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St Thomas Episcopal School

Private | K-12 | 627 students

We are best known for classical education.

 
 

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Posted March 6, 2006

Fantastic classic education and dynamic Christian instruction.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 11, 2005

Academics are very strong. The curriculum is very structured.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted January 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 7, 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


Posted November 5, 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 19% 4%
Hispanic 10% 51%
Black 6% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Scholastic Gold Crown Awards for the Yearbook

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mike Cusack
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES

Programs

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  • Honors track
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

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  • Yearbook
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4900 Jackwood Street
Houston, TX 77096
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