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Mission Statement Kinkaid’s mission is to promote educational excellence, personal responsibility, and balanced growth, and thereby to help its students to discover and develop their talents and to fulfill their best potentials.

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Who We Are The Kinkaid School is a non-sectarian college preparatory day school enrolling a total of 1,380 boys and girls in grades prekindergarten through twelve. The school has three divisions: Lower School (Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and grades 1-4); Middle School (grades 5-8); and Upper School (grades 9-12). Each division has its own faculty, classrooms, identity and a specific educational plan for nurturing its students. The divisions are unified through educational ideals that characterize Kinkaid and determine its policies. All lower and middle school students wear uniforms, and upper school students do not. Kinkaid is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Kinkaid is a private, non-profit and tax exempt corporation. It is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, which draws its members from Kinkaid’s graduates and parents and other members of the Houston community.

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Kinkaid’s History and Philosophy The oldest independent coeducational school in Houston, Kinkaid was founded in 1906 by Margaret Hunter Kinkaid. The School has had three locations - the first of which was Mrs. Kinkaid’s own home, where classes were conducted in the dining room. From its earliest days Kinkaid has emphasized both academic attainment and character development. Margaret Kinkaid encouraged her students to seek honor as well as achievement, and she described her ideal student as “the intellectually capable boy or girl of sound character whose talents, interests, and uniqueness are educational assets for other Kinkaid children.” Today’s Kinkaid remains faithful to its founder’s calling, valuing its students for their potential as well as their achievement and striving always for their balanced growth - intellectual, physical, social and ethical.

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Classes were first conducted in Mrs. Kinkaid’s home on Elgin Street. Illustration by Emma Stark ‘53.

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Character Education Although Kinkaid’s primary goals are intellectual endeavor and achievement, true to Margaret Kinkaid’s vision, the School continues to believe strongly in the sound development of a student’s character. To that end, Kinkaid actively promotes its four core values – honesty, respect, responsibility and kindness – by encouraging lower school students and requiring middle school and upper school students to participate in community service projects. In addition, middle school and upper school students have the opportunity to participate in programs such as The Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate, Peer Mentors, the middle school’s leadership curriculum, Governing Council and Admission Ambassadors, to name a few.

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The Kinkaid community builds a Habitat for Humanity home every two years.

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LOWER SCHOOL

Grades PreK-4 Quick Facts

The units of study are multi-disciplinary in grades PreK through four.

To incorporate strategies that focus on academic challenges and student needs, the Lower School offers special classes including Art, Music and Spanish.

Character education and community service are integrated into all areas of school life from the classroom to the playground.

Whether through singing with senior citizens, making care packages for our American troops abroad or donating books for a children’s library effort in Africa, the students learn awareness of others that goes beyond the classroom walls.

Student-Teacher Ratios: Pre-Kindergarten - 16:2, Kindergarten -18:2 and Grades 1 - 4 - 18:1.

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Technology • 133 computers throughout the Lower School • Five mobile computer labs with a total of 97 laptops • One computer lab with 20 workstations • A state-of-the-art TV production studio • 27 Promethean (interactive) Boards with projectors • Over 65 iPads in the Lower School, with 24 in the

Going and doing

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes

Students take several field trips during the year related to units of study. Class Favorites: • PreK - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo • Kindergarten - Theatre Production • First Grade - Salvation Army • Second Grade- Houston Zoo • Third Grade - The Heritage Society • Fourth Grade - Barrington Farm and Star of Texas Museum

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades 5-8 Quick Facts

The Kinkaid Middle School emphasizes the acquisition of study skills within its curriculum, especially in the fifth and sixth grades, to help students make the transition from selfcontained lower school classes to Middle School. The StudentTeacher Ratio is 14:1.

Students in grades seven and eight are ready for an accelerated curriculum which provides the critical bridge to Upper School with traditional course offerings, as well as arts and athletics.

Highlights of every grade in Middle School include various field trips and overnight trips that focus on teamwork and cooperation.

The Middle School meets students at their stage of development and is committed to ensuring their physical, emotional and intellectual growth. It strives to engage students in the learning process and encourages them to become independent thinkers.

