St. Andrew's Episcopal School (Texas)
St. Andrew's Episcopal School known as SAS, is a private school located in Austin, United States. St. Andrew's enrolls students in grades K-12 and is divided into three divisions: Lower and Upper Schools; the Lower and Middle Schools share a campus in central Austin, while the Upper School campus is in the southwestern part of the city. St. Andrew's Episcopal School held its first classes in a house on Pearl Street in Austin Texas; the school commenced with its first school year during the fall of 1952, serving 32 students in grades 1-3. The school moved to 31st Street, where the Lower and Middle Schools are now located; the school expanded to twelve grades in 1998 with the opening of a 73-acre Upper School campus on Southwest Parkway. In 2016, a kindergarten was established on the 31st Street campus, making St. Andrew's the only K-12 Episcopal School in Central Texas; as part of the academic requirements for graduating Upper School, students must complete a "Junior Experience," described on the school website as "two weeks in a'dramatically different environment,'" and a Senior Project, undertaken in May of the student's senior year.
To satisfy the Junior Experience requirement, the school offers trips every summer to destinations including Spain, Nepal, Romania and New Mexico, though students may submit independent proposals. The Upper School offers 11 AP courses. Since 2009, 21 percent of all St. Andrew's graduates were National Merit Commended Students and 32 percent were Advanced Placement Scholars; the average SAT scores of the Class of 2015 were 639, 637, 637. St. Andrew's offers a variety of performing opportunities at St. Andrew's, including choir, tech theatre, various musical ensembles. At the Upper School, Visual Arts, Music Theory and Rock Bands, Choir are offered as Fine Arts courses; the Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Select Choir has performed at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. St. Andrew's was the host of the 2013 ISAS Fine Arts Festival. St. Andrew's athletic teams compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference; the Upper School fields teams in football, field hockey, cross country, basketball, soccer and diving, baseball, golf and field, lacrosse.
Middle School sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, tennis and field, volleyball. Physical education is required in the Lower School; the softball and volleyball teams ended their 2010 season ranked #1 in SPC Division II. Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager – Daughters of George W. Bush, attended Middle School Benjamin McKenzie – actor, The O. C. and Southland, attended Lower School Drew Brees – Super Bowl MVP attended Lower School, played part of one season of flag football before leaving. Matt Belisle – Major League Baseball Player Mark Manson – #1 NYTimes Bestselling Author and blogger, attended Upper School Max Frost – Singer and musician St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U. S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast. Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U. S. while San Antonio is the second-most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U. S. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, respectively. Other major cities include Austin, the second-most populous state capital in the U. S. and El Paso. Texas is nicknamed "The Lone Star State" to signify its former status as an independent republic, as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico; the "Lone Star" can be found on the Texan state seal.
The origin of Texas's name is from the word taysha. Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes common to both the U. S. Southern and Southwestern regions. Although Texas is popularly associated with the U. S. southwestern deserts, less than 10% of Texas's land area is desert. Most of the population centers are in areas of former prairies, grasslands and the coastline. Traveling from east to west, one can observe terrain that ranges from coastal swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, the desert and mountains of the Big Bend; the term "six flags over Texas" refers to several nations. Spain was the first European country to claim the area of Texas. France held a short-lived colony. Mexico controlled the territory until 1836 when Texas won its independence, becoming an independent Republic. In 1845, Texas joined the union as the 28th state; the state's annexation set off a chain of events that led to the Mexican–American War in 1846.
A slave state before the American Civil War, Texas declared its secession from the U. S. in early 1861, joined the Confederate States of America on March 2nd of the same year. After the Civil War and the restoration of its representation in the federal government, Texas entered a long period of economic stagnation. Four major industries shaped the Texas economy prior to World War II: cattle and bison, cotton and oil. Before and after the U. S. Civil War the cattle industry, which Texas came to dominate, was a major economic driver for the state, thus creating the traditional image of the Texas cowboy. In the 19th century cotton and lumber grew to be major industries as the cattle industry became less lucrative, it was though, the discovery of major petroleum deposits that initiated an economic boom which became the driving force behind the economy for much of the 20th century. With strong investments in universities, Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century.
