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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.

Ascension Episcopal School Tour

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I’m so excited to finally get this post published now that my website change is nearly completed. Ascension Episcopal School in the Energy Corridor is one of those “gems” which a lot of families overlook because it ends at grade 5. Just like The Fay School and Yorkshire Academy, Ascension offers such an outstanding education that its graduates are well-prepared and highly desired when they apply to middle schools. Parents may not like having to go through admissions again, but an Ascension education can make up for that. There is much richness within the international community at Ascension with its small class size, academic support for children at both ends of the learning curve, integrated technology and hands-on learning for all ages. The campus has extensive playing fields to support a year-round athletic program and a variety of engaging after-school programs. Add to this the welcoming arms of the Episcopal church to nurture children in love and grace, a talented faculty, and an experienced Head of School in Nancy Clausey. Be sure you add Ascension Episcopal School to your list of open houses in the upcoming admission season.

The Awty International School

Carolyn Means - Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the two years since I visited The Awty International School, the campus has undergone changes. The school has built a high wall to block off the south view and noise along !-10 and made updates to its play grounds. Awty has purchased property across N. Post Oak and will move the Primary School to that location when the lease runs out for the current tenants. A highlight of my tour was the art classroom where I saw work from very talented students.

Two-hour tour of The Regis School with Admission Director

Carolyn Means - Monday, April 27, 2015

I had a fabulous two-hour tour of The Regis School with Admission Director Beth Schneider. The recently-added multipurpose building with a double gym, cafeteria, and more classrooms has given the school much needed space, in particular for a large library. Regis is an all boys school from PS3-Grade 8. Maximum class size is 16 in the upper grades. New Headmaster Dennis Phillips is the third head of school at Regis. Well-known for their character, Regis boys stand up when visitors enter the room and welcome them with a ready smile in the hallways.

The Kinkaid School

Carolyn Means - Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Kinkaid School hosted a luncheon for “Richmond Guard” classes between 1955 and 1965, those of us who attended Kinkaid on the former campus on Richmond in the Montrose neighborhood. Headmaster Andy Martire, who is only the fifth head of school in Kinkaid’s history, made brief comments about the addition of the middle school classrooms, new cafeteria, and parking garage.

My second tour of The Monarch School

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My second tour of The Monarch School this spring was with a family whose child was a candidate for the Chrysalis Program. The stiking O’Quinn Center houses the welcome center with an auditorium where weekly tours begin with a video and introduction by Director of Admissions, Jacquice Jones, and Head of School, Debrah Hall. Christopher Perri, Chrysalis Program Director, gave an informative tour of each classroom, of which there are many, determined by the need of the child.

Off-site athletic fields

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Off-site athletic fields are a necessary choice for many Houston private schools which grew out of early childhood education programs at churches. In the past 20 years, the demand for field sports for girls rivals that for boys. St. Francis Episcopal Day School has added fields at their S. Piney Point campus which will also house their Primary School. First Baptist Academy opened its satelite Athletic Complex a few years ago two miles north of the school’s campus. Presbyterian School’s Outdoor Education Center is an easy 15-minute school bus ride south on Hwy. 288 from the School campus. The 14-acre OEC has extensive playing fields, environmental science study areas, an outdoor chapel and playgrounds.

Recent School Visit

Carolyn Means - Monday, March 23, 2015

Recent School Visits At last! I am finally feeling well enough to see schools once again. Since I had a family from out of the country needing to see schools, I decided to go with them. We saw Presbyterian School, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, St. Francis Epsicaopl School and The Branch School. Each of these schools is enjoying strong leadership, happy parents of well-served students, making wise use of technology in the curriculum, and seeing the need to expand wherever possible to meet the demand for more places in good private schools.

Expansion of schools: The Branch School has a small but healthy middle schoool. St. Mark’s is taking a larger 6th grde class this year and construction will soon be underway on an new building with four new classrooms, an innovations classroom and half-gym. Presbyterian wisely developed a satelite outdoor education and athletic center some years ago in answer to being land-locked – a common challenge to our schools. The strong partnership of Presbyterian with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts continues inthe master plan to tear down and rebuild the Glassel Institute of Art where Presbyterian students will have more art studio space. St. Francis has taken one more step forward toward beginning a high school which could be ready as early as Fall of 2018. One other school responding to the need is St. John’s School. With their new property acquisiton and buildings, St. John’s has accepted an additonal 25 students in Grade 9 this year.

I have been so eager to see the LED classroom at The Monarch School and in February, I was on campus for a student meeting followed by a brief tour by Director Deborah Hall. Monarch is one of Houston’s gems for chidren with neurologically-based learning differences.


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