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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
901 Buena Vista Dr
Dothan, AL 36303
Telephone
(334) 794-4106

Applying

Application Deadline
Application Fee
Interview Required
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$10,970
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From Houston Academy

Founded in 1970, Houston Academy (HA) is southeast Alabama’s premier college preparatory school. HA is the only independent school in the region that focuses on college preparation and global education. Students who come to Houston Academy seek a well-rounded educational experience that includes a strong emphasis on challenging academics, community involvement, athletics, and the arts.

We are the ONLY school in the Wiregrass that has met the rigorous certification requirements of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Houston Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1270
10 responses
Average ACT
29
69 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
70%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 47 responses
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  • Sports events
    23%
  • Short term week
    21%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Senior Day
    11%
  • Foreign language day lunch
    9%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Mayfair
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    C+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    618
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    10:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    74%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
    Poll
    89%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
    Poll
    74%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
    Living in the Area
    B+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      B+
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      B
    Area Feel
    Suburban
    Median Household Income
    $43,316
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $718
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $143,800
    National
    $184,700

    Houston Academy Reviews

    96 reviews
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    Graduated from HA in the early 2000’s. The tuition is expensive, more than most public in-state colleges, but it’s worth the education received. The main downsides are the uniforms (now) and the attitude of the students towards students who enroll later in their academic career. To the uniforms, this idea was started by a group of parents whose kids were in preschool. We didn’t have issues with dress when I was there and the clothes and embroidering have to be purchased through one store that is owned by a parent of the school. It isn’t about helping curb issues among the kids who can’t afford the latest fashion, it is a money racket started by a wealthy family. The other issue is something the parents need to cull at home.
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    The teachers are super friendly and always push us to learn, even when we don't want to. The administration works with the student body to make sure that there is constant communication about needs and wants. The education is the best in the city, and the school makes sure that the students are ready for college. There are also tons of clubs and extracurricular activities that anyone can participate in. The varsity sports are also extremely competitive with all of the other schools around
    My husband and I have both been a part of the Houston Academy family since the early 70's and are grateful that our parents gave us the opportunity to graduate from this wonderful, college prep school. Fast forward a "few" years and I believe I've underestimated the impact that being back on campus with our own children would have on me. I'm grateful to see how caring and committed the faculty and staff have remained to each and every student over the years. It warms my heart that my children get to experience this just as I did. Houston Academy has always been about family and in my opinion, there's no better place to call home. Go Big Blue! always.