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THE EDUCATION DIRECTORY DISCOVER SOME OF THE BEST PRIVATE EDUCATION SCHOOLS IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA 22 | HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE Options from Pre-K- 12th grade October 2021
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FAST FACTS Name of School: The Village School Principal/Director: Bill Delbrugge Year Established: 1966
Address: 13051 Whittington Drive, Houston, TX 77077 Website: www.thevillageschool.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (281) 496-7900
Grades Served: PreK - 12th grade
School Type: Day and Boarding school
School Ranking: Ranked #1 most diverse private school in Houston (Niche.com) Diplomas offered: IB, American, Entrepreneurship
THE VILLAGE SCHOOL DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOL
he Village School, a pre-k through 12th grade private day and boarding school in Houston, delivers a global perspective, exceptional learning experiences, and access to world-class teachers. Voted the #1 most diverse private school in Houston, Village is home to a collaborative, supportive and global community. Recognized for our excellence in STEAM education, world-class internships and differentiated programs, we offer a rigorous but nurturing individualized environment. The Village School provides a rich selection of academic, arts, and athletics to help our students prepare for future success at the best colleges and universities around the world.
EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES At Village, we offer a unique and enriched approach inclusive of entrepreneurship, internships, and experiential learning, along with collaborations with world-leading institutions. Our visionary teachers inspire your child to excel and foster a thirst for knowledge. This unique approach to teaching and learning enables our students to gain a better grasp of concepts, think more creatively, and allows for greater reflection on experiences.
CULTIVATING A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE The Village School student body represents over 80 different countries across almost every continent, offering our students the opportunity to interact with and learn from students across the globe. This culturally rich environment helps cultivate a global perspective and awareness and provides access to people from other ethnicities, cultures, schools of thought, and viewpoints.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE We offer our students access to experienced college advisors who know the ins and outs of the application process and university requirements for schools both nationally and abroad. Our advisors have a proven trackrecord for helping Village students gain acceptance into the top colleges and universities. In addition, our recent graduating class earned an impressive total of $12.2M in scholarships towards higher education institutions around the world.
Bill Delbrugge, Head of School The Village School is an international community committed to developing inquisitive lifelong learners prepared to think critically, to collaborate genuinely, and to give of themselves generously, as they prepare to lead the next generation into an ever-changing world.
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LUTHERAN HIGH NORTH COLLEGE PREPARATORY
FAST FACTS Principal/Director: Dana Gerard Year Established: 1979 Grades Served: 9-12 Total Enrollment: 125 Address: 1130 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018 Website: www.lutheranhighnorth.org Email: email@example.com Phone: 713-880-3131
ABOUT LHN Lutheran High North is a fully accredited college preparatory high school, nestled in the beautiful Garden Oaks neighborhood, located in the heart of Houston, TX. Currently serving 125 students, LHN offers college dual credit, AP, and online upper-level courses. 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 extra-curricular activities, which help to promote and develop our students’ leadership qualities. At LHN, we are proud to claim that “Everyday is a Great Day to be a Lion!”We are ranked among the top 15 percent most diverse private high schools in Texas. We welcome you to discover and join our community.
OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL SERVING FAMILIES FOR JESUS CHRIST
Social Media: Facebook/ Instagram @lhnhouston @ lhnhoustonathletics Mission: Lutheran High North provides Excellence in Academics and Meaningful Ministry, placing Christ First in all that we do. Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
FAST FACTS Principal/Director: Kate Thoelke
Established in 1946, Our Savior Lutheran School is located in Northwest Houston on 60 wooded acres of hills, ponds, walking trails and athletic fields. We are a gated campus, with a constant security presence. Our Savior Lutheran School offers a Classical Curriculum focusing on teaching wisdom and eloquence. At OSL we embrace a tradition in education that reaches back to Aristotle and Augustine of Hippo. We use time honored tools of learning that modern progressive schools have rejected. Our Savior Lutheran School’s classical curriculum emphasizes language arts, Latin, history, and mathematics. Fine Arts is an important component of classical learning. Scholars at Our Savior Lutheran School participate in music, choir, art, handbells, and band. In addition to our in-school Physical Education program for scholars preschool through 8th grade, we also offer a full athletic program for our 5th – 8th grade students. Fall sports include Soccer, Girls Volleyball, and Cross
Year Established: 1946 Grades Served: Pre-k - 8th Address: 5000 W. Tidwell Road, Houston, TX 77091 Website: www.oslschool.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (713) 290-8271 Social Media: www.facebook. com/OSLSchool/
Country. Winter sports include Boys and Girls Basketball and Cheerleading. Baseball, Softball, and Track play during the Spring. Our Savior Lutheran School provides excellence in educating the whole child. Learn more at www.oslschool.org
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Mission & Philosophy : We offer our Houston families a traditional Christian and Classical education that cultivates a child’s mind and soul. Our goal is to bring forth eloquent confessors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and wise leaders in our community.
