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Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 620
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4900 Jackwood Street
Houston, TX 77096

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(713) 666-3111
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July 31, 2014
I am a parent of a 13 year graduate who has been extremely successful in college. She was accepted to top tier universities for her chosen field of study and was offered scholarships to many of these schools. Because of the size of the school, the students have an opportunity to participate in many extracurricular activities such as sports, music, highland dance and drama. My daughter's friends were Christian, Hindu and Muslim and I saw no evidence of anyone being treated differently. They have remained very close in the following 4 years. Our younger child is currently a student at STES and we are please to see that the middle school program has had some recent positive changes. While the curriculum is rigorous, my girls never wanted to miss school and were always cheerful as they left for the day.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2014
Non-Christians are welcome but understand your child is attending (or applying to) a Christian school. So Christian view is what will be taught. Academics are excellent and challenging however homework is very heavy. Some children (and their parents) struggle with the workload even if the student understands all the concepts and lessons. Watching a smart, enthusiastic kid struggle under unnecessary piles of paper and books every night is heartbreaking. This is the only reason for the 4 stars. I wish more schools would realize that tons of homework does not necessarily make a better, smarter student. Some actually retain more by doing a bit less!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
I am really surprised by the negative reviews, stating that the school does not accept or integrate non-Christian children. This is simply false. As long as you instill an open-mindedness in your child as to learning about another religion, there is no issue. The teachers are very nurturing and loving here and the academic program is first-class. The sense of community and the great values of treating others with respect are additional pluses. We are zoned to an excellent public school but have decided to send our daughter here for two years now because of the great strides she has made both in maturity and academics. It is hard to find a school that balances education so well with culture (art/music program is fantastic) and community.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Academically challenging - my child feels stressed. Tons of homework, demanding academics - a lot advanced when compared to the good public school we moved from (I think this is a con not a pro as many might - I would rather a child enjoy their childhood - there are loads of time to learn). Christian - I have no problems here (we are not practicing christians and we have not felt excluded. I don't care if they make my child read the bible - they will choose their beliefs as they grow. You can expose them to an alternate thought to make them better rounded. I don't mind everyday Chapel either - some quite contemplation time everyday cant be bad for anyone) Community oriented - small enough that all families know each other. Many parents are alumni - tells me a lot about the quality. Friendly and welcoming - our first year here so this may be a premature review. So far so good.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2013
My daughter is now in her 4th year at St. Thomas - and over those years I have come to know several of the faculty and parents, including the headmaster, Michael Cusack. They truly have my respect, not only as teachers.. but as thinkers, innovators, and leaders in education. The curriculum is challenging and encourages an understanding of the liberal arts and sciences, balanced by the values of forgiveness, love, and understanding deeply rooted in Christian belief systems. Their Scottish Arts program is unbelievable to see and I am constantly amazed at the artistic abilities of the students who have been encouraged over the years by the school. We explored several private schools in Houston and decided on St. Thomas' based on a tour of the school and talking with faculty and others who knew of or had experienced the school. Also, I believe that the tuition is quite reasonable compared with other private schools in Houston that we considered. I would also encourage any parents considering a private school education to meet with Mr. Cusack and the faculty and see it for yourself. I believe that you will like what you see.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
Not a good school if you are not Christian. Met the interim director and she was very nice and said that my son would get in with no problem. Went for interview with the headmaster Michael Cusack and I already knew that he did not wanted to give admission. Letter said that there are several factors that went into decision for not giving admission and it really irritated me for wasting my time and their time to go through this process. I don't mind them being Christian school but I would prefer headmaster to be straightforward. He also said that my son would be considered for Bridge to K program. So this is confounding to parents who are not treated the same as the other parents who are Christian.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
