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7455 Awty School Lane
Houston, TX 77024

(713) 686-4850
(713) 686-4956
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May 12, 2014
This is a truly an amazing community. You won't find such an experience anywhere. Also, I would argue that it has the most rigorous curriculum in houston. Really would consider this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
My son has attended Awty since kindergarten. He is now about to graduate, and I have seen the school adapt to a very different culture over time. Increasing student enrollment, balancing an intense construction campaign, and maintaining a high academic standard of excellence whilst balancing student life development. My observation is that my son is well-rounded. Influenced by many cultures and races - and he is not defined by what a person has but who a person is - and I congratulate Awty and its teachers and administration for paving the way to helping form and develop students to be thought provoking achievers. Generally negative comments are made by those who have understood the "system" and instead wish to change a tried and true formula that is traditionally entrenched in sound academic disciplines. Awty is not for everyone, but I am proud to share that my son speaks 3 languages fluently and has exposure to two others in addition to flourishing in an IB / AP program that has yielded him many additional opportunities - not to mention the international cadre of friends he has forged over the years.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
Awty is not an international school but an American prep school with an international character. The entrance exams/admission rules are over the top for international parents. I had 2 kids in the waiting pool and in the end, one got in and there was no spot for the other one. And they had us wait until school started to finally let us know and kept our hopes up all the time! So this year I have two kids at two different schools. They are not really trying to keep families together :-( My daughter goes to the British School and the overall experience there is much better. A more welcoming friendly school and more suited for expats. And more fun for the kids, while the academics are still excellent. So I am moving my other child to the British School as well. At Awty you are just a number, no one cares. All they care about is grades, grades and grades. They are so arrogant. I wrote a letter why I am taking my son off, no reaction nothing!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
As a student who recently graduated, I can attest to the high quality of the education I received. The teachers, from K-12 take an active interest in students and really want to help students succeed both scholastically and general. This is especially true towards the high school years, where I personally developed close relationships with several teachers. Because the school is relatively small, principals have a very strong influence on the actual student body. It is very comforting to know that the high school principal knows every one of his students names. Because of this strong link between the principals and the students, the students have the ability to talk to their principals about almost anything, including being overworked, any problems they might have with teachers, and any other significant problems. Finally, the academic programs are extremely challenging. While the Pre-K and elementary schools are not exceedingly challenging, middle school and high school are much more difficult; especially with the IB program in the 11th and 12th grades.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
I guess you could call me a disgruntled former parent. I was once a student there, and wanted an Awty education for my own children, so I started them in pre-k and stayed 3 years. Without getting into all the particulars that left me on the outside, I'll say this: * The school didn't raise any flags about performance (French proficiency in our case) until it was too late * They were unwilling to inconvenience themselves to take remedial action * They showed no loyalty to my family * They didn't put a priority on the child's best interests * They lied about teacher's evaluations of my child * They encouraged me to quit the school * They insisted I couldn't afford to stay and later denied me any financial aid * They hid behind policy and testing and were clearly more interested in protecting their metrics and their endowments than they were in serving a loyal Awty family Some of these things were done by administrators who are now gone, but not all of them. And the Proviseur and the Headmaster didn't do anything to make it right when we escalated to them at the end.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
I am French and had all kind of tests on my son for his admission to the school...I found it hard to believe that a little boy has to pass so many tests at this age...If ths school was so great, and promissing why wouldn't take no chances to prepare the any toddler for a better education...I believe the school have a great program but don't take no chances for those who could be greater....

