The Admissions Process


Students at Briarwood have average to above average intellectual abilities.  However, they have not reached their academic potential in traditional school environments.

Our Students

Students at Briarwood have average to above average intellectual abilities; however, they have not reached their academic potential in traditional school environments.  The Briarwood School offers direct interventions, along with remediation for students with diagnosed learning differences/disabilities.  The diagnoses include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, speech/language disorders, along with written and expressive language disorders.  Additional diagnoses addressed through accommodations include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and processing disorders as they relate to academic issues.

Our Mission

At Briarwood, we take the utmost care to admit students who will benefit from our program. Our mission is to help students reach their maximum potential through diagnostic-prescriptive instruction in a structured, student-centered academic environment. Our goal is to build lifelong learners who will succeed through college, careers and beyond.

Our goal is to build lifelong learners, with success through college, career and beyond.

Step 1: Visit Briarwood

We invite you to take a tour of Briarwood. All group tours begin at 9:00 a.m. and last approximately an hour and a half. Private tours may be scheduled by appointment.

Touring the school allows you to see our program, learn more about our school and ask any questions that you may have and see our students in action.

Here is a list of Briarwood’s scheduled tour dates.  You can also register for a tour by clicking on the “Tour” button below.

Step 2: Online Application

Log on to the Admissions Portal to complete the application and submit a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00

Step 3: Upload Recent Testing

Recent testing (completed within the past two years) and other documentation must be uploaded through the Admissions Portal.

  • Psycho-educational testing
  • WISC-IV or Woodcock Johnson
  • Speech/Language evaluations
  • Academic achievement including language, reading, and math skills
  • Comprehensive, professional interpretation of test scores and any relevant diagnosis
  • Professional recommendations for classroom accommodation
  • Current report card

Step 4: Review by the Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee will evaluate the student’s application and documentation materials provided. If placement is a possibility, parents will be notified of the status of the application.

Step 5: Informal Student Screening 

If placement is a possibility, the Admissions Office will contact parents to schedule a time for your child to come to school for a ‘screening.’ During the screening, the teachers will work with your child in various subjects such as math, reading, spelling, and writing. This may take from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon the age of the child. We try to make this as relaxed as possible for each student. There is no pass or fail, just an informal evaluation to determine some strengths and weaknesses of each student. The children also receive a tour of the school and meet some of the teachers and students.

Students screening for Lower School will be invited to spend a day in the classroom to gain insight into what he/she will experience within the school setting.

Step 6: Parent Conference

After the student’s informal screening, the Briarwood Admissions Office will contact the parents to schedule a parent appointment. Based on staff assessment and current enrollment, your child may be offered the opportunity to enroll.



Admissions Contacts

Debbie Etheridge
Director of Admissions
(281) 493-1070 Ext. 121

Brynn Matherne
Admissions Database Manager
(281) 493-1070 Ext. 111

Briarwood School Admissions
12207 Whittington Drive
Houston, Texas 77077
Phone: (281) 493-1070
Fax: (281) 493-1343