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THE EDUCATION DIRECTORY DISCOVER SOME OF THE BEST PRIVATE EDUCATION SCHOOLS IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA MAGAZINE 12th grade Options18 | HOUSTON fromFAMILY Pre-KNovember 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: admissions@thevillageschool.com 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

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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

FAST FACTS Year Established: 1980

COLLEGE PREPARATORY

Grades Served: 9-12 1:1 MacBook STEM Endorsement: 61% Grads Address: 1130 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018 Website: www.lutheranhighnorth.org Email: admissions@lhnlions.org Phone: 713-880-3131 Social Media: Facebook/ Instagram @lhnhouston

ABOUT LUTHERAN HIGH NORTH 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. For more information, visit

www.lutheranhighnorth.org.

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL SERVING FAMILIES FOR JESUS CHRIST

Mission: Lutheran High North provides Excellence in Academics and Meaningful Ministry, placing Christ First in all that we do. Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1 20-21 3A State Champs: Girls Basketball, Performance Band, Boys Track & Field, Boys Swim 20-21 3A District Champs: Basketball, Football, Track & Field, Boys Soccer

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: diane@oslschool.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

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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.

Schedule Your Visit Today!

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1424 Sherwood Forest Houston, TX 77043 713.465.0288


STOPPING THE FLU STARTS WITH YOU

PROTECT YOURSELF. PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY. GET YOUR FLU SHOT TODAY. We can all do our part to keep Houston healthy and safe. And it starts with getting a flu shot. It protects you, your family and our community. It also helps minimize the stress on Houstonʼs healthcare system as the pandemic continues. Plus with enhanced safety measures in place at Memorial Hermann facilities, you can get your flu shot safely and with peace of mind.

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THIS YEAR’S OTHER VIRUS: THE FLU

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY WITH A FLU SHOT Influenza (“the flu”) is more than just a bad cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year the flu virus causes millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. Most of these can be prevented with one simple step: the flu shot. Memorial Hermann pediatrician Victoria Regan, MD, explains why the flu shot is so important for your whole family.

Influenza and COVID-19 are a dangerous combination.

This year is different from “normal” years because f lu season is arriving in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both viruses circulating at the same time may create a double impact on the community and may have significant health consequences, even for people who rarely get sick. This year’s flu vaccine could be the most important one you ever receive. “We had almost no flu season last year because so many people were vigilant with masking and social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Regan says. “But this year more people are out and about, and many are unmasked, so we will have many more exposures.”

“Pregnant women should definitely be vaccinated,” advises Dr. Regan. “If a pregnant woman gets the flu, it puts both her and the baby at risk of severe complications. Every year we see cases of pregnant women who die from the flu, and the baby is left behind without a mother.”

Is the flu shot safe?

Yes. The flu shot cannot cause the flu. However, you may experience side effects after receiving the vaccine. These side effects are usually mild and only last a few days. Some common side effects include: • Soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling at the injection site • Fever • Headache • Nausea • Muscle aches

Is the flu shot effective?

Can you get the flu vaccine at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The CDC says the C OV I D -19 v ac c i ne (including booster shots) can be given at the same Victoria Regan, MD Pediatrician time as other vaccines, including the flu vaccine. Both vaccines can keep you from getting sick and can keep you out of the hospital and prevent you from dying.

When is the best time to get the flu shot?

Now is the time for the whole family to get a flu shot. The height of flu season occurs between December and February. It takes about 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine for antibodies to develop and provide protection. It is best for children to be vaccinated as soon as possible after the vaccine becomes available. Children younger than 8 years old who are receiving the flu shot for the first time need two doses of the shot given 4 weeks apart. “The best timing is to be vaccinated by the end of October,” Dr. Regan says.

“It’s about 40 percent to 60 percent effective against contracting the flu virus,” Dr. Regan says. “But the main job of the vaccine is to prevent severe disease, hospitalization and death. That’s the point of being vaccinated — to stay out of the hospital and to stay alive.” Dr. Regan reminds families that if you get the f lu after being Who should get a flu shot? vaccinated, you will likely only have a light case “Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu of the virus. It probably won’t last long, and you Ideally, adults should also receive flu shots during shot,” says Dr. Regan. won’t be nearly as sick as if you were unvaccinated. this time frame to have optimal antibodies to Both children and adults should get a flu shot to The flu shot protects against both flu strains, A best fight off influenza as well. Vaccinations protect themselves from getting sick and from and B. It is not uncommon for unvaccinated should continue to be offered and administered, spreading influenza to others. The flu shot is people to contract both types of flu, at different however, as long as flu viruses are circulating. especially important for people in high-risk times, during the same flu season. Even if you Scheduling your vaccination medical groups. This includes pregnant women, have one type of flu early in the season, you can Primary care and pediatric clinics affiliated with adults over 65 years of age and people with chronic still protect yourself for the rest of the season by Memorial Hermann have flu vaccines available medical conditions. for their patients. To find a physician or clinic being vaccinated. near you, visit memorialhermann.org.

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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

Meet faculty and students

Learn about our Leadership and STEM offerings

See how a Catholic education can transform your life

Register Now! 609 Crawford St.

713.227.3637

FAST FACTS • School Type: All Boys Catholic School • Grades Served: Pre-K - 8th

ABOUT THE SCHOOL The Regis School of the Sacred Heart is Houston’s only allboys 3 Pre-K through eighth grade school, educating scholars and gentlemen in the Sacred Heart tradition since 1991. At Regis, we believe our role as parents and educators isn’t to define success for our children, but to inspire them to define success for themselves. To encourage them to learn not just from skilled educators, but from their own mistakes. To give them the freedom to explore and to make wise choices. To guide them to find their true greatness. Their own version of fulfillment. Their brand of leadership. Through a unique mix of challenging academics and the values of the Sacred Heart, Regis empowers boys of all faiths to become lifelong scholars and authentic, compassionate leaders. Regis graduates typically go on to attend the high school of their choice, the next important step in their journeys. Through the Regis experience, students develop a passion for learning and a foundation of moral character that serves them — and allows them to serve others — for a lifetime. Book your tour today, www.TheRegisSchool.org 24 | HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE November 2021


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A College Prep Montessori School, Teaching Early Childhood through Grade 12. www.schoolofthewoods.org 713.686.8811 1321 Wirt Rd. Houston, TX 77055

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

FAST FACTS 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. 25 | HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE November 2021

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: admissions@incarnateword.org Phone: 713.227.3637 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

k.mccarty@sttheresa.cc | 346-335-1706

Sharing His Vision. Teaching His Values.

Contact the Admissions Office Today admissions@stannecs.org or 713.526.3279

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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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MAKE THE HOLIDAYS SPARKLE WITH

BROADWAY’S UNDER-THE-SEA SPECTACULAR!

DISNEY’S

THE LITTLE MERMAID MUSIC BY

ALAN MENKEN

BOOK BY

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Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements. ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

DISNEY’S

DIRECTED BY

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THE LITTLE MERMAID DECEMBER 7 – 24 • THE HOBBY CENTER • HOUSTON FUNDED IN PART BY

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"DISNEY’S LIT TLE MERMAID" IS PRESENTED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI), ALL AUTHORIZED MATERIALS ARE ALSO SUPPLIED BY MTI.WWW.MTISHOWS.COM

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