As of 2015, it is second on the list of the most Fortune 500 companies with 54. With a growing base of industry, the state leads in many industries, including agriculture, energy and electronics, biomedical sciences. Texas has led the U. S. in state export revenue since 2002, has the second-highest gross state product. If Texas were a sovereign state, it would be the 10th largest economy in the world; the name Texas, based on the Caddo word táyshaʼ "friend", was applied, in the spelling Tejas or Texas, by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves the Hasinai Confederacy, the final -s representing the Spanish plural. The Mission San Francisco de los Tejas was completed near the Hasinai village of Nabedaches in May 1690, in what is now Houston County, East Texas. During Spanish colonial rule, in the 18th century, the area was known as Nuevo Reino de Filipinas "New Kingdom of the Philippines", or as provincia de los Tejas "province of the Tejas" also provincia de Texas, "province of Texas", it was incorporated as provincia de Texas into the Mexican Empire in 1821, declared a republic in 1836.
The Royal Spanish Academy recognizes both spellings and Texas, as Spanish-language forms of the name of the U. S. State of Texas; the English pronunciation with /ks/ is unetymological, based in the value of the letter x in historical Spanish orthography. Alternative etymologies of the name advanced in the late 19th century connected the Spanish teja "rooftile", the plural tejas being used to designate indigenous Pueblo settlements. A 1760s map by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin shows a village named Teijas on Trinity River, close to the site of modern Crockett. Texas is the second-largest U. S. state, with an area of 268,820 square miles. Though 10% larger than France and twice as large as Germany or Japan, it ranks only 27th worldwide amongst country subdivisions by size. If it were an independent country, Texas would be the 40th largest behind Zambia. Texas is in the south central part of the United States of America. Three of its borders are defined by rivers; the Rio Grande forms a natural border with the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas to the south.
The Red River forms a natural border with Arkansas to the north. The Sabine River forms a natural border with Louisiana to the east; the Texas Panhandle has an eastern border with Oklahoma at 100° W, a northern border with Oklahoma at 36°30' N and a western
Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth is a city in the U. S. state of Texas. It is fifth-largest city in Texas, it is the county seat of Tarrant County, covering nearly 350 square miles into four other counties: Denton, Johnson and Wise. According to the 2017 census estimates, Fort Worth's population is 874,168. Fort Worth is the second-largest city in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the United States; the city of Fort Worth was established in 1849 as an army outpost on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. Fort Worth has been a center of the longhorn cattle trade, it still embraces traditional architecture and design. USS Fort Worth is the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city. Fort Worth is home to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and several world-class museums designed by internationally known contemporary architects; the Kimbell Art Museum, considered to have one of the best art collections in Texas, is housed in what is regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era.
The museum was designed by the American architect Louis Kahn, with an addition designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano opening November 2013. Of note is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, designed by Tadao Ando; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, designed by Philip Johnson, houses one of the world's most extensive collections of American art. The Sid Richardson Museum, redesigned by David M. Schwarz, has one of the most focused collections of Western art in the U. S. emphasizing Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, designed by famed architect Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico, engages the diverse Fort Worth community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits; the city is stimulated by several university communities: Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas A&M University School of Law, many multinational corporations, including Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, American Airlines, BNSF Railway, Pier 1 Imports, XTO Energy and RadioShack.
The Treaty of Bird's Fort between the Republic of Texas and several Native American tribes was signed in 1843 at Bird's Fort in present-day Arlington, Texas. Article XI of the treaty provided that no one may "pass the line of trading houses" without permission of the President of Texas, may not reside or remain in the Indians' territory; these "trading houses" were established at the junction of the Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River in present-day Fort Worth. At this river junction, the U. S. War Department established Fort Worth in 1849 as the northernmost of a system of 10 forts for protecting the American Frontier following the end of the Mexican–American War; the city of Fort Worth continues to be known as "where the West begins." A line of seven army posts were established in 1848–49 after the Mexican War to protect the settlers of Texas along the western American Frontier and included Fort Worth, Fort Graham, Fort Gates, Fort Croghan, Fort Martin Scott, Fort Lincoln, Fort Duncan.
10 forts had been proposed by Major General William Jenkins Worth, who commanded the Department of Texas in 1849. In January 1849, Worth proposed a line of 10 forts to mark the western Texas frontier from Eagle Pass to the confluence of the West Fork and Clear Fork of the Trinity River. One month Worth died from cholera in South Texas. General William S. Harney assumed command of the Department of Texas and ordered Major Ripley A. Arnold to find a new fort site near the West Clear Fork. On June 6, 1849, advised by Middleton Tate Johnson, established a camp on the bank of the Trinity River and named the post Camp Worth in honor of the late General Worth. In August 1849, Arnold moved the camp to the north-facing bluff, which overlooked the mouth of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River; the United States War Department named the post Fort Worth on November 14, 1849. Native American attacks were still a threat in the area, as this was their traditional territory and they resented encroachment by European-American settlers, but people from the United States set up homesteads near the fort.
