St. Agnes Academy
St. Agnes Academy is a top choice for families who want an all-girls Catholic education with strong academics, athletics, and extracurricular options. St. Agnes has a solid mix of high quality fine arts, STEM, and sports programs, and it regularly partners with Strake Jesuit (the all-boys Catholic school next door) on projects, clubs, and organizations.
|School Type||Religious, Girls||Grades Served||9-12|
|Date Founded||1906||Grade 11||229|
|Endowment||$14 Million||Grade 10||235|
|Student / Teacher Ratio||9.90||Grade 9||233|
|Head of School||Jane Meyer|
|Admissions Director||Brigid Schiro|
|Academic Tracks||AP, Honors||Sports Programs||12|
|AP or IB Courses||12||Sports League||The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS)|
|Languages||French, Spanish, Chinese, Latin|
|First Bell||7:55 am|
|Last Bell||2:55 pm|
|Grade 12 Enrollment||230||AP / IB Participation||97%|
|National Merit Semifinalists||1/ <1%||IB Diploma 5 Year Average Score||N/A|
|SAT Middle 50%||N/A|
|ACT Middle 50%||N/A|
|Prime Entry Points||9||Tuition 9-12||$20,300|
St. Agnes Academy in Detail
St. Agnes’s central campus is comprised of interconnected buildings clustered around either the library or the courtyard. The science building and student life center was completed in 2007 and is instantly recognizable for its modern glass rotunda. Dedicated athletic facilities include a gym with two basketball courts and a nearby 18.7-acre athletic campus, which includes three playing fields and a softball field. It also includes a field house, concession stand and meetings rooms. Tennis courts and a track are to be constructed in the future. In addition, other facilities, such as a pool and track, are shared with Strake Jesuit.
The school cites the following criteria for admission: middle school grades, entrance exam scores (ISEE), English and math teacher recommendations, a student application and essay, attendance and discipline records, and the student’s work habits. The school administers and prefers the ISEE, but students applying to other Catholic high schools may also submit HSPT scores in lieu of the ISEE results.
For the ISEE for grade 9, we recommend that applicants target a stanine of 6 or better in all test sections. St. Agnes states that they admit above-average performing candidates, but they equally weigh your other talents with the ISEE for their considerations.
General Academic has more than 16 years of experience helping thousands of students prepare for the ISEE. Inquire about private tutoring or register for ISEE prep courses starting December 21st at our Rice Village Study Lounge.
Twenty-six credits are required to graduate from St. Agnes: English (4), Theology (4), Mathematics (4), Science (4), Social Studies (3), Foreign Language (2), Fine Arts (1), PE/ Health (2), Community Service (.5), Communications (.5). Students must take a minimum of six credits per year.
The Academic Services Center works with its students with various learning differences on study techniques, time management, organizational strategies and goal planning. The ASC also provides accommodations for students to participate in St. Agnes’s rigorous curriculum.
The Wellness Center works with its students to promote self-care and work-life balance by following Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way curriculum. Students are supported through classroom guidance, group meetings, and individual sessions. The Wellness Center counselors provide 9th and 10th graders with academic advising as well.
Students at St. Agnes are required to take two years of a foreign language in order to graduate. They may choose from French, Latin, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Spanish, French, and Latin are offered up to level 5, and an AP class is offered for Spanish. Mandarin Chinese is a new offering that began in the 2011 academic year. It is offered in partnership with Strake Jesuit as a co-enrolled class.
Students at St. Agnes must take at least two semesters of fine arts classes in order to graduate. The school offers more than 25 options across three departments – Fine Arts, Performing Arts, and Music. Fine arts courses include advanced study in drawing, studio art, photography/ video, and painting. Performing Arts offerings include cinema, acting, and stage production. Music electives include vocal performance, choir, and music theory. Band classes are available through Strake Jesuit.
St. Agnes supports a wide variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. Musical offerings include choir, band, and private voice lessons. Drama options include participation in plays and musicals performed not only at St. Agnes, but also at Strake Jesuit and St. Thomas. Campus publications include a newspaper, an online blog, a literary magazine, and a yearbook. Students may also try out for cheerleading squads at Strake Jesuit and St. Thomas or join the school’s own dance team. The Student Council includes elected representatives as well as an appointed representative from each grade. Representatives are divided into four committees—drugs and alcohol, safety and health, pride and patriotism, and energy and the environment. The Campus Ministry Team is another large student organization which helps plan the annual mandatory class retreats, assists with liturgies, and facilitates community service.
The school fields teams across twelve sports: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, track, water polo, and volleyball. St. Agnes’ athletic teams compete within the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
All sports but golf are offered at the junior varsity and varsity level. Moreover, freshman-only teams are fielded in volleyball and basketball. Water polo, lacrosse, and field hockey are run by organizations independent from St. Agnes. St. Agnes currently uses the track and pools facilities at Strake Jesuit; however the completion of the new athletic facilities will allow St. Agnes to move all sports to the new location with the exception of basketball, volleyball, swimming and golf.The school fields teams across twelve sports: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, track, water polo, and volleyball. St. Agnes’ athletic teams compete within the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
All sports but golf are offered at the junior varsity and varsity level. Moreover, freshman-only teams are fielded in volleyball and basketball. Water polo, lacrosse, and field hockey are run by organizations independent from St. Agnes. St. Agnes currently uses the track and pools facilities at Strake Jesuit; however the completion of the new athletic facilities will allow St. Agnes to move all sports to the new location with the exception of basketball, volleyball, swimming and golf.
Parents have many opportunities to volunteer. They can serve on committees, raise funds, help with community service projects, and support academics or athletic teams. There are several clubs parents can join, including the Booster Club, the Dads’ Club, the Drama Guild, the Mixed Chorus Parents, the Mothers’ Club, and Onyx.