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PRIVATE SCHOOL: PRESCHOOL-GRADE 8 1424 Sherwood Forest, Houston, TX 77043 thebranchschool.org | 713.465.0288
Authentic. Diverse. Empowering. Passionate. Inspiring. Nurturing. Inclusive. Faithful. All-boys.
START YOUR REGIS EXPERIENCE TODAY www.theREGISschool.org/Learn-More
LEADING WITH LOVE Our purpose at The Branch School is to inspire every child to love, learn, and lead in an atmosphere of genuine acceptance and support. Because Branch students feel secure socially and emotionally, they also blossom intellectually and academically. We see each child as unlimited—and they learn to see their own potential and possibilities.
LOVING TO LEARN Across our preschool-8th grade continuum, we instill a drive toward discovery, intellectual resilience, and leadership ability. All our students experience hands-on, project-based learning with a Science, Technology, Engineering, the arts, and Math (STEAM) focus. We offer challenging academics and collaborative learning opportunities and help each student develop critical-thinking capacities, creative problem-solving skills, and a lifelong love of learning.
LEARNING TO LEAD Our students learn that great leadership begins with good listening and with respect for the ideas and feelings of those around you. At Branch, our philosophical approach and programming encourage thoughtful character development, support a strong sense of citizenship and stewardship, and teach important peacemaking skills. To learn more about where The Branch School—one of the best private schools in Houston—can lead your child, please explore our website at www.thebranchschool.org.
WHERE CHILDREN LOVE, LEARN & LEAD In this hurry-up world, The Branch School offers a culture of loving kindness, where accomplished educators help children develop as inquisitive scholars and kind people with authentic regard for one another and our world. Our STEAM-infused, project-based curriculum taps students’ creative energy for deep and lasting learning.
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1424 Sherwood Forest Houston, TX 77043 713.465.0288
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A Catholic college preparatory for young women since 1873
OPEN HOUSE EXPERIENCE IWA NOV. 7, 2021 | 1:30 - 4:30 P.M. A special opportunity for families
OF THE SACRED HEART 7330 Westview Dr, Houston, TX 77055 www.TheRegisSchool.org | Phone: 713-682-8383
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FAST FACTS • School Type: All Boys Catholic School • Grades Served: Pre-K - 8th
ABOUT THE SCHOOL The Regis School of the Sacred Heart’s core strength is teaching boys and creating scholars and gentlemen. All instruction is grounded in the Sacred Heart Goals and educational mission of faith, intellect, service, community, and maturity. Based upon the Goals, Regis students move through a deliberate progression from a guided learner to an active participant to an effective contributor, and ultimately to become an engaged leader.
THE REGIS EXPERIENCE FACILITATES • a faith-filled environment for spiritual growth (Goal I) • an atmosphere where boys are inspired to create, innovate, lead, and serve (Goal II) • the development of compassionate and respectful gentlemen who respond to the needs of others (Goal III) • the formation of a brotherhood (Goal IV) • an environment that equips boys for success (Goal V) If you would like additional information regarding admission of your son(s) to The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, please visit www.TheRegisSchool.org.
