"We are best known for high academic standards."
Students enrolled 850
School leader Stephen Foxwell
After school Yes

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4211 Watonga Blvd
Houston, TX 77092

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September 19, 2014
Our son went to this school and in our experience this school is way overpriced with marginal returns. One would expect that the staff and teachers would care more about their student's progress and accomplishments. There is no way to check which assignments are due and when. Students write down assignments in their agenda books and if they didn't, you are out of luck. Can't check on the dates when the tests are given either. Several times we've asked for the school officials or teachers to set up on online parents account where teachers would post assignments, etc but it fell on deaf ears. Also, this school is not a member of TEA which means that a Texas public school may decide not to accept credit transfers from BSOH.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2014
Looked round this school as it had good results. Kids put off by brusque Admissions woman who seemed to think that English being their second language was a problem. Yet then reminded us that school was changing it's name to British International School of Houston. the fact they were intimidated by her, hence their quietness did not occur to her. Given the people we met it seemed an odd unfriendly place. Headmaster and Deputy Head are married??!!! No school nurse for 800 kids. We ran .

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
The comments about the nursery class are wildly misleading. I have checked and now know that in the class there are three members of qualified and experienced staff and the class size never exceeds 29 at any one time. The ratios are much better than in a standard day care center. As it is a British school the children start to learn the basics of reading and writing from the age of three and seem to love it. The range of activities on offer to them is wonderful and the teachers seem to know the children very well and show great care and attention to them. I am very impressed.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
Very disappointing. Teachers are here to socialise first and teach second. No support from the top for them available for their youth and inexperience. Of course, some are good ones but not most. Anti-parent barrier as if we are a nuisance. Average to poor facilities (not including the structure which is temporary until new school is built on another site). Primary sports programmes non existent. Unqualified staff. No real policies in place. Nobody cares. Very expensive mediocre school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
We are self paying parents of a student in nursery of this school with 31 students in class and only one teacher available to teach all of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
This school is amazingly bad. It actually beggars belief how bad it it. The staff are young and inexperienced. There has been a mass exodus of the really good ones over the last 3 years. It is a bit of a running joke among the expat community who do not send there or have removed them. Among Americans it is known as the private school you send your kids to when you can't get them in to a better one. The quality of education is very poor compared to other private schools. I'm not sure what the pp is talking about when they said the curriculum is two years ahead. I am a teacher and have worked in England. It is not two years ahead by any stretch of the imagination. The pastoral (not religious but rather mind and spirit) care of the children is also poor. No attempts to help them settle in in any meaningful way. Avoid if at all possible.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
This might be a great school for elementary or middle school equivalent but for the Pre-K program it needs a lot of improvement. Student to teacher ratio is quite high (too many kids per teacher) considering the also high tuition fee. Some teachers are young and very inexperienced indeed and I found them enthusiastic only on Fridays. Nonetheless, they have some good ones, I just wish there were more experienced teachers or LSA's. We have never been asked for donations. They teach French as a second language which is something positive as all other schools teach Spanish and honestly learning Spanish in Houston is quite easy either with a Nanny or friends. Their sport facilities are average. There is a good parents community, very diverse and friendly. Our child has learned a lot there but is not passionate about the school. Maybe later there is the wow factor so much advertised. Principal leadership is weak, we look forward to BSOH having a new principal as well as the new campus in Katy.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
British School of Houston is a for profit organization. Building is outdated. Leadership aims to increase revenue by enrolling increasing amount of students through aggressive and inaccurate marketing. Minimum salaried teachers from the UK without experience and motivation are contracted on a two year visa. Quality of education ranked low in comparison to any other school in the UK. Insufficient number of classroom assistants. School relays heavily on volunteer work of parents. Students and parents are encouraged to fundraise and donate frequently. School might be a necessity to Expats because of British curriculum. No benefit to any child to attend this school since Houston offers variety of safe, friendly and high quality schools without the ever increasing price tag.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
Reviews ought to be based on facts!!!!! All parents including myself, are fully aware that the school is continually being improved, most recently the bus canopies and new, fresh reception after half term......This is without mentioning the fantastic new build school opening 2015/2016. Teachers are rewarded most handsomely and are carefully recruited based on credentials and experience. Young, enthusiastic teachers are a bonus to the school. I am unaware of volunteers working at the school as even the invidulators are in paid positions! The academic results speak for themselves and as we are all aware, not everyone can be satisfied all of the time!!!! I can honestly say I have NEVER been asked for a donation of any kind. For my family, BSH has been absolutely the right choice and my children enjoy the homely, friendly surroundings.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
