Bishop C. E. Byrne of the Galveston-Houston Catholic Diocese blessed St. Theresa Catholic Church and School on August 10, 1947. In February 1948, after dedication, students in grades one through eight began taking classes under The Sisters of the Incarnate Word. Today, the school accommodates nearly 200 students in grades PreK through eight. St. Theresa’s educational philosophy is based on “the development and formation of the total person.”
St. Theresa Catholic School is affiliated with St. Theresa Catholic Church within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. St. Theresa provides an environment in which “students are encouraged to discover their full potential and to generously put their gifts at the service of God and others.” Students receive daily religion instruction, and from the third grade onward, they attend weekly Mass.
St. Theresa is located on the northeast corner of Memorial Park between Memorial Drive and I-10, on a campus built in 1947. The facilities include seventeen classrooms, a library, a gym, a cafeteria, and a playground. The school is surrounded by Memorial Park playing fields, which the school uses for athletics, and an affluent neighborhood of large homes.
The application process at St. Theresa includes 1) an online application to print, 2) a $150 application fee, 3) a copy of the student’s birth certificate, 4) a copy of the student’s baptismal certificate (if applicable), 5) a copy of the student’s social security card or passport, 6) the student’s most recent report card and test scores, 7) a teacher recommendation form, 8) test results from any educational or psychological testing, 9) immunization records, 10) an authorization to release records, 11) a new student procedure form, and 12) the tuition agreement.
Students also participate in a shadow day and take a grade-level entrance exam. Parents and students both complete interviews at the school.
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St. Theresa’s curriculum is “based on Christian values and authentic Catholic doctrine.” PreK through 5th grade students receive daily instruction in religion, reading, English, spelling, mathematics, social studies and science. Special-area classes include Spanish, computer, physical education, music, band, and speech. Middle school students receive daily instruction in religion, literature, English, mathematics, history and science. Auxiliary classes include Spanish, computer, PE, creative writing, music and art. Electives include band, choir, speech, Spanish forensics, robotics, and art.
No information concerning St. Theresa’s accommodations for students with special needs is available at this time.
Spanish is offered as a special-area class to students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Middle school students take Spanish as an auxiliary class.
Students can take classes in art, band, music, and choir. St. Theresa’s art department “incorporates the liturgical seasons, recycling, current events, and community” as inspirations for the students’ art projects. The students have showcased their work at Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods, and area restaurants.
Students may also practice and compete in the following: acting, impromptu speaking, prose and poetry interpretation, Spanish poetry interpretation, humorous and extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, dramatic interpretation, and Scripture interpretation.
Students attend a weekly computer class from Kindergarten to fifth grade, in which they learn keyboarding and introductions to Microsoft Office programs. Students attend computer class twice a week from sixth to eighth grade. In this class, they work with Microsoft Office programs and Movie Maker and learn computer programming with Visual Basic, Python, and Alice. Middle school students may also take filmmaking and photo editing classes.
St. Theresa’s computer lab is equipped with twenty-two desktop computers. Students are allowed to use laptops and smart phones in the classroom when the teacher permits it. All students learn an Internet Safety curriculum at the beginning of the school year.
Middle school students participate in academic competitions, such as the St. Pius X High School Academic Rally, the Strake Jesuit High School Prep Bowl, the St. Thomas High School Speech Tournament, and the St. Agnes Math Competition. Seventh and eighth graders compete in the “Do The Write Thing Challenge,” and seventh graders may qualify to participate in the Duke TIP Program. Eighth graders may participate in the school’s Mock Trial. Fourth through eighth graders may participate in training for liturgical ministry. Students in grades one through eight can join Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
In the fall, fifth graders attend a School of Environmental Education camp off campus. In the spring, eighth graders travel to Washington D.C. Special days at St. Theresa include Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Blessing of the Animals, Fall Festival, Field Day, and Pep Rallies.
For fifth through eighth graders, the school fields teams across nine sports: volleyball, soccer, basketball, track & field, tennis, golf, softball, baseball, and cheerleading. Third and fourth graders may also participate in track & field. St. Theresa is a member of the Greater Houston Christian Athletic Association. The school also offers the St. Theresa Memorial Park Youth Sports League for PreK to fifth graders from the church, school, and community. This league offers soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball, and it is a member of the West Houston Christian Sports Association.
Parents may volunteer through the Booster Club or the Home & School Association. The Booster Club supports athletics through fundraising and concessions and through assistance with Field Day, pep rallies, and the annual Sports Banquet. The St. Theresa Home & School Association exists to facilitate communication between the school, teachers, and parents to “promote the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth” of the students. St. Theresa also holds an annual Mardi Gras Dinner, Auction, and Dance.