St. Anne Catholic School

In 1930, the Basilian fathers opened St. Anne Catholic School with the vision, “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” under the direction of five sisters of Divine Providence from Our Lady of the Lake Convent. Today, students attend the prekinderten-8th grade school from all areas of Houston and the outlying suburbs. In 2006, the school was awarded the Blue Ribbon from the US Department of Education.

St. Anne Catholic School

2120 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098                                                   Ms. Kathleen Barnosky, Principal

713-526-3279                                                                                           Ms. Sue Cromwell, Admissions Director

www.StAnneCS.org

Religious Affiliation

St. Anne Catholic School is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. St. Anne provides a “Catholic atmosphere in which students have the opportunity to grow into responsible members of the Body of Christ.” Ninety-one percent of students are Catholic coming from 31 parishes in the Archdiocese. Students attend Mass once per week and receive daily Religion instruction from an Archdiocesan certified Religion teacher.

Location and Facilities

St. Anne Catholic School is located on the northwest corner of the busy intersection of Shepherd and Westheimer, on the edge of River Oaks. The school shares the land with the greater St. Anne Catholic Community. A playground sits in an inner courtyard, and a large field with baseball diamonds sits just north of the school.

Admissions

To apply to St. Anne, students and parents must first attend a tour. The next step is to mail or deliver a completed physical application to school along with 1) a $100 application fee 2) the student’s birth certificate 3) the student’s baptismal certificate 4) a copy of the student’s current report card/most recent standardized test scores 5) Authorization to Release Information form 6) Teacher Recommendation Forms (English & Math or Pre-K/K), 7) a copy of the student’s Social Security card (if he or she has one) and 8) immunization records. Finally, both the parent(s) and student are interviewed.

Priority is given first to siblings, then to registered parishioners attending for at least six months, and finally to registered parishioners of other Archdiocesan parishes.

Academic Tracks and Curriculum

Students in Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten receive daily instruction in Religion, Math and Language Arts from their classroom teacher and weekly instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Library and Computer with specialty teachers. In kindergarten, students focus on language development and mathematical concepts.

First and second grade students spend the majority of their day with their classroom teacher and teacher’s aide, studying Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. They also attend classes in Spanish, Art, Music, Computer, and PE and visit the library weekly. Third through fifth grade students continue with these courses, but prepare for a middle school schedule by splitting their day between two classrooms. They attend Mass weekly and receive daily Religion instruction from an Archdiocesan certified Religion teacher.

In sixth through eighth grade, students take courses in English, Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, Religion, and Spanish four to five times per week. They also take PE and fine arts electives. In 7th and 8th grade, students can explore different electives of their choice, such as fine art, computer, or journalism, each quarter.

Special Needs

A resource teacher is available to students who need reinforcement or enrichment.

Foreign Languages

Students begin studying Spanish in 1st grade. In grades 6-8, students take Spanish four to five times a week.

Arts

Students can take classes in Music, Art, and Drama. During the spring, St. Anne hosts an “Evening of the Arts,” which showcases students’ artistic and musical talents in an evening open house.

During elementary school, all students take music as an ancillary class. Middle school students can choose to take musical electives like Musical Theatre, Tone-Chime Choir, and the History of Vaudeville. Beginning in third grade, students can join the St. Anne Children’s Choir, which performs at school masses, Sunday Liturgies, and other events. They can also join Pueri Cantores, the national student choral organization of the Catholic Church in the US.  There are opportunities for students to compete in choral events across Houston.

Elementary school students take art as a part of their ancillary rotation. Middle school students can choose to take art electives like Painting, 3D Art, and Ceramics. The school has a kiln for ceramics and a loom for weaving. All grades can compete in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art contest. Older students have opportunities to compete in various on-site and pre-submitted art contests.

Seventh and eighth grade students may take Theatre Arts or Speech as electives. They can also participate in the school’s annual drama production. Past examples include GreaseLittle Women, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Technology

Students attend a weekly computer class from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Students in 6th to 8th grade can choose among various computer electives. The school has a computer lab, and each classroom has a SMART Board. Additionally, students in 3rd through 8th grade have access to a mobile laptop and iPad carts. Third through fifth grade students focus on learning research skills, different apps, and how to make multimedia presentations. Technology is integrated into the middle school curriculum, and students are expected to be technology proficient by graduation.

Extracurricular Activities

Any student can start a club with an idea and a willing advisor. Past examples of service oriented clubs include Ambassadors, National Junior Honor Society, and the Student Councils. Students can also participate in Choir, Prep Bowl, Shamrock Girls Math & Science Club, Anti-Bullying Committee, Forensics Team, Rosary Club, and Altar Services.  St. Anne offers an after school program that students can attend to either 5 or 6 pm.

Athletics

St. Anne’s elementary students participate in UCAL (United Christian Athletic League). Students can play Soccer (K-6), Girls’ Volleyball (4-6), Baseball (K-5), and Basketball (2-6). For older students, St. Anne is part of the Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association. Students can join the following teams: Girls’ Volleyball, Co-Ed Soccer, Co-Ed Cross Country, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Softball, Boys’ Baseball, Co-Ed Track, and Cheer.

Parent Involvement

Parents can join the PTO. General PTO meeting are held quarterly and include dinner followed by an educational speaker. They put on numerous activities that support the school and children’s education including Breakfast with Santa, Used Uniform Sales, and Teacher Appreciation.

St. Anne Catholic School Fast Facts 

Overview  
School Type Religious, Coeducational
Religious AffiliationUniforms CatholicYes
Date Founded 1930
Endowment N/A
Grades Served PK3 – 8
Enrollment 820
     Grade 8 71
     Grade 7 86
     Grade 6 84
     Grade 5Grade 4

Grade 3

Grade 2

Grade 1

KG

PK

8352

72

56

65

76

175

Student to Teacher Ratio 7:1
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (#/%) 46%
Minorities in Student Body  20%
Curriculum
Academic Tracks Offered N/A
Advanced Placement Courses Offered N/A
Languages Offered Spanish
Calendar (Semester / Trimester / Other) Semester
Interscholastic Sports Programs 8
Admissions (Private Schools)
Prime Entry PointsTuition PK3 & PK4 1, 6$9,425
Tuition Grades K-5Tuition Grades 6-8 $8,985$9,080
Application Fee $100
Registration FeeStandardized Testing Fee $475$60
Students on Financial Aid N/A

 

Excerpted from General Academic’s publication, “Houston Private & Select Public Schools: Survey, Analysis, and Research, 3rd Edition.”

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