Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane[nb 1] to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no hurricanes of Category 3 intensity or higher made landfall in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. The eighth named storm, third hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Harvey developed from a tropical wave to the east of the Lesser Antilles, reaching tropical storm status on August 17. The storm crossed through the Windward Islands on the following day, passing just south of Barbados and later near Saint Vincent. Upon entering the Caribbean Sea, Harvey began to weaken due to moderate wind shear and degenerated into a tropical wave north of Colombia early on August 19. The remnants were monitored for regeneration as it continued west-northwestward across the Caribbean and the Yucatán Peninsula, before redeveloping over the Bay of Campeche on August 23. Harvey then began to rapidly intensify on August 24, regaining tropical storm status and becoming a hurricane later that day. While the storm moved generally northwest, Harvey's intensification phase stalled slightly overnight from August 24–25; however, Harvey soon resumed strengthening and quickly became a major hurricane and attained Category 4 intensity later that day. Hours later, Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, at peak intensity. Harvey caused at least 71 confirmed deaths; 1 in Guyana,[1] and 70 in the United States.[2][3] Catastrophic inland flooding is ongoing in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. FEMA director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years.[4] Economic losses are preliminarily estimated at between $70[5] to $200 billion,[6] with a large portion of the losses sustained by uninsured homeowners.

How Your Child Can Benefit from Changing Schools as a Result of Hurricane Harvey

How Your Child Can Benefit from Changing Schools as a Result of Hurricane Harvey

Last week, the state of Texas was hit by a hurricane of historic proportions. As a result of Hurricane Harvey, many families lost their homes and will have to start over. This includes a number of students who will end up having to change schools because they were displaced by the hurricane or because their families will have to move.

However, I am a strong believer that you can turn any negative into a positive. For students and parents who will end up looking for a new home or changing school districts after Hurricane Harvey, I’ve come up with a few steps that can help them make the transition smoothly and get right back on track, if not better.

  • If your child is in the upper high school grades – that is, 10th through 12th grade – you’ll want to have them request 5 copies of their official transcript from their previous school.


  • If your child is a high school senior, confirm their most recent class ranking and GPA. If your child is in the top 30% of their class, you’ll want to be extremely cautious when choosing the next school they attend. However, if your child is ranked in the top 10% of their class, they’ll already be in good shape because the state of Texas’s “Top 10% rule” will allow them to be accepted into any public university here. It’s also a good idea to learn what your child’s new class ranking would be in their new school, as enrolling your child into the wrong section could end costing them thousands of dollars in scholarship money, in the long-term.


  • Research, research, research potential new schools to find out which presents the best situation for you and your family.


  • If your child has an interest in certain career fields like medicine, acting, law, or other specialized fields, consider enrolling them in one of the state of Texas’s many specialty schools. For example, HISD offers a variety of options, check out the HISD link to learn more

– Texans Can Academy is a charter school with locations in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas & Ft. Worth, and they offer open enrollment. This school also allows students to graduate early and attend school for only 4 hours a day if they perform well academically. For those who will have to relocate to another city because of Harvey, Texans Can Academy is definitely worth considering.

– Legacy the School of Sport Sciences is an upcoming charter school opening in 2018, with an emphasis on teaching students alternative professions in the sports world. To find out more about Legacy and find out if your child is right for its upcoming inaugural class, you can visit the Legacy CMHS website. here:  Interest form is .

For children just starting out high school in the 9th grade, you’ll want to put them in a school that offers courses in the field they’re interested in. A specialty school may be an ideal fit for them.

* If your child is in the 8th grade, consider applying for charter schools in the state of Texas like KIPP, Yes, or Harmony. These schools often have waiting lists, but if your child is admitted, they’ll have access to a wealth of resources and opportunities they might not have otherwise, and many other good schools across the state of Texas.

In the end, the goal is make sure your child is enrolled in a program in which they will not only graduate high school, but also go on to be successful in their desired career field. Furthermore, your child’s performance affects their grade point average – and their GPA can in turn affect how much scholarship money your child will have access to.

Whatever decision you make, we believe that your child can go on to be great and successful if they believe in themselves and continually strive for improvement.

4.0 GPA, LLC, and our staff’s hearts go out to everyone who was affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as the lives lost as a result of the storm. We wish the city a speedy recovery, and know that Texas will work together to get better soon.

Be sure to follow @40gpa on Instagram to find out about Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts, endeavors offering support for students, and, of course, upcoming 4.0 GPA, LLC, events. And keep a look out for our upcoming webinar session!

Stay tune for more articles on college & career readiness.

Preparation is Key!

As always, let’s be great… TOGETHER!

Henry Keculah, Jr.

4.0 GPA LLC, Founder & CEO


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