Thank you for your interest in Houston Sudbury School. What follows is a step by step summary of our enrollment process. (TUITION info is available here)
STEP 1: Get to Know Us
Sudbury schools are surprisingly different from most other public and private schools. Before starting the enrollment process:
Read, watch or listen to some of the abundant information on the Sudbury model and self-directed education and attend an Open House at HSS to learn more about the school and the model.
Schedule a tour of the school. This is a great opportunity to see our campus, meet the staff, and get all of your questions answered. Email Cara DeBusk at to schedule a tour. Tours take about 30 minutes
Step 2: Complete your TADS application -
follow this link to start your application here.
STEP 3: Interview
Email the Enrollment Clerk at to schedule an interview once you have completed your TADS application. Both parents or guardians and the potential student are required to attend the enrollment interview.
The admissions interview is not a test or a means of selecting certain kinds of students. It is a frank discussion during which all parties can make sure that Houston Sudbury School is a good fit for the enrollee and his or her family. It is also an orientation for the student and a chance for us to collect information necessary for enrolling. Interviews generally last about an hour.
STEP 4: Enroll!
At the conclusion of your Enrollment Interview or soon after, we’ll invite you to enroll or we’ll tell you why we cannot offer admission. Before finalizing the enrollment, you may choose to submit a Financial Aid Application through TADS. You’ll receive a financial aid statement within a few days after filing.
Your first month as a student
Each new student’s first four weeks is called their Support Period, a time to settle in and make sure It is a good fit between the student and the school and family. During the Support Period, a mandatory parent meeting is required at two weeks and again after at four weeks. During these check-ins, the school will give you feedback about how things are going, and we will ask for your feedback, too. During the Support Period, if you or the school find that the fit isn’t as good as we thought it would be, you or the school can end the enrollment without making a further financial commitment. At the end of the Support Period, if you or the school are not sure that Houston Sudbury School is a good fit, we may extend the Support Period for another two weeks and schedule another check-in meeting. We want to be sure the school will meet your high expectations! After the Support Period, the school asks you to make a commitment to continue the enrollment for at least one calendar year.
To request more information:
Contact the Admissions Clerk