Admissions FAQs

Lower SchoolGeneral Admissions Questions

Are there any openings for the current school year?
At various grade levels, there may be openings throughout the school year. We do accept applications all through the year, so your student could receive immediate placement, if requested.

What are the criteria for acceptance?
Acceptance is based on our ability to meet the educational, emotional, and social needs of each student, and the availability of an appropriate classroom placement.

What do you need for the application process? 
Complete an enrollment application (available online or through the school office), submit any current professional testing (within the past 2 years), copies of current report cards, and a non-refundable processing fee.

How long does it take until we know if our student has been accepted?
After materials have been received, the Admissions Committee will review everything. You should be notified by phone or mail usually within a week.

Can students enroll at any time of the school year?
Yes, we accept enrollment all through the year.


Services

Do you have speech therapists that work with the students?
Yes, we have certified speech and language therapists on staff. All new students are screened to see if this is a service that would be beneficial. There is an additional fee for this service. If you already have a therapist, our teachers do collaborate very effectively with speech and language therapists that work outside of Briarwood.

Do you have occupational therapists that work with the students?
We do not have occupational therapists on staff at Briarwood.

Do you do any testing or evaluations at The Briarwood School?
We ask that all professional evaluations be done outside of Briarwood. We feel that this gives us a more objective view of each applicant.

Can you give us some names of professionals that do testing?
Yes, we can certainly provide names of several professionals that do an excellent job evaluating students. Call the front desk at 281-493-1070 for information.


School Life

How many students are in a class?
Homerooms are limited to 10 students per teacher. Many classes have far fewer than ten, as additional teachers are incorporated into students’ schedules throughout the day. The overall faculty:student ratio is 1:5 for all grades.

What about school lunch?
Each school (Lower, Middle-Upper, and Tuttle) has their own lunchroom. Epicurean Delight is our school caterer. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, they provide a hot lunch or a la carte options. Contact them at  (713) 860-0041 or epicureangroup.net. Students may also choose to bring their lunch.

What about transportation?
Briarwood students travel from all over Houston and the surrounding areas. There are many ways that students come to school each day. Briarwood parents have organized busses, van services and carpool. Please call the front desk at 281-493-1070 for more information.

Do students wear school uniforms?
Briarwood requires students to wear school uniforms which may be purchased from our uniform provider, Parker School Uniforms, at any Parker location, or through the Parker website, parkersu.com.

Do students dress out for P.E.?
Middle and high school students dress out for P.E. Lower school students do not. All students are asked to wear non-marking tennis shoes on the gym floor.

When does school begin each day? How early can my child arrive?
The school day is 7:55 am to 3:00 pm for all children every day except Wednesday. On Wednesdays, students are dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Students may arrive by 7:45 a.m. each morning.

Why do you dismiss early on Wednesday?
Wednesday afternoons are reserved for staff development and teaching-team meetings to plan for individual students. We tell our parents that these are good afternoons for play dates or doctor appointments.

We have children in another school. Will the school calendars match?
Briarwood has a regular school calendar from August to May. Regular holidays coincide as closely as possible with other schools in Houston.


After School

My child (and the whole family) struggles with homework. Will Briarwood help with this?
Yes. Many of our students come to us having grappled with long hours of nightly homework. Briarwood teachers may make individual homework assignments with the skills and pace of each student in mind.

Is there any kind of after-school care?
For students in the Lower School (K-6), an After School Program is provided on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mustang Madness and Mustang Roundup offer several classes including art, music, sports, tutoring and speech supported classes.

Do you have sports?
Students in grades 7-12 may participate in Briarwood’s interscholastic athletic programs. Sports activities include track, basketball, flag football, tennis, soccer, golf, cross country, and volleyball.


Academics

Do students get grades?
Students in grades 4-12 receive letter/number grades. Students in grades K-3 receive a narrative report.

What about report cards?
All students in grades K-12 receive a quarterly report card.

Do you give the STAAR test?
We do not give the STAAR test, nor do we require scores from the STAAR for admission.

Can a student fail a grade at Briarwood?
Students succeed at Briarwood. Once accepted, we will do everything possible to ensure the success of that student.

What about a summer academic program?
Yes, Briarwood offers a Summer Remediation Program for Lower School grades K-5. The program goes for one month on Monday through Thursdays from 8:30-12:00 p.m.


The Students

My student is working below grade level. Is that ok?
Yes, many students come to us working below grade level. Our goal is to get them on grade level as quickly as possible.

How long will it take for my child to ‘catch-up’ and go back to our neighborhood school? How will I know when the time comes?
It is impossible to predict the length of time it will take to remediate any child. They are all individual and unique. Learning differences are lifelong. With early intervention at Briarwood, children with learning differences learn compensatory skills and strategies to become successful, lifelong learners. The Briarwood Transition Team regularly evaluates the progress of each student. Parents will be advised when the time approaches that their student is ready to move to a more traditional school setting.

Are many students able to return to a regular school program without a problem?
Yes. Many students return to both public and private traditional school settings. The Transition Team can assist parents with the change and the best choices of school environment for their child.

Do you have students who stay at Briarwood for a long time?
Yes. Some students need to stay and some who could transition out choose to stay. The students who are ready to transition and choose to stay wish to continue with classes that are on or above grade level and enjoy the individual teacher attention, as well as friendships made at Briarwood.

Do Briarwood graduates go to college?
Approximately 85% of the graduates from Upper School attend schools of higher learning. Individual guidance is provided to all Upper School students.

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Financial Aid

Is there tuition assistance or financial aid?
Yes. Application for tuition assistance can be made after the student has been accepted and all required enrollment paperwork is received by Briarwood. Briarwood has chosen SmartAid to process financial aid applications for parents of current students only. www.smartaidforparents.com

How soon will I know if I qualify for financial aid?
You should receive notification by mid June. Be sure to apply early. The Briarwood School determines financial aid annually. Amounts may change and are not guaranteed from year to year.