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Finding the right fit for your child’s education is vital to academic and personal growth. Buzz-area residents are fortunate in that Houston is home to many of the nation’s top private schools, most of which are located right here in our neighborhoods.
The Buzz Magazines Private School Directory, for Pre-K through post-high school, has been a valuable resource to our residents and readers, both in print and online, for many years. This year, it should be especially useful, with the many online and in-person options emerging to safeguard student health.
This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all private schools. Instead, our goal is to provide readers with a snapshot of each school, as a starting point in the research process. Additionally, see our Schools section for more articles related to schools, and check out our popular School Buzz blog for stories about local high schools written from students’ perspectives.

Early Childhood /  Lower School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1970
3600 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006 (map)
713-470-5600 • [email protected]
Molly Khalil, Director of Admission

Open House Dates: Virtual visits begins Sept. 21. Applications available Aug. 17.
Annunciation Orthodox School offers an educational experience that extends beyond academic excellence and includes the development of strong character in an Orthodox Christian environment. Every day, we celebrate the distinct talents and diverse backgrounds of our students, cultivating empathy, resilience, confidence, and agape (unconditional love in action) while fostering a joy of learning. Our students mature into grounded and compassionate members of society, prepared for future challenges.

Early Learning / Lower School / Middle School / Upper School​
Co-ed • Est. 1956
7455 Awty School Lane

Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-580-0579 • [email protected]
Chantel Olufsen, Chief Advancement Officer
Open House Dates: Early Learning, Sept. 23 and Oct. 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m.; Lower School, Oct. 16, 2020, 9 a.m.; Middle/Upper School, Nov. 8, 2020, 2 p.m.; French Program (All Grades), Nov. 13, 2020, 9 a.m.

The Awty International School, Houston’s premier international school, educates over 1,700 students, from PK3/Petite Section through 12th grade/Terminale, to become responsible world citizens. The leader in international education, Awty is a diverse community of students and teachers hailing from over 60 nations. In the culminating grades, our students pursue either the French Baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate. Join us on campus to learn more about Awty!

Age 3 through High School
Co-ed • Est. 2000
2203 North Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, Texas 77449 (map)
713-290-9025 • [email protected]
Jane Chastant, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Call to schedule a tour.

The British International School of Houston (BIS Houston) is a private international school for children ages 3-18. At BIS Houston, students experience outstanding academic progress and continuity of learning, whether in the classroom or virtually. Our students consistently demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, and many graduates receive offers to study at the top 100 universities worldwide. Connect with us to find out why 92 percent of BIS Houston parents agree the school provides a stimulating learning environment. Now enrolling.

Pre-K / Lower School / Middle School / Upper School
Girls • Est. 1960
10202 Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
713-468-8211 • [email protected]
Tony Houle, Head of Admissions and Strategic Imperatives
Open House Dates: Oct. 18, 2020, 2 p.m., Nov. 12, 2020, 6 p.m.
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is Houston’s only all-girls Pre-K3 through 12th grade college preparatory school. At Duchesne, we help girls seek an active faith, embark on challenging intellectual journeys, put social awareness into forthright action, participate in a vibrant campus community, and develop independence. Our single-sex education ensures that our classes and community offer the support, challenges, and freedom that allow girls to shine.

Middle School / High School
Co-ed • Est. 1978
9825 Stella Link Rd.
Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
832-204-5900 • [email protected]
Caroline Sarnoff, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates (Virtual): Middle School, Nov. 1, 2020, Upper School, Nov. 11, 2020
The Emery/Weiner School is a private, college-preparatory middle and high school offering an exceptional education in a supportive, hands-on, experiential environment, framed by and infused with progressive and pluralistic Judaism. Our unique, inclusive culture values diversity and encourages students to pursue a wide range of academic, athletic, and artistic interests while developing a strong sense of self and community. Small class sizes allow for talented teachers to help students grow in confidence and competence – as was further proven when Houston schools made the temporary change to distance learning. Emery students graduate with a profound sense of moral self-reliance, empowered to advocate for themselves and others.

Grades 6-12
Co-ed • Est. 2006
3721 Dacoma St.
Houston, Texas 77092 (map)
713-659-7900 • [email protected]
Michele Joseph, M.Ed., Head of School
Open House Dates: Tours available by request.

Gateway Academy serves 6th-12th grade students with social and academic challenges through innovative approaches to learning, physical fitness, and social awareness. Our graduates face a changing world with self-advocacy, opening a path to personal significance in college, career, and community.

