"Forming leaders with a strong foundation through Integral Formation®."
Students enrolled 250
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Kristen Thome - principal
Transportation options None
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5500 FM 2920
Spring, TX 77388

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(281) 350-0300
(281) 350-0330
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4 stars
Based on 49 ratings

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October 01, 2014
We moved from Illinois to Texas. A huge transition. We chose Northwoods Catholic School for the private, catholic education. We made a great decision! Our son is learning at a very good pace. There is constant growth weekly in all academic subjects. He is happy and cheerful. He has friends in the small classes and in the greater school community. There are events that parents are very involved with. You can also speak directly to any teacher or the Head of School, due to a small school community and easy access to these very important school leaders and educators. We are extremely happy and content that we made the choice to put our son in this school. He is very well behaved because of the school as well. He speaks to us about "making good choices" in life.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2014
We moved to Texas a year ago. Norhtwoods is a wonderful school that mentors the whole child. The educational and spiritual environment is amazing. My child thrived in this environment and flourished. The bonds that were made with the staff and students was wonderful. The trip to Rome was very spiritual and a bonding experience that will never be forgotten. This is the most positive school environment and community we have ever encountered. Your child will be blessed to attend Northwoods.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
When we moved to The Woodlands four months ago, after touring Northwoods, I fell in love. Something was different about this school. For our family, we want the best education for our children and most importantly we want them to grow spiritually. Northwoods offers it all. My gifted daughter who was bored at previous schools began to thrive in her classroom. Her teacher challenged her and I saw her love for learning come back. I can not even begin to explain the transformation in her heart spiritually. Northwoods is unique and special because we have never seen a school be able to meet the spiritual needs of our kids and our family like they do. My children get one on one attention from the Priest, Brothers and Consecrated women. One of the brothers played soccer with my son's second grade class at recess and as he plays with him, he talks to them and instills different virtues and values in their heart. As you can see from this website, Northwoods is not perfect. But if you are looking for a school that develops the whole child and most importantly your child spiritually, Northwoods is the place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
It has been a true blessing to have found Northwoods, a school with a nurturing and caring environment, without having to compromise academics. The pilgrimage of the 8th grade graduating class to the Vatican this year is a perfect example of how Northwoods is able to create a positive integration of education, religion and friendship; with prior in depth research on Rome and the Vatican; guided visits by the Legionaries to numerous holy sites accompanied by daily Mass including the Canonizations; and an opportunity to further develop their friendships; it was an experience of a lifetime. Great job Northwoods for the tireless work!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I really wish I could write a positive review about Northwoods because I wanted my kids to receive their K-8th education here, but after more than 6 years we just can't ignore the schools shortcomings anymore. There is a very high rate of teacher and student turnover. Classes have never been full and enrollment has declined every year we've had our kids enrolled. The music program is awful. The computers are out of date and often times don't work. My kids computer skills have been taught in the home due to little computer time at school. There seems to be a shortage of books in classrooms which I don't understand since our tuition covers books. The other Catholic schools in the area are full and have waiting lists, which is why I can't figure out why Northwoods has never been at capacity. I really wish I could give Northwoods a positive review and I'd love to see the school thrive, but the problems just get worse every year and old issues aren't addressed or fixed. As a parent I can't recommend this school to other parents looking for a Catholic education.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Northwoods Catholic School in Spring, TX is a gift! The students and families go through the same situations as any person but they have resources that I never had. They support each other, have the sacraments, and have a great vision to make a difference. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve here! We could improve by having a gym that could give allow students to exercise on rainy or hot days.

