Saint Thomas' Episcopal School

Advice From Admissions

Admissions is match-making.  Prospective families are searching for a school that will best facilitate the development of their child, and private schools are looking to enroll students that are most appropriate to their mission.  

Given the weight of the decision, it’s easy for parents to feel paralyzed in knowing where to start with selecting a school.  We hope the following posts help you think more holistically about school choice.  

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The Houston Unicorn: A Texas School Without Football
Danny Kahalley

I was asked the question a couple of years ago while giving a campus tour to the father of a prospective student. The father, with sincerity and maybe even a touch of concern, asked, “What does your school do about football?”

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The front plaza of Saint Thomas' Episcopal School
Danny Kahalley

In the more than 60 years that we have been located at 4900 Jackwood, our parents and students have given us many reasons why they love being part of the STE community. It was difficult, but we narrowed down the list to 10 reasons (plus an honorable mention).

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Two STE students reading
Danny Kahalley

Many private schools end at 8th grade or younger. Yet K-12 schools offer a unique sense of community and academic benefits that other schools cannot.

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A Lesson Learned Outside the Classroom
Danny Kahalley

Do you believe in signs? I’m not talking about the kind that prompts you to exit on the interstate, or the kind that advertise a local restaurant. I’m talking about the kind of sign where God taps you on the shoulder and says, “Pay attention.” 

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  • Hurricane Harvey
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Is Your Child More Than a Number?
Rachel Hannusch

I have yet to meet anyone involved in the education system who disputes that grades are important. The pressure for this generation’s brightest minds to get into good colleges often makes grades the number one concern to both parents and students alike.

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ISEE Fact and Fiction: What Every Parent Should Know
Danny Kahalley

Thank you to Matt Steiner for giving permission to reprint his article. The Admissions Office at STE receives frequent questions regarding the Independent School Entrance Examination, and this post provides a great overview of the test.

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  • Testing
The Beautiful Complexity of Education
Kevin Gray

There is something I like to tell students when they get stuck or feel frustrated about a written assignment, whether it is an essay, a paragraph, or even a simple sentence: “Writing is evidence of organized thought.”

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