Excellence in Performance and Competition
A unique part of our heritage is our world-renowned Scottish Arts program.
Students may begin learning to play the bagpipes and drums in the fourth grade. The band performs regularly at various campus events, such as Parents’ Day, Grandparents’ Day, graduation, and also at community events. The band and highland dancers produce an annual spring program at one of Houston’s premier downtown concert venues.
As part of the curriculum for lower school and an elective for middle and upper school, Highland Dance is a unique way for students to receive the benefits of superior physical exercise. It also promotes personal grace and precise muscle control, and develops a sense of rhythm and coordination between body and mind. Students also may elect to take after school dance instruction to prepare for dance competitions both in the United States and internationally.
Competitive dancers typically participate at highland games in Salado, Houston, and Arlington. Our dancers also perform at the annual Dickens on the Strand, and for various elementary school and church groups in the Houston area.
STE dancers are trained to compete at the local, regional, national, and international levels. STE has produced more than 23 U.S. champions. On seven separate occasions our dancers have finished in the top six at the World Championships held in Scotland, and in 1997 one of our accomplished dancers won the Juvenile World Championships.
Sounds of Scotland
Each spring, our talented student pipers, drummers, and dancers have presented a major program, which showcases the best in Scottish music and dance. Proceeds from the show benefit the STE Scholarship Fund.
The show has taken place at such venues as Jones Hall, the Houston Coliseum, the Summit/Compaq Center, the Toyota Center, and the Brown Theater of Wortham Center.