We moved our child here from a local private school in the Memorial area that teaches a US curriculum. The difference is amazing. BSH is teaching approximately two years ahead of our old school. Our former school talked a lot about differentiation, but here at BSH they actually do it. The practical effect is that your child is taught at their level. If they are at the top of their class in a given subject they receive instruction at a higher level, if they are in the middle, or bottom they also receive appropriate instruction. The result, EVERY STUDEN IS CHALLENGED / no one is left behind, or ignored. The staff and teachers are incredibly professional. If a great education is what you are looking for BSH is an excellent option. We believe the international culture present at the school will help our son in the future. We know the high academic standards will.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
I am astounded!!!! Unjustified negativity! As a parent of 3 children at the BSH, self paying.....I can say the BSH has been fantastic for them all. I am continually amazed by the dedication and professional attitude of all the energetic staff at the school. They go beyond their duties and create an academically challenging environment. The students are encouraged to express themselves, creating confident well balanced children of the future. I see a school which is continually making changes for the benefit of the students. I am proud to be a BSH parent and look forward to the ongoing progress.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
I have to agree with the recent reviews. I shall give my impression of the primary school. The teachers tend to be young and inexperienced, and lack more mature teachers to mentor them. This is not their fault, but it is to the detriment of the students. The students are not stretched to the level they should be. Science and history are virtually non-existent from the curriculum. I strongly believe that the very high fees should be spent to attract high caliber teachers, and they should be enabled to provide an education comparable to an ambitious and a high achieving school within the UK. The BSH is currently falling far short of this.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
We have been 3 years at BSH (primary section) and are not satisfied at all, actually we are applying into the best HISD schools, as we're really concerned about the quality of this school. The only good think we are thankful is that our son was accepted mid-year, other than that I'm sure there are plenty of better schools than BSH. The only reason we have kept my son here is because my employer is paying the tuition, once we lose that benefit, this school doesn't worth to pay more than $20k. My suggestion to the new families would be applying to any other good international / private school instead of this school. They don't even have after care program, the sports offered are very poor, basically they don't have any extra-curriculum activities, whatever they have in their website is not the reality, at least for the primary section. I wouldn't recommend this school to any friend.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
I agree with the reviewer of 1st October. We have been bitterly disappointed with this school. Overall, the standards here fall far short of what one would expect from an independent school at home. The school is badly disorganized and the quality of the teaching is patchy. As for the International Primary Curriculum as taught by BSH, this appears to bear little resemblance to the curriculum in schools at home. Science seems to have been overlooked altogether ! The general culture there is to keep parents at arm 's length. I have never felt so totally disengaged with my children's school . We have experience of good schools in the Uk, and trust me, this is lightweight education. I can only speak from my experience of the primary school but I hear from other parents that there are concerns about the secondary school too. Most parents do not expect great things from this school, and blame the poor leadership. All I would say is if you are coming to Houston with kids, do yourself a favour and look at the many schooling alternatives in Houston. What. Houston really needs is a good British School !

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
Its amazing! My child is learning new things every single day! I dont know why its a three star! The teachers are absoloutly incredible. GO BSH!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2013
Our child went to this school for two years. Being an expat there is always an anxiety when moving to a new location that you can get your child settled as soon as possible. One of the positive aspects of this school is when we arrived out of cycle they took our child (this is not the norm elsewhere in Houston). Unfortunately we have seen this school run as a business not an education facility. Experienced teachers getting too expensive because they come with a family, move them on for teachers just out of uni and use expat partners where this is not an issue. Child needs additional support, I am sorry $20,000+ does not cover this expense, you are on your own to sort that out. Don't be fooled by the sell on a british education and IB offered. Plenty of other IB options out there and a good disciplined school will trump a poor "british" school any day. Do yourself a favour, if needed book into the british school and then start looking for an alternate school for the next year. Unfortunately cost of tuition does not translate to quality of tuition. A detail missed by many expats when their companies are paying the tuition fees. I suggest it would be a different story if they had to.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
The British School is a better choice than Awty and I can tell because I had one child at Awty last year and I am moving him to the British. The British school is a warm welcoming school and focusses on the individual child and his/her talents. The academic standard is high, but there is also a good focus on the fun of learning. My daughter is in year 8 and she loves it! If you are an expat you feel more at home here than at Awty; Awty is a posh American prep school with a somewhat international character but they are loosing more and more expats because of the ridiculous entrance exams and rules! The IB results of the British School are the same of even better, so no worries there either

