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  • The Village School
    13077 Westella
    Houston
    Texas
    US
    77077
  • T +1 281 496 7900
  • F +1 281 496 7799
  • E info@thevillageschool.com
  • W www.thevillageschool.com
  • Memberships: Member of the Meritas Family of Schools Member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • State/Independent: Independent: privately owned (individual/corporation)
  • Lower School Ages: 6-11
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Lower School Numbers: Preschool & Kindergarten: 177 Lower School: 359
  • Middle School Ages: 11-14
  • Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Middle School Numbers: 214
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: SEN considered case by case
  • Boarding: Available
  • Uniform: Yes
  • School Year: Late August - Late May, 2 semesters. Holidays; 1 week at Thanksgiving, 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week in March for Spring Break/Easter plus; Labor Day (September), Columbus Day (October), Martin Luther King Day (January), Presidents' Day (February) and Memorial Day (May)
  • School Hours: 2-Day 3 year old class: Tuesday & Thursday, 8.45am-11.45am 3-Day 4 year old class: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 8.45am-11.45am 5-Day 4 year old class: Monday-Friday, 8.45am-11.45am Half day KI Kindergarten: Monday-Friday, 8.45am-11.45am Full day KI, KII, KIII Kindergarten: Monday-Friday, 8.45am-2.30pm 1st grade & 2nd grade: Monday-Friday, 8.00am-2.45pm 3rd grade - 5th grade: Monday-Friday, 8.00am-3.00pm 6th grade to 8th grade: Monday-Friday, 8.00am-3.20pm Day care - 6.45am - 8.45am & 2.30pm - 6.00pm. Lunch bunch (Pre-K and half day KI): 11.45am-2.30pm
  • Fee Currency: US Dollars
  • Fee Details: Fees can be paid annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly. Overall cost is lower if paid annually (see rates below if paid annually). Monthly payments add to following amounts: 2-Day 3 year old class - $3,325-$3,500 per year 3-Day 4 year old class - $4,940-$5,200 per year 5-Day 4 year old class - $6,935-$7,300 per year Half day KI Kindergarten - $6,935-$7,300 per year Full day KI, KII, KIII Kindergarten - $10,925-$11,500 per year 1st grade to 5th grade - $11,875-$12,500 per year 6th grade to 8th grade - $13,110-$13,800 per year Tuition discount - 10% for second child in the same family, 15% for each additional child in the same family Tuition fees include: Individual pictures Yearbook Group pictures Technology fee Pre-K to 2nd grade books & supplies 3rd grade to 8th grade supplies and classroom books Vision and hearing tests (if required)
  • Fee Extras: Application fee: $50.00 Testing fee, Pre-K - 4th grade: $65.00 Testing fee, 5th grade - 8th grade: fee is payable to ISEE Registration fee; $375.00 (1st student), $275.00 (additional family member) Trip fee 5th grade:$150.00 per year Trip fee 6th grade & 7th grade: $485.00 per year Trip fee 8th grade: $945.00 per year Book rental fee 3rd grade - 5th grade: $75.00 per year Book rental fee 6th grade - 8th grade: $100.00 per year. Building fund (new families): $400.00 per year, per family (for the first 3 years) Day Care fees (in addition to tuition): 4 year olds - 3rd grade: $225.00 per month, 4th grade - 8th grade: $200.00 per month Summer Day Care: $800.00 per month for all students Lunch bunch (Pre-K and half day KI): $10.00 per day (parent provides lunch) Tuition Insurance: $250.00 per student, per year Tuition insurance must be purchased with semi-annual, quarterly and monthly payments, and is optional with the annual payment

Adapted or School-Developed Curriculum

American Elementary (or Primary) Curriculum - Although the elementary level US curriculum varies from state to state, it generally encompasses basic subjects with a heavy emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic. Includes to different degrees ((usually dictated by the state or school board) instruction in the fundamentals of English (spelling, grammar, writing, reading), social studies ( including local, state, national and world history, civics), science (biology, physical science, ecology, physiology), maths (arithmetic, rudimentary algebra), physical education, fine arts etc.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma) - Schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Dip) prepare students for university entrance by following the IB programme over the final two years of high school. This involves taking six subjects (three at higher level and three at standard level). Assessment is based on a combination of final examinations and course work that are evaluated by external examiners worldwide, and (in some cases for coursework) by internal assessment. IB examinations for each subject are held on the same days for all students worldwide - in May in the Northern Hemisphere and in October in the case of most Southern Hemisphere schools. Each subject is scored from 1-7, and up to 3 additional points may be awarded for TOK (Theory of Knowledge) essays and for the Extended Essay. A minimum of 24 points is required to obtain the IB diploma, while 45 points is the maximum. A school that has 35 diploma candidates in a given year, out of which 32 passed, has a pass rate of 91%. You can judge the results for yourself by knowing that the world average pass rate is approximately 82%. (Pupils may also opt to take certificates in the individual subject areas, though these on their own may be insufficient for university entry.)

Authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization (not to be confused as an inspection or accreditation agency) - International Baccaulareate Organization (by contrast to the US Education turtle of a website, this one goes like a jet and has everything you're looking for right at your fingertips. We know this is a schools guide, but we couldn't help noticing...) The IBO has a very strong system for setting up IB schools and making sure they get off to a good start, but thereafter do not particularly inspect or certify those schools (although they do continue to keep a close eye on schools using their Primary and Middle Years curricula). Instead, they feel the results speak for themselves. Therefore, parents should look at an IB school's exam results and numbers of students qualifying for the IB Diploma: if those numbers are poor or dropping, take a much closer look. If a school is an IB candidate, that's a good sign....but not if it's been a candidate for a decade. Good IB exam and Diploma results do not in themselves tell you about the feel of the school or whether it's right for your child, and no one is looking into every cranny in the same way an American accreditation or Ofsted inspection officer does (not only the academics but also the governance and financial stabilty of a school). But if scores look good, and you like the buzz of the school, there's a good chance you'll find a rigorous programme that will allow a fairly seamless transition from one IB school to another. That is, before the final two year IB Diploma programme. It is very important to note that, in spite of similarities within the curriculum, the two year course is usually regarded by schools as being fairly monolithic. In other words, not made up of identical sequential parts that students can pop in and out of, from school to school, at will. Be aware that the IBO exists to set up curriculum and protocols and they are very good at what they do, but counseling or guiding parents trying to make this transition is not part of their brief.

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