Confounding that someone would not understand that a school name "St. Thomas' Episcopal" with a mission statement "Forming honorable men and women through a classical education in a Christ-centered world view," would be a religious school supporting Christian students. Secondly, even more confounding that someone would not understand why the Bible would be used as an important curriculum tool in "Sacred Studies" and "Ancient History" courses. Say what you will, but STE does not hide their religious identity, nor should they have to. We are proud of what we believe. As for ostracizing non-Christian students, this is absolutely not true. We have students of various faith backgrounds - Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish. We openly embrace these students and they are as much a part of our community as any student of a Christian faith. We are diverse population that strives to learn from one another to become better people.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
Religious school that supports its Christian students; non-Christian students tend to be ostracized. School also teaches the Bible as literal history, which is...confounding.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2013
I have had four children go through STE. The first one entered STE in 7th grade, a transfer from a good Fort Bend ISD public school, and struggled the entire year just to keep up. The second one went through HISD's Vanguard program and when we moved him to STE for 6th grade, he knew less than an STE 5th grader. Having learned our lesson, we moved the last two to STE in from the Sights and Vanguard programs in lower school. They knew so little, we held both of them back a year! My point here is that STE is not easy. It is HARD WORK. But your kid will learn more than you thought possible. All four kids went on to wonderful colleges and are successful adults now. Because of STE's emphasis on manners (they must say "Yes ma'am." and "No sir.") and Christian values, they are comfortable in adult situations and are very self-assured. We calculated once that we got back about $45K all told, in savings on college courses they placed out of because of APs and their scores on the colleges' own placement tests. It was a good school when we started and an even better school now. Oh, and the band is co-ed now...finally!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
My neighbor just called to tell me about this site. I, too, was a parent, many years ago, and I agree with the comments made before me. My two girls did not come from public schools but they did have to work very, very hard, one with tutoring at times, and both commented that when they got to their universities, they could not believe the poor quality of their classmates' work. It turns out that all of our hard work was worth it - they ended up making money tutoring and correcting their dorm mates' papers. But let me tell you about STE from the point-of-view of a teacher, since I did not stop teaching there when my last daughter graduated. Before coming to STE, I had taught in two, different public schools. To say it was like being in a war zone would not be strong enough. I read some of the negative comments of the other reviews. You want to see REAL problems with teachers and administrators? Try Aldine ISD or some HISD high schools. When I came to my first class, and all of the students stood up and said, "Good morning Mrs. XXX", I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. I hadn't died. But I was in Heaven. I'm still there. And I will do anything for my students.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2012
Regardless of the complaints, this school is for hardworking, intelligent children. It has a disciplined but loving atmosphere. Nothing is perfect and young people are not the kindest human beings, but the faculty does a great job in addressing each student's needs and, of course, is protective of them. I attended public school and did not have the opportunities afford here. If you want your child to succeed in life he or she can with the help of this fine institution. If we could build a system like this across America we would still be among the leaders of the world in elementary to high school education. Very highly recommended to those who can afford it. It is not cheap.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2012
A+ preparation for college!! Both of my children graduated from STES... and they were far ahead of their freshmen classmates in college! STES prepared them with good study habits and excellent grammar/writing skills. My daughter was a 13 year veteran of STES. She took ten AP classes at STES. When I went to Parents' Orientation at Rice University... an admissions administrator called my daughter a "Rock Star!"

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2012
As a graduate of STES and a 13 year vet, I was grateful that they used a "classical" educational approach. I am now at Rice University, studying Biochemistry. STES not only let me focus on my passion for sciences, but also made me look at a bigger worldview. I studied Latin for 8 years and was raised reading the classics of English literature. The focus on a well-rounded education was evident in the variety of classes offered to the upper school students, such as Comparative Politics, Statistics, and Chinese. The amount of AP classes offered also acted as an academic springboard -- I passed all of my AP's, earning over a semester of credit at Rice. STES is a wonderful community. While working with the college counselor, I knew I wanted to look for a community strong university, just like my community oriented K-12 experience.