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
My children are new to Northwoods for the 2013-2014 school year. Pre-K4 and 4th grade. I'm pleased with the preschool experience and the grade level experience. i have to say, I did not know what was different about Northwoods when we signed up. I mainly wanted to make a change from public school, even though our public school was a Klein "exemplary" school. I am not an overly religious/catholic parent either. So, this is what I've learned: my kids have become quite the students with the challenging curriculum. My kids, who have always been well behaved and polite, have become more caring and giving. They have also become more aware of their faith and often pray together without parental prompting. This school has proven itself to be just what we were looking for - safe and academically challenging to name the top 2 reasons why we drive 30 minutes each way to school and pay the tuition. If parents want/need more out of this school, I would suggest donated their time, talent and treasure - I have found that by contributing with these things, I've grown as a parent. I am very pleased and happy to be part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
This is my second post and will address several items that've been brought up. I've found the teachers to be first-rate although I know there's been some friction between specific parents and specific teachers - you'll find this anywhere and in any school - Catholic or public. There's a push for donations and I don't like them either. NCS could either: get large amounts of money from the parents at the beginning of term and not ask for donations OR charge tuition that doesn't quite cover operational costs and fundraise during the year. Bottom line: NCS' tuition is not off par relative to other Catholic schools in the area. Yes, there may be some cliquish-ness. Again, you'll see this in any school - parochial or public. Our kids are welcome in just about every group of kids in NCS. Administration will obviously be more attentive to wealthier (donate more) than families that don't - since so much of the school's budget requires donation - this is to be expected. Extended care is expensive and I wish NCS hadn't changed their old program for a 3rd-party without telling us first. Upshot: my kids get a great education and NCS doesn't walk on water - but again, no Catholic school will.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
These past 3 years at Northwoods have been a blessing for my family. From the time we walked through the doors we felt that this is where we wanted our kids.The teachers are very helpful and dedicated. The small class size was a plus. I'd say Northwoods is a good combination of religion and academics.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
Working at Northwoods has been wonderful. Great families and kids full of talent. The staff and teachers do their best to create a challenging and nurturing environment for the students. So nice to see parent involvement. Thanks, Northwoods!

- submitted by a teacher
January 20, 2014
The curriculum taught did seem to be above public schools in the area, but the teachers did not seem to be. I observed a teacher reading a story about the Garden of Gesthemene and she looked like she had never seen/heard that word before. I did see a few seemingly good teachers, but in different grade levels. There is A LOT of pressure to donate all the time. There is even a huge banner at the front showing how much has been raised. The cost is much higher than other Catholic schools in the area. If your kids need daycare after the regular day, you are looking at at least $1200/month per child including the tuition. It is also very 'cliquish,' even among the adults. Over 1/3 of the kids enrolled last year did not re-enroll and I can't help but think cost is a big factor. Altar servers at the school are boys only even though girls are allowed to serve in the church. A lot of the reviews on this site can be attributed to parents who actually work at the school. You can tell because they are almost word for word the same as the marketing on the site. My son is now in a different Catholic school with a great curriculum that seems to teach Catholic, rather than monetary values.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
Do not waste your time applying at this school. Not very christian like administration. Your children are better off else where. You will find out, as you start speaking with the administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Northwoods is the BEST choice for your children. The teachers are fantastic, administration is caring and helpful, and the students love the school. There is a Christ-like atmosphere.

- submitted by a teacher
August 12, 2013
Don't waste your time with this school. They lure you in to take your money and you expect excellence by paying so much money, compared to the other catholic schools but you don't get back what you expected. They just take your money. LOOK AT THE OTHER SCHOOLS WITH A PARISH BEFORE YOU EVER STEP FOOT OR CONSIDER THIS ONE!!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I have been reading these reviews and I haven't seen one from a student, the ones actually attending the school. As a former student, I have to say that my time at Northwoods was not pleasant. First and foremost, do not believe what their website says. It claims that Northwoods teaches strong moral character and builds christian values. Ha, the people I attended Northwoods with were anything but that. I was constantly bullied by my peers and what did the administration do about it? Nothing. The people who bullied me never got reprimanded because their parents donated alot to the school. The bullying was constant, and I was miserable. Just because the website looks good and it is a Catholic school doesn't mean that Northwoods is a good place to send your kids. Think twice before considering enrolling your kids

