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1424 Sherwood Forest Street
Houston, TX 77043

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(713) 465-0288
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September 11, 2015
Our son and daughter (twins) have attended the Branch School since kindergarten and we are truly blessed to have found this school. We did a tremendous amount of research and toured/interviewed parents, teachers and administrators at four other elite private schools as well as one magnet school in Houston and Branch stood out head and shoulders above the rest for our family. Our kiddos learn Christian values (through Peace Making class vs a religion class or chapel) which is perfect for us as we take great care in the spiritual education of our children through our church and in our home so didn’t want to have to unteach a denominationally focused religious curriculum. Our son and daughter are extremely bright and we were drawn to the differentiated and project based learning focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and going into our third year at Branch I can say without a doubt that it is not just lip service. They are both pushed and challenged but not with busy work. When my daughter at 6yrs old came home saying “Mommy I had grace and grit today because I did not quit and math was tough!” I could do nothing but smile. The cool thing is that somehow their teachers have been able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and appropriately push their strengths while working to bridge their weaknesses without discouraging them. Both our children are learning not only how to excel academics but also how to be leaders and make a difference while respecting themselves, others and the environment. The weekly outdoor classroom is amazing and has allowed them to explore and push the limits on their understanding of science and math in their surroundings. A huge plus that we didn’t realize upon starting at Branch is the diverse international student body. Our kiddos have been exposed to so many cultures and languages which has been fantastic and in our global economy a must. The accessibility of the teachers and the administration (including the head of the school) is much appreciated as well. No school is perfect and any issue/concern/question we have ever had was addressed and remedied very quickly. We know our children are loved and safe. Our money is very well spent at The Branch School and we plan on being here for a long while.

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June 05, 2015
We visited The Branch School when our daughter was only one year old and immediately knew this would be the place she would attend when she turned three. There are not enough words to describe how much we love this school and the teachers. The school's vision, curriculum, and nurturing environment makes you feel at peace when leaving your kids for the day. It's a small school and the Administration staff gets to know you and your family personally. They treat your kids with so much love and they feel very welcomed. Our daughter has learned so much and is far beyond her grade level. The Branch School is highly rated and recommended by many. It is by far the best private school in West Houston to say the least. We are truly blessed to be part of The Branch family and encourage anyone looking for a nurturing, safe, and excellent academic curriculum - to try this school!! Thank you Mrs. Machado's & Mrs. Griffin!

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September 28, 2014
This is our first year at The Branch. I was looking for a place that was nurturing and placed value on moral responsibility and kindness. I am fortunate to have a child that would likely learn easily in a variety of environments, so my highest priority was emotional safety and growth. We have definitely found this here! The kindergarten teacher is absolutely one of the best teachers I have ever encountered! Every child in that classroom feels valued and cared about by her. I love the low student-teacher ratios; the kids get a lot of attention and individualized focus. The administration and Head of school seem very dedicated to creating a school community that is an extension of the family. I had a very hard time letting go after staying home with my daughter for 5 years, and yet I feel completely relaxed and grateful that she is there during the day.

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September 09, 2014
Mixed feelings about this school. My and my sister's child both went/go here. Our quiet, shy, eager-to-please child gets a lot out of it: The teachers are nurturing and do not force her to be forward or attract attention, which was exactly what we needed since we were coming out of a divorce at the start. The academic level is on target with the better school districts such as Katy or Spring Branch and the homespun atmosphere keeps her from being overwhelmed. There is a little too much focus on money, but then it is a private school. However, my sister's confident, independent (younger) son had a very hard time. He was regularly punished for little-boy things such as being fidgety or questioning the teacher, and his playful, though annoying, behavior such a tickling or horsing around, was often reported as dangerously aggressive. He was told that he was a bad child and started referring to himself this way outside of school. He often came home upset. The admin told his parents that they should make an effort to see how the other parents did things and Dad should not roughhouse with him. This school is great if your child is, like ours, the quiet type. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