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
I have been an Awty parent for 7 years now, and could not imagine my children attending a better school in the Houston area. They have a well rounded and complete education that challenges them academically as well as in extra curricular activities. I am confident that my children will leave Awty with native skills in at least two languages, which will prepare them well for college and for the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
This is by far (way far) the best school in Houston and clearly one of the best in the US. No other school prepares children for the world the way Awty does. The curriculum is rigorous and demanding. Children are challenged. I am exceedingly happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
Our children have been at Awty International for over six years. It had a wonderful cultural and language environment and our children leave Awty speaking multiple languages. However, we were very disappointed in the 5th grade. Two of the fifth grade teachers were repeatedly rude to students, to parents...and it was defended by the Awty administration. Many long term students and parents are voting with their feet and leaving Awty for better private and public schools in the city. This would not be tolerated in other schools and is an inappropriate way to prepare the students for middle school....

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
The Dutch program of Awty receives support from the Dutch Ministry of Education only when the child attends three or more hours of classes. During a meeting in the beginning of the schoolyear the parents are invited and the Dutch Board explaines the parents this point. We receive every four years a Dutch Inspector of Education who writes a report about the Dutch program. For more questions about this you can contact the Dutch teachers at Awty.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2010
Entered Pre-K4 and will graduate May 2010. I have nothing but positive things to say about this school, its facilities, faculty and students. While expensive, and uncharactaristic of an 18 year old to admit, I deffinitely will send my future children to Awty.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2009
I am a Dutch parent, my two children attended the AWTY Dutch Plus programme. I do not question the dedication of the Dutch teacher, because I noticed that she is very enthusiastic. I only want to warn other parents who consider to enrol their children for this programme. This AWTY Dutch Plus programme does not receives any support or funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education. Awty decided not to do so because they could not guarantee some of the quality rules. Therefore there is not a check from the Dutch board of inspection of Education. This results in the fact that the quality of this programme can not be assured. I received this remark from the Dutch Ministry after my return to the Netherlands!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 26, 2009
this school is great and I wouldnt want to go to school anywhere else... this is my 7th year at awty and I hope to stay until I graduate.... the education is amazing... 6th graders are learning 8th grade math and so forth... we have short tests... we are discilpined very well and the parents do alot... the teachers are amazing... they help us with problems and take us in at lunch if we dont understand the lesson.... we have fund raisers for the congo every year all year long.... if your child doesnt go here... you should go to awty.org and inlist them now....

- submitted by a student
no rating March 29, 2009
Awty is an excellent school. My child has been following the French curriculum since Pre-K 3, but this is our first year at Awty (3rd grade/ CE 2). Compared to friends/ children in other private and public magnet schools, my daughter is ahead. Even after following the French curriculum (only 1 hour per day of English), my daughter is on par or ahead of children we know in other schools in English language arts. Awty is very large compared to her old school but still has a very warm and nurturing environment. The student to teacher ratio is small which I feel is crucial. The staff is caring and extremely accommodating. The academics are somewhat rigorous, but not too much so for above-average children. My daughter is very happy and loves going to school. I could go on and on. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
Wonderful school. Great Education. Great environment for students to grow and learn.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 24, 2009
this school is very good beter than every school ever my doghter goes ther and she loves it we are from india and my doghthers english wasent good ontill she wented to awty she talks like a bird now and was worid aboat the disiplin and awty has the greatest

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2008
This school is awesome! The education is great and it has great academics. Great teachers too. Delicious lunches.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2008
I attended Awty during 10th and 11th grade as an international student from Europe. The school offers a great opportunity for American students to expand their vision on the world by being introduced to many different cultures. For me, teachers were always there and always willing to make an appointment any time during the day. Some teachers were willing to tutor at seven o'clock when extra help was needed. The language program is exceptionally strong and easy to enjoy. Of course every school has a downside and Awty would be no different. It just depends on what a parent wants. It is true parents are not very involved, but this is often because of their background.

