The Post Oak School occupies a 3.44-acre lot on the corner of Bissonnet and Avenue B in Bellaire, a suburb of Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the United States. The city's main loop highway, I-610, passes nearby, allowing easy access to and from the rest of the urban area. Many students come from Bellaire and the nearby communities of Southside Place, West University, and River Oaks; others travel from as far afield as Katy, Sugar Land, Pearland, Humble or Spring.
The school's current building was custom-built in 1986, with extensive remodeling and additions in several phases since then. The approximately 55,000 square feet of indoor space include 19 classrooms, rooms for Primary Home Environment and Elementary Before- and After-Care, administrative offices, three kitchens, and work areas for specialty subjects such as the library, music room and art studio. The full gym and sports field provide a home for the school's Bearkats athletics team. The outdoor environment and playground were renovated in 2008. Each classroom offers a full set of AMI-approved Montessori materials and custom furniture appropriate for the ages of children working in that environment. All classrooms have exterior windows or skylights, and most have their own gardens, allowing easy and immediate access to the outdoor environment. The school is also invested in being environmentally responsible. To read more about that, see our Green Initiatives.
Each classroom has a telephone with voicemail, and wired and wireless networks allowing faculty and older students to take advantage of the school's T1 Internet connection.
The school also makes occasional use of facilities at neighboring Episcopal High School. Large parent gatherings, like the POPA Dinner or Biennial Gala, are held off-campus.
The Post Oak High School is located at 1102 Autrey Street in Houston’s Museum District—fertile soil for the interdisciplinary partnerships central to this school’s mission: to help students develop the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual skills to live.
Our building was constructed in the 1970s as a single story brick and glass-walled structure. The east and west walls are entirely windows, allowing for daylight to flood the learning spaces throughout the day, creating an airy interior. The open floor plan gives students and faculty vast flexibility to design and redesign the spaces. A small number of closed rooms provide options for when a separated space is preferred. Open areas are divided with furnishings and partitions resulting in dynamic and tailored spaces, perfect for small or large group meetings as needed.
A science lab provides a space for on-site work that extends to work in labs at our partners, such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science just a 15-minute walk away. Our Museum District partnerships give us access not only to world-class physical resources, but also to world-class scientists, artists, and business people.
The school's design studio is the place for hands-on physical investigations, explorations, and innovations. It is a “garage” of sorts where ideas and art can come to life. It is where science becomes engineering and concept becomes design.