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2013
I am so proud to be a parent of a Northwoods Catholic School child. The school is incredible! Northwoods Catholic School has the highest levels of academics, within Catholic schools, which is evident in the 100% acceptance into Catholic High Schools by graduating 8th graders. The Legionary's Integral Formation, which no other school has, educates the whole person. We are so blessed to be part of this beautiful methodology. We have been amazed with the high level of academic programs and the gender separate education within K-5th grades. The school's leadership is excellent and continuing to grow. The school has recently announced a reduction in tuition, which is amazing during this time of financial disaster within the U.S. Again, so very blessed to have the opportunity to have such a wonderful school in the North part of Houston. Thanks Be to God!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
I don't know where some of the "worst" reviews are coming from but they're way off the mark. As to tuition, my wife and I thoroughly scrutinized the area Catholic schools and found NCS's tuition to be about median - a bit more expensive than some, a bit less expensive than others. As to whether the kids are "behind" other schools or "ahead" in terms of their curriculum, that's highly debatable. I'm sure there are probably a few very wealthy schools with the wherewithal to provide the "latest" and "newest" everything. Telling a prospective parent to put their kid(s) in a public school instead is as wrong as it is spiteful. Cy Fair and Klein schools are horrendous. Tomball schools are getting that way. How do I know? I live in Tomball, I graduated from Cy Fair schools and my wife works in NW area high school who sees, first hand, the "results" of the area public schools. My kids absolutely love school and the teachers are first-rate. The faculty know each and every student by name. The environment is safe, secure and cheerful. Yeah, there are a few things I'd like to see introduced but I can't see my kids going any to any other school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
This was our first year at Northwoods and our children had a great year. My oldest child finally received the challenge that he didn't get in public school. We'd like to see improvements in technology but overall a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
My large family has moved many times and has been enrolled in a dozen schools over the years, across the country and internationally. Northwoods is a stand out! Teachers and students are treated with respect and given support for individuality. The full-time presence of priests and consecrated has exceedingly enriched my child's education, and my own as a parent. There is so much offered for the entire family!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
Northwoods Catholic is a most amazing school! From my experience and speaking with parents outside NCS, I know our academics are beyond those of other schools. Parents who are not involved in their children's homework & academic success do so at the detriment of their child. The school where parents drop off & pick up their children & do nothing outside of school to propel their child's academic career, exists only in fairy tales! Our Faith Formation is unbeatable! I do not know of any other Catholic school that has 24/7 access to a Legion of Priests and Brothers and 11 Consecrated Women! That, my fiends, is more that worth the cost of admission! God Bless NCS! You are obviously favored by God - why else would the devil be so active!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
Northwoods is a FANTASTIC school both for my child and my entire family! We have been very pleased with the academic, human and spiritual formation that my child has received. I have a background in education/teaching and have been very impressed with the rigorous academics and the support teachers receive from the administration. The school is in transition - for the GOOD! This year weekly bulletin updates along with a new website have helped keep everyone informed. This school is on the right track and we are proud to be part of it!!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
I would agree with the previous posting. Each year has progressively become worse. My child has been at Northwoods since kindergarten. We trusted Northwoods with my child but after this year, I m considering transferring my child to another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
What an awesome Catholic School! One of two strictly private Catholic pre K-8th grade school's (not affiliated with a parish) and the only gender separate school in Houston and surrounding areas. The academics, we've experienced, are far beyond our expectations and the integral formation is incredible. Price is in line with that of other private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
I couldn't disagree more with bad review on curriculum. We placed our child in Northwoods Catholic while we were waiting on the completion of our neighborhood school in The Woodlands. He completed a year there before construction was completed. The year our child was at Northwoods, he was challenged and very happy. Now our child is in our neighborhood school, not only did he repeat much of what he already learned at Northwoods- he is an honor roll student. One of my neighbors was in the exact same situation as us- enrolled at Northwoods while waiting for the neighborhood school to open. Their child is now testing for gifted. I would recommend Northwoods Catholic School to anyone searching for a Catholic education. The religious formation is excellent and the curriculum is challenging and age-appropriate.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
I would agree with the previous posting. Academics are NOT top notch. In fact, that are at public school level or below in some cases. Some grade levels did not have their books until months into the 1st semester. It has become a "little mexico" school where Spanish is spoken throughout the school all the time. Many classes have a 'community' of sorts of spanish speaking only students. The teachers don't know what they are saying and don't know if they are copying each other's papers. It's a beautiful campus but the academics do not matchup with the cost of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
NCS promised a curriculum that would have the children one year ahead, NOT at all the truth. In fact, it would be more accurate to advertise, one year behind leaving our children below average! Children are only being introduced to different aspects in each subject, failing to comprehend what they are being taught. I agree with a previous posting and "Don't be fooled by the building and the PR" We trusted Northwoods with our children so I say 'SHAME ON YOU NCS, SHAME ON YOU!!"

