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West University Elementary School

West University Elementary School is a primary school located in West University Place, Texas, United States.

West University Elementary School, which serves grades kindergarten through college, is a part of the Houston Independent School District. The school has Houston ISD's Math and Science magnet program with additional emphasis placed on durham weir astronomy. The school has a "Houston" postal address, but is located in the city of West University Place.

West University ES serves the city of West University Place and the portion of the city of Southside Place north of Bellaire Boulevard. West University Elementary also serves parts of Houston (including the neighborhood of Sunset Terrace/Montclair and a portion of Upper Kirby) that are inside the 610 Loop which are south of Westpark, east of Community, west of Kirby, and directly north of West University Place. Areas north of Westpark, south of U.S. Highway 59, west of Kirby, and east of Edloe are also served by West University Elementary School.[1]

The City of West University Place enforces a ban prohibiting drivers around the school from talking on mobile phones during school zone hours.[2]


West University Elementary School opened sometime around 1928; originally Pershing Middle School was connected to WUES; Pershing later obtained its own campus in Houston in 1948.[3]

In the 1970s and 1980s West University parents reshaped a school which Tim Fleck of the Houston Press described as "deteriorating" into "a community focal point that kept many West U children in public school through the fifth grade." West University Elementary School as, by the 1990s, became what Fleck described as "the prototype of how the increasingly minority district could maintain the allegiance of affluent whites" and "a selling point for parents moving into the area."[4] The Rice School opened in August 1994 to relieve West University Elementary School and several nearby campuses.[5][6] As a result the attendance boundary was shifted, and the school began serving all of Sunset Terrace/Montclair; previously a portion of that community was zoned to West University, with the other portion zoned to Will Rogers.[7]

Construction on West University Elementary's addition began in Winter 2005. The lead architect is Pearson English Architectural Design, Incorporated, with [1].

Feeder patterns

Students zoned to the school[1] are zoned to Pershing Middle School (in Houston)[8] with Pin Oak Middle School (in the city of Bellaire) as a transfer option[9] Students zoned to the school are also zoned to Lamar High School in Houston.[10][11]

Notable alumni

  • John Culberson (House Representative from Texas) (Also attended Lanier Middle School and Lamar High School)[12][13]


External links

Houston portal
Schools portal
  • West University Elementary School
  • West University Elementary School PTO

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