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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 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.

High School
Co-ed • Est. 1997
2700 W Sam Houston Pkwy. N
Houston, Texas 77043 (map)
713-580-6020 • [email protected]
Anne Dalton, Admissions
Open House Dates: Virtual and in-person tours available by appointment.

Houston Christian is an exemplary, college preparatory high school providing outstanding academic and leadership programs aimed at preparing each student for collegiate study and beyond. HC offers a distinctive curriculum and a spiritual focus, all while giving students the opportunity to compete and perform in award-winning sports and fine arts programs. Located in the heart of Houston’s growing west side, HC is housed on a 45-acre collegiate-styled campus.

High School
Girls • Est. 1873
609 Crawford St.
Houston, Texas 77002 (map)
713-227-3637 • [email protected]
Sarah Sheppard, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Call for details.

Incarnate Word Academy, a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women, is uniquely situated in downtown Houston. Since 1873, IWA has empowered Women of the Word with a rigorous education rooted in academics, values, and spirituality. IWA is home to the innovative Young Leaders Program, a four-year character and leadership development curriculum that builds in-demand leadership skills upon a foundation of strong personal character.

High School
Co-ed • Est. 1980
1130 W. 34th St.
Houston, Texas 77018 (map)
713-880-3131 • [email protected]
Courtney Adkinson, Director of Admissions and Marketing
Open House Dates: Please call to schedule a private tour.

Lutheran High North has a rich history of preparing and equipping students to become Christian leaders in their communities and places of vocation. Many opportunities exist at LHN, both academically and within the different extracurricular activities, which help to promote and develop our students' leadership qualities. At LHN, we are proud to claim that Every Day is a Great Day to Be a Lion!

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.

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.

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.

High School
Co-ed • Est. 1956
811 W. Donovan St.
Houston, Texas 77091 (map)
713-692-3581 • [email protected]
Jeff Guedry, Enrollment Management
Open House Date: Nov. 11, 2020

St. Pius X is Houston's premier co-ed Catholic high school. Founded in 1956 by the Dominican Sisters of Houston, SPX is recognized for its strong academic programs, its tradition of champions in athletics and fine arts, and its wide range of co-curricular activities. Education at SPX is rooted in the Four Pillars of the Dominican charism – Prayer, Study, Community and Preaching. St. Pius X is a welcoming community that embraces diversity.

College Preparatory
Boys • Est. 1900
4500 Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 77007 (map)
713-864-6348 • [email protected]
Maxwell Holmes, Admissions and Recruiting
Open House Date: Dec. 6, 2020, 1-4 p.m.

St. Thomas High School is a Catholic college preparatory institution for young men in grades 9-12. With more than 120 years of teaching tradition, the Basilian Fathers’ sacred mission of teaching goodness, discipline, and knowledge inspires faith-filled, lifelong learners who think critically, communicate effectively, and prepare thoroughly to excel personally and professionally. A man of St. Thomas actively serves his community and integrates Christian morality into all aspects of his life.

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.