- Do students get grades?
- What about report cards?
- Do you give the STAAR test?
- Can a student fail a grade at Briarwood?
- What about a summer academic program?
- My child (and the whole family) struggles with homework. Will Briarwood help with this?
- Is there after-school care?
- Do you have sports?
For students in the Lower School (K-6), an After School Program is provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mustang Madness offers several classes including art, music, sports, tutoring, and speech supported classes.
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. Students in 6th grade may participate in spring track.
Briarwood offers need-based financial aid through Smart Aid. The application and acceptance process is separate from the financial aid process. An application for financial aid may be submitted only after the contract is accepted. (Please see financial aid procedures below.) Financial aid covers only a portion of the tuition.
While financial assistance is offered, it is important for the family to assume primary responsibility for financing their child’s education. Both parents/guardians, if applicable, are expected to contribute to tuition. When completing financial aid documents, both parents/guardians are expected to include all assets. This includes parents who are divorced, separated or not married.
Briarwood strives to offer as many families as possible financial aid through grants and donations. Our funds are limited to the amount raised and families who are awarded assistance are required to sell raffle tickets, ads for the student tribute book, and secure sponsorships.
An application for tuition assistance can be made after the student has been accepted and all required enrollment paperwork is received by Briarwood. Assistance is granted on the basis of the financial information provided. The Briarwood school determines financial aid annually. Amounts may change and are not guaranteed from year to year.
Briarwood has chosen SmartAid to process financial aid applications for parents of current students only:
- Are there any openings for the current school year?
- What are the criteria for acceptance?
- What do you need for the application process?
- How long does it take until we know if our student has been accepted?
- Can students enroll at any time of the school year?
- Are immunizations required?
Complete an online application (available through the Admissions Portal), submit any current professional testing (within the past 2 years), copies of current report cards, and a non-refundable processing fee.
All students enrolled at Briarwood shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A student who fails to present the required evidence shall not be accepted for enrollment. The only exception to the foregoing requirement is a medical exemption signed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O) authorized to practice in the State of Texas, which includes the physician’s license number. The Briarwood school nurse will review the immunization status of all enrolled students.
The Briarwood School does not accept exemptions based on conscientious objections.
- How many students are in a class?
- What about school lunch?
- What about transportation?
- Do students wear school uniforms?
- Do students dress out for P.E.?
- When does school begin each day? How early can my child arrive?
- Why do you dismiss early on Wednesday?
- We have children in another school. Will the school calendars match?
Each school (Lower, Middle-Upper, and Tuttle) has their own lunchroom. Charlie’s is our school caterer. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, they provide a hot lunch. To set-up an account, go to lunchdirect.com and enter the Briarwood registration code 122071. Students may also choose to bring their lunch.
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 buses, van services, and carpool. StarKids Express is a bus service that will provide transportation for your child to and from Briarwood. Please call the front desk at (281) 493-1070 for more information.
- Do you have speech therapists that work with the students?
- Do you have occupational therapists that work with the students?
- Do you do any testing or evaluations at The Briarwood School?
- Can you give us some names of professionals that do testing?
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.
- My student is working below grade level. Is that ok?
- 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?
- Are many students able to return to a regular school program without a problem?
- Do you have students who stay at Briarwood for a long time?
- Do Briarwood graduates go to college?
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.