Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I set up a tour of the school?
- What is the value of a Branch School education?
- Where have students been accepted when they graduate from The Branch School?
- Your school offers a Christian environment. What do you mean by that?
- When do we accept applications?
- Can a student join a class in the middle of the year?
- Is religion taught at The Branch School?
- What is the student/teacher ratio?
- Do you have lots of parent involvement?
- Is your school accredited? What organizations do you belong to?
- What is the school's nondiscrimination policy?
At The Branch School, your child(ren) will be given the opportunity to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. The school's 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. High academic standards, a low student/teacher ratio, nature-oriented campus and a 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.
In preparation for 21st century demands, your child will experience challenging academics focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Students benefit from interactive technology that promotes innovative learning opportunities, collaboration, 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.
Branch School students have been accepted at many schools, including:
- Awty International School
- Duchesne Academy
- Episcopal High School
- Houston Christian High School
- Incarnate Word Academy
- School of the Woods
- St. Agnes Academy
- St. Francis Episcopal
- St. John's School
- St. Stephen's Episcopal School
- The Emery/Weiner School
- The Kinkaid School
- The Village School
- Westchester Academy
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Branch School is accredited by ISAS and SACS/CASI; AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)
Members of: Houston Area Independent Schools, 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
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
The Branch School, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.