Family, School and Church united in the
education and support of each Child.
The founding purpose of Presbyterian School, established in 1989, was and remains to provide families with a “Christ-centered learning environment in which the total family will experience support and growth.” For more than two 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.
Anchored in this mission, children at Presbyterian School develop to their fullest potential - intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually - in a supportive and challenging environment. Students are treated as individuals of worth and are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility in relation to God, to others, to the world in which they live, and, ultimately, to themselves. The School's program is rooted in 21st Century skills and habits of mind that appeal to a diversity of learners who acquire these skills and habits in different ways and at different rates. Talented and caring teachers regularly assess each child's development and, drawing upon their own acumen and experiences, employ those techniques most likely to touch and inspire individual learners.
Parents are vital to any child’s development, so Presbyterian School offers parent education programs designed to help parents understand the 21st Century’s exciting educational milieu. At the same time and using Christian principles, the School’s programs also support parents through the moral and spiritual dilemmas facing families today as well as with timeless issues faced by all parents throughout the ages.
Finally, 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 are a school that believes in the clarity of our mission, identity, and vision and that who we are and what we do is captured succinctly and purposefully in the phrase: Confidence in every Child. Our students will come to anticipate—even welcome—the next challenge with energy, acuity, and confidence. Along the way each will come to appreciate that, by accepting the challenges of going too far—to paraphrase T.S. Eliot—one discovers how very far one can go.
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.
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.
The school has always sought to kindle and nourish a love of learning in its students and to help them find new ways to discover their talents and use their potential to its fullest. Graduates of Presbyterian School are excelling in Houston's finest high schools and America’s most prestigious colleges. More significantly, Presbyterian School students are good people and good citizens, interested in the world around them and eager to become leaders in it.