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Northwoods Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 250 students

Forming leaders with a strong foundation through Integral Formation®.
 
 

 

Living in Spring

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $140,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,250.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted Thursday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted January 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 6, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 22, 2012

It saddens me to say this, but this school has really disappointed us. We're entering our 4th year in the school and each year it has become worse. Some of the textbooks are over 15 years old. The lower levels do a fantastic job teaching the kids, but once you hit middle school it goes downhill fast. It's by far the most expensive Catholic School in the area and not worth the price you pay. I'm not sure who said this school compares, price-wise, to other private schools in the area but they are way off the mark. I'm really hoping they turn things around because we can't stomach spending $8000 for this education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted March 8, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% 47%
White 41% 37%
Asian 5% N/A
Black 5% 14%
Two or more races 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kristen Thome - principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Principal - Kristen Thome
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Fax number
  • (281) 350-0330

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join NAPA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
60
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
90
Students typically come from these schools
Private Preschool / Daycare / Mothers Day Out Programs
Area Public Schools
Other Catholic Schools (relocating to area)

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$7000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Duchesne Academy
St Thomas High School
John Cooper
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5500 FM 2920
Spring, TX 77388
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Phone: (281) 350-0300

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