E. S. Terrell from Tennessee claimed to be the first resident of Fort Worth; the fort was moved to the top of the bluff. The fort was abandoned September 17, 1853. No trace of it remains; as a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town. Millions of head of cattle were driven north to market along this trail. Fort Worth became the center of the cattle drives, the ranching industry, it was given the nickname of Cowtown. During the Civil War, Fort Worth suffered from shortages of money and supplies; the population began to recover during Reconstruction. By 1872, Jacob Samuels, William Jesse Boaz, William Henry Davis had opened general stores; the next year, Khleber M. Van Zandt established Tidball, Van Zandt, Company, which became Fort Worth National Bank in 1884. In 1875, the Dallas Herald published an article by a former Fort Worth lawyer, Robert E. Cowart, who wrote that the decimation of Fort Worth's population, caused by the economic disaster and hard winter of 1873, had dealt a severe blow to the cattle industry.
Added to the slowdown due to the railroad's stopping the laying of track 30 miles outside of Fort Worth, Cowart said that Fort Worth was so slow th
Greenhill School (Addison, Texas)
Greenhill School is a co-educational day school in Addison, United States. The school was founded in 1950 by Bernard Fulton; the 78-acre campus is located 12 miles north of downtown Dallas and enrolls about 1,270 students from throughout the Dallas Metroplex. The school is the first co-educational, non-denominational Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 school in Dallas and is a member of both the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Southwest Preparatory Conference. Greenhill School was founded in 1950 as a co-educational option among the independent schools in Dallas. From 1950-1976, Bernard Fulton served as the founding headmaster, at the time, he introduced the concepts of independent co-education, the primer program, open-space education while the school grew from 62 students to 1,002. After he retired from Greenhill School, he became the headmaster of Lakehill Preparatory School, Fulton Academy in Rockwall, was named after him as well. On October 20, 1990, Governor Bill Clements declared Bernard Fulton Day “for his dedication to the education of young people in Dallas, in Texas, in the nation."From 1955 to 1959, late State Representative Fred Agnich of Dallas was chairman of the board of the Greenhill School and was instrumental in the early development of the institution.
The original Upper School building was a part of a farmhouse, on the land prior to the school. It housed Greenhill's library and administrative offices. In 1963, a fire decimated the building, leaving nothing in its wake. Due to Greenhill's tenacious spirit, classes resumed only 48 hours later, it took nearly 13 years, but the Upper School students got their new permanent building, named after the beloved founder Bernard Fulton, opening for its first day in 1974. But alas, on the morning of March 30, 1987, the fire department was notified that another fire had started in the Bernard Fulton Upper School building; the building was again decimated, classes were displaced into library corners and temporary buildings. Again, the bright spirit of Greenhill shown through, soon the phrase "Greenhill is not buildings.... It's people!" Students and faculty all came together to assist in the clean up and restoration that enabled the reopening of the Bernard Fulton Upper School on February 5, 1988. Greenhill's academic structure consists of each subject having a Division Head while Pre-K-12 Department Chairs supervise the curriculum.
The school is divided into four sections: Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, the Upper School, which houses about 471 students with about 115 in each grade. In 2001, the school was ranked top 40 in public and private schools in Worth Magazine by the number of matriculants to Harvard University and Yale. Besides these, students in the last four years have been accepted into colleges such as Stanford University, Vassar College, Emory University, Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Harvard University, New York University, Rice University, Yale University, Wake Forest University, Dartmouth College, Boston College, Brown University, Duke University, Trinity University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Pratt Institute, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis; the Upper School offers 15 AP courses. The average SAT scores for the Class of 2008 were 675 verbal, 673 math, 665 writing.
The Class of 2008 had 21 commended finalists for National Merit scholarships, 10 actual finalists for the scholarship. Academically, only three other private schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have achieved similar levels of prestige: St. Marks School of Texas, the Hockaday School, Cistercian Preparatory School. In addition to academics, students are required to complete 48 hours of community service upon graduation. Greenhill has a population of 1318 students; the Greenhill policy “admits students without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disabilities.” The admissions process begins in the fall, applications are accepted one year prior to the year of expected entrance. Applicants take the CATS test in grades Pre-K to Primer and the ISEE test in grades 1-12. Interviews, academics scores, test scores, Teacher Recommendations, Group observation test, extra-curriculars, athletic achievements and service are evaluated by the committee. After these materials have been noted, the applicant is subject to three decisions: invited and non-acceptance.
