2017 Best Private K-12 Schools in Houston Metro

The 2017 Best Private K-12 Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly.
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    St. John's School

    • Houston, TX
    • 57 reviews
    Senior:This is a wonderful school. I learned so much as a result of being a student at this school: time management, writing skills, studying habits, work habits, multi-tasking, etc.. This school is very challenging and is most definitely not for everyone. If you are a forward-looking student who wants to excel and push yourself, then this is the type of school you should dream of. You are surrounded by incredibly intelligent teachers, overall faculty, and a very caring student body. This is a fantastic place to grow and learn, and I wouldn't trade the four years I spent at this school for anything.
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    The Kinkaid School

    • Houston, TX
    • 66 reviews
    Niche User:Kinkaid strives to produce well-rounded students and in my opinion as long as the student is willing to put in the effort needed, Kinkaid succeeds in doing that. I was given so many more opportunities to participate in a broad spectrum of activities than my friends who attended Houston publics schools and even my friends who attended other top tier private schools in the area. I played on 3 sports teams all four years of high school. I also participated in the choir for four years, the spring musical for 2 years and took AP and honors classes all throughout my career at Kinkaid. I found teachers to be understanding of all my activities and were willing to work with me to make sure I got everything taken care, especially when my athletic involvement began to require travel. My teachers were also supportive and encouraging, keeping up with my activities and my interests even after I was no longer in their classes. Teachers were always in attendance at big sporting events and major performances cheering on their students. I felt that the teachers at Kinkaid understood what the school was trying to accomplish and encouraged student involvement in after school activities. I appreciated the benefit of having such a well-rounded education that consisted of arts, athletics, and academics. It is one of the most unique things Kinkaid offers students. However, Kinkaid is very competitive. Students are always striving to be the best and brightest. It is not a place for those without a competitive drive or a desire to continue to improve. Sometimes, the competitiveness can drive a student away. However, I think that if a student at Kinkaid is willing to exert the efforts required of them they can receive an education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. While the teachers, facilities and opportunities at Kinkaid all play an important role, it does eventually come down to the student's willingness to participate and desire to be a high achiever.
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    The Awty International School

    • Houston, TX
    • 115 reviews
    Niche User:Awty is truly Houston's premier international school! Students are immersed in a rich culturally and linguistically diverse environment at Awty. You walk across campus and hear multiple languages being spoken at any given time. Students, teachers, and families flow seamlessly from one language to another. The diversity at Awty coupled with the high academic standards make Awty exceptional!
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    The John Cooper School

    • The Woodlands, TX
    • 80 reviews
    High School Senior:My overall experience at The John Cooper School has ben great. I started school here as a Kindergartener and am now a senior looking for colleges, I am whats known as a "Pioneer"! Some of the best things about this school are the grade trips and college counseling. The trips are so memorable and the college counseling is a great help.
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    Robert M. Beren Academy

    • Houston, TX
    • 18 reviews
    Parent:POSITIVES: Kids really learn Hebrew and Judaics well at a very young age. Warm, caring environment and very good secular studies.
    NEGATIVES: Too much changeover in the administration (esp. the heads of school), bad behavior sometimes overlooked, school is too obsessed with growth for the sake of growth. They should be more selective about letting in families whose children do not contribute either to the academic nor the behavior quality of the students.
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    St. Stephen's Episcopal School

    • Houston, TX
    • 10 reviews
    Parent:This school has very good academics and is preparing students well for college. The teachers are very hands on and work hard to ensure that all the students do their best. Everyone is accepting, no matter what your background is.
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    High School Senior:The traditions at this school are so much fun! Its unique as it isn't for everyone. Duchesne is a private, all girls, catholic high school. Saying that, not everyone is catholic there and there are some LBGT students. There is a bit of racial diversity but nothing like a public school because we are so small. My senior class has less then 60 students. I would choose this school again because I don't think any other high school would have given me the rigorous academics to prepare me for college that Duchesne has. Also alumni have come back to say that Duchesne made their college experience really easy. I love Duchesne!
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    Senior:Teachers are able to sympathise with students in need, and truly want the best for each one. They ensure classes leave you with the desire to continue and aspire to be the best you possibly can. The facilities are beautiful, ranging from pools for P.E. to 3D printing for DT.

