|The Emery/Weiner School|
9825 Stella Link Road
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Color(s)||Navy and White|
The Emery/Weiner School (EWS) is a co-educational, independent Jewish day school in Houston, Texas, United States, serving grades 6-12. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.
The $14 million campus is located on 15 acres (61,000 m2) of land, in Link Valley, a community in southwest Houston outside of the 610 Loop, inside Beltway 8, and east of the Westwood subdivision.
The school houses 100,000 square feet (9,000 m2) of classroom space, along with several acres of accessible playing fields. Campus highlights include a state-of-the art science and computer labs, a 500+ seat proscenium theater, art and music studios, a multi-court gymnasium, a well-furnished library, football stadium and turf field alongside an incredible weight room, a high-tech audio/visual room, a student center/cafeteria, and a new makerspace known as the Levine Innovation Lab, equipped with lasers and a handful of 3D printers.
Roselyn Bell, author of the "Houston" entry in The Jewish Traveler: Hadassah Magazine's Guide to the World's Jewish Communities and Sights, wrote around 1987 that the school, then the I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School, had a "centrist" viewpoint in regard to the Jewish religious movements.
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The I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School opened in 1978. The first school year, 1978-79 the school operated out of the educational buildings at Congregation Brith Shalom, and the athletic facilities of the Jewish Community Center. The first campus the school owned was located at 12583 South Gessner Road in what is now the Brays Oaks district. I. Weiner moved to 9825 Stella Link Road in 2000 and the Houston Independent School District acquired the former campus; as of 2008 the former campus is Gross Elementary School. Emery High School opened in 2001, and so the campus became collectively known as The Emery/Weiner School. The current campus had replaced some apartment complexes known for criminal activity.
The first students graduated from Emery/Weiner in 2005. In 2008, EWS embarked on a 10.5 million dollar "Expanding Horizons" campaign to expand its facilities and endowment. The expansion included a new Upper School wing, athletics pavilion, and fine arts complex. The school houses a 500-seat theater-style auditorium, two gymnasiums, and a computer center.
Mottos from the school have included Connecting with the Past, Preparing for the Future (2000-2010) (2011–Present), "A Decade of Difference" (2010-2011), and "Experience the Difference..." (2011–present). The Emery-Weiner school hosts a wide variety of clubs and after-school programs which serves to help people within their community. Clubs and activities include Tikkun Olam and after-school tutoring.
There are also a wide variety of sports hosted by the Emery/Weiner school such as lacrosse, football, baseball, cross country, volleyball, track, tennis and golf. The tennis team has won a handful of state titles, competing in the boys and girls state championship tournament almost every year. The Football team won its first TAAPS state championship in 2015, while the baseball team won its first state championship in 2017.
At the heart of Emery/Weiner lies the commitment to experiential education. While the academics in Emery's classrooms are at the top of the state, Emery holds the belief that learning outside of the classroom, through hands-on, engaging trips, has ineffable value.
Middle schoolers at Emery attend a few weekend long campsite trips devoting to the building of comradery between peers. Aside from that, 6th graders take a trip to Galveston, Texas, learning about the ecosystem as well as immigration through Galveston Bay. 7th graders travel on a Texas History trip, highlighted by the stops in Austin and San Antonio. The 8th class embark on a trip to Washington D.C., learning about the history of the United States as well as our government.
Emery High School has three main periods of experiential education. The first are weekend trips to campsites within the first month of school. In the winter, each grade takes another trip to a campsite, focusing on exploration and team-building. Freshman travel to Big Bend National Park, and hike 7,825 feet to the summit of Emery Peak. Seniors, during this time, begin "comparative religions week", where they travel the city deepening their understanding of religions other than Judaism. The third period of experiential education is spring trips. Freshman take a trip throughout the deep south, focusing their learning on the Civil Rights Movement in America. Sophomores travel to San Francisco, with a focus on innovation and inclusion. Juniors travel to New York City, taking all the complexities of the largest city in America. During spring trips, seniors go through "Internship week", where each senior is required to find an internship.
- Bell, Roselyn. "Houston." In: Tigay, Alan M. (editor) The Jewish Traveler: Hadassah Magazine's Guide to the World's Jewish Communities and Sights. Rowman & Littlefield, January 1, 1994. p. 215-220. ISBN 1568210787, 9781568210780.
- Stanton, Robert. "'Death Valley' coming back to life." Houston Chronicle. Thursday July 19, 2001. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
- Bell, p. 218.
- "About Us." The Emery/Weiner School.
- "School Histories: the Stories Behind the Names Archived 2012-09-06 at WebCite." Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 27, 2008. "Gross Elementary School actually existed as the private I. Weiner Jewish Secondary School for some years before HISD acquired it. It became a member of the HISD family in 2000, when the district purchased it, renovated it, and renamed it for local philanthropist Jenard M. Gross. Gross was a real-estate developer committed to the preservation and improvement of urban school systems. HISD opened the school named for him in fall 2001."
- "Overview Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine." Gross Elementary School. Accessed October 27, 2008.
- Home page Archived 2008-12-30 at the Wayback Machine. Brays Oaks Management District. Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
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