The Financial Aid Committee works to make sure. Families must reapply for financial aid each year; each year, the incoming seniors paint the Water Tower in the parking lot with graffiti. They picture to depict their grade. On the first day of school, students come to school on campus with a painted water tower; the senior class comes to school with females dressed in males dressed in black. The whole school attends an assembly in the Phillips Gymnasium to ring in the new year. Founder's Day is the annual September 11th celebration of Greenhill's establishment on September 11, 1950; the whole school meets in the Phillips Gymnasium for an assembly to commemorate two teachers and honor five faculty members. The Student Council President lights the Founder's Day Candle with the current longest working faculty member. During the assembly, the Service-Learning and Community Service Program announces the Estelle Dickens service project for the year. Legacy Heart of the Hill group
Liberal arts education
Liberal arts education can claim to be the oldest programme of higher education in Western history. It has its origin in the attempt to discover first principles –'those universal principles which are the condition of the possibility of the existence of anything and everything'; the liberal arts known as the seven liberal arts, are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person to know in order to take an active part in civic life, something that included participating in public debate, defending oneself in court, serving on juries, most military service. Grammar and rhetoric were the core liberal arts, while arithmetic, the theory of music, astronomy were the following stage of education. Liberal arts today can refer to academic subjects such as literature, philosophy and social and physical sciences. For both interpretations, the term refers to matters not relating to the professional, vocational, or technical curriculum. Rooted in the basic curriculum – the enkuklios paideia or "education in a circle" – of late Classical and Hellenistic Greece, the "liberal arts" or "liberal pursuits" were so called in formal education during the Roman Empire.
The first recorded use of the term "liberal arts" occurs in De Inventione by Marcus Tullius Cicero, but it is unclear if he created the term. Seneca the Younger discusses liberal arts in education from a critical Stoic point of view in Moral Epistles; the exact classification of the liberal arts varied however in Roman times, it was only after Martianus Capella in the 5th century AD influentially brought the seven liberal arts as bridesmaids to the Marriage of Mercury and Philology, that they took on canonical form. The four'scientific' artes – music, arithmetic and astronomy – were known from the time of Boethius onwards as the quadrivium. After the 9th century, the remaining three arts of the'humanities' – grammar and rhetoric – were grouped as the trivium, it was in that two-fold form that the seven liberal arts were studied in the medieval Western university. During the Middle Ages, logic came to take predominance over the other parts of the trivium. In the Renaissance, the Italian humanists and their Northern counterparts, despite in many respects continuing the traditions of the Middle Ages, reversed that process.
Re-christening the old trivium with a new and more ambitious name: Studia humanitatis, increasing its scope, they downplayed logic as opposed to the traditional Latin grammar and rhetoric, added to them history and moral philosophy, with a new emphasis on poetry as well. The educational curriculum of humanism spread throughout Europe during the sixteenth century and became the educational foundation for the schooling of European elites, the functionaries of political administration, the clergy of the various recognized churches, the learned professions of law and medicine; the ideal of a liberal arts, or humanistic education grounded in classical languages and literature, persisted until the middle of the twentieth century. Some subsections of the liberal arts are in the trivium – the verbal arts of grammar and rhetoric – and other parts are in the quadrivium – the numerical arts of music and arithmetic, the graphical and mathematical art of Geometry; each subsection includes the interpretation of information.
Academic areas that are associated with the term liberal arts include: Arts Philosophy Religious studies Social science Mathematics Natural Sciences For example, the core courses for Georgetown University's Doctor of Liberal Studies program cover philosophy, history, art and the social sciences. Wesleyan University's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program includes courses in visual arts, art history and professional writing, history, film, education, biology and astronomy; the liberal arts education at the secondary school level prepares the student for higher education at a university. They are thus meant for the more academically minded students. In addition to the usual curriculum, students of a liberal arts education study Latin and Ancient Greek; some liberal arts education provide general education, others have a specific focus. The four traditional branches are: humanities education modern languages lower level mathematical-scientific education economical and social-scientific education Curricula differ from school to school, but include language, informatics, chemistry, geography, music, philosophy, civics / citizenship, social sciences, several foreign languages.
