Our story began in 2000, when The Woodlands Preparatory School was founded as a college preparatory day school for families seeking small classes with high academic standards. We started with kindergarten through third grade, and the next year we added grades four through six. From that point on, we added one grade each year until we offered all grades from K through 12. The first senior class graduated in May 2008, and since then our graduates have consistently earned admission to their top-choice colleges.
Our current facility opened in 2002 on a forested 18 acre campus just outside The Woodlands. The building contains spacious classrooms, modern science labs, and two full-sized gymnasiums. Adjacent to the building is a world-class observatory, a regulation soccer field, tennis courts, and a large playground and covered picnic area.
Students were drawn to our school from around the world, in part because of our status as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in kindergarten through fourth grade. As our population grew, a vision of our future began to emerge. With a growing population of talented students from dozens of countries and a tradition of strong academics, we saw the opportunity to build a truly international learning community. In the fall of 2013 we began to lay plans that would transform The Woodlands Preparatory School.
First, we knew that we needed to adopt a more international curriculum. With the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme already in place, it made sense to add the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme to our existing AP offerings. We began that process in January 2014, and teacher training and curriculum planning started right away. To support the inquiry-based approach of all IB programmes, the school is implementing a one-to-one technology plan for kindergarten through 12th grade.
NEW FACILITIES FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING
Next, architects drew up plans for bright, exciting facilities on our existing site. The current building will be completely remodeled and expanded. We'll also add new lower school and administrative buildings; state-of-the-art science labs; modern language labs to support language acquisition in Spanish, French, and Mandarin; a 1,000-seat auditorium capable of staging professional-quality productions; a well-equipped art studio with a kiln; a full gymnasium for indoor sports; a half-gymnasium with a rock-climbing wall and fitness equipment; a large swimming pool suitable for swim meets; improved tennis courts; and fields that can be used for lacrosse, soccer, and American football.
The vision for our facilities reflects the IB philosophy of teaching the whole child. Because collaboration and problem-solving are key parts of an IB education, the school's whole environment has been designed to bring people together to talk, work, and socialize. A light-filled cafeteria, outdoor eating areas, and indoor common areas with comfortable seating and workspaces will all be important community gathering places.