Many of the schools listed here are the private schools which are worth considering when choosing a school for your children. There are many public (state) schools which have an Accountability Rating of Exemplary and these should be considered if you plan to stay for a longer period and don't need to have a British or otherwise international curriculm to keep up with. Though some public schools offer the IB they are few and far between. Currently only six public schools in Houston offer the IB (listed below).
A full list of public schools and their Accountablity Ratings can be found at www.tea.state.tx.us. Do not however, judge these schools purely on their rating; some maintain high exam results by 'teaching to the test' and this method may not suit your child, simply use it as a starting point. Rating and ranking the private schools is a more difficult task as they are not required to be included in the TAKS testing system (upon which the Accountability Rating is determined). Most, if not all private schools though, do participate in some form of standardised testing of their students and results of those can be disscussed directly with each school.
Many public schools also maintain a Magnet Program within their school which runs alongside the mainstream. This is an advanced learning program for children who can sustain a faster learning speed than is typical for their grade. Places are limited so entry exams, references and interviews are conducted to determine entry and the child must keep up with the class to retain their place.
Elementary schools usually go up to grades 4 or 5, Intermediate schools take grades 5 and 6, Middle schools or Junior High school start at either 6th or 7th grade and include 8th grade and High School is 9th - 12th grade.
7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, Texas 77055
Tel: +1 713 686 4850
Fax: +1 713 686 4956
Traditional American College Preparatory Curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate or a French curriculum leading to the French Baccalauréat. Ages 3-18; co-ed day school specializing in multi-linguistic development. Pre-school to Kindergarten students will spend 50% of their time studying in English and the remainder in either French or Spanish. Throughout the rest of school a heavy emphasis on languages is maintained.
The Branch School
1424 Sherwood Forest, Houston, Texas 77043
Tel: +1 713 465 0288
Fax: +1 713 465 0337
Traditional American elementary curriculum. Ages 3-11; co-ed day school. The curriculum is supported by experimental learning, is set in 2½ wooded acres and includes an award winning outdoor classroom. Christian values are instilled through peacemaking and character development programs.
The British School of Houston
4211 Watonga Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77092
Tel: +1 713 290 9025
Fax: +1 713 290 9014
British National Curriculum, IGCSEs and IB. Ages 3-18; co-ed day school. The older campus is being renovated and much of the building work was completed over the summer of 2010. All teachers are recruited from the UK or International schools worldwide so all have prior experience of the British National Curriculum. Most students are from British families but all nationalities are welcomed.
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
10202 Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77024
Tel: +1 713 468 8211
College Preparatory Curriculum. Ages 4-18; all girls day school.
10219 Ella Lee Lane, Houston, Texas 77042
Tel: +1 713 782 4421
Fax: +1 713 267 5056
Contact: Brandice Lockett, Director of Marketing
Age range: 20 months (pre-school) - 14 years (8th Grade)
Uniform required: Yes
John Paul II Catholic School
1400 Parkway Plaza Drive, Houston, Texas 77077
Tel: +1 281 496 1500
Fax: +1 281 496 2943
Contact: Kathy Rieder, Director of Admissions & Facilities
Age range: 4 years (Pre-K) - 14 years (8th Grade)
Uniform required: Yes
201 Kinkaid School Drive, Houston, Texas, 77024
Tel: +1 713 782 1640
Fax: +1 713
Contact: Iris Bonet, Director of Admissions
Age range: 4 years (Pre-K) - 18 years (12th Grade)
Uniform required: Yes
Rainard School - For Gifted Students
11059 Timberline, Houston Texas 77043
Tel: Lower School +1 713 647 0372 High School +1 713 722 8829
Fax: +1 713 365 0372
Advanced High School Program for Distinguished Achievement as delineated by Texas Education Association. Ages 5-18; co-ed day school. Caters for gifted children; those who score extremely high on individually administered IQ tests, in the 135+ IQ range, as well as child prodigies in areas such as music, mathematics or chess, children with extremely developed talents in unusual areas and profoundly intellectually gifted children above 170 IQ. The school is small, current enrollment is about 75 students with 12 of those comprising the High School.
Second Baptist School
6410 Woodway Drive, Houston Texas 77057
Tel: +1 713 365 2310
Ages 4-18; co-ed day school. Located on a 42 acre campus in the Memorial area to the West of Houston.
School of the Woods
1321 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055
Tel: +1 713 686 8811
Montessori Curriculum. Ages 2½ - 18; co-ed day school.
