The Branch School

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Basic Information

Address: 1424 Sherwood Forest St. Houston, TX 77043
County: Harris
School District: Private
Phone Number: 713-465-0288
Fax Number: 713-465-0337
President: Ann Hightower
Principal: Emily Smith
School Type: Private

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Additional Information

Accreditation: Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and Cognia
Founded: 1977
Organization Affiliation: Christian, non-denominational
Ages/Grades: Preschool (3-years-old) through 8th grade
School Setting:

The Branch School has a tree-lined campus on 5.75 acres. Our campus resources include vegetable gardens, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Demonstration Habitat “wildscape,” a pocket prairie, a pond, composting facilities and an environmentally-friendly parking/bioswale.

School Schedule: Varies by grade level: preschool – 8:30 to either 12:15 or 3:20; elementary – 8:20 to 3:20; middle school – 8:00 to 3:30
School days in Calendar Year: 174
School Holidays: All National holidays, Spring Break, etc.

Near Suburban West Houston

School Size: Small – 150 students
Classroom Size: 12-16
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12/1
Financial Aid:

Provided on need-basis; for more information, visit

Percentage of Graduating Class: N/A
Support Services:

The Branch School has a Learning/Gifted Specialist as an extra support for our students.

Camp Programs: No
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

The Branch School has a technology class for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students are one-to-one with laptops and/or iPads beginning in Kindergarten.

Uniform Guidelines:

Dress code applies, no uniforms

Admissions Deadline: Rolling admissions
Mission Statement:

The mission of The Branch School is to inspire students to love, learn, and lead.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Educational Philosophy: The Branch School curriculum embraces the best practices in education. • Inquiry-based learning is initiated by student-driven questions and observations. These observations foster their curiosity and the original thought necessary to pursue answers. Students are given opportunities in a supportive environment to take risks, thereby opening their minds to invent new solutions. • Project-based learning, through cross-curricular integration, encourages a depth of study that reveals to the students critical connections that develop insightful understanding. • Collaborative-based learning establishes a community in which teachers and students support one another in promoting learning goals, leadership, individual character, and peace. The Branch School has a thinking curriculum. Students are taught to think for themselves at every opportunity, from the youngest classes on up. Questioning more than imparting information would typify instruction in a Branch School classroom.
School History: The Branch School was opened in 1977 to provide an excellent educational environment for preschool children in the Houston area, eventually expanding to elementary and middle school.