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2021-22 Private School Directory

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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 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 constantly evolving issues regarding in-person and virtual learning.
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 participating 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]www.awty.org
Chantel Olufsen, Chief Advancement Officer

Open House Dates: Early Learning, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2021, 11 a.m. Oct. 22; Lower School, 9 a.m. Oct. 15; Middle/Upper School, 2 p.m. Nov. 14; French Program (All Grades), noon Oct. 21
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 50 nations. In the culminating grades, our students pursue either the French Baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate. Visit our website to learn more about Awty.

Pre-K / Lower School / Middle School / Upper School
Girls • Est. 1960
10202 Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
713-468-8211 • [email protected]www.duchesne.org
Ginger Montalbano, Head of Enrollment Management
Open House Dates: Pre-K3-8th Grade, Oct. 10, 2021, 1 p.m.; Grades 9-12, Oct. 17, 2021, 1 p.m.

Leading and teaching with Sacred Heart values in mind, Duchesne Academy challenges students to embark on intellectual journeys and seek an active faith. As Houston’s only all-girls Pre-K3 through 12 school, our single-sex education fosters a vibrant campus community that provides the support, challenges, and freedom needed for our girls to succeed. At Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, backed by a global network, we teach our students the importance of community, how to put social awareness into forthright action, and how to develop independence.

Middle School / High School
Co-ed • Est. 1978
9825 Stella Link Rd.
Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
832-204-5900 • [email protected]www.emeryweiner.org
Caroline Sarnoff, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Middle School, Nov. 14, 2021; Upper School, Nov. 3, 2021

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. A robust Experiential Education program inspires trust, resilience, and camaraderie among students and faculty. Small class sizes allow for talented teachers to help students grow in confidence and competence. Emery students graduate with a profound sense of moral self-reliance, empowered to advocate for themselves and others.

High School
Co-ed • Est. 1983
4650 Bissonnet
Bellaire, Texas 77401 (map)
713-512-3400 • [email protected]www.ehshouston.org
Carol Wasden, Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Open House Dates: Oct 27, 2021, 7-9 p.m.

From day one, Episcopal High School was designed to be different. A place where students fearlessly test out new waters. Take intellectual risks. Make great leaps of faith. Our curriculum, the Four Pillars, stretches students in bold new directions – academically, artistically, athletically, and spiritually. At EHS, students uncover their God-given gifts and discover their purpose along the way. Because we believe that when you know who you are and what you’re capable of, you can do extraordinary things.

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

Gateway Academy serves 6th-12th grade students with academic and social challenges through innovative approaches to learning, physical fitness, and social awareness. Our graduates encounter 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]www.houstonchristian.org
Anne Dalton, Admissions
Open House Dates: Oct. 4 and Nov. 8, 2021, 7 p.m.

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]www.incarnateword.org
Melody Torno, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Nov. 7, 2021, 1-4 p.m.; Open School Visit Day, Sept. 16, 2021, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Incarnate Word Academy is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women located in downtown Houston. For nearly 150 years, we have provided students with a comprehensive education, based on strong academics, Christian values, and helping students to grow their relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word and live according to His values. IWA prepares students to succeed in college through a rigorous curriculum with endorsements in both STEM and Leadership, while also offering thriving athletic and fine arts programs. Our unique four-year Young Leaders Program helps students to embrace leadership qualities and skills to help them be leaders throughout their lives.

High School
Co-ed • Est. 1980
1130 W. 34th St.
Houston, Texas 77018 (map)
713-880-3131 • [email protected]www.lutheranhighnorth.org
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. Our college-prep curriculum will challenge and prepare each student for the next step in their life. Many opportunities exist at Lutheran High North, both academically and within the numerous extracurricular activities that develop our students' leadership qualities. We are ranked among the top 15 percent most diverse private high schools in Texas. We welcome you to discover and join our community.

Infant / Pre-K / Elementary / Middle / High School
Co-ed • Est. 1980
5800 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
713-782-4022 • [email protected]www.memoriallutheranschool.org
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]www.memorialprivateschool.com
Pamela Camp, Admissions
Open House Dates: By appointment

Low stress. High outcomes. Recognized as the “Best Private School in Memorial” and ranked in the top 20 percent of all Texas private schools, MPS is a 6-12 grade college prep, research microschool. We ensure students’ success by combining a 1:1 instruction and self-paced format in a structured classroom setting, a calm learning environment, and a continual partnership with distinguished universities and businesses for concept application. MPS is accredited by Cognia, AdvancED, and SACS.

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]www.postoakschool.org
Ashley Krug, Admissions Director
Open House Dates: 14 months-Grade 6, Sept. 23, Nov. 13; Grades 7-12, Oct. 5, Dec. 7

Post Oak students challenge the norm. Goodbye, cramming for tests, then forgetting what you’ve learned, and welcome to mastery. Our students learn how to learn and understand their ability to make a difference. Post Oak’s two campuses are engaging Montessori environments, culminating in an IB diploma program and year-round internships for high school students at partner institutions in the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, and downtown.