- submitted by a community member
November 30, 2011
Look, if you don't mind your kid going blind doing homework and having no life, this is the place for you. My kid has been here nine years and they gave homework every day in kindergarden for Christ's sake. They also have a serious bullying problem that they are unwilling to address. I suspect this is because they look at the children not as students but as $10,000 per year. The principal is spineless, though he means well. The classrooms are crowded and need updating. You will spend at least 1/2 hour every day trying to tell how your child is doing in school because of their frustrating web system. Also, if you are divorced be prepared to be treated as a second class citizen. Frankly, I'd transfer my kid but my ex-wife objects.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
So pleased with STE! My daughter started Kinder in 2010, and we hope our son is accepted to KBridge in 2013. Christian environment and strong focus on academics make it a great choice for our family. My daughter loves daily chapel services, Bible study/songs, and even memory work! She is surrounded by children whose parents put a real emphasis on Christian values, a great education, & good behavior. Her teachers have high academic expectations (pushing children to exceed skills for grade level), but they are loving & kind, too. Boy/girl classes have been wonderful, allowing the teacher to mold lessons to the gender, which is fun for the students. Small community atmosphere in the school is special many parents are alum and teachers often have children who attend or graduated from STE. Scottish Arts give a real source of pride, making kids feel unique (our daughter LOVES Scottish dancing). Amount of scholarship dollars secured annually by seniors is astounding. Tuition is a fantastic investment. Lastly, school leadership presses forward each year to improve the curriculum, facilities, and classes offered. We are so impressed and are looking forward to the next 15 years at STE!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
I feel strongly about St. Thomas' quality, so I am posting to reply to some of the negative reviews I have read here. I attended St. Thomas' and now my children go there. Though I received the best education possible in Houston, the school only gets better every year. St. Thomas' offers more choices than ever to its students in activities and sports. They have not strayed, however, from offering a well-rounded academic foundation and consistent Christian instruction. I never felt I was discriminated against at St. Thomas' for being a girl. I actually thought we girls had it better than the boys, probably because our separated classes were so tailored to us. As for the religious education, St. Thomas' is an Episcopalian school, and conducts beautiful daily chapel services. If you do not want your children exposed to the Bible, this is not the school for you. I will say, however, that my graduating class included students of all the major faiths, and those of no faith, and that diversity in a small class allowed us the best opportunity to learn about faiths other than Christianity through open discussion and interaction.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
Great School!!! I transferred my two oldest kids 5 years ago and I can't express how pleased I am for our decision. When I visited the school then, I was most impressed with the discipline and the high level of academics. The level of respect that the kids show is amazing. My little one had the opportunity to start from kindergarten and it has also been a great experience. The teachers are strict but loving. In the higher levels, middle school and high school, the teachers are always accessible and willing to help the students even after hours. The music program is amazing. I have a drummer, a member of the choir and one learning the violin. In addition they have the opportunity to experience sports if they choose to. The Headmaster is a very caring person who truly cares about the school and is very open to any ideas and suggestions from the parents and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
We are so happy our child was accepted to STE 3 years ago. On our visit to school, I was shocked at how many happy kids were there - they all were happy! At first, not thrilled about all the Scottish stuff, but child loves it--and it is great exercise. Love the math program - way ahead of "G&T" classes at local public elementary. Homework load is NOT excessive at this point and teachers are very understanding yet firm. Children know what is expected of them and behave accordingly. Foreign language and music programs are impressive by any standard. Daily chapel is a time for all the grades to gather and hear some good words - and sing. There is always something going on at the school. Fun for lower school kids to attend the varsity sports events, plays, and concerts. Yes, lots of the teachers/staff send their kids there - why not? They know a great school when they see one!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
Wonderful school. I am a former student (K-12) and I have already signed up my child to attend St. Thomas. My education was outstanding and I look forward to my child having the same advantages. There was homework but I'm not sure how you can expect to get a good education without it. St. Thomas has a very strong family environment and with smaller classes, teachers are able to identify students that may be struggling. I love that there is a foreign language requirement in the lower school and just wish that they could fit in more. The Scottish band and dance programs are outstanding and give students something unique to experience. Take the time to tour the school and get a feel for the environment.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2011
I can't imagine a better environment for my kids! The teachers are strict but nurturing. Chapel every day is both a break and a reminder that there is more to life than studying. We are all here to DO something with our God-given gifts. This is a Christian school and morality and ethics are a part of every aspect of their education. The curriculum is rigorous, a lot is expected, but the kids rise to the challenge. The rote memorization in elementary is often criticized but there is no better way to build the foundation in basic concepts. Starting the kids on French in 1st grade is a huge bonus, as it takes advantage of a child s propensity for acquiring language. My daughter loves to point out all the words that are the same in French and English. How fantastic, too, to have the opportunity to be a part of the unique Scottish Band and Dance program! The community is small, tight-knit, and welcoming; there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities. The current headmaster has done much to advance the curriculum and improve the facilities. This isn t the perfect school for everyone (what school is?) but it is a perfect fit for us and what we want for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
