St. Catherine's Montessori

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Basic Information

Address: 9821 Timberside Dr. Houston TX 77025
County: Harris
Phone Number: 7136652195
Fax Number: 713665`478

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Additional Information

President: Susan Tracy, Head of School
School Type: Montessori
Founded: 1966
Ages/Grades: 14 months through high school
School Setting:

LEEDS school set back in a warm, inviting, green environment with lots of open space for children to explore and learn.

School Size: 300 Students
Classroom Size: Average class size 15 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1


Financial Aid:

We offer tuition assistance for those that qualify through FACTS


Early childhood, elementary, adolescents (middle school), high school



After School Programs: Yes
Mission Statement:

As a Catholic Montessori School, St. Catherine’s is dedicated to an educational experience which awakens in our students the awareness of their gifts and responsibilities as individuals in relationship with Jesus Christ and as stewards of the global community.

School History:

Our school’s Dominican foundresses, Sister Edna Ann Hebert and Sister Shirley Owens, envisioned the rich potential of combining Montessori and Catholic principles, and their generous legacy continues to inspire our community. St. Catherine’s Montessori is the third-oldest Montessori school in Houston and the first Montessori school in the area to include basic religious doctrine in its curriculum.

Sister Edna Ann opened the school as Dominican Montessori in 1966. Originally in the former St. Agnes Academy building, she and 43 Primary students were joined by Sister Shirley the following year. Both sisters held AMI diplomas and taught for many years, much to the delight of generations of students. Sister Shirley remained on the Board of Directors until her death in June 2012, and Sister Edna Ann currently serves on the Board in an emeritus position.

The school has moved and evolved many times in its more than 50-year history. In 1974, the school moved to Holy Rosary Parish, where Primary classes were located, followed by expansion to another building at Bering Memorial Methodist Church, where Elementary classes were held. In July 1982, Dominican Montessori was renamed St. Catherine’s Montessori after Catherine of Siena, a Doctor of the Church and follower of St. Dominic, acclaimed for her preaching in the fourteenth century. In March 1983, the school moved to the Westridge “castle” campus and finally to the current Timberside campus in July 2006. Expansion of our current campus was completed in August 2018. In February 2019, St. Catherine’s was gifted three acres of land to expand the opportunities for the adolescent community already working at Japhet Creek.

St. Catherine’s Montessori is a vibrant community of more than 300 students from diverse backgrounds. Sustained by the support and work of dedicated guides, staff, parents and friends, our school continues to awaken students to their inner wisdom and to prepare them for service in the world.