The Awty International School
The Awty International School (AIS) was originally founded as the Awty School in 1956 as a preschool, adding higher grades by 1975. In 1984, the Awty School merged with the French School of Houston and became the Awty International School. With facilities for more than 1500 students, AIS advertises itself as the second largest international school in the United States and the largest private school in Houston. AIS is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Council of International Schools, and the French Ministry of Education.
AIS has no religious affiliation.
Location and Facilities
The Awty International School’s campus covers 15 acres of land and includes two covered basketball/volleyball courts, an athletics center, two soccer fields, and three gymnasiums. The school is currently undertaking a building campaign that would embarrass some small colleges. In 2012, it opened a new, three-story, 65,000 square foot LEED certified building to house more of everything, including 33 classrooms, a new dining hall, and art classrooms. It also built a new five-story parking garage. In the summer of 2013, it added an additional 15,000 square feet to its lower school building.
AIS is located just outside the 610 Loop, off of I-10 and Post Oak, in an urban area of professional offices and shopping centers. The campus is gated, with a security checkpoint at the entrance.
To apply to AIS, students must submit specific teacher recommendation forms and take the WISC IV, the WPPSI, the OLSAT, or the ISEE, depending on grade level. The ISEE is required for grades 5-12. Additionally, students entering PreK through 5th grade must submit a Parent Statement, while students entering 6th grade to 12th grade submit a Student Statement. Both of these provide the school a brief introduction to the student.
Students must choose to apply to one of the two academic programs offered at Awty, the International Section and the French Section.
Academic Tracks and Curriculum
Awty features two different academic programs, the French Section and the International Section. The French Section follows the requirements and curriculum determined by the French Ministry. The French Section’s curriculum is no different from any other international French accredited school, and students earn a French Baccalauréat based upon their 11th and 12th grade test scores.
The International Section follows a curriculum similar to those used in American schools up until the 10th grade. During the students’ 11th and 12th grade years in the International Section, the curriculum follows the required path towards an International Baccalaureate diploma. In order to graduate, students are required to complete six subjects, three “Higher Level” and three “Standard Level” courses. These subjects include: first language, second language, math, science, social science, and an IB elective. Students must also complete 150 hours of CAS (creativity, action, and service), a 4,000 word research essay, and a capstone course titled “Theory of Knowledge.”
No information concerning AIS's accommodations for students with special needs is available at this time.
Awty’s student body is made up of children from more than 50 countries, and Awty’s foreign language curriculum represents that diversity. Awty emphasizes fluency, and all language programs are structured with this emphasis in mind. PreK students are enrolled in a dual-language program wherein one day is in English and the next is in either French or Spanish. Middle school and upper school language programs include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Norwegian.
Awty integrates the fine arts into its curriculum as a demonstration that students who participate in the fine arts are more well-rounded individuals. In the visual arts, students are exposed to many different types of media throughout their entire education, such as digital studio and photography. In the performing arts, 6th and 7th grade students participate in either the band or the Triple Switch program, a set of six classes lasting one term each that includes music and theatre arts. Students in higher grades can participate in Awty’s choir, orchestra, dance ensembles, IB Art and Theatre courses, jazz band, and more.
No information concerning AIS's technology policy is available at this time.
As part of the requirements for the IB program, students attending Awty must earn CAS hours (creativity, action, and service). Students may earn these hours through a number of extracurricular programs, including community service projects. Students may also participate in a variety of clubs, such as language clubs, the Book Club, the Anime Club, Guitar, Knitting, and the Culinary Club. Awty also hosts a literary magazine, a speech and debate team, a Model United Nations, and much more.
Students in grades 6-12 may participate in any of the sports programs available at the Awty International School. Awty fields teams in Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Swimming, Track, and Tennis. Middle school students compete in the Greater Houston Athletic Conference and Upper school students compete in The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Students may fulfill a portion of their CAS hours requirements by participating in sports.
While the Awty Parents & Personnel Association (APPA) is the school’s primary volunteer organization, parents can also join the Awty Dads’ Club or the Rams Booster Club. The APPA helps organize dragon boat races, festivals, and Teacher Appreciation Week.
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