School of the Woods is pleased to announce that construction has begun on its new Woods High School building. The site is at the northwest corner of Wirt Road and Bobbitt Lane, immediately across Wirt Road from the school’s main campus. The entrance to the building will face Bobbitt Lane.
Sherry Herron, Head of School, says: “School of the Woods has been a landmark in the Spring Branch area of Houston and we are extremely proud of the way it has emerged as an interactive, collaborative and personalized Montessori learning community that embraces the Humanities and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum.” Today, School of the Woods is one of only a handful of Montessori schools offering continuous Montessori education from age 2-1/2 through grade 12.
The Woods High School building will include 25,000 square feet of classroom and common spaces, as well as a fully enclosed all-school gymnasium, for a total of 44,247 square feet. The building will be a two-story structure with a central atrium that optimizes use of the acreage while creating a spacious interior environment. The design makes use of natural light and clerestory windows to bring the outdoors to the students’ experience. Learning spaces include state of the art classrooms and spacious common areas, patios, and balconies designed to maximize personal and collaborative learning. School of the Woods held its first class in September 1962 in its still-current location, 1321 Wirt Road in inner-Spring Branch. In 1962, Montessori education was virtually unknown in the U.S. although it had been in use in the world for half a century. Woods Middle School was opened for 7th and 8th grades in 1983-84 and Woods High School opened in1999. The high school celebrated its first 12th grade graduating class in 2003. School of the Woods is a non-sectarian, independent and non-profit organization. It is a co-educational day school providing college preparatory
Montessori education to a diverse student body from more than 60 different zip codes throughout the Greater Houston area. For more information, visit it’s the school’s website, www.schoolofthewoods.org.