Private High School
Will Have Students Floating in Zero Gravity!
News Release June 15, 2011
There is a new college prep high school in town and it is like no other in the nation, perhaps in the world.
Sky High School is a small private school with an extraordinary, superior focus on higher mathematics, science, Astronautics, Informatics and
The goal of Sky High administrators is far beyond students passing TAKS tests or making sufficient scores on the SAT. They anticipate students normally making NEAR PERFECT SAT scores, according to the school’s founder, Dr. Rube Williams, Jr.
"Upon graduation from Sky, virtually all students will qualify for full academic scholarships to prestigious universities," Dr. Williams said. "We expect to be that good."
Sky High School's curriculum includes all the basic high school course work but also scientifically advanced curriculum elements like nuclear physics, robot construction, orbital mechanics, and programming in C++. Sky High's curriculum will also include designing experiments to be tested in a zero--gravity environment.
"The students will fly," Dr. Williams said.
Williams holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist. Seven years ago he founded Houston's highly regarded JET Learning Laboratory, a physics and mathematics learning center, offering tutorial services to students in third grade through undergraduate college level.
Williams is also a rocket scientist who has over a decade of experience designing and testing experiments for NASA and for Texas A&M. As part of the testing, he routinely flew on NASA's specialized zero--gravity aircraft----the same type of aircraft his students will fly on to test their experiments.
Sky High's tuition is moderate, Williams said, so that a broad spectrum of families can afford its super elite academic instruction. However, students will undergo screening at enrollment to ensure they possess the motivation to pursue the curriculum.
"Previous academic performance is hardly the main criteria for being accepted into Sky High," Dr. Williams said. "Frequently students who have been performing poorly were later discovered to have exceptional capabilities. Often they were simply bored with the cookie--cutter classwork many schools offer. Sometimes genius is latent."
Sky High will accommodate a maximum of only 40 students in ninth grade through 12th. It is located in southwest Houston on Beltway 8 near the Southwest
Freeway. The first day of class is August 29, 2011