Head of School reading with students

Welcome from Emily Smith, Head of School

Our students are the center of everything we do at The Branch School, an accredited independent school in west Houston. Their love of learning and keen interests form the basis of all instruction. You will find that our program is focused not only on the excitement of academic discovery but also on cherishing each student as an individual with unique talents and leaders in the making. The net effect is students learn how to learn, a life-long skill to navigate in an ever changing global environment.


We provide our students with a strong academic program, partnered with a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and the development of problem-solving skills. This thinking curriculum, based on the 21st century skills to think logically, mathematically, and intuitively, allows students to solve problems and express their ideas creatively in projects and presentations. In addition, we focus on skills which enable our future leaders to communicate effectively, listen to other points of view, collaborate, and empathetically respect the dignity of all. From preschool to middle school, a low student-teacher ratio and our balanced approach ensure that lessons take root and that our students learn on a much deeper level. Kids feel safe to take risks while learning in a safe, nurturing classroom. Our challenging academics provide the opportunities to develop the qualities of resilience and perseverance, two key elements of present and future success. Our children feel valued and celebrated for their strengths and contributions to our community.


We hope that as you explore our website you will discover how your child would benefit by an education from The Branch School. There are many reasons to choose us, and the testimonials of our parents, faculty and alumni are firm endorsements of the success we have demonstrated throughout our history.

If you have any questions, we would love to have you contact us at any time.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Head of School