Texas Private Schools Association  

If you are with a school who has been a member of TPSA in the past, then you have received an invoice via email.

We are so thankful for the many schools who have joined for the 2016-2017 school year already!  We are on track to break another membership record.  We are stronger together.

Schools that have not been a member in the past will be getting information in the next month including a membership application.  Membership ensures continued representation in Austin and DC in order to protect the indpendence and autonomy of private schools in Texas. 

September Featured Schools

Congratulations to Calvary Episcopal School in Bastrop,  Fellowship Christian Academy in Dallas, First Baptist Academy in Baytown, Starpoint School at TCU in Fort Worth, and The Covenant Preparatory School in Kingwood.  These schools are having another fantastic school year serving the needs of families and children in their community.

It gets bigger and better every year, and TPSA is proud to be a part of this important statement to legislators that this issue is important! 

TPSA will have buses provided this year along with an allowance for food for schools who want to attend the rally and visit legislators in the Capitol.  This is a great opportunity for schools to have the chance for a free field trip to the Capitol.  Please contact Laura - [email protected] for more information. 

Are Teachers in Private Schools Happier Than Teachers in Other Schools?

The answer is yes.  In June, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) published a report which looked at reponses by teachers since 2003 to the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).

In 2011-2012, 95 percent of teachers in private schools reported that they were satisfied with their job, compared to 90 percent of teachers in public schools.  These satisfaction levels have remained somewhat steady for about a decade.

Field Trip Ideas:

Take a look at the educator's guide to the Dallas Arboretum for interesting field trip ideas, including an overnight camp. For more details, c
ontact [email protected].

Also, the AT&T Center in Arlington is interested in providing private school learning opportunities with a tour of their facility.  They can cater the experience toward engineering, art, sports, or other themes of interest to our schools.   Please contact  [email protected] for more information.  

If member schools have had good field trip experiences that they would like to share, please let us know so that we may let other schools have this information.  Email us at [email protected]

The Texas Commission on Enviromental Quality is announcing a video contest for students in grades 6-12. 

These 30 second videos illustrate ways to "take care of Texas."  Visit the contest website for more information!


Senate Education Interim Hearing

The Senate Education Committee held an interim hearing on school choice on September 14, 2016.  The discussion was about school choice programs in other states and recommendations for school choice programs in Texas.  The Texas Private Schools Association was invited to testify on private school data - including number of schools, capacity for additional students, interest in participating in a school choice program, tuition averages, and accountability measures in accredited private schools.  You may see the archived video footage of the hearing here.

The Senators were very interested in hearing this information coming from private schools, and we will continue having these discussions with Senators as we head into the session in January.  The House interim hearing concerning school choice will be held on October 17, 2016.

Private Schools Boost College Degrees for Black Males

Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study, Dr. Valija C. Rose found that "of all the factors explored in the study, attending a private school was found to have the most influence on bachelor's degree attainment among high-achieving black males." This study controlled for socioeconomic status.  More details on this study are found in the CAPE Outlook

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) offers a free, one-day, live workshop to public and private school educators in social studies and/or English language arts for grades 5-12.  This workshop is called "Do Not Say They Cannot Hear Us" and is an interdisciplinary workshop on teaching the Holocaust and Genocides.  The workshop is presented on various dates across the state.  Visit the website for more information and registration.