In 1930, the Basilian fathers opened St. Anne Catholic School under the direction of five sisters of Divine Providence from Our Lady of the Lake Convent. The school was founded with the vision “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.” Today, students from all areas of Houston and the outlying suburbs attend the PreK-8 school. In 2006, the school was awarded the Blue Ribbon from the US Department of Education.
St. Anne Catholic School is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. St. Anne provides a “Catholic atmosphere in which students have the opportunity to grow into responsible members of the Body of Christ.” Ninety-one percent of students are Catholic, coming from 31 parishes in the Archdiocese. Students attend Mass once per week and receive daily theological instruction from an Archdiocesan certified religion teacher.
St. Anne Catholic School is located on the northwest corner of the busy intersection of Shepherd and Westheimer, on the edge of River Oaks. The school shares the land with the greater St. Anne Catholic Community. Athletic facilities for younger students include a playground situated in the school’s inner courtyard, and a large field with baseball diamonds sits just north of the school.
To apply to St. Anne, students and parents must complete and/or submit the following:
- attend a school tour
- birth certificate
- baptismal certificate, if Catholic
- first Communion certificate
- current report card
- most recent standardized test results
- authorization to Release Information
- Teacher Recommendation Forms
- immunization records
Applicants who meet the admissions criteria for St. Anne will be invited to the school for Early Childhood Assessment Day (Pre-K and K) or a shadow day (scheduled for grades 1-8), which include parent and student interviews.
Priority is given first to siblings of students already attending St. Anne, then to registered parishioners of St. Anne attending for at least six months, and then finally to registered parishioners of other Archdiocesan parishes.
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Students in PreK-3 through Kindergarten receive daily instruction in religion, math and language arts from their classroom teacher and weekly instruction in art, music, physical education, spanish, library and computer applications with specialty teachers. Kindergarten students focus on language development and mathematical concepts.
First and second grade students spend the majority of their day with their classroom teacher and teacher’s aide, studying religion, language arts, math, science, social studies. They also attend classes in Spanish, art, music, computer applications, and PE, and they visit the library weekly. Third through fifth grade students continue with these courses, but they prepare for a middle school schedule by splitting their day between two classrooms.
In sixth through eighth grade, students take courses in English, reading, math, social studies, science, religion, and Spanish four to five times per week. They also take PE and fine arts electives. In 7th and 8th grade, students can explore different electives of their choice – such as fine arts, computer applications – or journalism, each quarter.
All students attend Mass weekly and receive daily Religion instruction from an Archdiocesan certified Religion teacher.
A resource teacher is available to students who need reinforcement or enrichment. No other information about St. Anne’s accommodations for students with special needs is available at this time.
Students begin studying Spanish in 1st grade. In grades 6-8, students take Spanish four to five times a week.
Students can take classes in music, art, and drama. During the spring, St. Anne hosts an “Evening of the Arts,” which showcases students’ artistic and musical talents in an open house.
During elementary school, all students take music as an ancillary class. Middle school students can choose to take musical electives like musical theatre, tone-chime choir, and “History of Vaudeville.” Beginning in third grade, students can join the St. Anne Children’s Choir, which performs at on-campus Masses, Sunday liturgies, and other events. They can also join Pueri Cantores, the national student choral organization of the Catholic Church in the US. There are opportunities for students to compete in choral events across Houston.
Elementary school students take art as a part of their ancillary rotation. Middle school students can choose to take art electives like painting, 3D art, and ceramics. The school has a kiln for ceramics and a loom for weaving. All grades can compete in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art contest. Older students have opportunities to compete in various on-site and pre-submitted art contests.
Seventh and eighth grade students may take theatre arts or speech as electives. They can also participate in the school’s annual play. Recent productions include Grease, Little Women, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
K-5 students attend a weekly computer applications class. Students in grades 3-5 focus on Internet research skills, computer applications, and multimedia presentation making. Students in grades 6-8 can choose among various computer electives, and middle school students are expected to be technology-proficient by graduation.
The school has a computer lab, and each classroom has a SMART Board. Additionally, students in 3rd through 8th grade have access to mobile laptop and iPad carts.
St Anne hosts several service-oriented clubs and organizations, including Ambassadors, National Junior Honor Society, and Student Council. Students can also participate in Choir, Prep Bowl, Shamrock Girls Math & Science Club, the Anti-Bullying Committee, the Forensics Team, the Rosary Club, and Altar Services. St. Anne also offers an after school program which allows students to stay as late as 6pm.
This list of extracurriculars is not necessarily comprehensive. The school’s policy is that any student can start a club with an idea and a willing advisor.
Students can play Soccer (K-6), Girls’ Volleyball (4-6), Baseball (K-5), and Basketball (2-6). Students can join the following teams: Girls’ Volleyball, Co-Ed Soccer, Co-Ed Cross Country, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Softball, Boys’ Baseball, Co-Ed Track, and Cheer.
St. Anne’s elementary students compete within UCAL, the United Christian Athletic League, and middle school students compete within the Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association.
Parents who wish to be more involved with their children’s education at St. Anne can join the PTO. General PTO meeting are held quarterly and include dinner followed by an educational speaker. The PTO hosts numerous events that support the school and children’s education, including Breakfast with Santa, Used Uniform Sales, and Teacher Appreciation.