The Emery/Weiner School

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The Emery/Weiner School
The Emery/Weiner School is located in Texas
The Emery/Weiner School
The Emery/Weiner School
The Emery/Weiner School is located in the US
The Emery/Weiner School
The Emery/Weiner School
Houston, Texas
United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 29°40′31″N 95°26′18″W / 29.6752°N 95.4384°W / 29.6752; -95.4384
Type Independent
Religious affiliation(s) Jewish
Established 1978
Headmaster Stuart Dow
Faculty 68
Enrollment 521
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Campus Urban
Color(s) Navy and White
Mascot Jaguar

The Emery/Weiner School (EWS) is a co-educational, independent Jewish day school in Houston, Texas, United States,[1] serving grades 6-12. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.

The $14 million campus is located on 15 acres (61,000 m2) of land,[citation needed] in Link Valley,[1] a community in southwest Houston outside of the 610 Loop, inside Beltway 8, and east of the Westwood subdivision.

The school houses 90,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of classroom space, along with several acres of accessible playing fields.

Roselyn Bell, author of the "Houston" entry in The Jewish Traveler: Hadassah Magazine's Guide to the World's Jewish Communities and Sights, wrote around 1987 that the school, then the I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School, had a "centrist" viewpoint in regard to the Jewish religious movements.[2]


Jenard M. Gross Elementary School (formerly the I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School)

The I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School opened in 1978. The first school year, 1978-79 the school operated out of the educational buildings at Congregation Brith Shalom, and the athletic facilities of the Jewish Community Center.[3] The first campus the school owned was located at 12583 South Gessner Road in what is now the Brays Oaks district. I. Weiner moved to 9825 Stella Link Road in 2000 and the Houston Independent School District acquired the former campus; as of 2008 the former campus is Gross Elementary School.[4][5][6] Emery High School opened in 2001, and so the campus became collectively known as The Emery/Weiner School.[3] The current campus had replaced some apartment complexes known for criminal activity.[1]

The first students graduated from Emery/Weiner in 2005. In 2008, EWS embarked on a 10.5 million dollar "Expanding Horizons" campaign to expand its facilities and endowment. The expansion included a new Upper School wing, athletics pavilion, and fine arts complex.[7] The school houses a 500-seat theater-style auditorium, two gymnasiums, and a computer center.[1]

Mottos from the school have included Connecting with the Past, Preparing for the Future (2000-2010) (2011–Present), "A Decade of Difference" (2010-2011), and "Experience the Difference..." (2011–present). The Emery-Weiner school hosts a wide variety of clubs and after-school programs which serves to help people within their community. Clubs and activities include Tikkun Olam and after-school tutoring.

There are also a wide variety of sports hosted by the Emery/Weiner school such as lacrosse, football, baseball, cross country, volleyball, track, tennis and golf.

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  • Bell, Roselyn. "Houston." In: Tigay, Alan M. (editor) The Jewish Traveler: Hadassah Magazine's Guide to the World's Jewish Communities and Sights. Rowman & Littlefield, January 1, 1994. p. 215-220. ISBN 1568210787, 9781568210780.


  1. ^ a b c d Stanton, Robert. "'Death Valley' coming back to life." Houston Chronicle. Thursday July 19, 2001. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Bell, p. 218.
  3. ^ a b "About Us." The Emery/Weiner School.
  4. ^ "School Histories: the Stories Behind the Names." Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 27, 2008. "Gross Elementary School actually existed as the private I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School for some years before HISD acquired it. It became a member of the HISD family in 2000, when the district purchased it, renovated it, and renamed it for local philanthropist Jenard M. Gross. Gross was a real-estate developer committed to the preservation and improvement of urban school systems. HISD opened the school named for him in fall 2001."
  5. ^ "Overview." Gross Elementary School. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  6. ^ Home page. Brays Oaks Management District. Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
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