Infant / Pre-K / Elementary / Middle / High School
Co-ed • Est. 1980
5800 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
713-782-4022 • [email protected]
Ruth Hanson, Office of the Headmaster
Open House Dates: Personal tours by appointment.
Memorial Lutheran School's mission is to "build a strong foundation" for the love of God and neighbor. This is done through the spiritual foundation of the preaching and teaching of the Gospel and the academic foundation of a comprehensive, classical education.

Middle School / High School
Co-ed • Est. 2004
14333 Fern Dr.
Houston, Texas 77079 (map)
281-759-2288 • [email protected]
Pamela Camp, Admissions
Open House Dates: By appointment

The micro-school format that MPHS started with 16 years ago is more helpful now than ever. The small student-to-teacher ratio and self-paced work, combined with a structured classroom setting, differentiate MPHS and keep us safe in these times. MPHS is highly selective in admissions, maintaining a maximum of a 60-student count. The individualized challenge and constant innovation create a less stressful environment. Those who have learning issues make great strides in their academics. MPHS is having in-person learning for the 20-21 school year, with Zoom remaining an option for those who choose. Cognia/AdvancED/SACS accredited.

3 months through 8th grade
Co-ed • Est. 1987
5812 Maple Street
Houston, Texas 77074 (map)
5701 Beechnut Street
Houston, Texas 77074 (map)
713-774-3793 (Maple) • 713-771-5600 (Beechnut)
[email protected]
My Le Vo, M.Ed., School Director
Open House Date: Call to schedule a tour.

Montessori Learning Institute is the school where each child is respected for his/her uniqueness and inspired to develop a strong mind and a caring heart. Our safe environment, with small student ratio and dedicated, talented teachers, nurtures confident, responsible scholars and future world leaders. Our students have a record of high achievements and excellent conduct at prestigious high schools and colleges.

Preschool through 12th Grade
Co-ed • Est. 2005
5400 Mitchelldale St., C1
Houston, Texas 77092 (map)
281-715-2888 • [email protected]
Lauren Abel, MS, BCBA, LBA
Open House Date: Call or email to schedule a personal tour.

The Next Step Academy is a unique learning environment that focuses on delivering therapeutic education that changes the lives of children with autism and their families. Our goal is to give parents hope – for your child, your family and the future. Our program is fully customized to meet the needs of the individual child. We offer a variety of services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Therapeutic Services, Educational Services, Outdoor Recreation and Vocational Training.

14 months through High School
Co-ed • Est. 1963
4600 Bissonnet St.
Bellaire, Texas 77401 (map)
1010 Autrey St.
Houston, Texas 77006 (map)
713-661-6688 • [email protected]
Ashley Krug, Admission Director
Open House Dates: 14 months-Grade 6, Nov. 5, Dec. 1; Grades 7-12, Oct. 20, Dec. 8

Post Oak students challenge the norm. Instead of learning only for tests and knowledge quickly forgotten, you’ll find collaboration and camaraderie, independence and self-confidence, creativity and perseverance, from the youngest students at 14 months old through 12th graders. Post Oak’s two campuses are Montessori environments serving the needs of students at each level of their development, including year-round internships for high school students at partner institutions in the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, and downtown.

Early Childhood / Lower School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1988
40 Oakdale St.
Houston, Texas 77006 (map)
713-520-0284 • [email protected]
Kristin Brown, Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Open House Dates: TBD

If you want your children to achieve and be happy while they do it, send them to Presbyterian School. It’s the future of education, with a faculty, curriculum, building, and location that make the most of the best new research about how students learn and how they can thrive while doing it. All of this in a Christ-centered setting. Come and see why we believe our way is not merely different – it’s better.

Pre-K / Lower School / Middle School
Boys • Est. 1991
7330 Westview Drive
Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-682-8383 • [email protected]
Dennis P. Phillips, Head of School
Open House Dates: Visit

The Regis School of the Sacred Heart is Houston’s only all-boys 3 Pre-K through 8th grade school. Through a unique mix of challenging academics and the values of the Sacred Heart, Regis empowers students of all faiths to become authentic, compassionate leaders. Regis students develop a passion for learning and a foundation of moral character that serves them – and allows them to serve others – for a lifetime, regardless of how they ultimately define success.

