Saint Thomas' Episcopal School

Top Reasons to Choose a K-12 School
Danny Kahalley
Houston has no shortage of private schools from which families can choose. Yet many of them end at 8th grade or younger. K-12 schools offer a unique sense of community and academic benefits that other schools cannot.
 
Here are the top reasons parents select a K-12 school for their child’s education.
 
14. Students develop family-like bonds and friendships as they grow together over years and developmental stages.
 
13. Remaining in one school environment eliminates the social and academic stress connected with changing schools every few years.
 
12. Mentorship opportunities are available for older students, and younger students learn skills and behaviors from older role models.
 
11. Because of the scope of activities and range of grades, a K-12 is able to offer more organizations and opportunities to students.
 
10. Changing schools can involve a lot of time and expense as parents and students navigate applications, fees, teacher recommendations, standardized testing, interviews, shadow days, open houses, and transcript requests. At a K-12, once you’re enrolled you won’t have to think about that process until it's time to apply to college.
 
9. Parents get an accurate measure of student ability without teachers feeling pressure to inflate student achievement so that their students are more competitive for limited spots in middle and high schools.
 
8. K-12’s are the most cost efficient in utilizing tuition revenue and employment resources, as faculty and staff can extend across divisions (elementary school, middle school, and high school). For example, a music teacher can work with students in all divisions as opposed to being dedicated to just one.
 
7. All children and young adults in a household can attend the same school. It’s both convenient and cost efficient as it minimizes transportation logistics and drive times, and it facilitates attendance at school events.
 
6. Courses can be specialized to accommodate for the unique nature of a K-12. For example, a high school student can serve as a Lower School teaching assistant and receive elective credit.
 
5. Divisions collaborate to ensure learning is aligned in the transition from one grade level to the next. Also, some faculty may overlap divisions and maintain ongoing instruction with students as they grow in ability.
 
4. Celebrations, achievements, and events are shared among an entire community. The youngest students celebrate in the triumphs of older students (like a state championship win in sports) and older students get to participate in events for younger students (like school-sponsored festivals).
 
3. There is a unique sense of family in a K-12 community as teachers watch children grow into young adults and stay present in their lives.
 
2. Alumni maintain unique bonds with K-12 schools as they play such a large part in their development into adults and professionals.
 
1. There is consistency of school mission from a student’s first day of Kindergarten to their last day of high school.
 
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Danny Kahalley, Director of Admissions at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School, has fifteen years of experience in education administration and has worked for numerous schools and colleges in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas at the primary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate level. He has his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and master’s degree from the University of Alabama.
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