The Banff School, located in northwest Houston, Texas, is a non-denominational private school that provides classes for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Founded in 1969, the school holds accreditation from AdvancED, a respected non-profit, non-governmental organization, and strives to maintain a reputation for academic excellence. Offering a low student-to-teacher ratio in all classes, The Banff School is focused on a curriculum that emphasizes college preparedness and critical thinking.
The Banff School practices a philosophy that low teacher-student ratios allow teachers to custom tailor curriculum according to the unique needs of each student. Students can therefore learn at their own pace. This method of teaching instruction is designed to promote self-confidence and emotional maturity in students. This solid academic foundation instills college preparedness in students at The Banff School, giving them the tools needed to succeed at the college or university of their choice.
At The Banff School, non-academic activities also play an important role in student life. The school’s philosophy contends that students who participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are happier and more well-rounded individuals. Students who participate in these activities also learn the lifelong values of teamwork and leadership. There are dozens of opportunities for enhancing the student experience with non-academic involvement, including clubs and societies, field trips, and fine arts programs such as visual art, music, and drama. The school offers athletics programs as well, such as the Lady Bears junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams and the Banff Bears junior varsity and varsity basketball teams. Several co-curricular competitions are also popular with Banff School students, including the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, the Scripps Spelling Bee, the Treasures of Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest, and an annual science fair.