Family, School & Church
A Partnership with First Presbyterian Church
Family, School and Church united in the education and support of each Child.
The founding purpose of Presbyterian School was and remains to provide families with a “Christ-centered learning environment in which the total family will experience support and growth.” In 1986, Dr. John William Lancaster, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, appointed a School Study Committee to explore the feasibility of an Early Childhood and Lower School at the church. Presbyterian School was officially founded in 1988 and opened its doors to offer a distinct educational program for families in the Houston area in the Fall of 1989 on the campus of First Presbyterian Church.
In 1997, the school's Board of Trustees approved planning for a Middle School, and construction on the Lancaster Center, named for the Church’s now Pastor Emeritus began in 1998. In August 2000 the Middle School opened with 60 students in fifth and sixth grades, and in June 2003, the first class of eighth grade students graduated from Presbyterian School. As the school continued to grow, the need for additional green space soon became apparent. In 2005 a 14-acre property located off Loop 610 South on Highway 288 was purchased in order to become the school’s Outdoor Education Campus (OEC), which opened in Spring 2008. In 2014 the School participated in a Campus Master Planning process and approved a Campus Master Plan which initiated the construction of a new 46,000 square foot Early Childhood and Lower School building across the street from the main First Presbyterian Church campus and a complete renovation of the Middle School in Lancaster Center.
For three decades, Presbyterian School has fostered the unique and wonderful mixture of intellect, emotion, talent, and spirit in children while challenging them to become caring, compassionate citizens of their School, family, community, and world. That children should be educated in an environment integrating the three major institutions in their lives (the Family, the School, and the Church) is counter-cultural today. However, that was the simple and essential message of the School at its founding, and this mission still guides us in powerful ways here in the first part of the 21st Century.
Presbyterian School seeks to help its students understand and believe, at the simplest yet deepest level, that God loves them unconditionally. Children of all races, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds are welcome and will be encouraged to develop their spiritual identities and their love of God in a Christ-centered environment.
We continue to live proudly into the vision and purpose articulated by our founders from First Presbyterian Church over thirty years ago. We hold dear our shared mission and our continuing partnership here in the heart of the nation's most diverse and eclectic city. To learn more about the Church, click the link below...