My children are challenged and happy, and I believe will be well prepared for college. The teachers care about helping students succeed and the children are respectful. I think the math and science curriculum are strong. They teach both sides in science - creationism and evolution, although all the teachers are Christian. Seniors get into good universities. The school is a good value and is NOT a snooty, rich kids school. Very family oriented.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
My daughter is about to graduate and has been at STE since kindergarten. The headmaster, who has been in place for 6 or so years, has made great improvements. Honestly, there was a time that the school did focus only on bagpipes and drums and the work load was mostly memory work. SInce Mr. Cusack took charge that has changed. Girls and boys are treated equal, there are ample sports for girls, the middle school science program is growing, the teachers are well-qualified and the curriculum is always being scrutinized for value and relevance. The office staff is friendly and always willing to help. The graduating classes (of about 50) always get into schools such as Notre Dame, West Point, Princeton - to name a few - and average more than 3 million in scholarships each year. I highly encourage all to take a second look and see the advances and progressive stance STE has made.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
Negative comments on this site are inaccurate or outdated. Sports for girls: in both middle and high school girls have more sports teams than boys. MS: 4-boys/5 girls, HS: 7 boys/9 girls Lower school science: science modules are taught in all lower grades, and a special science teacher starts with 4th grade. "Un-degreed" teachers: are an exception. One quarter to one third of teachers have advanced degrees. Those without degrees are experts in their fields or native speakers of the languages they teach. High tuition: STE's tuition is significantly less than comparable area schools. The school IS accredited by SAES.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
You have to love this school. It is a smaller school so the sense of community is amazing. Morality and religion are part of the education. The quality of education is extremely good. The school focuses on a classical education. I personally love that the students must go to chapel every day. I am sending my children to this school becuase of the community, religious focus, and quality education. I am disappointed to see a few low ratings from disgruntled students or parents on this site. We want the best for our children, so we're sending them here. If you want an easier school, a less religiously focused school, then go elsewhere, but don't disparage this amazing place where those things are not important to you. You should have chosen another school. If this school lowers its standards for education, homework, and religion, then it will produce dumber kids with no moral compass like the public schools do. I love this place.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2010
I spent all of my primary and some of secondary education at this school. I have horrible memories from STE. I am currently studying to be an elementary teacher UT Austin, and as I look back on my education, I see a lot of rote memorization, repetition, little meaning, and no community. STE fails to embrace the cultures, backgrounds, and stories that come from the students as it forces them to choose, for example, bagpipes/drums or dancing. Obviously, there is no choice. Girls dance, boys play the drums or bagpipe. I honestly wanted to play the drums when I attended STE, but that was unacceptable.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2010
Read between the lines of the information pages of the school. Click on the chapel link. STE requires every student to go to chapel. Parents, who are not Christian realize this, but ignore it because the academics are "good." STE talks about Christianity, but hardly ever carries out what they are supposed to do. What does it mean for a ten-year-old to chant words that she doesn't really understand? Now click the School Song link. Boys are supposed to be strong and brave. Girls are supposed to be gentle and have beautiful hearts. After attending this school, I find that STE creates the borders and walls between gender roles constantly in the curriculum, and even in religion. I would not send my children to this school ever.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 09, 2010
They incorporate the Scottish Arts and Music daily

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
This school is a small, unworthy, and bland school for a higher than usual price.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
STES offers a well rounded education. The work load is heavy and the quality of work expected is demanding but I feel it will give my children the foundation they need to prepare themselves for college. This school is not for lazy, undisciplined students. The teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
Unless your child is big on Scottish music or dance, there isn't much more to brag about. Curriculum is outdated and not competitive with other privet schools in the area. Sport's program for middle school is basically non-existent. I believe the school is trying to improve the situation, unfortunately at a very slow pace.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
My daughter is a Kindergartener at this school and she loves the school, her teacher and the traditions. She is reading confidently and with enthusiasm. There is a lot of parental involvement required but I would expect that out of any school with an academic emphasis.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
The curriculum is out of date. They are trying to upgrade science, but not in the lower school. Some teachers are excellent but there are an equal number that are not. It seems to be more important to have the kids quiet than in interactive learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
I agree with many other reviewers here. The curriculum is out of date, and teaching of math in particular skews heavily towards rote memorization at the expense of understanding basic concepts. All of this could be overlooked if the school provided a nurturing and happy environment for our child, but our child's teacher is very lazy and finds it easier to control the class with threats and punitive measures (as noted by several other reviewers here) rather than by keeping children engaged. We have been very disappointed, primarily in the academics, but also by the cliques.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
This School really tries hard to give kids a broad education. There are some areas that could be better i.e parent/teacher communication, but overall I have been impressed with academic standards. For a small school there are many extracurricular opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2009
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December 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
Who ever says this school is bad. What other high school in the U.S. has a pipe band that won the Juvenile Pipe Band Championships 5 times and played for Queen Elizabeth 2. Also environment is fun and focuses on education.

