About Us

The Awty International School is Houston's premier international school, serving students from PK3 to 12th grade. Awty offers students a rigorous path to graduating with either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the French Baccalauréat (FB) Diploma. Awty is the only school in Houston to be fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

In addition to a challenging curriculum, Awty provides students with a kind and friendly environment, in which diverse cultures, nationalities, and languages are celebrated. Social-emotional learning and character development are highly emphasized, empowering students with resilience, empathy, and problem-solving skills as they grow to become responsible world citizens.

A Diverse Community

Awty is proud to serve a diverse student body of more than 1,700 students from more than 50 countries. About a third of Awty students hold citizenship from a nation other than the United States. In this unique and culturally rich environment, Awty prepares students to learn and lead in an increasingly interconnected world.

Language programs are a cornerstone of the Awty curriculum, and every student is required to take courses in a second language. As you walk the halls, you may hear students and teachers conversing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Dutch, German, or any other of the more than 50 languages spoken by members of the Awty community.

A Distinguished Faculty

Teachers at Awty are dedicated to encouraging learning and the pursuit of excellence inside and outside the classroom—maximizing the potential in every student. The Awty faculty is made up of more than 200 teachers from 26 countries. The average teacher has 15 years of classroom experience, and many instructors hold advanced degrees from various international colleges and universities.

World-class Facilities

The Awty International School has two adjacent campuses located in northwest Houston. The 26-acre main campus serves students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. It features dedicated classroom buildings, including designated science and computer laboratories, music studios, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and dining halls.

The Early Learning Campus serves students in PK3 through 1st grade with 26 classrooms, dedicated spaces for art, music, dining, and after-school programs. Additionally, the 5-acre campus features a full gym, two playgrounds, learning gardens, and three outdoor decks for class activities.

Both campuses feature dedicated drop-off lanes and multiple layers of access control to ensure the safety and security of every student.

A History of International Education

Kathleen “Kay” Awty founded The Awty School, a pre-school, in 1956. In 1975, an Upper School was incorporated, and by 1984, Awty had merged with the French School of Houston to become The Awty International School.

Today, Awty is the largest private day school in Houston and the largest international day school in the United States. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the International Baccalaureate, and the French Ministry of Education. Awty also is proud to serve as the headquarters for the North America division of Mission laïque française (MLF), a nonprofit association of 111 French educational institutions across 36 countries.

 

Purpose Statement

To inspire learners through academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multilingual fluency for a life of global impact.

School Vision

A world-class international school, on a welcoming campus, with a unique school spirit, which challenges and inspires all of our students to achieve their ultimate potential.

School Mission

The Awty International School provides a challenging education, leading to either the International Baccalaureate or the French Baccalauréat.

Within a friendly and nurturing environment, which encourages learning and the pursuit of excellence, Awty celebrates linguistic, cultural and international diversity and seeks to maximize the potential in all of our students as they grow to become responsible world citizens.

Diversity Statement

At Awty, we believe all students thrive best in a culture of vibrant diversity.  Diversity is an essential quality of our school environment; our commitment to learning and the pursuit of excellence can occur only in such a context. It helps us guide our students to become responsible world citizens.

 
We are a community of many cultures, languages, and countries of origin. We are also a community diverse in age, appearance, family structure, gender, gender identity, national origin, political view, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic level, and in the traditions we observe.

 
We strive to be a friendly and nurturing environment for all in our community.  We value every member of our community and treat all with dignity and respect.  We celebrate many traditions and seek to learn from all. Our commitment to learning about and respecting one another’s diversity brings distinct richness to the Awty experience for students, alumni, employees, and parents.