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May 06, 2014
This school is AMAZING, two of my boys are attending the branch school for the 2nd year now and we Love it, my boys are very excited every day to go to school, the teachers are loving and caring with the kids, parents are very friendly and polite there just lots of love in this school. We are BLESS

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March 04, 2014
The Kindergarten program is fantastic. My son is being enriched academically and socially. The teacher is exactly the type of person you want to guide your child through this grade. She seems to value every single child and has a heart of gold. She understands the need to balance the priorities of modern families with learning in the home. The classroom presents challenges for those who need it and support for those who need it. I am so thankful to have a place at The Branch School.

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November 03, 2013
I'm in love with this school from the first time I walk in. We've been looking for a fun,challenging and nurturing school and I found it. I love what they teach about critical thinking,problem solving,strong leadership and work in group. Every day my son always exited to talk about the staff that he learn from school. They make the learning like a game. They event have show and tell every week to build kids confident in front of the class,incourage their imagination. This school is beyond my expectation. I couldn't ask for a better school.

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October 24, 2013
After unexpectedly relocating from overseas, we narrowed our school search to 4 schools in the area. I knew when I arrived at The Branch School it would be our school of choice. Speaking with administrators and teachers only cemented my decision. Our two boys have found a nurturing, communal environment that encourages interaction from the youngest students to the oldest and offers them familiarity with educators throughout the school. The school encourages and welcomes parent and family involvement and we are fortunate to have very active participants. The boys have thoroughly enjoyed outdoor classroom activities in what they describe as the 'big backyard'. I know that they will never be lost in the shuffle here. They are allowed, and are comfortable enough, to be creative and fun and most of all, themselves. We are nearing the half-way point of our second year here and I remain confident in the choice we've made to be a part of The Branch School.

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October 20, 2013
The Branch School is a HAVEN for us! We were so amazingly lucky to find this school. I have Kindergarten and Preschool aged boys, they are both attending. Although school has been in session for over 8 weeks now, I still pinch myself every time I drop off / pick up and wonder "Is this real? Is it too good to be true?" I have met many other parents who share the wonder I have expressed. Many of them are long time Branch School attendees, whose children have been here for many years. Parents have a great love and appreciation for the school, the teachers, and the staff. They can't seem to say enough about what their kids have gotten out of their time here, and what they have learned. I myself have worked in several schools and I really have to say, this place seems to be the real deal. Academic achievement is serious, and social development is taken extremely seriously. My boys are happy every day, their teachers are EXCELLENT, the administration is amazing - They truly have it together. The hard work and love they put into their school is obvious. If you're looking for a school for your child, do yourself a favor: visit the Branch School, you will be very impressed.

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October 30, 2012
We could not be happier with the quality of education our son is getting at The Branch School. I feel the school has an innovative learning environment where character building is just as important as traditional academics. There appears to be strong leadership and an active parent group. The teacher's heart seems to be so large. She is calm, practical and adored by my son. She communicated with families regularly. I think The Branch School is teaching my son to be the sort of person I want him to be.

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January 29, 2012
It's fun, active and exciting. It's really is a school where kids can grow and learn in an creative way.

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December 06, 2011
If you are looking for a school that is a truely warm, welcoming and nurturing environment, look no further. I have serched high and wide in Houston for a school that provides a sense of community, with high, Chrsitian Ideals, academic excellence and small class size. I've not found anything that surpasses the Branch School in all these metrics. We were driving 35-40 min to bring my pre-schooler to the Branch School last year then opted for a closer alternative with a "top tier" rating and heftier price tag. However, we found our daughter is constantly asking to return to her "old school" and her academic and social progress seems not as rapid as before. So we will be returning to the longer commute and looking forward to returning to the Branch School Family.

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October 13, 2010
This is a dynamic school where the kids are happy and thriving. The curriculum is challenging, as well as providing innovation to expand the children's critical thinking and creativity.