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A College Prep Montessori School, Teaching Early Childhood through Grade 12. www.schoolofthewoods.org 713.686.8811 609 Crawford Street Houston, TX 77002
RSM is an after-school K–12 math enrichment program with locations in 11 states and a virtual classroom. www.russianschool.com/ locations/houston 346.704.0374 3005 W Loop S #146, Houston, TX 77027
School of the Woods, the oldest continuously operating Montessori school in the Houston area, provides an educational program proven and strengthened through more than four decades of successful experience. The Main campus is nestled cozily in a close-in neighborhood in Spring Branch approximately 1 mile north of I-10 off Wirt Rd. The campus is heavily wooded and landscaped with native Texas plants. The sylvan environment is an integral part of the curriculum. The buildings were designed to integrate with the natural environment of the campus. They are cottage style structures sized to fit the needs of the students. In addition to a robust academic program, students at School of the Woods participate in both sports & the arts. Music, Theater, Dance and Performance Arts, as well as Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming and Track & Field are all available!
For over two decades, our award-winning K-12 after-school math program has delivered knowledge and abilities that empower our students to achieve excellence. With multiple levels for every grade as well as a selective competitions program, we are able to best serve each child’s development based on his or her knowledge and ability. Our students post remarkable scores on math competitions, in school, and see greater confidence in their math and learning abilities overall. Our alumni go on to attend the best universities in the world. Fall math classes now enrolling from Houston. Recently featured in NPR and the Atlantic magazine as one of the key players in the “Math Revolution,” and ranked one of the best schools in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, RSM helps children of all levels build a solid math foundation and develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY A CATHOLIC COLLEGE PREPARATORY FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Incarnate Word Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory high school for young women in grades 9 through 12 located in the heart of downtown Houston. For nearly 150 years, we have prepared students for success in college and beyond, hewing to our mission to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word and live according to His values. With cornerstones of Academics, Values and Spirituality, we are dedicated to educating the next generation of bold, authentic servant leaders. Our students have access to a rich college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking and introduces them to a broad array of STEM and humanities courses. They hone their leadership skills in our unique Young Leaders Program, distinct among high schools, which offers project-based and hands-on learning. They develop passions for fine arts and athletics, taking part in everything from plays to sports teams to student-led clubs and organizations. Find out what makes Incarnate Word Academy so special.
Principal/Director: Sr. Lauren Beck, C.V.I. Year Established: 1873 Grades Served: 9-12 Address: 609 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002 Website: www.incarnateword.org Email: email@example.com Phone: 713.227.3637
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Mission Statement : We employ our three cornerstones of Academics, Values, and Spirituality to educate young women in preparation for college and to assist each of them in growing in her relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word. Our dedicated faculty inspires our students to work hard, be creative, and continue learning outside of the curriculum. Our diverse student body cares for and supports each other on their journey through high school, making friendships that last a lifetime.
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Now accepting applications! Apply at: www.sttheresaschool.cc/admissions-process
Educating students from Pre-K to 8th grade since 1947
YORKSHIRE ACADEMY 14120 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079 www.yorkshireacademy.com | Phone :281-531-6088
For more information contact Kelly McCarty, Admissions Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 346-335-1706
Sharing His Vision. Teaching His Values.
Contact the Admissions Office Today email@example.com or 713.526.3279
FAST FACTS • Grades Served: 18 month - 5th grade • School Type: Private Elementary School & Pre-School • Afterschool Programs: Coding, Yoga, Chess, Piano, Tae Kwon Do, Golf, and dozens more • Recognitions: The first and only Ocean Guardian School in the Houston area.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL Currently Registering for the 21/22 School Year
Yorkshire Academy, a private school located in the Memorial area, was established in 1984 with its primary goal being to create an environment in which children can develop to their fullest potential at their own individual rate. Yorkshire’s tag line “A Little School Making a Big Impact” rings true. Yorkshire provides top notch academics, stellar enrichment classes, and a nurturing environment which makes students feel welcome and secure. Yorkshire strives to develop the whole person, guiding each child with experiences to enhance his or her own self-image, whether it be excelling within dynamic classroom academics, singing and dancing in amazing musical productions, earning a 1st place academic competition ribbon in math, or mastering the latest technology in the computer lab. Yorkshire students graduate with all the tools necessary for middle school success. Visit www.yorkshireacademy.com for more information or call 281.531.6088 to schedule a personal tour.