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2012
My son (12) and daughter (10) started at the BSOH this year after we moved from the UK in the summer. The whole experience has been very positive. The schools my children attended in the UK were regarded as good examples of state schools; one primary and one secondary. However the BSOH has definitely raised the expectations of my son and he has focused much more on his work and learning. The recent review stating that the school has only a basic academic level is simply wrong. The staff have been friendly and helpful during parent's and showcase evening's and I've been impressed by their attitude. The criticism that can be levelled at the school is down to the buildings, that are not as plush and modern as some schools. However they are okay and a school is made good by it's staff and pupils and not it's buildings. Overall we are very happy with the school and it's a good choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
Unfortunately it is only at a level of a basic UK school,so if you expecting your child to have a chance at entering top universities such as Oxford ,Cambridge,Havard etc,it is not a school that will make that happen.I would recomend Awty .,as it follows an international program and it is very academic.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
This school could have so much more potential if it only would stop trying too hard to be a business! Not as warm and fuzzy as the Principal spins it when you turn up to the new parents info session. For the amount paid per term, it's taking the mickey a bit I think. Also don't expect admission or apology of fault on their part. This school is all about covering itself first and foremost (probably a hangover from the highly litigous nature of the USA).

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
Having to choose as an expat between Awty and the British School summer 2011 was hard from a distance, but I'm sooo glad I choose for the British School in the end. It's a warm and friendly school and we have all been made so welcome. The teachers are great and whenever I have a concern or question they are spot on. They differentiate in the learning in class and this is good for the individual child so that they get more of a challenge or don't have to work against their limits which is not good when you're settling in in a new country and city. English is not their first language but this was addressed perfectly by the BSH. They are all so happy and I have heard this too from much more new parents. Again I am very glad I made this choice. People changed to the British School last summer after trying for a year at Awty because it was so strict and inflexible as a lot of expatriates are pointed to Awty only, but in the last years the British School is getting better and better - this is no doubt the case for the young kids, but also for the Middle years and Upper School the British School is getting better.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
This school has surpassed expectations especially in the primary. The staff are great - they really know my children and what it is they need. The Deputy Head is great as well. He knows every child and their family and will always stop for a chat. The curriculum and teaching here are wonderful. Every topic they do is great, my children come home every day talking about what they have been 'learning'. When I was at school, it was what we had been doing!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
I would not recommend this school if your child has any educational problems. Although they state they help children, they do not. You have to paid extra for tutoring and any extra support your child may need. Ask for the parent handbook before you sign up - why isn't it on their open pages.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2011
I have been a long-term student at BSOH, since 2007. When I arrived, the student body was warm and welcoming, teachers were of good quality, but the head teacher seemed distant from the actual school. Over the years, management has changed, as have teachers. At the end of last teacher, far more than half of the secondary school teachers left, leaving the school without some of it's greatest assets: the teachers. With the beginning of the new academic year, many new teachers have been brought on, and are all very enthusiastic and commited to helping the students achieve high grades. However, I have also noticed that there is a divide between the current headmaster and the student body, and many of us do not believe that he is running the school adequately. I would recommend this school to Brit expats in particular as it maintains the education standards and provides plenty of other expat families to meet and socialize with. We're always happy to meet new people BSOH, it's just a shame that the poor leadership has sent a divide between the students and head teacher. I have to disagree with the review below, as none of us are rude or treat any other students badly.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2011
Currently I am a new student at the british school of houston...When you get to a new school your supposed to be welcomed when I got to the school everyone was rude and I was left out. Theres GREAT education but the people are very rude ! The facilities are not good but the supplies is. If your a parent and your reading this and your kid is going into Y8 SWITCH SCHOOLS. Also, they usually refer to last year like in science, history and music. I HIGHLY recomend if your kid is going into y8 to switch schools.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2011
I agree with the previous comment - excellent teachers. However, OVER HALF the secondary teachers left this July - you have to wonder why?

