Awards & Milestones
The Branch School, established in 1977, has received many awards and reached exciting milestones. The school, among the best private schools in Houston, has been recognized for outstanding teaching, our nature program, as well as having students place in various competitions.
School acquired Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) accreditation
School had successful reaccreditation with AdvancEd
|2018||The school purchased an additional 2.5 acres of land, doubling the school's property.|
School hosts first Chinese exchange students for two weeks in Spring 2018.
The school inducts first group of Middle School students into new chapter of National Junior Honor Society.
|2017||Hightower West Wing elects its first Student Council.|
|2015||Launched Hour of Code event for K-8th grade students as part of international event to promote teaching Computer Science.|
|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|