Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas)

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Episcopal High School
Episcopal High School is located in Texas
Episcopal High School
Episcopal High School
Episcopal High School is located in the United States
Episcopal High School
Episcopal High School
4650 Bissonnet Street


Coordinates29°42′53″N 95°27′27″W / 29.714854°N 95.457597°W / 29.714854; -95.457597Coordinates: 29°42′53″N 95°27′27″W / 29.714854°N 95.457597°W / 29.714854; -95.457597
Head teacherEdward (Ned) Smith
Grades9th grade - 12th grade
Student to teacher ratio7:1
School color(s)Blue and White
AthleticsSouthwest Preparatory Conference

Episcopal High School is a four-year co-educational private day school located on a 34-acre (140,000 m2) campus in Bellaire, Texas, United States in Greater Houston. It was founded in 1983 and has an enrollment of 680 students with 92-faculty and 58-staff members as of the 2015-2016 school year.[1]


Founded in 1940 by a group of Houston business and Episcopal Church leaders, the school opened its doors in the fall of 1984 to 150 students in grades nine and ten. The founders, led by The Rt. Rev. Maurice M. Benitez, established the School as an institution of the Diocese. To introduce the school to Houston, the founders did extensive marketing via newspapers, television, and educational publications. The founding headmaster The Rev. Warren R. "Jess" Borg served until 1995, when Edward C. "Ned" Becker was appointed the second Head of School. After Ned Becker retired in 2007, he was replaced by C. Edward "Ned" Smith as the third Head of School.

A complete campus, with buildings in need of extensive repair, was purchased in 1983 from Houston developer Wayne Duddlesten, who had purchased the 34-acre (140,000 m2) site from the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Formerly housing the Marian High School and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament,[2] a convent and a co-ed high school, the property had been vacant for several years before Duddlesten purchased it.[citation needed] Duddlesten wished to build a high-rise building, but area residents complained. He instead sold the building to the developers of the school.[3]

After 15 years of rigorous fundraising, the campus debt was retired and a $42 million campaign for new buildings and endowment was initiated. In 2001, the campaign ended with the construction of a new classroom building and library, a student center, a gymnasium, and a field house, track, and stadium complex. Now in its 32nd year, EHS has an enrollment of 680 students in grades nine through twelve.

In 2008 the school planned an expansion worth $50 million. It needed to receive approval from the Bellaire city government.[3]

In 2012, the Jack T. Trotter Academic & Sciences Building was opened. The two-story, 78,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) building contains 23 new classrooms including 12 state-of-the-art science labs and a performing arts lobby.[4]

The Four Pillars[edit]

The Episcopal High School curriculum is based on Four Pillars: academics, arts, athletics, and religion.


The Academic Pillar prepares students for college with its extensive curricula in English, mathematics, science, history, languages, religion, arts, and wellness. Students may choose from more than 125 courses, including honors-level and Advanced Placement courses. Students are encouraged to give aid to one another outside of school, and members of the National Honor Society tutor students at least once a week. Additionally, all students and teachers have the latest Apple laptops and are connected via a wireless network. Episcopal's English classes help students write, think, learn, and speak knowledgeably about literature and many pieces of writing.[5] Episcopal's history classes help students analyze sources, increase research skills, and learn about Western and world history.[6] Episcopal's language program offers Spanish, French, Chinese, and Latin language and culture.[7] Episcopal's mathematics department teaches classes from algebra 1 to AP statistics with new technology to facilitate the students' learning process.[8] Lastly, Episcopal's science department, utilizing the many new labs in the Jack T. Trotter Building, teaches students to analyze data and conduct experiments to better understand the physical world.[9]


The Religion Pillar is evident in the daily chapel service attended by all students and faculty, as well as in several required courses, including Old Testament, New Testament, World Religions or History of Christianity, and Ethics. Community service is a strong element of the School’s mission, and many students participate weekly in such projects as home repair or tutoring disadvantaged students. The Students of Service (SOS) Club is the largest and most popular organization on campus.


Students volunteer thousands of hours of service in the community, while also welcoming over 6,000 audience members to shows each year, creating 6,200 original works of art, media, and publications, and balance an intense academic portfolio.[clarification needed]


The Athletics Pillar is supported by the Wellness Department, which offers courses in health education, physical education, wellness, strength and conditioning, and athletic training. The sports program fields 46 teams in 15 sports over three seasons during the school year. These sports are: Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming, Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field, and Softball.[10] Consistently, more than 75% of the students participate in at least one sport.

Tuition and financial aid[edit]

Currently tuition is $27,000, per student per year, plus fees. Partial and full financial tuition assistance are available on a needs basis established by standard application and evaluation. Merit and grades are taken into consideration once need is established. The Financial Aid Program is open to students of any race, color, gender, creed, and national or ethnic origin.[11]

Accreditation and memberships[edit]

Episcopal High School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.


Feeder schools[edit]

Episcopal has multiple feeder schools, but the majority of the student body attended St. Francis Episcopal Day School, River Oaks Baptist School, Annunciation Orthodox School, The Post Oak School, Trafton Academy, or Presbyterian School.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Episcopal High School - Yearly Profile" (PDF). Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "History of Episcopal High School." Episcopal High School. Archived September 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Kilday, Anne Marie. "Episcopal High plans $50 million expansion" (Archive). Houston Community Newspapers. Tuesday June 3, 2008. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Maines, Don. "New Episcopal Building Offers Science Language Labs". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2013. ()
  5. ^ "English Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "History and Social Sciences Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "World Languages Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "Mathematics Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  9. ^ "Science Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "Episcopal High School - Houston/Bellaire: Teams & Schedules". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Episcopal High School - Houston/Bellaire: Financial Aid". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "Episcopal High School - Houston/Bellaire: Accreditation and Memberships". Retrieved January 14, 2013.

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