    With a buddy system intact, all students feel welcomed and are able to fit in despite their background. There is also a sense of community, seeing that secondary students are encouraged to work work with younger students, even Y2!

    A wide range of course types are available which I believe can be suited to any academic profile and life goal, from IBDP, CP, A Level, GCSE, IGCSE, and I believe they are soon branching into IB MYP.
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    Niche User:We have had a very positive experience with the school. There has been some administration challenges as the principal has changed. However, that has not affected us negatively in any way.
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    St. Thomas Episcopal School

    • Houston, TX
    • 58 reviews
    Parent:We enrolled our kids (now in 8th and 11th grade and one in her first year of college) at STE when they entered kindergarten with the intention of putting them in a different school for high school. When our oldest daughter was in 8th grade they had a presentation for her grade with the head of upper school. He talked about how starting in 9th grade they would be working towards college and how the college counselor would work side by side with them to get into the college of their choice. After that we talked with out daughter and made the decision for her to stay at STE for at least one year of high school to see how she liked it and work with the college counselor. What a great decision that was! She graduated from STE and was accepted into 6 different colleges, ultimately attending her first choice school. We gave out other two kids the same choice. They have both decided to stay at STE so they can have the same experience as their older sister.
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    Providence Classical School

    • Spring, TX
    • 8 reviews
    Parent:The education that my two kids received at Providence Classical School taught them to think critically, speak winsomely, and gave them a genuine love of learning. They were both well prepared for college and have both been successful. We were extremely pleased with the rigorous curriculum and small teacher/student ratio. For those families who value education and the love of learning, Providence is the place to be!
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    School of the Woods

    • Houston, TX
    • 2 reviews
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    Lutheran South Academy

    • Houston, TX
    • 76 reviews
    Senior:I have been at LSA from 2nd grade-6th grade, then I left to go to public school, then I moved back to LSA in the middle of 10th grade. The academics and teachers here are very good, however we have new staff this year that are still learning and getting used to our school. I feel like the new teachers are not as good as the old ones, so in the future I am worried about the quality of the next generation of teachers. the teachers that we have now are very attentive and care about their students. I am very social student so it isn't hard for me to make friends, however if you tend to be quieter or different it might be harder because our school is very clique-y. Our sports are decent and fun, but its really hard to do multiple sports/activities at one time or in the same season. Our school is very safe, however the downside to it is that school does seem like a prison sometimes and we don't have much freedom.
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    The Covenant Preparatory School

    • Kingwood, TX
    • 23 reviews
    Alum:I graduated from this school, when it was Northeast Christian Academy. This school prepared me well for college and graduate school. The school has only improved with its new headmaster, who has brought in exceptional faculty and staff.
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    Rosehill Christian School

    • Tomball, TX
    • 31 reviews
    Senior:I love the environment that Rosehill provides for its students. It's an amazing opportunity to be able to go to a school that a good majority of people are in the same mind as me. I have been able to do many things that weren't possible in a public school. We get to take time out of our days to sit and talk about Christ and about being a Christian. I came to this school looking for a way to change my life around. Rosehill has been a great key component in my walk with Christ. The teachers and staff are very nice and will take the time to work with you. Rosehill has affected be both spiritually and academically. I am more prepared for college and am ready to start my life. There has been some drama but together we were able to overcome. I would like to see our school come together and be one body for Christ. I love Rosehill Christian and I wouldn't want to spend my last year in high school anywhere else.
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    Cypress Christian School

    • Houston, TX
    • 40 reviews
    High School Senior:I've been at CCS since kindergarten, and I love it! I'm blessed to go to a school that focuses not just on Christianity, but prepares its students for life in the real world and teaches them how to hold on to and grow in their faith. I am starting my senior year now, and I'm excited to have a final year at CCS.
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    Fort Bend Christian Academy

    • Sugar Land, TX
    • 101 reviews
    Senior:Fort Bend Christian Academy is the type of school that provides a Christian education, and examines various worldviews and how a Christian would approach people of varying worldviews and opinions. Fort Bend Christian's curriculum strives to help the student develop debating and interpersonal skills, problem-solving, analytical, collaboration, and innovation skills through the real-world, hands-on, challenging curriculum. In addition, it helps the student develop leadership, collaboration, communication, critical thinking skills, as well as artistic and ingenuity skills, and communication skills. The Academics department offers a wide range of sports with promising outcomes. Fort Bend Christian offers a strong focus on engaging the student in community service and social responsibility.
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    Northland Christian School

