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Elements of Study for 9th/10th and 11th/12th

In the first two years of their high school career, students’ understanding of the world is developed through introductions to the distinct perspectives of the following disciplines and integrated work across the disciplines in application to real-life problems.

Juniors and seniors engage in an integrated Montessori course of study and framed by the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Students focus on the intersections of place, culture, history, and the natural environment as explored by the disciplines, in pursuit of the unifying values of peace and sustainability.


Areas of Study

Download the PDF to read detailed descriptions of each of the general areas of study for High School students offered at The Post Oak School.


International Baccalaureate

The Post Oak School is one of only a handful of Houston schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program for 11th and 12th grades—described as “a rigorous, off-the-shelf curriculum recognized by universities around the world” when Time magazine featured it in a cover story entitled How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century. IB diplomas are highly regarded around the world, and the state of Texas has legislation requiring universities to implement policies awarding college credit to students who’ve successfully completed the IBDP.

In a New York Times article, educational psychologist Howard Gardner noted that IB helps students ''think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking.'' In this way, IB is a compelling complement to Montessori. Its global perspective and integration of international and social focus into every area of study is an easy fit. IB’s stated mission, “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” matches what Montessori has been about for over 100 years.



Counted among Post Oak's High School teachers are curators and scientists from the world-renowned museums; artists, actors and directors from Main Street Theater and the Glassell School of Art; doctors from the Texas Medical Center; and researchers from the Houston Museum on Natural Science, all of whom work in our partner institutions throughout the Houston Museum District. Our approach connects students directly with experts in the field, shoulder to shoulder. The result is high school classes that break down walls and maximize opportunities for students to engage.



These partnerships have intentionally evolved into internship opportunities for our students. A number of students are following their interests in paleontology, entomology, history, and marine biology by interning weekly at HMNS. Another student who had a long-time interest in psychology interned at the Jung Center. Interest in alternative energy had one group of Post Oak students working on a wind turbine prototype. Another group of students completed an EV car conversion project.



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