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Frequently Asked Questions


See below to find the answers to frequently asked questions.

  1. How do I set up an appointment for a tour of the school?
  2. Why should I consider The Branch School for my child?
  3. Where do children go when they graduate from The Branch School?
  4. Your school offers a Christian environment. What do you mean by that?
  5. When do we accept applications?
  6. Can a student join a class in the middle of the year?
  7. Is religion taught at The Branch School?
  8. What is the student-teacher ratio?
  9. Do you have lots of parent involvement?
  10. Are you accredited? What organizations do you belong to?

1. How do I set up an appointment for a tour of the school?

Just call the school at 713-465-0288 to set a time to tour the school. You are also encouraged to come to the next scheduled Open House. If you prefer you may Contact Us.

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2. Why should I consider The Branch School for my child?

Students are given the opportunity to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our project-oriented curriculum helps students learn that classroom lessons can be applied anywhere and that critical thinking skills can be used to meet every challenge. Our high academic standards, low student/teacher ratio, nature-oriented campus and strong basis in Christian principles work together to make The Branch School a place where learning occurs through discovery and lessons are applicable to everyday life. Read what our parents have to say under Testimonials.

In preparation for 21st century demands, middle school students receive challenging academics focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Students benefit from interactive technology that promotes innovative learning opportunities and infinite possibilities for teaching. They also receive a rich experience of literary genres and critical reading skills that build reasoning and abstract thinking. Foreign language, art, robotics, computer, musical theatre, sports and after-school enrichment further enhance their learning. 

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3. Where do children go when they graduate from The Branch School?

Our graduates have performed successfully at many highly regarded private and public schools. Their success can be attributed to the strong foundation they have received at The Branch School. Some of these schools include Awty International School, The Emery/Weiner School, The Kinkaid School, Principia, Rainard School for Gifted Children, School of the Woods, St. John's School, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Village School, and Westchester Academy

Colleges and Universities include: Auburn University, Baylor University, Berry College, Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth, Davidson College, Elon College, Emerson College, Findlay College, Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, High Point University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, New York University,  Pomona College, Principia College, Purdue College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rice University, Stony Brook University, Texas A & M University, Texas Tech University, University of Alabama, University of California at Berkeley, University of Colorado, University of Chicago, University of Houston, University of Richmond, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin, United States Naval Academy, Vanderbilt University, and  West Texas A & M University

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4. Your school offers a Christian environment. What do you mean by that?

We don't teach religion at The Branch School, but we teach and model Christian values. The Golden Rule, “do unto others as we would have them do unto us,” is the basis of our peacemaking  and ethical leadership program. Through our weekly and monthly topics, character education is taught by nurturing and developing the divinely created qualities each of us expresses. We state in our Mission that we support character development and prepare each student to be a good citizen and peacemaker.

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5. When do we accept applications?

We have rolling admissions and accept applications throughout the school year and summer.  Online applications are available for several upcoming school years and you are encouraged to apply early as the application date is taken into account during the admissions process.

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6. Can a student join a class in the middle of the year?

Yes, students have enrolled in The Branch School during the year. A number of factors are considered to ensure that a mid-year move is best for both the applicant and the current class. We consider each circumstance individually and make a determination jointly with you about what would be most beneficial for your child.

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7. Is religion taught at The Branch School?

Religion is not taught at The Branch School.  Our school community is diverse, representing many different cultures and religions. Rather than focusing on a specific religion, all beliefs are respected and the cultivation of good citizenship qualities is emphasized.  Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade study the Seven Habits outlined in The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey, in the context of conflict resolution and peacemaking.  Previous qualities studied such as Perseverance, Goodness, Compassion, Thankfulness, Faith, Courage, Charity, Patience, Truthfulness, and Hope from the books Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue by Margaret D. Walding and Learning the Skills of Peacemaking by Naomi Drew are reinforced, as well as the school’s Standards of Conduct – including Mercy, Love, Unselfishness and Holiness.  Each class has a daily opening to discuss and practice these qualities of good character.  We also have a monthly Morning Assembly led by students in the older classes which includes references from the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.  In addition, we recite a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, and we sing a hymn and a patriotic song. 

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8. What is the student/teacher ratio?

We meet or exceed accreditation standards in our student/teacher ratios, which range from about 10/1 - 14/1 for core subject classes. We keep the class size small because of how we teach.

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9. Do you have lots of parent involvement?

Parents are actively involved at The Branch School. They volunteer in many ways including serving as Parent Association officers, library helpers, Outdoor Classroom volunteers, event chairs, room moms and dads, classroom speakers, Junior Achievement volunteers, and advancement assistance. They enjoy being connected to the school and tell us that they feel a part of The Branch School family.

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10. Is your school accredited? What organizations do you belong to?

The Branch School is accredited by SACS/CASI; AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) 

Members of: Houston Area Independent Schools, Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Memorial Area Preschool Association, Texas Association of Non-Public Schools, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, Houston West Chamber of Commerce 

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