Seven Lakes High School

Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) is a public senior high school located in Fort Bend County, Texas, United States, inside the Cinco Ranch area south of the city of Katy.[2] Many communities such as Seven Meadows, Grand Lakes, and Cinco Ranch are zoned to the school. While the school has a Katy address, it is within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston, and is a high school of the Katy Independent School District (KISD).

Seven Lakes High School
9251 South Fry Road


Coordinates29°42′26″N 95°48′28″W / 29.707288°N 95.807911°W / 29.707288; -95.807911
TypePublic school
School districtKaty Independent School District
PrincipalKerri Finnesand
Faculty199.80 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment3,760 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio18.82[1]
Campus size124 acres (50 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Navy blue, orange, white
Team nameSpartans
Feeder schoolsBeckendorff Junior High School
Seven Lakes Junior High School

History edit

The school was originally planned by Katy ISD to relieve overcrowding at Cinco Ranch High School and Katy High School and to better facilitate the influx of students due to new development planned in the general Katy area. The school plan was the same general design used for two other KISD schools, Morton Ranch High School and Cinco Ranch High School, and was designed by PBK Architects. The school's first year in operation was the 2005–2006 school year and had its first graduating class of 408 students in the 2007–2008 school year.[3] The school was nominated a "National Blue Ribbon School of 2008."[4]

Background edit

The school is located in the Katy Independent School District, and has the distinction of being the largest high school construction project at one time in the state of Texas.[5] Seven Lakes was designed by PBK Architects, as were many other area schools.[6] It is also the second largest, as well as the most expensive, school in the United States to be built at one time. The total cost of the school came around to $77,424,704 after construction was complete.[6] The name of the school is derived from two major communities that are zoned to it, Seven Meadows and Grand Lakes, taking "Seven" from the name of the Seven Meadows community and "Lakes" from the name of the Grand Lakes community.[7] While the school is meant only for a maximum of 3,000 students, schools in Katy ISD often become overcrowded due to the rapid development in the area as was the case in 2012, when Seven Lakes reached its peak of 3,957 students.

The school maintains a rivalry of sorts with Cinco Ranch High School, another high school also located in the same school district as Seven Lakes (Katy Independent School District) and located 3 miles away.[8] Logically, much of the area now zoned to Seven Lakes was originally zoned to Cinco Ranch High School before Seven Lakes opened, and much of the area zoned to the new Tompkins High School was previously zoned to Seven Lakes.

Demographics edit

  • African American 7.10%[9]
  • Asian 29.20%
  • Hispanic 24.42%
  • Native American 0.14%
  • White (non-Hispanic) 36.43%
  • Two or More Races 2.58%

Economically Disadvantaged 14.08%

Campus edit

Gilbane Building Co. built the school and PBK Architects designed the school.[10]

The school has the following facilities:[11]

  • 615,000 square feet (57,100 m2)
  • Natatorium with diving equipment
  • 9 tennis courts
  • Weight lifting room
  • Aux. Weight Room
  • 900 computers
  • Wireless technology
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Black Box Theatre
  • 2 dark rooms
  • 2 science labs
  • 1 science prep area
  • 4 art labs with courtyard
  • Fine Arts Hallway with art rooms, a band hall, orchestra room and choir room

Academics edit

Advanced Placement courses edit

Seven Lakes offers a number of Advanced Placement course options to higher-achieving students, with 28 classroom AP courses being offered during the 2021-2022 School Year in a variety of subject areas.[12]

  • Number Taken (2017)= 3,078
    • Pass Rate= 90%

2017 college entrance exams edit

  • SAT (SLHS Average vs. National Average)[12]
    • Evidence Based Reading & Writing 615 vs. 538
    • Math 620 vs. 533
  • ACT (SLHS Average vs. National Average)
    • Composite 25.9 vs. 21.0

Seven Lakes High School met state standards and earned distinctions in 6 out of 6 areas that were surveyed by the Texas Education Agency in 2019.[12]

Athletics edit

State championships edit

  • 2007 Texas 4A Boys Cross Country State Champions[13]
  • 2011 5A Wrestling
  • 2013 5A Wrestling
  • 2018 6A Boys 4 × 100 m Relay
  • 2020 6A Volleyball
  • 2021 6A Spirit
  • 2022 6A Spirit
  • 2023 6A Boys Soccer

Activities edit

State championships edit

  • 2008 4A UIL Academic Decathlon
  • 2010 5A UIL Academic Decathlon
  • 2012 5A UIL Computer Science[14]
  • 2008 Texas 4A UIL Social Studies[15]
  • 2010 4A UIL Social Studies[13]
  • 2010 5A UIL Current Issues/Events
  • 2011 5A UIL Current Issues/Events
  • 2012 5A UIL Current Issues/Events
  • 2010 5A UIL Spelling
  • 2011 5A UIL Spelling
  • 2012 5A UIL Spelling
  • 2012 5A UIL Literary Criticism
  • 2023 6A UIL Calculator Applications
  • 2023 6A UIL Congressional Debate

Enrollment trends edit

  • 2012-2013 School Year = 3,957 Students (926 graduating seniors)[16]
  • 2013-2014 School Year = 3,584 Students (988 graduating seniors)[17]
  • 2014-2015 School Year = 3,464 Students (1,003 graduating seniors)[18]

Feeder patterns edit

The following elementary schools feed into Seven Lakes (non-comprehensive):[19]

  • Roosevelt Alexander Elementary
  • Bonnie Holland Elementary
  • Michael Griffin Elementary (partial)
  • Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary (partial)
  • Stan C. Stanley Elementary (partial)
  • Tom Wilson Elementary (partial)

The following middle schools feed into Seven Lakes High School:

  • Beckendorff Junior High School
  • Seven Lakes Junior High School (partial)

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "SEVEN LAKES H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  3. ^ Bretting, Sandra (2004-12-16). "Zoning plan wins trustee approval for Seven Lakes / Katy district authorizes work on elementary". Houston Chronicle. p. ThisWeek p. 1. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04.
  4. ^ "2007-2008 Seven Lakes High School Profile." Katy Independent School District. Accessed September 28, 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ KatyISD – Communications Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Education Design Showcase Project". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  7. ^ "Cinco Ranch Southwest". HAIF - Houston's Leading News Forum. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Seven Lakes High School Katy, TX -". Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  10. ^ Eriksen, Helen (2013-08-20). "Tompkins High School to welcome its first students in Katy ISD". The Katy Rancher at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  11. ^[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ a b c "Seven Lakes High School Profile 2016-17" (PDF).
  13. ^ a b "Seven Lakes High School Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  14. ^ "UIL Spring Meet - Results Archive". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  15. ^ "UIL Spring Meet - Results Archive". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2014-10-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Katy Independent School District MAP". Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-07-28.

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