Houston’s Top Private and Select Public Schools

General Academic currently profiles more than 80 of Houston’s best private and application-based public schools. With few exceptions, anyone can apply to these schools regardless of where they live. Some of the profiled public schools are also “zoned” schools, meaning that students lucky enough to live in a certain area do not have to apply to attend.

We also rank public and private schools according to several quantitative measures.

Houston’s Top Private Schools

Chinquapin Preparatory School

Chinquapin Preparatory School
Chinquapin Preparatory School is a non-profit college-preparatory school for grades six through twelve, primarily serving economically disadvantaged youth from the Houston area. Their mission is to provide a high-quality college-preparatory education to able and motivated youth from low-income families in the greater Houston area. No event information is available at this time. Founded in 1969 by Bob and Maxine Moore, ...
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St. John’s School

St. John's School Houston, Texas
St. John’s School is sought after by families for its highly rigorous academic program and competitive environment, which generally fosters positive peer pressure among students. St. John’s pushes its students to be ambitious and to be leaders in all fields. St. John’s students consistently demonstrate that they are a cut above the rest with test scores.   [fusion_events cat_slug="st-johns-school" past_events="no" ...
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The Fay School

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The Fay School offers a holistic academic program that includes technology and elements of Montessori-style education. The Fay School focuses on developing a student’s social and self awareness alongside creating a strong work ethic. The Fay School is a good choice for families that want a non-traditional education that is not wholly Montessori. The Fay School (TFS) is a private ...
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The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School
The John Cooper School is a traditional academically competitive school for the Woodlands area of Houston. It has a strong education program and a full assortment of solid athletic and extracurricular options. Your Content Goes Here [fusion_events cat_slug=" the-john-cooper-school" past_events="no" number_posts="9" columns="3" column_spacing="10" picture_size="auto" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" content_length="" excerpt_length="" strip_html="" pagination="no" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""][/fusion_events] Founded in The Woodlands in ...
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The Kinkaid School

Kikaid School
The Kinkaid School is a top choice for families due to its rigorous academics, competitive athletics program, and solid fine arts options. Kinkaid fosters a competitive environment that encourages students to push their academic limits and seek out leadership roles. Founded in 1906, The Kinkaid School purports to be the “oldest independent coeducational school in Houston.”  A public school teacher, ...
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The Tenney School

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The Tenney School is meant for students whose talents clash with the traditional school schedule and format. Students meet one-on-one with their teachers, which gives them the education they need while allocating more time to their talents, such as athletics. In 1973, George and Judy Tenney founded The Tenney School, which uses a one-to-one teaching method. Each student meets with ...
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The Village School

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The Village School is a for-profit school that has one of the few boarding school programs in Houston. It is convenient for those located in Houston’s “energy corridor”, and its involvement with the Nord Anglia Education School program allows interaction with its partner schools across the globe. The Village School began as an Early Childhood education facility in 1966 and ...
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Trafton Academy

Trafton Academy
Trafton Academy is a private school with pre-kindergarten(4), kindergarten, and grades one through eight located in the southwest area of Houston, Texas. Trafton provides Houston families with an outstanding education at very affordable tuition rates. Trafton Academy was founded in 1973 as a private middle school for grades 4-8. The school’s philosophy states that low student-teacher ratios work best; therefore, ...
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Awty International School

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Awty International School is Houston’s premier international school and offers both the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalauréat curricula. Awty has a strong academic program with an emphasis on learning languages, and it has solid athletics and fine arts programs. [fusion_events cat_slug=" awty-international-school" past_events="no" number_posts="9" columns="3" column_spacing="10" picture_size="auto" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" content_length="" excerpt_length="" strip_html="" pagination="no" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""][/fusion_events] The Awty ...
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British International School of Houston

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The British International School of Houston is a for-profit school that is part of the Nord Anglia Education School program. BISH offers a combination of British and international education curricula, and is very much an expatriate’s school given its mostly British and international student body.   [fusion_events cat_slug="british-international-school-of-houston" past_events="no" number_posts="9" columns="3" column_spacing="10" picture_size="auto" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" content_length="" excerpt_length="" strip_html="" ...
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The Village School

The-Village-School
The Village School is a for-profit school that has one of the few boarding school programs in Houston. It is convenient for those located in Houston’s “energy corridor”, and its involvement with the Nord Anglia Education School program allows interaction with its partner schools across the globe. The Village School began as an Early Childhood education facility in 1966 and ...
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School of the Woods

