KATY, Texas (FOX 26) - Private and charter schools are moving into Katy and administrators are ready to enroll thousands of students. Katy already has some of the best athletics and academics in its area public schools, but school choice is expanding.
Aristoi Classical Academy has outgrown its space in downtown Katy.
“Our mission is we provide a challenging, classical liberal arts education and that develops a passion for learning in our students,” said Aristoi Classical Academy headmaster Brenda Davidson. The charter school is acquiring new land on Morton Road for a school that will eventually expand to 12th grade.
“I think Texas is a leader in both having liberal home schooling laws and being open to charter schools,” said Matthew Watson, assistant headmaster for the Upper School at Aristoi Classical Academy.
Private schools are moving into Katy as well. The British International School of Houston is one of them, building an $80 million, 175,000 square foot campus for K-12th grades. Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community Church is raising money to build the first Catholic elementary and middle school in Katy. A little more than $3 million, about a third of the goal.
Three mothers were instrumental in another ground breaking.
“My drive was my children,” said Nancy Salazar.
International Leadership of Texas, a charter school system, will open a K-8th grade campus in fall of 2016 with a high school scheduled for 2017.
“It's a trilingual school, English, Spanish and Chinese," said Sandra Werner, another mother. "They have a robust athletics program, and it’s all to prepare students to be servant leaders.”
The mothers sought this tuition-free option, knowing that the Katy Independent School District dual language program ends in 5th grade.
“It’s a blessing for the whole community, not just for me and my kids but for all of Houston,” said Manya Leach.