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2008
Leadership in the administration is lacking and trickles down to result in poor motivation with the school programs.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
Very poor in science and math -- evolution is replaced by Genesis, and math is taught by rote rather than getting students to understand concepts. Horribly sexist environment that excludes girls from the Scottish band program and most sports.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2008
I went to STE for seven years, and then left. Here's the boildown. I never attended the lower school, but I sense that the middle school is the best part.

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2007
Great school. Love that the girls and boys are taught separately 1-8 (this does not mean there is no interaction!) New headmaster has made amazing changes with more to come! Required foreign language from grade one is fabulous and the small classes and parent involvement make for a truly wonderful environment for the student. Tuition is reasonable (comparatively speaking) and extra curriculars are expanding. The school has also applied for accreditation. The upper classmen are kind to the lower school and this gives such a boost to the elementary kids! (Nice not to see high schoolers making out in the hallways too!)

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2007
This is a very involving private school that includes chapel five days a week. Although the extracurricular activities are not extremely big, they are growing and have increased in number. Just this year they have started their first girls' soccer team and this is the second year with a high school and middle school swim team. Their high school girls' basketball team is getting better as is the middle school. They also have a very good writing and Latin program. Many children that go to St. Thomas throughout high school end up making it into great colleges and are very successful. They also have highly involved highland dancers and a world class bag-pipe and drum band. Every year they hold the Scottish Festival around March in the Toyota center to show off the amazing dancers and band members.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2006
This school has a wonderful neighborhood camaraderie and the parents are very involved. I have found the academics beyond compare and the attitude of the older students is one of grace and consideration. This school requires a lot of involvement, both from parent and student. The excuses you hear so much about in public schools regarding unruly children will not fly at STES.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
I have studied this schools curriculum constantly for the past two years. I am impressed with the classical education information. Something about it just won't veer me away from it. It is extremely impressive. Since I buckled down and actually visited this environment I beleive I am equipt to make notations about this school. IT is a rigid academic environment. The smell of academics consumes you as you enter the door. THere is no joking around there. Learning is the priority indeed. May not be for the child who needs some kind of social life.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Fantastic classic education and dynamic Christian instruction.

