SACS Accredited

Awards & Milestones


Awards

Teacher of the year awards

2006 Houston West Chamber of Commerce - The Christa McAuliffe in Search of Excellence Award (first private school to receive this award in the 16-year history of the award)

2003 WalMart-Westview award

Odyssey of the Mind (Problem-Solving competition)

2004 1st Place in State, 2nd Place in Regional, and 3rd Place in World Finals

2003 8th Place in World Finals  

1996 Renatra Fuscha Creativity Award

Kumon Math

Many students make the North America In-School Honor Roll which places them above grade level in the Kumon program. Kumon begins in Pre-K program

Writing

2014 Five PBS Go Writers! contest winners from kindergarten and second grade honored at the Children's Museum of Houston in May  TBS had five out of 40 winners, including first place for kindergarten.

2004 Two 1st Place winners at Houston PBS Reading Rainbow Writers and Illustrators contest; students place each year enter contest

Outdoor Classroom - Environmental Education Awards and Grants

Since 2010 Invitations to speak at Preschool Teachers Adventure conference and workshops

Since 2005  Annual invitations to speak at the Presbyterian Ministries Weekday Conference for environmental education

2005 Toyota Tapestry Grant for Science Teachers - Comparative Habitat Study Grant; Lucie Wray Todd Environmental Education Award - Houston Audubon Society

2004 Best of Texas Backyard Habitat site by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and National

Wildlife Federation

2003 Substantial grant from the Susan Vaughan Foundation to develop a wildlife habitat

Community Service

Hightower West Wing students plus staff go to Houston Food Bank to prepare 3,336 bags of rice that provides 13,344 meals 

Hightower West Wing students volunteer at Memorial Park cleaning up over 2,000 pieces of trash two years in a row

Roots & Shoots, Heifer International, Pennies for Peace, CARE, homeless shelters, animal shelters, and other local charities

Milestones

2014

Head of School, Emily Smith, presents at 2014 Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy - She represents the field of education/academia as a participant in the Panel Discussion on STEM education: Bridging the Future Crew Changers.
2013 Dedication of the Hightower West Wing building for Middle School students
2011 Ribbon Cutting Event with Houston West Chamber of Commerce for the completion of the Middle School with the addition of eighth grade
2010 Construction of Middle School begins
2009 Expanded program to include the Sixth Grade; Junior Achievement began
2007-2008 Reaccredited by SACS/CASI (Council on Accreditation and School Improvement); received numerous commendations; Head of School chosen to be on 2008-2009 reaccreditation team; The Branch School Endowment established
2003 Received 19 commendations at reaccreditation; Head of School chosen to be on 2004 reaccreditation team
1998 Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1994 Building of 15,000 sq-foot building through the generosity of Lucile & LeRoy Melcher and a Capital Campaign
1988 Introduced Peacemaking (Character Education) into the curriculum; now includes critical thinking, problem-solving, ethics, manners