Baptist Schools in Houston
First Baptist Academy
James Moody and Marcene Adams founded Northwest Academy in 1970 for families in northwest Houston. By 1980, Northwest Academy became a ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church (HFBC) to further meet the “spiritual and educational needs of its students.” In 1998, HFBC and other local churches established Houston Christian High School, which took the upper school grades from Northwest Academy. Grades K – 8th at Northwest Academy became First Baptist Academy (FBA). The school boasts that its mission is to prepare students for high school by equipping them with a strong religious background while developing their character, intellect, and leadership skills.
River Oaks Baptist School
In 1955, the River Oaks Baptist Church established the River Oaks Baptist School (ROBS) as a weekly preschool and kindergarten program with two teachers and thirty students. River Oaks Baptist gradually expanded to include the Lower School (elementary) and the Middle School (fifth through eighth grade) and graduated its first eighth grade class in 1979. By 1980, River Oaks Baptist grew to 527 students and began a master plan to enlarge the size of the campus and facilities. As of 2006, River Oaks Baptist can accommodate 850 students. The school remains at its original location next to River Oaks Baptist Church.
Second Baptist School
Second Baptist School (SBS) was founded in 1946 through Second Baptist Church. Located in what is now Midtown Houston, it welcomed its first class of 14 kindergarten students in 1947. By 1955, the school had expanded to a full elementary school with the addition of a sixth grade. In 1957, the school moved to its current location in the Memorial area of Houston and embarked on a steady expansion—opening a Middle School in 1974 and an Upper School in 1982. Today, the school educates more than 1,100 students in grades PreK-12.