Saint Agnes Academy (Texas)

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St. Agnes Academy
St. Agnes Science Building

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United States
Coordinates29°42′23″N 95°32′32″W / 29.70639°N 95.54222°W / 29.70639; -95.54222Coordinates: 29°42′23″N 95°32′32″W / 29.70639°N 95.54222°W / 29.70639; -95.54222
TypePrivate, All-Female
MottoLatin: "Veritas"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Dominican Order
Patron saint(s)St. Agnes of Rome
AuthorityThe Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
SuperintendentDebra Haney
ChairpersonGina DeBottis
DeanCourtney Orsak (Dean of Students)
PrincipalDeborah Whalen
Head of schoolSister Jane Meyer, O.P.
Enrollment927 [1]
Average class size19
Student to teacher ratio12:1
Hours in school day8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Color(s)Black, Gold and White    
Athletics conferenceTAPPS 6A
SportsCross Country, Volleyball, Water Polo, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Golf, Track & Field, Tennis
Team nameTigers
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
PublicationReflections (literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Columns, Veritas Magazine

St. Agnes Academy is a Dominican college-preparatory school for young women grades 9 through 12[3] in the Chinatown area and in the Greater Sharpstown district of Houston, Texas.[4][5] The school operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.[3]


Pauline Gannon, a Dominican Sister, founded St. Agnes Academy in 1905.[3] St. Agnes opened on February 11, 1906, at 3901 Fannin Street[3] in what is now considered to be Midtown. The school was named after Saint Agnes of Rome.[citation needed] The school was founded as a grade one through 12 school with boarding facilities.[3] The University of Texas and the Texas State Board of Education accredited St. Agnes in 1917.[3] In 1939, boarding was discontinued.[3] In 1952, St. Agnes began to serve grades nine through 12 only.[3] In 1963, the school moved from its Fannin Street location to its current location at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard in the Sharpstown area of Houston, Texas.[3] The school motto is Veritas, meaning truth.[3]


In September 1963, the school moved across town to its current location at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard (near the intersection of Gessner Drive and Bellaire Boulevard).[3] St. Agnes Academy is located adjacent to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, a Jesuit school for high school boys. The two schools hold some joint classes together, including choir and band.


In 1974 Texas Monthly stated that St. Agnes had an image of being for "older Catholic families" since many alumnae of the school sent their daughters to attend St. Agnes.[6] The magazine stated that students from both St. Agnes and Duchense, another Houston-area Catholic girls' school, originated from "mostly business and professional people with money."[6]

St. Agnes Academy strives to instill the four pillars of Dominican tradition (Prayer, Study, Community, and Preaching) into the intellects and hearts of each student. At St. Agnes Academy, students are encouraged to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion. The Academy's head of school likes to tell her students, "Take on the world with a Bible in one hand and the news in the other," meaning that students should be aware of the social world around them while also carrying on Catholic traditions that encompass moral choices and spiritual beliefs. Students are given facts and logic to think for themselves, rather than being told what to think. St. Agnes Academy is a great institution for any young women seeking to work and study hard to become a well rounded, empowered individual ready to change the world around her.

Alumnae Association[edit]

St. Agnes Academy alumnae are a part of a network of more than 10,000 graduates as of 2018.[3]

Notable alumnae[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Our Mission & History" St. Agnes Academy. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "c_sh_majorroads8x11.png." (Archive) Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "Chinatown." (Archive) Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on December 4, 2012. Map image, Archive
  6. ^ a b "Texas Monthly's Guide to Private Schools, Part Two". Texas Monthly. October 1974. p. 87. Retrieved June 11, 2020.

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