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June 24, 2010
I love the teachers their dedication, experience and care. Their unique teaching style employs a successful combination of nurturing discipline that allows the children to flourish and operate at their optimum -- children are treated with respect -- the teachers constantly communicate so that the children know the schedule, plan and what is expected of them. Plus I really enjoy the unique families who attend The Branch It s such a diverse group and The Branch embraces and respects their individuality. What unconditional love, what powerful self-reliance, what an invaluable lesson!

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April 19, 2010
My affiliation with The Branch School has spanned many years. My oldest child attended from 1st (1992) through 5th(1996) grades. My youngest child has been here from P-K through 5th grade. The fundamental elements of teaching and nurturing the whole child have remained constant over the years. The idea that all children are inherently capable and expected to achieve has enabled both of my children, who have very different personalities, to excell. The hands-on approach to learning, especially in the Outdoor Classroom, inspires children to explore not only the facts they are given but their own ideas about their environment. They are learning to be great thinkers. Peacemaking skills and respect for others are taught. These ideas apply not only to classmates but also extend into the global community. TBS is and has been a wonderful place to prepare my children for future endeavors. I highly recommend this school.

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March 11, 2010
They spend a lot of time outside, even when it is really cold. My child got sick a lot. They also do not seem to approve or want to be extra patient with any child who is very rambunctious or has any sort of hyperactivity, in fact they prefer girls. We were not impressed with the teacher, who was not impressed with my messy car, and seemed very inexperienced or the aide who I witnessed rolling her eyes at my child. Sadly, Not the same place it was a few years ago.

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October 30, 2009
I love the Branch School because it is authentic. it really cares about the well-being of the child. The kids are in a positive and caring environment. It is a very unique school.

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September 24, 2009
My son is enjoying his second year at The Branch School. His teachers love him dearly and are so sweet to him. They love all the children there, and that is an experience that kids are missing out on these days in school. Being loved and attended to by their instructors! They are teaching him how to be a thoughtful and considerate young man and allowing him to enjoy his childhood through play and exploring nature. He is learning to love his education by making it enjoyable the way you would enjoy a hobby, instead of tolerating it like a chore.

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September 16, 2009
I have only one thing to say: awesome school!!!

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May 21, 2009
TBS is truly one of a kind. Children get one-on-one attention, the academic standards are high, and each child is treated with kindness and respect. One thing I really love is their unique emphasis on peacemaking and conflict resolution. The children are taught from day one how to work through their differences peacefully through a conflict resolution process that is consistently put into practice everywhere on campus (classroom, hallways, playground, etc.) throughout the school day. The process is actually a part of the core curriculum. Another thing I love is how child-centered the curriculum/activities are. For example, the fourth and fifth graders put on the annual school production every year -- that includes coming up with an original idea, writing the script, everything! My child's favorite part of the week is Outdoor Classroom - be sure to check it out! We love the amazing extracurriculars too: chess, violin, piano, KidFit, and more.

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June 11, 2007
The Branch has offered my child intense, one-on-one contact with the teacher, a very involved, interested and friendly faculty/staff, an easy avenue for change where we have seen any weaknesses, super friendly & welcoming parents, challenging and scientifically interesting projects, fun, exciting and different kinds of field trips, a safe environment, and a place where my child is proud and happy to go to each day. We've searched about 20 private schools in Houston and talked to countless parents and the verdict was hands-down to go to the Branch School. I can't think of a way to improve it! Except to take it up to 12th grade!

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March 14, 2005
This is a great school, small classes, great teachers, safe, very parent friendly, science is wonderful, kumon math, OM program, great music program and 2 proformances a year, spanish, dance, national recognized gardens and outdoor classes... I have had my son here for nine years and I am hoping to find a middle school we love as much. Houston's best kept secret!

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The Branch School
1424 Sherwood Forest Street, Houston, TX  77043
(713) 465-0288
Last modified The Branch School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Branch School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top