- submitted by a former student
February 18, 2006
STES is a good school academically. They need a better sports program and sports facilities. Music department is very good. They offer bagpipes and Scottish Dancing which is excellent. Teachers are well trained and strict but kind to the children.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
My niece attended St. Thomas Episcopal a few years ago and enrolling her there was the best thing that ever happened to her. Not only did it provide her with a well rounded education, she took advantage of the sports, dancing, and other extracurricular activities available. She went on to get her law degree and is now a successful practicing attorney.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2005
This is an expensive but excellent school. They are focused on academics, and do try to listen to the views of students and parents and often tak action on it.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Classical, college prep curriculum well prepares graduates for college and beyond. Latin program is excellent and one of the few schools that offers 8 years (required). New leadership with new headmaster has parents excited about the future of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
This school offers a classic education in a contemporary environment. The curriculum is rich with tradition and strong academics. We are new to STE, and we look forward to many years with this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
Academics are very strong. The curriculum is very structured.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
This school has a bias against girls and persons who are not able to give large donations (thousands) on a repeated basis. Many teachers lack positive behavioral methodology, insist on strict pencil/paper, rote memory teaching and expect great leeway with their inadequacies yet punish students harshly. Some teachers are not up to date with teachable knowledge and resist and insist on student's learning old knowledge. Extended families teach at this school and are active in the administration of this school, i.e. parents, children, cousins, and in laws are entenched, making it difficult for your 'outside' child to get a 'fair shake.' There is much favoritism, cliquishness and legacy that you will have to endure. The homework is unreasonably heavy, frequently unorganized, and the mid terms/finals are grueling difficult. Students who have copies of previous tests do well. This privelege is usually limited to those who are in the clique/legacy group.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
St. Thomas' provides the education you want your child to have. My daughter attneded for 13 years - k-12, and started college with her minor in Latin already complete, lacking only 6 hours from being a junior due to all the AP classes she had taken at STE!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
We have had two children attend STES high school, and, while it was tough sledding for a while for both of them, the final results have been excellent when they reached college--they have been very well prepared for the work load and quality of work expected (and they both entered demanding schools). Parents need to keep involved to make sure they know what is expected of the children and to provide sufficient discipline at home. Teachers give 'tough love' and are generally very proficient in their subject area. There are plenty of extra-curricular outlets, from music, to drama, to sports (for both girls and boys!) to keep kids plenty occupied. I strongly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
My daughter was here for the first two years. We thought it provided her with a strong foundation. Her K-teacher was a blessing. This was the first time, I've seen my child eager to go to school and learn. We left due to a job transfer. However, if opportunity would permit us to return, we would. I'm please with the level of support we've received from the admin. team.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2004
FYI: Grades 1-6 teach the boys and girls separately. Graduating class size is small - averages 30-50. That can be good or bad, depending upon your child's personality and the class cliques. Academically it gets better as you go along. Impressive scholarships and awards aplenty for the graduates, but the school does not have a National Honor Society? As in any school, some teachers there are sparkling diamonds and others are a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
School staff is untrained in dealing with children and adolescents and often lacks college degree in area of employment. Teachers are untrained in educational techniques and often in their subject area. Discipline is punitive and does not seek to restore the child to grace.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Review of 11/2003 is very accurate. I regret not removing my child much earlier. Ethics that are advertised for this school are not what they should be. Very cliquish gossipy atmosphere, from administration and teachers that impacts the students. Extremely heavy homework with parents checking the work at home, and heavy memorization of materials for the child. Makes you feel you are home schooling your child. Christianity is taught by words and not so much by deed. Extremely structured for the children, but much less is required of the leaders.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Great curriculum, loving, nurturing teachers. Wonderful Christian environment. 50 years of a truly challenging education, tops in national merit scholar rate, repeatedly. Takes intelligent children to make it here, and parents who are willing to let their children become responsible, 'thinking' people. A few parents don't understand traditional, tough academics, and, therefore, their kids don't make it. This is a wonderful school, one of the best!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Just a great evironment for children and young adults. Extremely superior curriculum. Children are usually 1 1/2 to 2 years ahead of peers in other schools. Emphasis on traditional scholastics, time honored procedures - 50 years and going. Kids are bright, laughing, and respond to their surroundings in a positive way. Teachers are highly qualified, and I have never seen so much attention to each child; loving, caring. Super Christian values to make a well rounded child. Parents must be involved in each aspect of their child's education; not for the hands-off parent. Homework is pretty tough, but very effective. 2 kids there and doing great!

- submitted by a former student
February 07, 2004
Excellent School for learning. The kids love the school and the teachers actually care about the children. They are always teaching a grade ahead in the school work. This school is not for lazy undisciplined children or for parents who have no involvement with their children.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2003
Great kids come here - but just as many leave in a hurry. STES has not changed the curriculum since 1955 - which they brag about - but the 4-5 hours of memorizing responses for tests teaches little. School is not certified and teachers have little to no formal training.Lots of discipline- sometimes right out of Dickens! Christian - but not loving environment. Bias against girls in extra-curricular programs. Lots of potential at this school- but probably will not make needed changes.

- submitted by a parent
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St Thomas Episcopal School
4900 Jackwood Street, Houston, TX  77096
(713) 666-3111
Last modified St Thomas Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
St Thomas Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top