Below is a piece written by Josh Farris, a recent graduate of Houston Christian High School. Because of my interest in students/teachers of color and independent schools, I wanted to get the point of view of a minority student after three years of HC. Josh was a student in my world history course during his sophomore year, and was a leader in my mentor group; I have never seen a student grow and mature as much as Josh did.
Where to begin? Well coming from a public school that was very diverse, then going to a private school that only had two blacks in a class of over one hundred people, I knew some things would be different. Growing up I had never thought about going to a private school. I thought I was going to start and finish high school in Cy-Fair’s public school system. But, one day after church, I received a phone call from my dad asking me if I wanted to go to Houston Christian High School…for free! The scholarship came from an outside organization willing to pay for everything as long as I maintained high grades. Neither one of us had ever heard of the school, we just knew it was a private school that just won state. So I thought about it for a while and ditched the dream of going to the University of Texas because of the top 10% rule that Texas has and said I would go to Houston Christian High School. After some interviews, essays, and other screenings to make sure I was able to keep up with the school work, I was able to go to Houston Christian High School. My First year at Houston Christian High School was a big transition. I would often fall asleep in my classes because I was use to 30-45 minute classes. But at HC, classes were over an hour long. It was also a big culture shock. Being able to count all of the people like me on one hand was somewhat different. But, nevertheless, by the time my senior year rolled around, classes that once seemed too long were not long enough, and my relationship with other students pulled us together to the point that we were all alike. I matured a lot academically and as a person due to the rigorous college prep environment. I matured because of the expectations that were set and because of what was demanded. It makes you grow up to the point that you must get your work done, and done well; if you don’t you won’t succeed at HC. Playing a sport, especially baseball and going to HC is not an easy task. Both academics and baseball are very demanding and take up a lot of time.
I did well academically, taking Advanced Placement classes in the fields of science and math, but also took AP English too, which is why I am majoring in mechanical engineering. Attending HC gave me time to adjust to how a college schedule and workload will be presented to me once at Baylor University. I would much rather have gone through what I did at HC than to have experienced it first in college. Being in a different environment has been one of the best things that have happened to me. The scholarship people were right in the potential they saw in me. It was wonderful experiencing the things I did and some of the opportunities I received while going to HC. I never even thought I would rub elbows with the children of CEO’s, lawyers, millionaires, and other high socioeconomic status families. It was quite an experience. But I learned that branching out and putting yourself in a new environment can only be a good thing, because in that time you learn so much about yourself and other people. Not everything will be good, but you will still learn a lot. I learned no matter how much money someone has, they are a human.