of the Woods began its first pre-school class in September of 1962. We've been
in operation at the same location ever since. We provide our students with a
college preparatory Montessori curriculum.
Maria Montessori observed that children learn best by interacting with objects
and people in their environment.
School of the Woods, we incorporate that powerful central learning principle in
every classroom, in all our educational materials and activities. Our precisely
and carefully prepared classroom environments and learning materials develop
cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling,
touching, and movement.
all our levels, we embrace cross-age learning in classroom groupings. Younger
students accelerate their maturity and understanding by interacting with older
students with more advanced skills. Likewise, older children and adolescents
reinforce and restructure their own understanding through that same interactive
process, even as they serve as learning models and mentors for their younger
dedicated faculty members love teaching at School of the Woods
- Average faculty tenure is 16 years
- Montessori credentialed faculty at all levels
- Advanced degrees are held by 30% of the faculty, and by 50% of the faculty in grades 4-12
- Each member of the staff is required to complete 24 hours of continuing education each year
- Our teachers guide, direct and interact personally and in collaboration with the students. They are true partners in educating the whole student.
School of the Woods
achievement is not enough for us at School of the Woods. We care about the
physical, psychosocial and moral aspects of each student. Our goal is that
students become confident, competent, enthusiastic, self-directed learners.
multi-age classroom typically spanning 3 years re-creates a family structure.
Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel
supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Students learn
respect, empathy, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.
High School Level one faculty advisor is assigned to each student for all four
years of High
Students are well known by their advisor who becomes a trusted guide through
high school, the college application process and beyond.
teacher as their guide, students are active participants in their work
activities. Having choice leads to internal satisfaction and drives curiosity
and interest, resulting in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.
students enhance personal growth and self-knowledge, develop communication
skills and self-expression, create a community, and engage in meaningful and
challenging work. They are empowered to persist through future challenges.
studies extend learning beyond the classroom and school environment. Beginning
in the fourth grade and continuing through high school, students travel for
field studies to practice archeology, dig for fossils, study marine life, work
the land, and represent a country at the Montessori Model United Nations
Conference in New York City.
Learning & Internships
learning goes beyond community service by including preparation, participation,
and reflection. Students learn through active participation in thoughtfully
organized service experiences that meet a genuine community need and are
coordinated in collaboration with the school and community. Additionally,
Middle and High School students participate in business internships to gain
insight and experience in a field of interest.
classroom environment has its own outdoor patio and garden space extending the
learning to the outside. Square foot gardening, individual and small group
work, art projects, and sensorial learning all take place in these outdoor
spaces. Our extensive playgrounds and fields provide room for free play,
organized games and skill building. Students learn, play and eat lunch outside
Dance and Creative
ages 21/2-18 years
Gymnastics for ages 21/2-6 years
Instrumental Music for ages 9-18 years
Acoustic Guitar and
African Hand Drums
Choir for ages 9-12
Athletics for Middle and High School
Basketball, Soccer, Swimming,
Track & Field, and Volleyball
Musical Theatre and
Performance Arts Workshops
Small and Mighty
Pre-school through 12th grade
Society Full Member School Accredited by AdvanceED (Southern Association
Colleges and Schools)
and Texas Education Agency.
A Texas non-profit
(I.R.S. Section 501
School of the Woods is
an independent, co-educational day school providing college preparatory
Montessori Education to a diverse student body from more than 60 different
zip codes throughout the greater Houston area.