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2008
My son is in 8th grade and has been at Northwoods since kindergarten. Not only has he been consistantly challenged with an academically accelerated curriculum, he has grown in his relationship with Christ and developed a moral interior compass with a definite sense of right and wrong. My husband and I appreciate that the school supports what we teach at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
My son has been in Northwoods Catholic School since Pre-K3. He is finishing his Kindergarten year May 2007. I knew his level of education was excellent when one of his math homework problems was to 'color all the congruent rectangles blue.' I asked if he knew what 'congruent' was and he responded, 'same size and same shape.' WOW! When he goes to school I know he is safe, that he feels secure and loved by teachers and administrators and that Christ is ever-present. My son is truly getting well formed at this school. It's worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
Not the best school I took my kids to. The discipline was good, but the arts program and athletics did not seem too developed. Also, Spanish was not allowed to be spoken(unless lunch), so that dropped my rating of this school overall.

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April 10, 2006
We were very pleased with our kindergarden experiene at Northwoods. The kids did more homework than I did in high school. The parents didn't like it but the kids rose to the occassion. They seemed to have pushed themselves a little to soon financially, but we had good teachers and a great, well thought-out curriculum. This is a school that knows its mission and takes it seriously. Can't say that about many others.

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October 21, 2005
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November 11, 2004
At first this school appeared too good to be true. I kept waiting and waiting byt the fact is it is great. Safe, disciplined, educationally rigorous but most of all - charitable. My kids have never been so happy. This school is very Catholic but in a very healthy way and is loyal to the Pope but at the same time it is not traditionalist in any way, and the religious and moral formation aspects have had a wonderful effect on my kids. Of course, it is not perfect, but I cannot recommend this school highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2004
This is the 4th year our 4 children have attended Northwoods. We are thoroughly happy with the school as are our children. We've been to many other schools in the area over the years. None of them come close to the quality of academic and spiritual formation that Northwoods offers. The teachers periodically evaluate each child individually and set new goals in the 4 main areas of formation: academic, social, spiritual, and human. We have witnessed our children blossom in the environment of the school. They will be well prepared to face the challenges of life as true leaders for Christ.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2004
Northwoods is the ONLY school for my children! As a single mom, I had to plan over a year in advance to have the finances available and to move to this side of town, just so my children could go to NCS. The benefits are evident every day that I see my sons (6, 8) share their knowledge, respect, and love for Christ. Northwoods truly makes education a FAMILY event, extending beyond the beautiful buildings. The teachers are more than professionals; they are friends, faith-filled Catholics, and individuals dedicated to our children - our future. Fundraising is part of everyday discussion, but for some families, like ours, our gift is tuition because that's all we can give. I thank God everyday for the gift of Northwoods!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
We moved into the area in time for the 2004-2005 school year and were greatly impressed by the effort that was made by the administrative staff to welcome us to the school. Class sizes (8,6,4) are relatively small and each of my children get an appropriate level of assistance when it is needed. The Principal works hard to advance the academics and athletics at the school and the volunteer coach for the girls volleyball was excellent.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
This is our sixth year at the school. My wife and I are very pleased with the academic, human and spiritual formation our children receive. Scores from yearly Iowa standardized tests verify our belief that the children are receiving a high quality academic education. Grade appropriate projects encourage the children to embrace learning as an ongoing process. Critical thinking and reasoning are taught to enable the children to apply lessons learned to real world situations. The faculty and staff address all issues that arise swiftly and fairly, always using Christ as a role model. Northwoods is our partner in educating and forming our children into leaders for Christ and the Church. God has blessed us through Northwoods Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
I have found the school to be sincere in its love of molding and teaching children. The teachers all seem to love what they are doing and make a safe environment for students to learn in. I do although have a bit af a problem when it comes to the the cost of the school and the amount of fundraising and donation hunting that goes on. Every school project or event that takes place at the school seems to be tagged with a donation request. I fully understand their desire to build additional facilities but I am paying for the education of my child and not for their desire to build more buildings in the shortest time possible. I suggest more of what they do best; teaching.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