Schools concentrate not only on academic subjects, but on producing well-rounded individuals, so physical education and religion or ethics are compulsory in non-denominational schools which are prevalent. For example, the German constitution guarantees the separ
The Kinkaid School
The Kinkaid School is a PK-12 non-sectarian school in Piney Point Village, United States in Greater Houston. The Kinkaid School is the oldest independent coeducational school in Greater Houston; the student body is divided into the Middle School and the Upper School. The school motto is: "Lux per Scientiam" meaning, "Light through Knowledge." The School colors are purple and gold, the school mascot is the falcon. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest; the current head of school is Ed Trusty. The current chairman of the Board of Trustees is Kenneth D. Cowan. A feature of Kinkaid's Upper School is its Interim Term, which provides three weeks in January for teacher-designed and student-selected curricula. Teachers at the School provide classes that they would otherwise not be able to teach as part of the normal semester, including military histories of the Civil War and World War II, introductory courses in digital programming and engineering, courses in photography and art history, famously, a course in Disney films.
Students may go on international trips sponsored by the school, such as tours of China and Greece. The School provides connections with companies throughout the greater Houston area and, if the students prefer, throughout the world, in which its senior students may find internships. Kinkaid sports teams compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference of the Independent Schools Association in the Southwest. A big alumni event is the Kinkaid vs. St. John's School football game played each year at Rice Stadium, with the winning record belonging to Kinkaid. Kinkaid offers multiple sports per each sports season. In the fall they offer football, cross country, volleyball and field hockey. In the winter they offer soccer, basketball and swimming. In the spring they offer lacrosse, softball, track & field and golf. Kinkaid offers innumerable opportunities within its art department and additionally within each division including theatre, visual arts, photography and choir. Kinkaid provides two routes within its theatre department, one for the more involved and the other for those who just want to get their feet wet.
Acting company provides ample opportunity to be a part of the Brown stage events that take place twice a year in addition to an Acting Lab class within the curriculum. For a lesser time commitment, Children's Theatre is a class Kinkaid provides where students perform one show per semester for the children of the community coupled with an outreach program that takes place in the spring. In terms of the choir, Kinkaid provides a yearly class that rehearses for performances throughout the year. Any student enrolled in Choir may audition to be a part of Encore, a selected group of dedicated vocalists and an extension of the vocal art department; the School was founded in 1906 by Margaret Hunter Kinkaid. When the School was first established, it was located in the dining room of Kinkaid's house, located at the intersection of Elgin and San Jacinto in what is now Midtown Houston. Tuition at the school ranged from $90 per year for first and second grades to $130 per year for sixth graders. Tuition for the 2016–2017 school year were $20,500 for Pre-K through Grade 4, $23,720 for Grades 5 through 8 and $25,000 for Grades 9 through 12.
Books, lunch and a one-time $1000 new student fee are not included. Kinkaid's current school song, Kinkaid, My Own Kinkaid, was written by Charlotte Williams Darby and Elizabeth Law, sixth-grade Kinkaid students, was adopted by Mrs. Kinkaid for the school in 1921, it is set to the melody of "O Tannenbaum." The School's second location was at the intersection of Richmond and Graustark in the Neartown neighborhood. The School moved to this location in the fall of 1924; the School had its first Open House. This tradition continues today. Kinkaid added its upper school program beginning in the late 1920s. After more than thirty years, the school outgrew its campus and was forced to look for a new location. After considering locations in Afton Oaks and other areas, the administration decided to buy a parcel of land in Piney Point Village; when the School moved, most of the buildings built by Kinkaid on the Richmond campus were torn down by the new tenants. Some of the old Kinkaid buildings remained for many years, but all had been torn down by 2005.
Since 1957 and through the present day, the School has been situated on a 40-acre site in the city of Piney Point Village, an enclave of Houston, at the junction of 201 Kinkaid School Drive and San Felipe. Kinkaid introduced uniforms for its lower and middle school students beginning in the early 1960s. Upper school students have never been required to wear uniforms. Beginning in 1970, Kinkaid adopted. Beginning in the early 1990s, the campus began a large construction program in an effort to modernize its facilities, which had not been updated since being constructed in the 1950s. A new lower school building was constructed, the old building was torn down, along with the "little" gym and lower school art and science buildings. A new middle school building was constructed, the existing upper school was expanded into the old middle school building. A new auditorium and cafeteria were built, the remaining campus buildings were renovated. In addition to the physical changes on campus, the fifth grade was moved from lower school to middle school.
