GroundBreakers: Bridgeland and Riverstone

Bridgeland Plans Self-Defense Classes
Protection and fitness will be the focus of a series of self-defense classes slated in Bridgeland this summer. The classes are open to the public.

Classes are scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7; 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17; 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4; and 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Classes will be held at the community’s Lakeland Activity Center, 16902 Bridgeland Landing.

Key points of the class include how to fight more than one person and win, how to increase your chances of surviving a home invasion or carjacking, the most effective way to get a 250-pound person off of you in seconds and the additional weight loss and strength-building benefits of self defense.

Cost for a single class is $40 per resident or $55 per non-resident.

Teaching the classes is Terry Tom, a certified self-defense instructor who has 15 years of experience in the fitness and martial arts field. Tom specializes in counter-assault for women, Jeet Kune Do concepts, escrima, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, jiu-jitsu boxing and Wing Chun Kung Fu.

The self-defense classes are just part of several seminars and events the Bridgeland community is opening to the public this summer. For a full list — which includes a summer drama camp, soccer camps and more — visit or

About Bridgeland
The Bridgeland community is a development of General Growth Properties, Inc., the second-largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) in the nation. As owner of Bridgeland and majority owner of The Woodlands, General Growth Properties is one of the largest master-planned community developers in the Houston area. For more information, visit


Riverstone Schools: Best in Houston, Best in State
Schools serving the Riverstone master-planned community fared well in rankings recently released by Children at Risk, a local research and advocacy group, with several schools listed among the top facilities in the Houston area and in the state.

Riverstone Schools

Young Riverstone residents attend some of Houston’s — and the state’s — best schools, based on rankings just released by Children at Risk, a local research and advocacy group.

The Riverstone school ranked highest by Children at Risk is Fort Settlement Middle School, which placed fourth among 253 Houston-area middle schools and is 10th among the 1,720 middle schools on the Texas list. First Colony Middle School also was among the premier schools, ranking 14th in the Houston-area and 51st in Texas.

Both high schools serving Riverstone placed high on the list, with Clements ranked ninth in the Houston area (22nd in the state) and Elkins placing 32nd among the 140 high schools ranked citywide and 146th among the 1,018 high schools ranked throughout Texas. All new construction in Riverstone is currently zoned to Elkins.

In addition, each of the elementary schools attended by Riverstone students that were reviewed placed in the top 25 percent of the 557 Houston-area schools listed. Most notable is Commonwealth Elementary, which was listed seventh in the Houston area and is ranked 30th among the 3,126 Texas elementaries on the Children at Risk list. One campus, Jan Schiff Elementary, was not included in the rankings because it opened only recently.

“Riverstone is a family-oriented community and our Fort Bend schools have long been a top draw for our buyers,” said Tom Wilcox, general manager of Riverstone. “It is exciting to see so many of our campuses compare well not just among other Fort Bend schools, but also among Houston schools and statewide.

“Education is a vital part of a quality master-planned community and we’re pleased to be zoned to such great schools. And people are noticing — we just completed our best-selling first quarter and continue to be ranked among the 10 top-selling communities in the Houston area.”

This is the fifth year Children at Risk has evaluated public high schools in the Houston area and the first year middle schools and elementaries were included on the list. It is also the first year for the report to extend statewide.

Riverstone, ranked fifth among the 10 top-selling Houston communities by housing consultant Metrostudy, is conveniently located at Highway 6, three miles south of U.S. 59, and offers easy access to several major thoroughfares, including the Fort Bend Parkway. Abundant dining and shopping choices are just minutes away, including First Colony’s booming Town Center.

For more information on Riverstone, visit For information on the school rankings, including the variables used in the school evaluations, visit