Smaller Scholars Montessori
1685 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77077
Tel: +1 281 558 3515
Fax: +1 281 558 0917
Montessori Curriculum. Ages 15 months - 12 years; co-ed day school.
St. Agnes Academy
9000 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston Texas 77036
Tel: +1 713 219 5400
Fax: +1 713 219 5499
College Preparatory Curriculum. Ages 14-18; all girls day school. Located in the southwest of Houston, about 13 miles from downtown. Founded and run by the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church.
St. Frances Episcopal Day School
335 Piney Point Road, Houston, Texas 77024
Tel: +1 713 458 6100
Fax: +1 713 782 4720
Age range: 18 months - 14 years (8th Grade)
Uniform required: Yes
St. Frances Episcopal serves children from Pre-school through Middle school and follows an American curriculum. Religious and values education is an integral part of the curriculum.
St. John's School
2401 Claremont Lane, Houston Texas 77019
Tel: +1 713 850 0222
Fax: +1 713 622 2309
College Preparatory Curriculum. Ages 5-18; co-ed day school. Very exclusive school, highly respected in Houston and throughout the country for its rigorous high standards. Set in a 28 acre urban campus just a few miles from downtown Houston. On average, fewer than 20% of applications are sucessful.
8900 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston Texas 77036
Tel: +1 713 774 7651
Fax: +1 713 744 6427
College Preparatory Curriculum, AP program. Ages 14-18; all boys day school. Set in a 44 acre campus in southwest Houston, Strake Jesuit has be officially designated by the City of Houston as a museum of art, displaying various pieces of sculpture, paintings, pottery and other types of art around the campus. Founded and run by The Jesuits, a Catholic order of priests and brothers.
The Village School
13077 Westella, Houston, Texas 77077
Tel: +1 281 496 7900
Fax: +1 281 496 7799
High School students follow the International Baccalaureate programme. Ages 3-18; co-ed day school and boarding. The Village School opened its high school program in 2008 with more than 50 9th graders. With each subsequent year, an additional grade will be added, reaching grade 12 in the fall of 2011. A comprehensive expansion program is underway with new facilities for sports, boarding and High School students. The Village School has an international student body, with students from over forty countries.
14120 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079
Tel: +1 281 531 6088
Fax: +1 281 531 6097
Ages 1½ - 11; co-ed day school. An adapted American curriculum is followed but is considered British Curriculum equivalent as it encompasses all early learning goals of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the British School System. Privately owned by a local family, Yorkshire is a relatively small school which promotes a safe, secure and loving environment. Students from over forty countries give the school its international feel.
Public (State) Schools
The Public schools listed below either offer the International Baccalaureate program, an accelerated learning program or are rated as Exemplary and are recommended by local expats.
Houston Texas 77077
Barbara Bush Elementary
Houston, Texas 77077
Bellaire High School
5100 Maple, Houston, Texas 77401
Tel: +1 713 667 2064
Houston Independent School District; Accountability rating of Recognized. Traditional American Curriculum leading to American High School Diploma or IB. A World Languages Magnet Program is available for students who live outside the Bellaire school attendance zone who have a strong interest in studying languages.
Eisenhower High School
7922 Antoine Drive, Houston Texas 77088
Tel: +1 281 878 0900
Fax: +1 281 448 2936
Aldine Independent School District; Accountability rating of Academically Acceptable. Traditional American Curriculum leading to American High School Diploma or IB. The Eisenhower IB Diploma Programme has an application process and a few prerequisite course requirements, but any student throughout the entire Aldine District may apply.
Humble High School
1700 Wilson Road, Humble Texas 77338
Tel: +1 281 641 6300
Fax: +1 281 641 6517
Humble Independent School District; Accountability rating of Recognized. Traditional American Curriculum leading to American High School Diploma or IB. The Humble IB Diploma Programme has an application process and a few prerequisite course requirements, but any student throughout the entire Humble District may apply.
Klein Oak High School
Klein Independent School District; Accountability rating of Recognized. Traditional American Curriculum leading to American High School Diploma or IB.
Lamar High School
Houston Independent School District; Accountability rating of Recognized. Traditional American Curriculum leading to American High School Diploma or IB.
Westchester Academy for International Studies
Spring Branch Independent School District; Accountability rating of Exemplary. Traditional American Curriculum leading to American High School Diploma or IB.