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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