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2008
This is our third year at Awty with our oldest now in Kinder and our youngest entering PK3. Preschoolers spend 50% time in English and in French or Spanish. The class sizes are small with a very low student/teacher ratio. The academics are strong even at this young age - last year my 4 yr old was introduced to fractions, for example. Beginning in lower school the academics become quite rigorous, perhaps excessively so according to some parents. It is true that a handful of parents consistently volunteer, but it is important to consider that most of the parents are from foreign cultures where parent involvement in the schools is neither common nor encouraged. Also, the student population is very mobile by its nature. Awty is a true international school celebrating diversity and fostering and demanding academic excellence from its students.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
Fantastic environment, academic standards, and curriculum. Prepares students for the most rigorous college experience through the much acclaimed IB program.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 06, 2008
Yes it is true that most teachers leave when the bell rings at 330pm. They also have families. I have found however that they are available to meet with students during the day and many even give up their lunch hour to meet with several students. Parents can be unreasonable and demanding. You pay the tuition for the opportunity to have a good education. You don't own the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
AWTY embraces cultural diversity but turns a cold shoulder on children with any other difference. Even if a child has excellent grades and can meet the academic challenges presented, the staff appears biased against children with disabilities. Very disappointing experience.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2007
This used to be a very good, International school. Unfortunately, they have decided to try to compete with the long established Houston schools rather than keeping a unique school profile and do not really know what they are doing. The administration is completely disorganized. They are on their 3rd Director of Development in 3 years and now have the after school care person running that office. If you want your child to have NO life outside of school from a very young age, this school is for you. Homework is more than excessive and the graduates do not attend better colleges than the grads from our public schools. Teacher involvement is minimal, when the last bell rings they are long gone.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
The Awty International School is by far the best school in Houston. It offers a rigorous academic system that prepares students for college. It is also quite diverse and that helps when dealing with day to day activities. Putting your kids in this school is a safe bet.

- submitted by a former student
April 27, 2006
I attended Awty International School and it was a wonderful experience. Small classes made all the difference!

- submitted by a former student
March 24, 2006
The Awty school provides a diverse and interesting environment for learning. The staff is friendly and caring. The school is currently considered 'trendy' but it has a foundation to back up it's claims. The parent involvement is high but it does seem to be only a handful who maintain constant involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
This school looks very good.It is very international and therefore perfect for expats.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
We chose the school for the international environment and its language program. We have seen good teachers at PreK and our younger child enjoys being in his class very much while learning many things. They seem to set a good foundation for the kids academically while still having fun. It seems to get tough at Lower School and we are still learning about what to expect in Lower School. It has a good curriculum but the way some teachers go about in enforcing the curriculum leaves some some room for uncertainty in us on whether this is the environment we want for our older child.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
My son attended for 2 years and he loved it. The international program is unique and helps my son be open minded about different cultures. He met great friends and learned things that he may not learn at other schools including other private schools. The teachers were caring, loving and has been with the school for a long time. English is our second language so going to Awty my son felt very comfortable in a cultural diverse environment. The subjects are taught in 2 languages. It's a plus but it can be a minus depending on the parent's goal. Since the time is taught in 2 languages, the students get to learn a foreign language at young age, however, the time focusing in reading and writing would be less if you were to compare to other schools. It does not bother me. My son had a great time at Awty.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
Great School! Wonderful language programs and terrific diversity.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2004
My son has been attending the Awty school for 2 years, pre K4 and Kindergarten. He is very happy here. I just wish that Chinese is added to the Middle School 3rd language option.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2004
Students at the Awty school come from diverse backgrounds. Many are foreign students. My son began at Awty in PK3. I was interested in the language immersion in French because I was raised speaking French and English. He had some difficulty at first but adjusted eventually. I felt some behavioral and academic expectations were very high. The students in the Spanish classes seemed to be having a lot of fun. Most teachers we have encountered have been excellent. Our son has learned enough French at school to begin the French program in first grade. We have really enjoyed the international community. Many nations and languages are represented. Students develop a truly global perspective. At the upper levels, students pass the I.B. diploma or the French Bach. They have been very succesful in recent years.

- submitted by a parent

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The Awty International School
7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, TX  77024
(713) 686-4850
Last modified The Awty International School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Awty International School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top