The Village School (Houston)

The Village School is a coeducational non-denominational college preparatory private school for grades Pre-K through high school in Houston, Texas.

The Village School
Location
The Village School
The Village School
2005 Gentryside Dr

,
77077

Coordinates29.746816°N 95.618050°W / 29.746816; -95.618050
Information
TypePrivate For-profit
MottoVeritas et Scientia (Truth and Knowledge)
Established1966
Head of schoolKatherine Brewer
GradesPre-K 2–12th
Enrollment1750
Color(s)White and navy          
Athletics conferenceTAPPS
MascotThe Viking
AffiliationTAAPS, TAPPS, NAIS, IBO
Information281.496.7900
Websitethevillageschool.com

Description

The Village School is located on over 15 acres in West Houston with over 200,000 square-feet of facilities. The school is fully accredited by the Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools. Village High School is an International Baccalaureate World School. The school has students representing six continents and more than 60 countries.

Students at all grade levels participate in athletics.[1] fine arts, and extracurricular activities.

As of 2018 the head of school is Katherine Brewer; as of 2014, the school had 1,500 students,[2] making it the second largest private school.[3] in the Houston area.[4] The Village School is a part of the Nord Anglia Education network of schools.

School uniforms

The Village School requires school uniforms. Different uniforms required of each grade level. Early Childhood students are asked to wear their choice of a dress, jumper, or skirt and polo combination. From Elementary to High School students must wear a dress uniform once a week.

History

Founded in 1966, The Village School initially served 100 students, aged three through five. In 1973, Betty Moore acquired the school. In 1981, The Village School moved to a larger campus on Memorial Drive. By 1983, however, the program had expanded to include students from pre-school through grade 4. It then relocated to the current campus on Westella Drive.

In 1984, the first of three new buildings opened, providing space for 25 classrooms, a gymnasium, a stage, a computer room, a music room and a library. The school also added grade 5 and increased their enrollment to nearly 400 students. Grade 6 was added in 1988. The school added grade 7 in 1991 and graduating its first 8th grade class in 1993

In 2006, The Village School joined the Meritas group of Schools. In 2008, it opened its high school program, with more than 50 9th graders. With each subsequent year, an additional grade was added, reaching grade 12 in the fall of 2011.

In 2014 the school was scheduled to begin developing its 15-acre (6.1 ha) expansion, designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects. and including additional middle school classrooms and area, the Finna Learning Center for early childhood students, a dormitory facility, a science and fine art center, and a student and athletic center building.[5]

In the summer of 2015, the school joined Nord Anglia Education. The new 46,000 square foot athletic center was to include a Varsity athletic gymnasium with a full size collegiate regulation main basketball court and two high school regulation cross courts as well as a natatorium with a 25-yard competition pool.

Athletics

Originally the Village School was not a part of any athletic conference. In 2014 it joined Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and was placed in district 4A.[6] In 2015 the boys' soccer team won the top title of TAPPS division II, giving the school its first-ever statewide athletic title.[7] The boys' soccer team won theTAPPS 4A district title and the TAAPS 4A state championship again in 2016.[8]

Transportation

As of 2019 the school has multiple bus services: Cinco Ranch, Katy, Lakes on Eldridge, Memorial, Royal Oaks Country Club/Westpark Drive, and Sugar Land. The Westpark stop serves students from Bellaire, Uptown Houston (Galleria area), and West University Place.[9]

Notable alumni

See also

References

  1. "Prep school students hit the gridiron as new football team". ABC13 Houston. November 12, 2015.
  2. Radcliffe, Jennifer. "New head of independent Village school plans major renovation" (Archived 2015-09-10 at WebCite). Houston Chronicle. August 30, 2014. Updated September 3, 2014. - See paywall version at the Chronicle website
  3. Henry, Madison (August 7, 2015). "Largest Houston-Area K-12 Private Schools - Houston Business Journal". Houston Business Journal.
  4. Martin, Joe. "The Business Journal Interview with Gabriella Rowe, head of school, Village School" (Archived 2015-09-10 at WebCite). Houston Business Journal. August 7, 2015. Retrieved on September 11, 2015.
  5. Pulsinelli, Olivia. "Private school in west Houston plans expansion." Houston Business Journal. September 2, 2014. Retrieved on September 10, 2015.
  6. Jenkins, Jeff. "The Village School thrilled about TAPPS debut" (Archived 2015-09-10 at WebCite). Houston Chronicle. Tuesday September 9, 2014. Retrieved on September 11, 2015.
  7. Jenkins, Jeff. "Vikings earn first state title" (Archived 2015-09-10 at WebCite). Houston Chronicle. March 3, 2015. Retrieved on September 11, 2015.
  8. "Mission accomplished again for Village School". Houston Chronicle. 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  9. "Bus Services". The Village School. Retrieved 2019-03-30. - Village Bus Routes 2018-2019 (states: "Sam’s Club @5301 S. Rice Bellaire (used by students in Galleria, Bellaire, West University, etc.)") and Royal Oaks/Westpark Bus Route (states: "Families who live in the Galleria, West University, Bellaire, etc. areas may access this service from the Sam’s Club stop.") - Note the Sam's Club is in the Houston city limits.
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