This is my son's first year at Northwoods Catholic School. He loves it! He is in Pre-K3 and goes three full days a week. His teacher is a highly experienced teacher whom my son loves. When my son 'runs' into school in the morning (he runs because he is so excited to be there) the principal, dean of academics, admission director and other teachers greet him by name! What I like best about the school is the leadership formation. We feel very blessed to have Northwoods in the Houston area. There is not another school like in the greater Houston area.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
Our son is in his fourth year at Northwoods and we could not be more satisfied with the education and formation he has recieved from the faculty and staff at Northwoods. There is a great mix of academics, religion, discipline and love that each and every child is exposed to. We really like the smaller class sizes, which allows for advanced cirriculum. In the past year we have become more involved in volunteering at the school and have found the family atmosphere and fellowship rewarding. The school does have growing pains, but continues to move forward. Extra curricular activities continue to expand enhancing the social development of the children and athletics (Northwoods fielded a football team this year and actually won the homecoming game!)for both boys and girls are offered.Come to an open house (Nov. 18 from 6-8pm)and you will see why Northwoods is a great place for all God's children.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
We moved from the far west side of Houston to be close to Northwoods before our children were old enough to enroll. Northwoods is the only school for my children! The kids are immersed in a relationship with Christ in everything they do and learn at school, and the faculty loves these kids! Each faculty member knows and believes he or she is doing Christ's work. It is also wonderful to be associated with so many parents dedicated to the faith. Our children will attend Northwoods Catholic School from Pre-K3 through high school!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
My son is in his second year at Northwoods and currently in kindergarten. It is amazing to see how much he has developed in the two years. Friends, family and aquaintences are amazed at how impressed they are with the development my son has attained just as a kindergartner. Northwoods develops the person spiritually, acedemically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
We love this school. All 5 of our children attend and even though it is a financial sacrifice it is worth every penny. We believe in the mission of the school and can feel the presence of Christ in every aspect. We thank God for this great school and the fantastic academic and faith formation our children receive.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
I am shocked at this review. We found the school to be the most warm & inviting environment we have ever experienced. We have moved over the summer to a new state & we still feel a void. As far as academics, the school is a year ahead of the grade level. I had to find another school for my son and needed to compare an average curriculum in Colorado and Houston, such as the curriculum offered in all diocesen schools, & have found that there is no comparison to the curriculum offered at Northwoods. In addition, my son's total growth as a whole person was phenominal. My personal experience with those 'disgruntled' parents has led me to believe that the level of commitment required on the parent's part is burdensome to some who wish to pay tuition and leave the total upbringing of their children to a school.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
Our 3 children attend Northwoods (grades 1, 4, and 7). This is their first year there. Already I have observed a happiness and confidence in each of them. My daughter (7th grade) has commented that the teachers are specifically trained in the areas that they are teaching, therefore they are able to teach clearly without heavy reliance on the text. As a result she is now excited about learning and getting A's despite a previous history of reading difficulty. Previous reviewer's comments are noted - I can agree on one thing - there is no library. But that doesn't bother me as I find the internet to be more efficient, comprehensive, and up-to-date than most well-stocked libraries. There are so many other great aspects (virtue program, after school activities - gymnastics, piano, martial arts, ballet, etc.). Most importantly, they are being formed as Catholic Christians and that will last a lifetime.

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August 31, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
Northwoods Catholic School has promised a 'challenging curriculum' and delivered one that is below average. Program lacks direction and good training for teachers. Children are being short-changed. Don't be fooled by the building and the PR. Religion--A+, Curriculum and Instruction--D

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Northwoods Catholic School
5500 FM 2920, Spring, TX  77388
(281) 350-0300
Last modified Northwoods Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Northwoods Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top