Our Story

Our Story

We empower students with diagnosed learning differences to reach their maximum potential through diagnostic-prescriptive instruction in a structured academic environment.

Our History
The Briarwood and Tuttle Schools, located in Houston, Texas, have a rich history that spans several decades. Founded in 1967 by Dave and Yvonne Streit, the schools were established with the aim of providing a nurturing educational environment for students with either language-based learning differences or intellectual disabilities.
Yvonne Streit
The Briarwood School

In its early years, the school started as a small institution with a handful of students and a dedicated group of educators. It began with a strong commitment to individualized instruction and a focus on helping students reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.


Over time, the program gained recognition for its innovative approaches and successes in working with students who had unique learning needs. The school continued to grow, and by the 1980s, it had expanded its facilities and programs to accommodate a larger student body.

Carl Lewis with Carole Wills

In the 1990s, The Briarwood School experienced significant developments. It introduced a comprehensive curriculum that addressed a wide range of learning differences, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The school's commitment to tailored instruction and individualized learning plans set it apart as a leader in education.

Students at Computers

Throughout the early 2000s, The Briarwood School continued to evolve and refine its programs. It embraced technological advancements, incorporating assistive technologies and adaptive learning tools into its classrooms. The school also fostered partnerships with parents, therapists, and professionals in the learning difference community to provide holistic support for its students.

Students in Kitchen

In recent years, The Briarwood School has remained at the forefront of education in Houston. It has expanded its campus, adding state-of-the-art facilities, and resources to create an optimal learning environment for its students.  A dedicated team of educators collaborate to develop individualized education plans, implement evidence-based practices, and ensure the success of each student.

Beyond Academics
The Briarwood School places great emphasis on fostering social skills, independence, and self-advocacy among its students. It offers a range of extracurricular activities, including sports, fine arts, and a variety of clubs to promote a sense of belonging.

The Briarwood School is committed to personalized instruction, continuous innovation, and fostering a supportive community that has helped countless students overcome challenges and reach their full potential. 

The Briarwood Difference
The Briarwood School provides a traditional school experience for students who learn in a variety of non-traditional ways.

Utilizing the latest research in brain science and constantly drawing from evidence-based best practices, our curriculum is specifically designed with our individual learners’ needs in mind. Our academic program is divided across three divisions (Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School) and provides students with an array of instructional strategies.

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Visit & Learn!

The best way to learn about Briarwood and get all of your questions answered is to schedule a tour and speak with one of our admissions members.