Saint Agnes Academy (Texas)

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St. Agnes Academy
St. Agnes Science Building
9000 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, Texas, (Harris County), 77036
United States
Coordinates 29°42′23″N 95°32′32″W / 29.70639°N 95.54222°W / 29.70639; -95.54222Coordinates: 29°42′23″N 95°32′32″W / 29.70639°N 95.54222°W / 29.70639; -95.54222
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Dominican Order
Patron saint(s) St. Agnes of Rome
Established 1906
Founded 1905
Authority Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Houston
Head of school Sister Jane Meyer, O.P.
Grades 912
Gender Female
Enrollment 862 (2010)
 • Grade 9 236
 • Grade 10 216
 • Grade 11 209
 • Grade 12 200
Average class size 21
Student to teacher ratio 15:1
Color(s) Black, Gold and White             
Athletics conference TAPPS 5A
Sports Cross Country, Volleyball, Water Polo, Basketball, Swimming/Diving, Soccer, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Golf, Track & Field, Tennis
Mascot Tigers
Team name Tigers
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average SAT scores 1300
Average ACT scores 29
Publication Reflections (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Columns, Veritas Magazine
Yearbook Veritas
Principal Deborah Whalen
Dean of Students Elaine Eichelberger

St. Agnes Academy is a Dominican college-preparatory school for young women grades 9 through 12[2] in the Chinatown area and in the Greater Sharpstown district of Houston, Texas.[3][4] The school operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.[2]


Pauline Gannon, a Dominican Sister, founded St. Agnes Academy in 1905.[2] St. Agnes opened on February 11, 1906, at 3901 Fannin Street[2] in what is now considered to be Midtown. The school was named after Saint Agnes of Rome.[citation needed] The school was founded as a grade one through 12 school with boarding facilities.[2] The University of Texas and the Texas State Board of Education accredited St. Agnes in 1917.[2] In 1939, boarding was discontinued.[2] In 1952, St. Agnes began to serve grades nine through 12 only.[2] In 1963, the school moved from its Fannin Street location to its current location at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard in the Sharpstown area of Houston, Texas.[2] The school motto is Veritas, meaning truth.[2]


In September 1963, the school moved across town to its current location at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard (near the intersection of Gessner Drive and Bellaire Boulevard).[2] St. Agnes Academy is located near Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, a Jesuit school for high school boys. The two schools hold some joint classes together, including choir and band.


In 1974 the Texas Monthly stated that St. Agnes has an image of being for "older Catholic families" since many alumnae of the school sent their daughters to attend St. Agnes.[5] The magazine stated that students from both schools originated from "mostly business and professional people with money".[5]

Alumnae Association[edit]

St. Agnes Academy alumnae are a part of a network of more than 9,000 graduates as of 2011.[2] St. Agnes encourages ongoing relationships among classmates, current students and the school community, and offers a variety of ways for alumnae to get involved throughout the year. Classmates can reconnect at[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Our Mission & History" St. Agnes Academy. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "c_sh_majorroads8x11.png." (Archive) Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Chinatown." (Archive) Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on December 4, 2012. Map image, Archive
  5. ^ a b "Texas Monthly's Guide to Private Schools Part Two." Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications, October 1974. Vol. 2, No. 10. ISSN 0148-7736. Start page 83. Cited: p. 87.

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