What Really Matters When Choosing a School This Year

We are proud to partner with Grace School to share with Houston Moms how to choose a school that is academically rigorous, safe and innovative.

Ask any mom what is occupying about 95% of her brain space right now, and the answer is unanimous:: school. And while the choosing the right school or education method is always a priority for moms, this year is obviously especially high-stakes. COVID-19 has forced many families to reevaluate their plans for the fall, and for many, this means their children will be learning in a different way or at a different place than they were last year.

All moms are doing the best they can with the difficult choices they have to make, and it’s crucial that right now we show each other grace. We do this by recognizing that these choices will look different for everyone and by not judging others who make different decisions from ours. 

There are a variety of education options available for Houston families, including independent schools. As one of Houston’s leading independent schools, Grace School, located in the Westchase District of Houston, is known by not only its rigorous academics and exceptional faculty and staff, but also but also by its extensive elective and athletic choices. The school serves students from 20 months through 8th grade. 

Families will likely look for three factors when choosing schools for their children to attend for the 2020-21 academic year:: Where they will have academic success, where they will be nurtured socially and emotionally, and where they will be SAFE. Grace School meets all these requirements, and is excited to welcome their student body to campus in August 2020.


Parents choosing a school this year are concerned about their children’s safety in returning to school this fall, and rightfully so. Grace School is committed to making their school as safe as an in-person learning environment can be. Their detailed plans for the coming school year include::

  • Health and safety measures in place
  • Limited enrollment to ensure proper social distancing
  • In-person and virtual options available
  • Daily temperature checks and screenings
  • Restricted visitors policy to limit the number of people on campus
  • Face coverings required
  • Upgraded air quality and ventilation system


Parents choosing a school for their children certainly prioritize academics.  Grace School is a STEM certified school, leading STEM in the Houston area independent school sector. With a comprehensive curriculum and a teaching staff dedicated to creating unique learning experiences for their students,  Grace School’s  programs are focused on problem solving, teamwork, communication and grit through project-based learning. They are committed to building leadership skills in all their students.

By the time they complete the 8th grade, Grace School students are prepared for the rigor of Houston’s leading high schools.

Social and Spiritual Development

Grace School believes in school-initiated family and community relationships and in developing the God-given gifts, talents, and uniqueness of each individual. As a Christian independent school, they place a high priority on developing the whole child, including the students’ relationship with Christ. Their vision is to inspire compassionate, thoughtful students eager to engage in the world around them.

Grace School believes their values manifest as a series of purposeful ways to connect students to a 21st-century landscape with profound humility, grace and empathy in serving others. It prepares them to thrive in today’s world — and to shape tomorrow’s.

For families interested in pursuing a great academic, spiritual, and safe learning environment for their child, Grace School is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. The admissions office is open and looks forward to learning more about you and your family. Please contact them for virtual tours or to schedule calls to help answer your questions. It’s a great time to be a Gator!

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