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
I was very happy with the teaching and care my daughter received at the British School of Houston. She did the last year of the very demanding IB Diploma and I can happily say that the level of professionalism from all the teachers she had was absolutely fabulous. The BSH has very good teachers who will go that extra mile to make sure your child thrive in their education and life.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
I have little positive to say about this school, teachers have been slightly better than average, the academic programs have been just below average but the head leadership has been very poor. I am pleased we are moving on.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
I have two children who have attended the British School of Houston for two years, and over the past year I have seen significant improvements at the school in terms of the leadership, facilities and direction the school is taking. The recent renovation programme has been a huge success and the summer's outstanding GCSE and IB results are a true reflection of the academic standards and focus on learning that exist at the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2010
My child has been at the BSH for several months coming from a British International School overseas. If you are coming from the State system in the UK, the education standards are probably higher. If you are coming from a fee paying UK school or from the private sector internationally , you will be sorely dissapointed. There is no doubting the integrity and commitment of the staff but, they need to be led, encouraged and given the resources to raise the bar of the 'extras' commonly expected from education institutions in it's peer group. This school falls terribly short of facilities (piecemeal renovation will not correct the fundemantal flaw of the design) and its; social/sporting/cultural programmes remain mediocre at best. If you want your child to stay within the British Curriculum here in Houston, you have no choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
My daughter has just graduated from the British School of Houston after 4 years of Education there... .. the teachers are fabulous, very caring and hard working. The new head teacher and head of IB are doing a great job... and the current year 12's will benefit fully from their input. I would definately recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
I have four children at the school and could not be happier with the education they are receiving. The school's best asset is the teachers, who are inspiring and motivating. This year has seen a new headmaster, Mr Foxwell, step into the role smoothly and been able to give the school a great sense of direction and leadership. I have had my children in the school from age four through to graduation and would recommend the teachers and level of education to anyone considering the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
This school has come a long way in the last year! The new leadership has done wonderful things for the school, and the entire community is feeling the effect of this positive change.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
I think the school is increasingly becoming a business concern rather than an institution focused on education and developing children, the BSA management appear not to care about parent concerns. On the school website you will find a statement concerned with continuing to offer a caring, friendly and international atmosphere , they either need to update their website or change the school management.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I am a parent of two children in the senior school. We have been at the school almost 5 years. In our experience the standard of education has been progressively improving throughout this period and we can see a distinct improvement in the delivery of homework and marking in the last year. It certainly appears that the new leadership will ultimately raise standards which all the pupils will benefit from. In response to some of comments in previous reviews I should state that the staff turn over this year is just 10 % which is the lowest the school has known. Staff are being challenged for sure but the great majority are responding positively. The school has a lot of great teachers and there are a tremendous number of positive extra curricular accitivities. It was a very good decision to have our kids attend the school

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
1 year ago I would not have recommended the British school to any new family ! However the past 6 months under the leadership of the new head shows that the school is definately heading in the right direction. I have 2 children in the upper school who are being challenged to work to their uppermost potential by a team of positive & professional staff. They are also learning alongside other kids who are happy to be there and are from well educated & supportive families. I am confident that the exam results will reflect the positive work going on inside the school. If you want your kids to be happy at school and be successful then I can highly recommend coming here.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
I would also like to recommend the British School of Houston. I have three children at the school, all of whom are happy and actively learning. Due to the new leadership and the progress we have witnessed at the school this year we have decided to keep our eldest at the British School for GCSEs, despite having an offer from an excellent school in the UK. The management team has sought to promote learning and raise standards. They are professional and supportive to both students and parents. The school has come a long way in a short time. The new management team and staff are a cohesive group working together towards a positive educational experience for our children. The school seems settled and focussed. It is important to recognize that negative comments by a few often reflects an inability to see the bigger picture with regards to change. Consequently this blinkered approach can be unjustifiably counterproductive, highlighting a restricted uninformed view.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
I would like to highly recommend The British School of Houston. I am in my 3rd year at the school with two children currently in Primary. They are both extremely happy and have teachers who are energetic, engaged and happy in their work. The standard of care and education they receive has met all our expectations and we are delighted to be staying in Houston so they can continue to attend the school. BSOH has been through some tough times in recent years but the new Head (appointed August 09) and his team are really moving us forward. To balance some other views posted - I have found the team very approachable and I know that their main priority is to take the school to the next level. The vast majority of parents are happy with the school and these negative comments are not representative.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
We too have decided to move our child to another school before they start secondary. Essentially we have been very happy with Primary education through to year 5. Excellent progress has been made. However we want to to move our before secondary begins. Through GCSE and IB the school fails. This years year 5 staff have been excellent, special kudos to Miss Smith for being thrown in at the deep at the deep end halfway through the first term and still raising standards several sub levels.