Preschool / Lower School / Middle School​
Co-ed • Est. 1955
2300 Willowick Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027 (map)
713-623-6938 • [email protected]
Kealey Malott, Director of Admission
Open House Dates: Contact the admission office to schedule your virtual visit

ROBS melds ambitious academics with abiding Christian values, preparing students to identify and solve nuanced problems in an ever-changing world. Through our student-centered approach, ROBS will challenge your child to be the example of an eager mind guided by a faithful heart. Our graduates become leaders in Houston’s top high schools, premier boarding schools, and beyond. If your hopes for your child include intellectual curiosity and a strong moral compass, apply now.

Pre-K through High School
Co-ed • Est. 2015
7177 Regency Square Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77036 (map)
832-975-7075 • [email protected]
Lily Yee, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Private tours available by appointment.

With a commitment to small classes and outdoor learning and play, we are ready to handle the challenges of on-campus learning in our changing world. Because education is essential to the mental, socioemotional, and spiritual health of children, we work to deliver reasonable, balanced learning options on campus and online. At school, young students are not overburdened with take-home work, and spend many hours outside in our natural playground and garden. Older students receive rigorous instruction in dual-credit courses, giving them a head start in college and preparing them for life as independent adults.

Elementary School / Middle School / High School​
Co-ed • Est. 1955
4900 Jackwood St.
Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-666-3111 • [email protected]
Danny Kahalley, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Virtual visits for 9th-12th grade, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.; for 6th-8th grade, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.; Kinder-5th grade, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Registration required at

Saint Thomas' Episcopal School (STE) is celebrating its 66th year as a kindergarten through 12th grade Christian college preparatory school offering a classical education. STE students have won recent academic competitions, as well as state awards in soccer, basketball, swimming, cross country, orchestra, choir, and yearbook. We also offer a world-renowned Scottish Arts program that includes bagpiping, drumming, and Highland dance. Graduates attend universities throughout the nation, with recent acceptances from Cornell, Georgetown, Columbia, Rice, Penn, Colorado School of Mines, UT, and Texas A&M. STE will open a new academic building for fall 2021.

Preschool / Pre-K / Elementary School / Woods Middle School / Woods High School​
Co-ed • Est. 1962
1321 Wirt Rd.
Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-686-8811 •
Sara Sornson, Admissions/Registrar
Open House Dates: Open houses in November and January. See our website for dates, or call the office to schedule an appointment for a tour.

School of the Woods offers a continuum of Montessori education for pre-school through grade 12 in Houston, Texas. It is an independent, non-sectarian, Texas non-profit corporation. Founded in 1962, Woods Middle School was established in 1985, and Woods High School in 1999. Come see our new 44,000-square-foot, purpose-built high school campus, which opened March 2019. The school provides an educational program proven and strengthened through more than five decades of successful experience. Applications are accepted at any time.

Pre-K3 through 12
Co-ed • Est. 1946
6410 Woodway Dr.
Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
713-365-2310 • [email protected]
Andrea Prothro, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Visit for information on tours and events for prospective families.

The mission of Second Baptist School is to equip students to think critically, live biblically, and lead courageously to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Elementary School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1930
2120 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77098 (map)
713-526-3279 • [email protected]
Dawn Martinez, Principal
Open House Dates: Visit for information on virtual tours.

Since 1930, St. Anne Catholic School has been committed to teaching the Basilian philosophy of “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge,” in a nurturing environment. The St. Anne philosophy embraces the uniqueness of the whole child and celebrates the diversity of the student body. In collaboration with the family as a partner, St. Anne endeavors to provide an opportunity for the optimal growth of each child, while celebrating our Catholic heritage.

Pre-K3 through Eighth Grade
Co-ed • Est. 1958
11740 Joan of Arc Dr.
Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
713-468-9515 • [email protected]
Jeff Matthews, Principal
Open House Dates: Individual tours are available by appointment.

Our mission at St. Cecilia Catholic School is the ongoing Catholic formation and education of the whole child in mind, heart, and spirit, in preparation for an adult life of commitment and service.

Six weeks through Eighth Grade
Co-ed • Est. 1949
1516 Pech Road
Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-468-2623 • [email protected]
Kerstin Ramon, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Check for more information or to schedule a tour.

St. Mark Lutheran School seeks to introduce Houston families to the life-changing love of Jesus through scholarship, ministry, and leadership.

Early Childhood / Elementary School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1960
3816 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
713-667-7030 • [email protected]
Amanda Duplantis, Director of Admission
Open House Dates: Contact the admission office to learn more about our events for the 2020-2021 school year.

The community of St. Mark's Episcopal School celebrates the uniqueness of each child. We are stewards of our students' intellectual curiosity, faith, and passion for discovery. We cultivate joy, playfulness, and growth in a child-centered environment.

