The Parish School

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The Parish School is a nurturing and safe educational environment located on a beautiful 17-acre campus reminiscent of a Texas Hill Country summer camp. With a focus on communication skills, social learning, independence, nature and the arts, children thrive and grow.
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The Parish School is a nurturing and safe educational environment located on a beautiful 17-acre campus reminiscent of a Texas Hill Country summer camp. With a focus on communication skills, social learning, independence, nature and the arts, children thrive and grow.
Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children ages 2–12 who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed.
At The Parish School, we teach to the individual child. We provide a learning environment that addresses the variety of learning styles, interests and abilities found within a classroom.
Speech-language therapy, social, music, art and occupational therapy are all incorporated into our academic program. Additional supports are conveniently located at an on-site pediatric therapy clinic or arranged through our specialists.
Children born with any developmental delay are at risk for falling behind academically. That is why early intervention is so important. Our early childhood program addresses the needs of children as young as 2 years of age, and is guided by best practices as outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Our academic program is aligned to the standards developed by the State of Texas and follows best practices as outlined by the Learning Disability Association of America. We help students realize the tools they need to thrive in any educational environment. Elementary curriculum incorporates research-based approaches tailored specifically to meet the needs of each child.
Lead educators use multiple instructional and behavioral techniques to enhance classroom success. Speech-language pathologists provide approximately 8 hours of group language intervention and social therapy per week, utilizing the Social Thinking® methodology. Systematic and comprehensive instruction facilitates the development of language, social and academic skills.
The Parish School’s curriculum is designed to challenge students while meeting the specific needs of each child. Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction as our professional team develops specific strategies and compensation skills for each student. Our focus is on discovering how each student learns in order to maximize their educational experience and accomplishments. Lessons blend language and social skills into the curriculum developing self-confident, motivated children who enjoy learning.
Specialized instructional activities can identify extraordinary hidden abilities, boost self-esteem and promote self-expression. Students attend each of our arts and sciences classes at least once per week. Classes include art, music, theater, nature studies, digital learning, library and physical education.
Adventure Play at The Parish School is a unique opportunity for children to reimagine the world around them and engage in self-directed play. Children are given the chance to create anything they can imagine using materials others may cast aside as trash, like cardboard boxes, old tires, wood pallets and dirt. We offer Adventure Play as an after school program on The Parish School campus Monday-Thursday from 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. It is open to all children (public or private) between the ages of 6-12 years old. Students have to opportunity to attend 2 or 4 days per week.
Camp Acorn enhances language, social, motor and academic development in a literature-rich, multi-sensory environment for children from 2 - 12 years old. Our camp focuses on children with communication delays and learning differences who have average to above average learning potential.
  • Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children ages 2-12 who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed.
  • This nationally recognized, special needs school in Houston provides an education for the entire family within the environment of a nurturing and safe 17-acre campus with on-site pediatric therapy clinic, The Carruth Center.
  • Our personalized academic approach with a focus on communication skills, social learning, nature, independence and the arts allows children not just to grow, but to thrive.

School News

  • Pup gets an education along with students at Parish School - 08/18/2016 - The Parish School benefits from having a dog on campus full-time that is being trained to become an assistance dog. Elementary Speech-Language Pathologist, Heather Hillery is a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independence,...more
  • Service dog in training eases student stress - 05/13/2016 - The Parish School benefits from having a dog on campus full-time that is being trained to become an assistance dog. Elementary Speech-Language Pathologist, Heather Hillery is a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independence,...more
  • Ceremonial groundbreaking for outdoor classroom to be held May 22 - 05/02/2017 - Over the past year, the Margaret Noecker Nature Center council has worked hard to raise funds to bring The Parish School its first certified outdoor classroom.
  • The Parish School scores big with ‘Sports Bowl’ gala - 02/03/2017 - Lakeside Country Club saw a sold-out crowd of more than 450 guests who gathered in support of The Parish School`s 24th annual gala "Sports Bowl XXIV." Appropriately themed for the Big Game coming up this weekend, the event celebrates and raises funds for the s...more

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedCommunication and language-based learning differences
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students140 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
24%
State avg.: 35%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$29,500
Tuition NotesNeed-based financial assistance available; eligibility for tuition reimbursement via insurance
Admissions DirectorMeredith Krimmel, M.S., CCC-SLP
Admissions AssociateSarah Swantner

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Adventure Playground, Tutoring

Arts and Music Programs:
Music Lessons

School Notes

  • The Parish School is an intervention program that benefits children who have communication delays and learning differences and average to above average learning potential.

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