 10-14
  • Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Ages: 14-18
  • Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Numbers: 547
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: SEN considered case by case
  • Boarding: Not available
  • Uniform: Yes
  • School Year: Mid August - Late May, 2 semesters Holidays; 1 week at Thanksgiving, 2 and a half weeks at Christmas, 1 week in March for Spring Break Plus; Labor Day & Yom Kippur (September), Columbus Day (October), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January), Presedents' Day (February) and Good Friday (April).
  • Fee Currency: US$
  • Fee Details: Deposit: $1,000 New Student Fee (one time payment):$1,000 Tuition: Pre-K, Kindergarten: $13,215 Grades 1 through 4: $14,150 Grades 5 through 8: $16,375 Grades 9 through 12: $17,950 (fees which help subsidize the costs of educational supplies, student photos, publications, gym uniforms, and various educational programs)
  • Fee Extras: Middle and upper school textbooks (new or used) are purchased from the school store. Annual average cost for new books is approximately $525 in middle school and $650 in upper school. Additional charges for class trips and other school expenses vary by grade level and activity. Lunch is available daily to students in grades 1 - 12. Purchases in the cafeteria may be made by enrolling in the fixed price lunch plan or charged to your billing account.
  • Religion: Non-denominational

Advanced Placement (AP) -

Advanced Placement courses are curricula and exams created by the College Board (who also run the SAT I and II) and are usually much more rigorous than the general course offerings (including those characterizedas "honours") at American high schools. They are also standardized: theAP Algebra III course and exam offered in Connecticut will be the sameAP Algebra III course and exam offered in Islamabad.

"Advanced Placement" means just that- many colleges and universities will award creditfor these coursesif the student has received a 3 or higher(orsome cases,just a 5) on the AP subject exam [All AP exams are for specificsubjects, and the highest score available is a5].Highly competitive first tier colleges and universities, however, do have their own set of requirements (see note below*).

Many good high schools offer 15-22 different AP courses, and - depending on the ones offered by that school- can allow a student to weight his course load with more things he really wants (ie Latin Literature, Latin Vergil or Physics B, Physics B: Mechanical; Physics B: Electricity and Magnetism), unlikemore circumscribedcurricula (ie the IB Diploma).

There are several advantages to taking AP courses:

  • They are transferable for students changing schools (a student taking the APWorld History coursein one school or country in the autumn can move to another school and continue on with the same course in the winter if the new school offers that course);
  • They give studentsstrong and challenging course work and show university admissions officesthat the student is taking the hardest classes available;
  • If the student's university is willing to award credit for courses taken,it can represent a significant savings on tuition fees (it is conceivable that astudent could taketen or fifteen AP courses in high school, and find himself with a couple or three terms of university core studies under his belt, if some or all of the AP courses are similar enough to courses offered by the university).
  • The American high school diploma does require that each student complete a certain range of subjects over 4 years to graduate, but there's room for electives and that's where serious students load up with their preferred AP (in addition to the AP versions of the required ones they're taking). That's probably the biggest advantage over other curricula....the advantages of a broad based curriculum, but one easier to fine tune for the more narrowly focused student.

AP coursesare now also accepted by some UK universitiesfor admission (except for some Oxford colleges).

*Top schools (for examplein the Ivy League)may not allow students to use AP courses for credit until their junior year in university, and then only if students achieved 5's on at least five of their AP tests in high school. Of course, they only admitted that student in the first place based on therigour of his course work (based on an IB diploma and/or a high number of AP courses!) and his excellent grades in same.

Adapted or School-Developed Curriculum

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) - A recognised accrediting association of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


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