In 2011, the School purchased a 25-ac
St. John's School (Texas)
St. John's School is a coeducational independent day school in Houston, United States, presenting a 13-year sequence of university preparatory training; the School was founded in 1946 and is a member of the Houston Area Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Southwest Preparatory Conference. Though situated adjacent to St. John the Divine church, St. John's claims no religious affiliation; as of June 2018, SJS's endowment was $78,113,000. Toward the close of World War II, W. St. John Garwood and other prominent Houstonians sought to create in Houston a "school of exacting standards" in the development of individual, ethical, intellectual and physical growth of its students. In January 1946, these Houstonians invited Alan Lake Chidsey, former headmaster of both the Pawling School and the Arizona Desert School and the post-war Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Chicago, to travel to Texas to speak at a gathering of interested members of the Houston community.
Mr. and Mrs. W. St. John Garwood, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Merrick Phelps, Mr. R. E. Smith, Mr. J. O. Winston, Jr. and the Reverend Thomas Sumners of the Church of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church were among those present at the meeting. At Mr. Chidsey's persuasion, Mrs. William S. Farish committed to her involvement with the School, many others followed. A proposal was drafted that entailed combining forces with the St. John the Divine nursery school to create the School. St. John's first 344 students filed into St. John the Divine's chapel on Opening Day, September 27, 1946; the entire campus, located on what used to be Michael Louis Westheimer's farm, was six acres. Today, St. John's covers 41 acres of land and educates 1,416 total students supported by over 200 faculty and staff; the School's 41 acres includes 13 acres that were purchased in late December 2012 for $90 million. The School's student-teacher ratio is 7:1. Despite its lack of religious affiliation, the School provides non-denominational chapel services at the church of St. John the Divine each Wednesday morning during the academic year.
In recent years, the Chapel program has branched out to offer more multicultural services, hosting speakers from a diverse range of faiths and non-religious backgrounds, such as environmentalists and faculty or student alumni. St. John's 41-acre grounds are located in the central part of Houston, Texas spanning the Upper Kirby district and the residential neighborhood of River Oaks; the campus itself comprises two campuses, divided by Westheimer Road, that are connected by two pedestrian tunnels underneath Westheimer. The Brown Campus contains the Lower School and the Georges Middle School as well as the Virginia Stuller Tatham Fine Arts Center and the Smith Athletic Center; the Cullen Campus houses the focal point of the School, the Quadrangle. The Lower and Upper Schools each maintain their own libraries. Upper and Middle School students share the Upper School cafeteria, the Lower School has its own; the school's primary athletic field, Skip Lee Field, is located on the South Campus, as are athletic fields for field hockey and lacrosse.
Nearby is a baseball field. Data released by the School reflects that, from 2010 to 2014 48% of St. John's seniors went on to matriculate at colleges and universities ranked by U. S. News and World Report as being in the Top 25 of National Universities or the Top 10 of Liberal Arts Colleges. Data for the Class of 2018 reflects a median SAT score of 740 in Reading & 770 in Math; the Class of 2018's median ACT score is 33 on a 36 scale. For years 2012 to 2015, more than half of each SJS senior class were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Scholars: for 2012, the percentage was 68%. Data for the 2013-2014 academic year shows that SJS led all Houston-area schools in both number and percentage of National Merit Semifinalists in its senior class. Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is 368 for the Lower School, 361 for the Middle School, 697 for the Upper School. 13% of students are on scholarship or financial aid. Thirty-three percent of students self-identify as being of color.
There are 5,862 living alumni. The total number of faculty at SJS is 208, 131 of whom have doctorate degrees. In 2011, St. John's adopted a House System whereby each student is sorted into one of six "Houses." Each House, comprising students of all grades, is named after one of six influential figures and institutions in the School's history. While House assignment is random, siblings are always assigned to the same House; the Houses are: Chidsey, Hoodwink, Mulligan and Taub. St. John's sponsors teams in cross-country, field hockey, football in the fall season. In a tradition that began in 1951, St. John's plays its annual homecoming football game against crosstown rival The Kinkaid School at Rice Stadium. Students can participate in the arts either in classes for academic credit, performing ensembles, or extracurricular organizations; the oldest extracurricular arts organization at St. John's is Johnnycake, founded by first headmaster Alan Lake Chidsey in 1949, that produced and performed works written by Mr. Chidsey.
Open to all Upper School students, Johnnycake