Pre-K / Elementary School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1971
1800 Sul Ross St.
Houston, Texas 77098 (map)
713-821-9100 • [email protected]
Office of Campus Life
Open House Dates: TBD. For a virtual tour, visit

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School educates students 15 months-8th grade using the curricula of Montessori and IMYC with a fully integrated and robust fine arts program. At St. Stephen’s, students are valued for who they are. We are a proud progressive Episcopal school, rooted in our values, accepting families of all faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles. Our students approach challenges from multiple perspectives and have the confidence to question, create and contribute, ultimately matriculating to Houston’s finest private and public high schools.

Pre-K / Elementary School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1943
6802 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
713-666-2345 • [email protected]
Renee McCurry, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Virtual tours coming soon. Please visit our school website for admissions information at

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School is a 2016 Blue Ribbon and fully accredited school. Its mission is to develop students to their fullest potential in an environment permeated with Gospel values.

First through Eighth Grade
Co-ed • Est. 2018
1231 Wirt Rd.
Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-263-3800 • [email protected]
Dr. Christopher Zaddach, Admissions Director
Open House Dates: Please call for information.

The mission of Thrive Academy is to create a joyful environment where children love to learn, teachers are passionate about student success, and parents are confident that their children will excel.

Pre-K / Elementary School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 1973
4711 McDermed Dr.
Houston, Texas 77035 (map)
713-723-5888 • [email protected]
Yvonne Cosgrove, Admissions Director
Open House Dates: To be determined; please check the website for updates. Virtual tours and individual meetings by appointment.

Trafton Academy provides the environment and opportunity for the maturation of each child into a well-adjusted adult, equipped to succeed in the world in which we live. Education is student-centered; each child is recognized as an individual with unique interests, needs, and abilities. Students learn most effectively in a low student-teacher ratio environment, and class sizes do not exceed twenty students. The staff is dedicated to cultivating a love-of-learning in students while helping them develop organizational skills, a strong work ethic, team spirit, discipline, and self-worth.

Preschool / Elementary School / Middle School
Co-ed • Est. 2002
7000 Ferris St.
Bellaire, Texas 77401( map)
713-773-9605 • [email protected]
Kim Berger, Director of Admissions
Open House Date: Jan. 13, 2021, 9 a.m.

Veritas is an independent Christian school in the classical tradition that prepares students for lives of service and learning through academic excellence, character development, Biblical literacy, and intentional engagement opportunities.

Pre-K / Elementary School / Middle School / High School
Co-ed • Est. 1966
13051 Whittington Dr.
Houston, Texas 77077 (map)
281-496-7900 • [email protected]
Katherine Brewer, Head of School
Open House Date: Our admissions office is safely offering private virtual/on-campus tours where possible. Call or email to set up a tour.

The Village School has a tradition of rigorous and highly personalized learning paired with hands-on innovative methods of teaching. Located in the Energy Corridor of Houston, Village offers an American educational experience to its diverse and international student body who represent six continents and more than 80 countries. The Village School is known for its excellence in math and science and utilizes a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to enhance its widely recognized STEAM curriculum. The Village School is a proud member of the Nord Anglia Education’s network of schools.

Pre-K3 through 12th grade
Co-ed • Est. 1975
10420 Hillcroft St.
Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-551-8100 • [email protected]
Nathan Wagner, Interim Head of School
Open House Dates: Wildcat Wednesday Open Houses are 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020; Nov. 4, 2020; Feb. 3, 2021; Mar. 3, 2021; Apr. 7, 2021; and May 5, 2021. Sunday Open House is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 24, 2021.

Westbury Christian School exists to provide each student with the opportunity to acknowledge and respond through faith to the word of God while participating in an educational program, which stresses academic, social, emotional and physical development.

Grades 5 through 12
Co-ed • Est. 2007
West U campus: 3100 Weslayan St., Houston, Texas 77027 (map)
Memorial campus: 11211 Katy Fwy., Suite 620, Houston, Texas 77079 (map)
Woodlands campus: 25162 Grogans Park Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380 (map)
832-533-2652 • [email protected]
Richard de la Cuadra, Founder & Headmaster

Open House Dates: Call for information.
Our mission is to cultivate each of our students to realize their greatest potential through highly individualized learning practices that foster their passions; a team of educators that deeply respect and honor each child’s unique value; and a nurturing, safe, and stimulating environment that encourages every child to embrace their truest selves.