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Trip Programs The annual class trip is an exciting and important part of the Kinkaid Middle School. • The sixth grade visits Mo Ranch to focus on class unity activities and specific environmental concerns. • The seventh grade travels the Texas highways to learn about our state’s history, government, culture, geography and ecology. • The eighth grade spends four days touring the Washington, DC area, focusing on the history and government of the United States.

Peer Mentoring Program Eighth grade students meet weekly for leadership training and mentor preparation. They serve as ambassadors for the Middle School, coordinating and facilitating interactive lessons with fifth and sixth grade advisories.

Middle School Musical Kinkaid’s eighth grade class proudly presents the annual Middle School musical.

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Upper School

Grades 9-12 Quick Facts

The Upper School provides a well-rounded college preparatory experience to help students discover themselves and their passions. In addition to outstanding academic classes, we offer extensive opportunities in the arts and athletics and a variety of extracurricular activities.

In every academic discipline, we offer a range of courses from the introductory to advanced placement classes.

Experienced faculty and extensive resources support students in developing their talents and fulfilling their best potential.

On average, there are 17 students in each upper school class.

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Upper School Interim Term

Upper School Dean Program Kinkaid provides its upper school students with a unique comprehensive program of academic and college counseling. Before entering ninth grade, students are assigned

Interim Term, which runs for three weeks in January, is one of Kinkaid’s unique traditions. Founded in 1971, Interim Term offers upper school students the

to one of six upper school deans, and for

opportunity to study in areas and situations that involve subjects not offered

the next four years each student is advised

elsewhere in the curriculum. It also allows faculty to present special topics in

and counseled by his or her dean. The deans

which they have particular interest and expertise.

shepherd their students through the Upper

Interim Term also offers special international travel opportunities, usually two

School, meeting periodically with them,

touring trips and one home stay program. Language, culture and history are

overseeing their academic progress and

integral parts of each trip.

providing guidance in course selection.

During the senior year, students participate in the career development program. Seniors have the opportunity, through an individually structured three-week internship, to explore potential career interests. While most seniors stay in Houston for their internships, some choose interesting national or international opportunities.

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Athletics The athletic department strives to provide each student with a quality experience in athletics, physical education and wellness. The goal of the athletic program is to ensure that every student athlete will be afforded the opportunity to learn life-long skills that are rooted in individual accountability and humility while maximizing their individual potential and contributing positively to their teams. Through the years, competitive athletics has provided thousands of students valuable opportunities to work, grow, learn and have fun.

Our teams have won numerous conference championships, and our athletes have earned distinction for themselves and for the School through their achievements at Kinkaid and, in many cases, in their college athletic careers.

Interscholastic athletics are voluntary at Kinkaid, and we are proud that each year over three-fourths of our students choose to participate in at least one of our more than 90 teams.

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SPORTS SEASONS

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS Fall Cheerleading Boys & Girls Cross Country Field Hockey Football Boys & Girls Volleyball Winter Boys & Girls Basketball Boys & Girls Soccer Boys & Girls Swimming Wrestling Spring Baseball Boys & Girls Lacrosse Softball Boys & Girls Tennis Boys & Girls Track & Field UPPER SCHOOL SPORTS Fall Cheerleading Boys & Girls Cross Country Field Hockey Football Boys & Girls Volleyball Winter Boys & Girls Basketball Boys & Girls Soccer Boys & Girls Swimming Wrestling Spring Baseball Boys & Girls Golf Boys & Girls Lacrosse Softball Boys & Girls Tennis Boys & Girls Track & Field


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Fine Arts At Kinkaid, arts education is an integral part of the total school program

The art education program seeks to encourage

and has become essential to the process of helping students develop

students to take creative risks, develop

their individual voices.

independent thought and creative problemsolving skills, develop tolerance and sensitivity toward others, respect the work of their fellow students and develop a compelling productive voice.

Students involved in Kinkaid’s Fine Arts program establish a life-long commitment to the arts, value the importance of art in the life of the community and develop the ability to continue arts education independently.

Many academic classes are offered for the serious aspiring musician, actor or studio artist. Beyond the classroom, students may audition for musicals, Acting Company, Encore, Dance Company, or serve on the Fine Arts Board.

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