St. Benedict's Prep School

St. Benedict's Prep School
was highlighted on 60 Minutes on March 20th.  This school in Newark, New Jersey serves 550 boys in grades 7-12.  These boys are from low income neighborhoods and the school has a 98% graduation rate. 

Under the guidance of the monks of Newark Abbey, the school's philosophy follows the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition of Christian education.  The boys learn to "take care of each other" in a way that is unusual in many schools.  Watch this inspiring piece on how private schools can change lives and improve society.

April Featured Schools

Congratulations to Dallas Christian School, Lil Goldman Early Learning Center in Ft. Worth, Odyssey School in Austin, St. John's Episcopal School in McAllen, and Trinity School of Texas in Longview

May Featured Schools

Congratulations to Gateway Academy in Houston, Hillier School in Dallas, Lubbock Christian School, St. John's Episcopal School Odessa, and Woodway Christian School.

Baylor University/TPSA Summer Workshop!
June 29, 2016


9-10:30 Legislative Recap with Guest Legislator
10:30-11 Coffee Break
11-12:30 Private Schools in the 21st Century
12:30-1:15 Lunch


Small Groups Discussion:
Breakout 1: 1:30-2:20 Math in the 21st Century
Breakout 2: 2:30-3:20 ELAR in the 21st Century
Breakout 3: 3:30-4:20 Social Studies in the 21st Century

To Register:



Celebrating Historic 2015-2016 Membership Totals!

Thank you for sending in your 2015-2016 membership dues of $1.20 per student to make sure that private schools are represented and have a voice in the public sphere. Membership hit a record high this year, which is an incredible accomplishment leading into the next legislative session when our voice will need to be heard like never before.  If you are not a current member of TPSA, contact Laura at [email protected] or click here for an application.  Together we are stronger!

Also, thank you for putting up with our reminders and filling out the Friedman Foundation/Catholic Conference of Bishops/TPSA survey that has been sent to each school head. We know that this is such a busy time of year, but the information gathered in this important survey will be critical in our efforts to bring responsible and worthwhile school choice to Texas!

School Choice Driving School Improvement

 There is news every day about new school choice programs passing in states all over the country.  South Dakota became the 26th state with its passage of a tax credit scholarship and Maryland became the 27th state to pass similar legislation.  The Council for American Private Education has more information about each of these bills in the April Outlook.  

Recently, the Friedman Foundation released a study entitled, "Pursuing Innovation: How Can Educational Choice Transform K-12 Education in the U.S.?" to answer some of the tough questions to consider when contemplating school choice in Texas. Highlights from the report are findings that educational productivity in our schools have declined dramatically and that competition in the form of school choice has resulted in increased test scores in the public schools that are faced with competition.  Read more analysis in CAPE's May Outlook.

These studies and others will inform our school choice debate that will begin in earnest in January 2017 with the beginning of the next legislative session, but look for previews of the debate after the school finance ruling from the Texas Supreme Court and the interim charge hearings sure to follow!  TPSA will keep you posted!

Immunization Update from the State of Texas

Sections 97.61-97.72 of the Texas Administrative Code are currently under revision.  As a result, the 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for students in grades K-12 are not yet finalized.  No new vaccine requirements have been proposed.  However, please note that proposed changes to the meningococcal requirement for students entering grades 7-12 will require students in these grades to show proof of one dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4 or MenACWY) on or after the student's 11th birthday.  Additionally, the graded implementation of the hepatitis A requirement will extend to grades K-7, as currently prescribed in the 25 TAC §97.63.  For additional information, please contact the Immunization Branch at 1-800-252-9152.