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Duchesne Academy Tour

Carolyn Means - Thursday, September 17, 2015

This morning I toured Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart where their motto is “Girls in Formation”. Founded in 1960, on spacious grounds of a former residence in Memorial, Duchesne serves over 700 girls from preschool 3 through high school. The tour began with a welcome from Head of School Patricia Swenson and brief remarks by Middle School Head Tony Houle and Upper School Head Donald Cramp. Director of Admission Beth Anchondo spoke about the benefit of tours and the admission process. A unique aspect of the division heads and admission director is they all have daughters attending Duchesne. Part of the recent campus expansion included new classrooms for the high school to support enhanced math and science programs with fully furnished labs. Aside from the obvious quality of curriculum in the hands of talented teachers, the engagement of the girls in their work, and the spirit of friendship expressed on posters in the halls and decorated lockers, an “extra” on the tour was meeting Mrs. Leib, the librarian. She is not only highly regarded among her peers, but also someone who could entice the most reluctant reader to become a lover of books. Beth Anchondo explained that Duchesne is not having a Lower School Open House this year because parents of young girls seem to prefer a tour so they can peek into rooms and ask more questions. Duchesne has many tour dates posted online and an open house for middle and upper school in October.

Visit to Post Oak High School

Carolyn Means - Thursday, September 17, 2015

One of the unique new high schools in Houston now has a senior class. Post Oak High School under the leadership of John Long, Head of Post Oak School, and James Moudry, who was picked to be head of the high school, thoughtfully designed every aspect of the high school. The board and leadership waited for all the right pieces to be in place, resulting in a beautiful school with a solid enrollment of students who are right for the program. With increasing demand for enrollment, a larger high school building is now under construction. Next fall, the middle school from Post Oak School will move from the Bissonnet campus to the current high school building to make room for the growing enrollment in younger age classes. True to the vision, Post Oak High School students are able to take advantage of their urban location in the Museum District. One only has to step inside the spacious open classroom which has few walls to divide the groups of students to see that this is a different way of learning. Teachers are instructing, interacting and accessible. Students are engaged, responding, comfortable, grouped for conversation about the topic at hand or studying on their own in the study space. The only sound is the hum of learning. I also had a visit with College Counselor Amanda Phelps Smith, who brings energy and experience to this important position. She is excited to see which colleges and universities will be chosen by the first graduates of Post Oak High School.


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