    • Houston, TX
    • 55 reviews
    Parent:NCS is an academically challenging school and is growing more so every year. The instructors are academically and spiritually supportive. There are a variety of social organizations and activities available for all students and all gifts and interests. The teaching staff is caring, engaging, and deeply invested in the academic success of their students.
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    First Baptist Christian Academy

    • Pasadena, TX
    • 22 reviews
    Senior:I have been going to this school since first grade and am now in my senior year. During my childhood, my parents got a divorce and my mother liked to play mind games which really started to affect me during my junior high and high school years. The teachers provided me with a constant support system and helped my through all those difficult times, from first grade when I was confused till now, when I am still getting over it. The small classroom sizes help students form a close relationship with teachers and allow teachers to mentor students. The standard of education is excellent and gives me great confidence when I can have an intellectual conversation and know what I am talking about.
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    The Woodlands Christian Academy

    • The Woodlands, TX
    • 53 reviews
    Parent:The Woodlands Christian Academy is stellar! Our daughter absolutely LOVES the school, her teachers, friends, school subjects, and opportunities for growth through "warrior leagues" for lower school students. She is gaining exposure to many sports through this program and has opportunities to participate in art and speech contests as well as fabulously produced musicals and she is only in 2nd grade! I recommend TWCA to all of our friends looking for godly professionals to teacher their children, care for their children, and prepare their children for 21st century careers. A+++++
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    Faith West Academy

    • Katy, TX
    • 30 reviews
    Parent:As a parent I am very pleased with Faith West Academy's ability to teach my children what they need in order to prepare for college. The atmosphere is very welcoming, one in which teachers and staff are willing and able to become personally interested and involved in the students' success and well-being. I am blessed to have been able to graduate both of my children from this wonderful school.
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    Westbury Christian School

    • Houston, TX
    • 22 reviews
    High School Sophomore:The school has no dances, but i think the teachers are great. It's worth it to stay in the school because of the AP program.
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    Clear Lake Christian School

    • Houston, TX
    • 11 reviews
    Alum:The school offers K-12. It has a diverse and nice culture. Since it's a small school, it didn't offer a lot of clubs or advanced academic opportunities. I was fortunate to have passionate and great teachers, but a lot of them have left. It's overall a good school if you're considering applying!
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    New Heights Christian Academy

    • Houston, TX
    • 12 reviews
    High School Junior:New Heights is a very nice school. The staff is kind and the students all know each other. The class sizes are pretty small which allows for more one on one between teacher and student. The college program with Houston Community College is a huge advantage. The SAT/ACT prep could be a bit more updated. If you are a mature student determined to get a good education and continue on the path to a great career, I recommend New Heights. If you know when to buckle down and be serious, then New Heights is the way to go. Only mature students may take the college entrance exams to do the college program. It has come to my knowledge that students, who have previously experienced the "freedom" of public schools, do not favor the private school setting. I have been attending New Heights for quite a while and honestly the staff try to allow as much freedom as they possibly can. It is usually taken advantage of and that results in stricter rules. The experience is all in what the students make it.
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    Covenant Christian School

    • Conroe, TX
    • 13 reviews
    Niche User:To summarize, Covenant offers academics and programs in a Christ-centered environment. Our children started in elementary school. The teachers were dedicated and supportive. The school became like a second church family to us. Every year at re-enrollment time, we would ask our boys what they wanted to do. They chose to stay at Covenant all the way through graduation. Both were well-prepared for college and their life beyond that. Graduating seniors are regularly admitted into top schools and most receive at least some sort of scholarship. The small size has its benefits. There is a low ratio of teacher to students. The kids get to participate in a wide variety of activities. It is not unusual for students to play 2 or 3 sports and do well in all of them. The music program is first rate. My boys went to several state choir meets and even went to New York City to sing in Carnegie Hall. Drama and art are also available and of high quality. Faith and biblical concepts are integrated into every subject. The students go to chapel once a week. We were very happy with our experience there and don't regret the money and time we invested in our children.
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