Pre-K3 through High School
Co-ed • Est. 2015
7177 Regency Square Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77036 (map)
832-975-7075 • [email protected]www.saintconstantine.org
Lily Yee, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Private tours available by appointment. Applications for 2022-23 available Nov. 1.

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 a pursuit for the whole person, our teachers provide students with excellent classroom instruction balanced with time to play, wonder, and explore. Students in our Lower School are not overburdened with take-home busywork, and spend many hours outside in our natural playground and garden each day. Older students receive rigorous instruction in dual-credit courses, giving them a head start in college and preparing them for life as independent adults.

Preschool / Elementary School / Middle School / High School​
Co-ed • Est. 1955
4900 Jackwood St.
Houston, Texas 77096 (map)
713-666-3111 • [email protected]www.stes.org
Danny Kahalley, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: For open houses and visit information, go to www.stes.org/visit.

Saint Thomas' Episcopal School (STE) is celebrating its 67th year as a kindergarten through 12th grade Christian college preparatory school offering a classical education. STE students have won recent state awards in quiz bowl, mock trial, language competition, 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, Boston University, Rice, Penn, Colorado School of Mines, UT, and Texas A&M. STE will open a new three-story academic building later this fall. Our preschool program is open to children ages 2 and up.

Preschool / Pre-K / Kindergarten / Elementary School / Woods Middle School / Woods High School​
Co-ed • Est. 1962
1321 Wirt Rd.
Houston, Texas 77055 (map)
713-686-8811 • www.schoolofthewoods.org
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 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. Accredited by COGNIA (AdvancED) and Texas Education Agency, American Montessori Society Member School, Texas Private Schools Association Member School.

Pre-K3 through Grade 12
Co-ed • Est. 1946
6410 Woodway Dr.
Houston, Texas 77057 (map)
713-365-2314 • [email protected]secondbaptistschool.org
Andrea Prothro, Director of Admissions
Open House Dates: Visit secondbaptistschool.org/admissions 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.

14 months through 12th grade
Co-ed • Est. 1966
9821 Timberside
Houston, Texas 77025 (map)
713-665-2195 • [email protected]www.stcathmont.org
Susan Tracy, Head of School
Open House Dates: Virtual and in-person tours begin Sept. 21, 2021.

As a Catholic Montessori School, St. Catherine’s is dedicated to an educational experience which awakens in our students the awareness of their gifts and responsibilities as individuals in relationship with Jesus Christ and as stewards of the global community.

Pre-K / Lower School / Middle School / High School
Co-ed • Est. 1952
Piney Point Campus (Lower and Middle School):
335 Piney Point Road
Houston, Texas 77024 (map)
Couper Campus (Primary and Upper School):
2300 S. Piney Point Road
Houston, Texas 77063 (map)
713-458-6100 • [email protected]www.stfrancishouston.org
Jennifer Glover, Head of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Open House Dates: Lower and Middle School Nov. 6, 2021; Primary and Upper School Nov. 7; Group tours: Primary School Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 3, Dec. 13; Lower and Middle School Sept. 21, Oct. 8, Nov. 9, Nov. 30, Dec. 14; Upper School Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Nov. 2, Nov. 17, Dec. 2

Founded as a parish school of St. Francis Episcopal Church, St. Francis Episcopal School is an accredited, college-preparatory school serving students age 2 through grade 12. We support growth not just in mind, but also in body, soul, and heart, in an environment that is at once challenging and supportive. Our students develop a healthy tolerance for wise risk-taking, celebrate earned success and good choices, and learn resilience and reflection by turning occasional missteps into opportunities.

High School
Co-ed • Est. 1956
811 W. Donovan St.
Houston, Texas 77091 (map)
713-692-3581 • [email protected]www.stpiusx.org
Johnny Misleh, Enrollment Management
Open House Date: Dec. 12, 2021, 1-3 p.m.

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]www.sths.org
Maxwell Holmes, Director of Admissions
Open House Date: Dec. 5, 2021, 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]www.thevillageschool.com
Bill Delbrugge, Head of School
Open House Date: Nov. 8, 2021

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]www.westburychristian.org
Nathan Wagner, Head of School
Open House Dates: Oct. 24, 2021, and Jan. 23, 2022, both 2-4 p.m. Monthly Coffee Talk/Tours are 8:30-10 a.m.; K3-4th grades: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Feb. 2, March 2, Apr. 6, May 4; 5th-12th grades: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, March 9, Apr. 13, May 11.

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
1001 West Loop South, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77027 (map)
832-533-2652 • [email protected]xavieracademy.org
Richard de la Cuadra, Founder and 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.