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Who We Are

The Post Oak School is an educational leader—both among Houston’s top private schools and among the more than 5,000 Montessori schools across the country. Post Oak has operated continuously since 1963 and is a non-profit corporation. With a faculty and staff of over 100, we provide a culturally diverse student population with a comprehensive education founded on AMI Montessori principles from early childhood through high school.

Post Oak's board chair and head of school

Post Oak Board Chair Vean Gregg and Head of School Maura Joyce

Our students are active and engaged learners, using exploration, hands-on experience, collaboration, and creativity as their main academic tools. At Post Oak, education is challenging, relevant, and never passive—we truly challenge the norm. Maura Joyce, Head of School

At Post Oak, we help children understand the world, not just because the world is infinitely interesting and learning is fun.

  • We help them understand it so they’ll know how to make it a better place.
  • We emphasize reading, math, and science because they open doors into the world.
  • We emphasize independence, self-direction, and choice because they help young people identify which doors they want to walk through.
  • We emphasize collaboration, cooperation, and peace because, ultimately, we know that neither we nor our children walk alone.

Our Mission & Vision

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Our Mission

The mission of The Post Oak School is to prepare an outstanding Montessori environment that fosters collaboration, cooperation and peace, and to provide experiences that promote curiosity, inquiry and engagement. Designed according to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual characteristics and needs of the learner, our methods guide and nurture each individual from infancy to adulthood. The school’s approach is grounded in the principles of AMI Montessori education.

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Our Vision

At The Post Oak School, we will boldly strive towards:

  • Empowering our students to exemplify compassion, independence, and a lifelong love of learning.
  • Advancing our school as the preeminent model of innovative education grounded in Montessori principles.

Our Philosophy

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Our heritage