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Education 2030: Reimagined Ghazal Qureshi, founder of Up Brainery discusses her vision of the future in education
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Jan 2030: Walking through his 5th grade classroom, teacher notes how one of his students is looking pensive, teacher pauses for a moment but moves on as the student's expression slowly turns into a grin. The reason? The student, while using the Virtual Reality BrainLab, successfully figured out the steps needed to restart the heart of her patient. A truly nerve wracking but exhilarating experience! The teacher looks over the shoulder of another student and notices that she seems to be stuck on naming the functions of the various chambers of the heart. Should the teacher intervene? Before she can, the Artificial Intelligence driven software tutor notices the student’s hesitancy, automatically intervenes and plays a short video clip showcasing the actual concept that had stumped the student. Success! Jan 2020: A biology teacher stands in front of the classroom delivering instruction on Anatomy while the 28 students in the class listen and take notes. After class, students work on reading the textbook, reviewing the notes and preparing for the test. Some will do well, some not so much as differing learning styles dictate how students learn best. Some require more hands-on instruction in order to gain better knowledge retention. Some need visual engagement such as videos in order to see the words come to life and gain better understanding, while others do well with the auditory delivery of content. A nearly impossible feat for a teacher to provide adaptive and customized learning to a classroom of 25 - 35 students. An impossible feat, without technology that is. 2020 style classrooms were already struggling to provide interactive experiences and differentiated instructions to students. Then came COVID. Amid school shutdowns and the race to get online, the natural instinct of taking the same classroom instructional techniques, get on “Zoom” and deliver instruction, failed our students and overburdened our teachers. The result? Teachers, without proper immersive tools, struggled with disengaged students. Students lost focus and struggled to stay engaged. 2030: 5th grader Xavier loves working with his homeroom teacher who is helping him understand how to put into practice the learning lessons from the previous week. Last week’s session on Human Anatomy was taught by Dr. Ritter from John Hopkins. The class was a combination of a Virtual Reality tour through the human heart followed by a virtual suturing exercise, which by the way Xavier did exceptionally well in. It then followed a Q&A session with Dr. Ritter for a deeper dive into the subject. Xavier is excited to present to the class what was learned.
Imagine this new norm. Homeroom teachers take on the role of coaches and facilitators, they focus their energy on facilitating the content learned from experts around the world. They teach the soft skills that are so missing from our education today. Using technology tools allows a unique opportunity to have the experts directly come into the classroom thus freeing the classroom teacher to help facilitate and guide the students through the learning process. It removes the pressures from teachers to become subject matter experts in multiple subjects and places the experts directly in the hands of the students. It allows accelerated students to push the envelope of learning in their subject matter of interest while students needing extra coaching and guidance are provided the opportunity to get help from AI interventions and coaching. This my friends is the future of learning! I admire the hard work of the teachers and my goal is to provide the help and tools they need in order to build the explorers of the future, and the imagineers of our tomorrow. My goal is to provide them with amazing technologically advanced tools to make their job easier.
About the author Ghazal Qureshi is a (now) native Houstonian who came to Houston with her family from Pakistan in 12th grade. She is a Computer Scientist and has worked for over 20 years in the technology space. When she saw a lack of adaptive educational programs focused on developing critical thinking skills, she formed her first educational company in 2011, offering STEM afterschool programs. In early 2020, she was dissatisfied with the lack of innovation in education. Thus, she exited her first company and formed UpBrainery which is an Innovative and Immersive educational technology platform coupled with neuroscience research based programs which provide adaptive learning and individualized pathways for students at home or in the classroom. UpBrainery takes advantage of the technological advances in AI, Machine Learning and game-based education in order to provide an immersive and engaging educational experience. Since inception, UpBrainery has won major accolades through Google for Startups, Forbes Next 1000, Houston Business Journal and others. UpBrainery is also the exclusive K12 educational pathway provider for the US Congressional App Challenge. www.UpBrainery.com
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