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August 09, 2009
The only reason BSOH, sorry, BSH is gett 4 stars is because of the quality of education that I have received at GCSE level, and for their teaching staff. Although I am still awaiting my results, I am at a far higher level than I would've been at had I stayed at my previous school. Teachers were absolutely amazing; motivated, dedicated and always ensuring that we were treated accordingly for age. However, the problems arise when senior leadership and facilities are mentioned. Facilities would be getting less than one if possible. The earlier comment that was posted in July was obviously made by a member of the BSA. New building was meant to be ready in Summer 2008, but planning permissions, and poor planning halted this. Once opened, this new $1 million building quickly fell apart and into disrepair. Senior leadership was almost always unapproachable and extremely unlikable.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2009
We agree with the previous comments, the school facilities are far from what you would expect for a private school, however, improvements are being made. We don t believe the facilities should be a parents main concern, surely it should be the standard of education the child receives - this is not lacking at the BSH, in fact the majority of the staff are some of the most dedicated people we have come across. There have been clear improvements since our arrival 18 months ago. So keep it up BSH, you have the backing of many happy parents.

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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
The lower school is good. The buildings are being improved and the teachers are very enthusiastic and cover the primary UK curriculum very thoroughly. When I compare their coverage of the essentials with a private and very expensive school my son was going to in London I am very pleased with what they've done. The SEN teacher is excellent. The upper school is small but as it's non-selective getting 96% A-C grades at O level is well above UK average - small class sizes are the key. IB they are still improving and it will take time. IB is harder than A levels folks!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
The British School certainly has some issues with its buiding, but that shouldn t take away from the good work that goes on inside the building. Having worked in several schools in my teaching career I know all too well that a building does not make a good school, it is the qualilty and commitment of the staff. And BSOH has that. My own honest view is that the school will get better and better over thre next few years.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2008
The school seems to be first and foremost a money making business, and an educational establishment interested in children s education and wellbeing a distant second. Given our time again we would not enroll our child in this school.

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no rating June 30, 2008
This school was really good, and there were some wonderful teachers there. The results were not bad, I got into Habs after this school. Some times the school failed to listen to the us, the pupils, and the school lunches were the worst there could be, but other than that the school was good. I really enjoyed my two years there, and the only other British Curriculum school is Auti, which is actually French. So i think this is the best British School in Houston.

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- submitted by a student
March 19, 2008
Although the facilities cannot compete with other schools, we still learn alot and are not stressed our with homework or exams. The teachers are friendly, and so is the environment.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2008
Excellent young and enthusiastic teaching staff with a fair sprinkling of more experienced staff who have taught in International schools. Buildings are improvng and visitors have to look beyond the building to the high level of teaching. Good range of afterschool clubs including free gutar and brass lessons.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
as a pupil the facilities did not bother me and much as my parents although they were not of a good standard. The school though, had a welcomming atmosphere and the puils were friendly. I really enjoyed my three years at this school and would have liked to have stayed longer if it was a better. It was not worth the money we paid though.

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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
The most expensive school in Houston. Reasonable but not excellent results. UK based curriculum. Comparable to UK comprehensive. Poor facilities and buildings. Building maintenance poor. Excellent teaching staff although high turnover. Run as a for profit business (which shows).

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British School of Houston
4211 Watonga Blvd, Houston, TX  77092
(713) 290-9025
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British School of Houston Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top