Kinkaid strives to produce well-rounded students and in my opinion as long as the student is willing to put in the effort needed, Kinkaid succeeds in doing that. I was given so many more opportunities to participate in a broad spectrum of activities than my friends who attended Houston publics schools and even my friends who attended other top tier private schools in the area. I played on 3 sports teams all four years of high school. I also participated in the choir for four years, the spring musical for 2 years and took AP and honors classes all throughout my career at Kinkaid. I found teachers to be understanding of all my activities and were willing to work with me to make sure I got everything taken care, especially when my athletic involvement began to require travel. My teachers were also supportive and encouraging, keeping up with my activities and my interests even after I was no longer in their classes. Teachers were always in attendance at big sporting events and major performances cheering on their students. I felt that the teachers at Kinkaid understood what the school was trying to accomplish and encouraged student involvement in after school activities. I appreciated the benefit of having such a well-rounded education that consisted of arts, athletics, and academics. It is one of the most unique things Kinkaid offers students. However, Kinkaid is very competitive. Students are always striving to be the best and brightest. It is not a place for those without a competitive drive or a desire to continue to improve. Sometimes, the competitiveness can drive a student away. However, I think that if a student at Kinkaid is willing to exert the efforts required of them they can receive an education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. While the teachers, facilities and opportunities at Kinkaid all play an important role, it does eventually come down to the student's willingness to participate and desire to be a high achiever.