School of the Woods
School of the Woods is a traditional Montessori school that has mixed and age-level appropriate classrooms. Its school grounds were designated a Wildlife Habitat in 2003, and it fosters a natural environment for its students. School of the Woods was originally founded as a nursery school in 1962, a few years after Montessori education resurfaced in the United States. The ...
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St. Catherine’s Montessori

St. Catherine’s Montessori
St. Catherine’s Montessori is the only Catholic Montessori program in Houston, and it has mixed classrooms throughout all grade levels. Families look to St. Catherine’s for its small class sizes and its unique incorporation of Catholicism with a Montessori education. St. Catherine’s Montessori is a coeducational, Catholic Montessori school which works with students aged 14 months to 12th grade. Sisters ...
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St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

St. Stephen's Episcopal School, photo by Ben Koush
St. Stephen’s Episcopal follows a Montessori education through grade 6 and the International Middle Years Curriculum for grades 7 and 8. STES was the first school in the US to adopt IMYC, and it integrates technology in all grade levels. [fusion_events cat_slug="st-stephens-episcopal-school" past_events="no" number_posts="9" columns="3" column_spacing="10" picture_size="auto" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" content_length="" excerpt_length="" strip_html="" pagination="no" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""][/fusion_events] St. Stephen’s ...
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The Post Oak School

The Post Oak School
The Post Oak School is a Montessori school whose high school also has the International Baccalaureate program. It is the most established Montessori school in Houston, and its high school is close to and has close ties with the Museum District’s facilities. Founded in 1963, The Post Oak School now enrolls nearly 450 PreK-12th grade students on two campuses. The ...
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Annunciation Orthodox School

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Annunciation Orthodox School (AOS) is one of the premier middle schools in central Houston. Founded in 1970, it is respected for its advanced academic programs and adherence to traditional structure. Its location near the Museum District is good. However, non-Catholic families may be turned off by its close affiliation with the Catholic church and relative traditionalism. At middle school, applicants ...
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Corpus Christi Catholic School

Corpus Christi Catholic School
Corpus Christi Catholic School (CCCS) was founded in 1959.  The school serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students.  Intellectual development is grounded in a sound basic curriculum provided by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and delivered through multiple teaching strategies. Corpus Christi Catholic School (CCCS) was founded in 1959 with support from the local Catholic community and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The ...
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Episcopal High School

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Episcopal High School is a top choice for a wide variety of students with differing academic abilities and athletic/fine arts interests. EHS's fine arts program is just behind the High School for Visual and Performing Arts in strength. EHS has academic options for low, average, and high performing students, and it has a competitive athletics program. [fusion_events cat_slug="episcopal-high-school" past_events="no" number_posts="9" ...
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First Baptist Academy

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Rooted in the ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church (HFBC), First Baptist Academy (FBA) serves students, from Infant through 8th Grade, and their families. Their curriculum tightly integrates Christian faith into learning in every class and every activity. [fusion_events cat_slug="first-baptist-academy" past_events="no" number_posts="9" columns="3" column_spacing="10" picture_size="auto" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" content_length="" excerpt_length="" strip_html="" pagination="no" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""][/fusion_events] James Moody and Marcene ...
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Fort Bend Christian Academy

Aerial view of Fort Bend Christian Academy
Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) is a private PK-12 Christian school opened in September 1987.  The 7th and 8th grades opened in the 1993-1994 school year.  All subjects are presented from a biblical perspective.  It is the mission of Fort Bend Christian Academy to equip students to thrive spiritually, academically, socially and physically. Fort Bend Christian Academy is an independent, ...
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Grace School

Grace School
Grace School was founded in 1975.  It serves students age 20 months - 8th grade.  There are students more than 500 students with varying demographics and backgrounds.  The mission of Grace Schools is to provide a rigorous educational program that embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ in a safe and inclusive environment. Grace School was founded in 1975 in affiliation ...
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Holy Spirit Episcopal School

Students at Holy Spirit Episcopal School
Holy Spirit Episcopal School opened in September 1962 with eighty-nine students.  The founding Directors, Mrs. Jan Leach and Mrs. Maurine Alfrey, both retired in 1985, and Mrs. Jeanne Tiemann Stillwell, a teacher at the school, was named the first Principal and served from 1985-1990.  Holy Spirit Episcopal School remains committed to academic excellence within the Christian traditions of the Episcopal ...
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