Montessori Schools in Houston
The Post Oak School
Founded in 1963, The Post Oak School now enrolls nearly 450 PreK-12th grade students on two campuses. The school originally served children between the ages of 3 and 6 in a one-room schoolhouse located in the Briar Grove section of Houston. Post Oak advertises itself as the oldest Montessori school in the Southwest United States.
School of the Woods
The School of the Woods was originally founded as a nursery school in 1962, a few years after Montessori education resurfaced in the United States. The school received its name to honor the work of Dr. Ernest Wood and Hilda Wood in developing the school’s curriculum. The School of the Woods formalized its commitment to the Montessori Method of education in 1973 by associating with the American Montessori Society. In 2002, the school added a twelfth grade. In that same year, the school received accreditation from the American Montessori Society, the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
St. Catherine's Montessori
St. Catherine’s Montessori is a coeducational, Catholic Montessori school which works with students aged 14 months to 9th grade. Sisters Edna Ann Herbert and Shirley Owens founded St. Catherine’s (originally Dominican Montessori) in 1966. The school is affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale. Before moving to its current location in 2006, St. Catherine’s was hosted by St. Agnes Academy’s old building. The school then was hosted by the Holy Rosary Parish and Bering Memorial Methodist Church. In 1983, St. Catherine’s moved to a 20,000 square foot building on Westridge, where the school remains to this day.
St. Stephen's Episcopal
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School teaches children in grades PreK-12 according to Montessori principles of education. It was originally founded in 1971 as a parish Montessori school at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. The school moved to the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church facility in 1983 and was incorporated as St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in 1987. The middle school was established in 1991, and the high school was established in 1998. St. Stephen’s is accredited by the American Montessori Society and Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools.