Sienna earns A+ for academic offerings
November 16, 2009

(Missouri City, TX – December 2009)     With highly rated schools located within Sienna and Fort Bend’s newest high school opening this fall, Sienna Plantation is not just a teachers’ favorite, but also the top pick for parents when it comes to education for their children.

Set to serve Sienna students next year, Fort Bend’s 11th high school is at the heart of Sienna Plantation. The $71 million campus will serve 2,400 to 2,500 students and open to ninth and 10th graders in August.

Sienna also boasts two of Fort Bend’s 18 Exemplary-rated elementary schools, Sienna Crossing and Scanlan Oaks. Recently awarded its traditional Exemplary rating, Sienna Crossing was the community’s first on-site school and is consistently lauded for its academic prowess, with students easily outscoring their peers on state-mandated TAKS tests. Students also perform well at Scanlan Oaks, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in Sienna in 2004 and also is no stranger to the coveted Exemplary TEA rating. Both schools enjoy strong parent support, with active Parent-Teacher Organizations that have raised a significant amount of money for the schools and their students.

Also located in Sienna is one of the district’s newest elementary schools, Jan Schiff Elementary, which opened for the 2008-2009 school year and was given a Recognized rating by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for its inaugural year. Specialized areas in the school meet a variety of student needs, including a music room, a science classroom, a computer lab and a small broadcast studio for school-wide announcements and student-led news programs. A room dedicated to physical education has special sports flooring and the cafeteria, which includes a stage, can double as a performance auditorium.

The fourth school that has opened in Sienna is Baines Middle School, a $25 million campus that first welcomed students in 2006. Baines students enjoy specific classrooms for drama; band, orchestra, ensemble and choir (with practice rooms and instrument storage); journalism; and competition and practice gyms. There also are foreign language classrooms, computer labs, art classrooms, a technology lab and traditional shop and a life management lab.   

Student activities continue outdoors, where the Baines Longhorns can make use of a football field, weight room, four tennis courts and practice fields for baseball, softball and soccer. The school and its facilities are open to youth during the summer, as well, during “Sienna You-niversity” activities, a program that allows middle-schoolers to sign up for morning sports and academic classes or afternoon Open Gym. Many Baines teachers participated in the program.

Until next year’s opening of the new high school, Sienna students attend two of Fort Bend’s most notable secondary campuses: Hightower High School and Elkins High School. Hightower, rated Recognized by the Texas Education Agency, offers an innovative Career Academies program that prepares students for work in four lucrative fields — medical sciences, engineering, computer technology and media/broadcasting. Elkins is a local favorite, ranked 29th out of 131 public high schools in the Houston area and third in Fort Bend for 2009 by Children at Risk, a local research and advocacy group. Both high schools enjoy strong athletic reputations, with Hightower playing in the state football finals last year and Elkins considered a powerhouse on the baseball field.

Sienna’s commitment to education continues with several on-site preschools, a 50-acre Houston Community College campus that currently can accommodate more than 2,100 students, and a 45,000-square-foot Fort Bend County library, under construction now and slated to open this fall.

According to Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO), an independent real estate advisory firm, Sienna Plantation is one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities. Sienna also was named “Best Development in Texas” during the 2008 CNBC Americas Property Awards. Residents enjoy abundant amenities in addition to the Brushy Lake Fitness Center, including the Club Sienna water park, tennis courts, a lakeside amphitheater, Camp Sienna sports park, frequent residential events and activities and much more. Residents also enjoy close proximity to the Fort Bend Parkway.

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