The Branch School gave our three grandchildren a solid foundation of the love of learning and of self-confidence and desire to develop their own talents.
The Branch School, established in 1977, has a rich history and legacy of quality education for Houston's children. Alumni students consistently tell us how they still value their educational experience here. The school has grown and now serves students from three-year's old through Middle School. Its outstanding reputation in west Houston is documented as the school has been recognized with Teacher of the Year, Volunteer, Environmental Education awards as well as top honors in competitions, including Odyssey of the Mind and the PBS Writers and Illustrators contest.
The Branch School was founded in 1977 by educator Helen Shaner Hankins to provide an excellent education environment for preschool children who attended a Christian Science Sunday School in the Houston area. Through the years, the school has grown to include kindergarten through eighth grade students, and in 1993 the school began accepting students from all religious backgrounds.
The Branch School moved into its present facility in January 1995. The 15,000 square-foot facility was made possible by a generous gift from benefactors LeRoy and Lucile Melcher and a major capital campaign. The building includes spacious classrooms, a library, multi-purpose room, administrative offices, and a large, wooded playground. Our multi-purpose room, used for events, Monday morning assembly, and stage productions, is named Lucile B. Melcher Hall.
Over the years The Branch School gained wide recognition through its participation in the world-wide Odyssey of the Mind program. Our teams consistently placed well in competitions, and they have even competed at the World Finals, winning eighth in 2003 and third in 2004. Currently, students are learning problem-solving skills based on the Odyssey of the Mind model. Our Outdoor Classroom program has won major awards, including "Best of Texas" from the Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2004 and the Lucie Wray Todd Environmental Education Award from the Houston Audubon Society in 2005.
The summer of 2010 brings a 3,200 square feet building expansion. The building of Middle School will serve our fifth through eighth grade. The program focus will include a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. Language arts, social studies, specialty subjects, sports, and after-school enrichment are offered also. The school year also brings new technology to the classroom enabling parents, students, and teachers to interact more efficiently.