Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

Lower School

2nd Grade/CE1 - 5th Grade/CM2


Tim Long - Head of Lower School
Stephen Scott - Deputy Head of Lower School
Hedy Mankarios - Executive Assistant

Back-to-School Dates

All meetings and events will take place in the Lower School Building on the Main Campus unless otherwise noted.

Awty Plus Fair / Information Tables
(ELC Gym)
Wednesday, August 15
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Parent Orientation for New Families
(ELC Gym)
Wednesday, August 15
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

2nd Grade/CE1 Orientation and Meet-the-Teacher
for New and Returning Families* 

Thursday, August 16
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
*Awty Plus will be available for siblings.

Meet-the-Teacher Open House
PK4/MS - 5th Grade/CM2 with Siblings in 2nd Grade/CE1 
Thursday, August 16
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Language 2 Testing for New Students
Thursday, August 16
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Meet-the-Teacher Open House
3rd Grade/CE2 - 5th Grade/CM2
Thursday, August 16
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

First Day of School for All Students
Monday, August 20
8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Second Language Testing

All new students entering 2nd grade/CE1 through 5th grade/CM2 who have studied French, Spanish, or English as a second language (L2) are required to take a placement test to determine the appropriate instructional level.

Children with no prior exposure to the second language DO NOT need to be assessed as they will be placed into the beginner level class.

The L2 placement tests will take place on Thursday, August 16 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. 

Books and Supplies

All the required books and supplies for Lower School are included in the Book Fee and will be placed in the students’ classrooms before the first day of school. Students should bring a backpack or satchel to carry their books, supplies, and daily homework. Please note students who will ride the school bus may not use Zucas.

Exception for CM1 and CM2: The Petit Larousse Illustré dictionary is required for students in CM1 and CM2, but is not included in the Book Fee. Students may use a recent edition, or to order the latest edition through the School Store, please email schoolstore@awty.org with the following information:

  • Student's first and last names
  • Grade entering in 2018-2019
  • Number of copies requested

The dictionary will cost between $45-$55 USD, based on the exchange rate with the Euro, and will be charged to the student's school account.

Important: All sales are final. This dictionary cannot be returned or exchanged once ordered.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Store at schoolstore@awty.org.

Summer Reading and Handwriting Practice


All students in Lower School have required summer reading that must be completed prior to the first day of school. The School Store does not carry the books on the summer reading lists. They may be purchased through any retail book outlet.

Books in English:  Grades 2/CE1 - 5/CM2

Books in FrenchCE1   CE2   CM1   CM2


Students in Lower School at Awty learn both block print and cursive handwriting. To ease the transition for students who have not been exposed to cursive, parents are encouraged to purchase practice books such as the D’Nealian Handwriting Books available at most retail bookstores and online. The practice books should include both lower and upper case letters.

Arrivals and Dismissal


All Lower School children gather at the playground between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m. Teachers gather students from the playground at 7:50 a.m. and escort them to their classrooms for an 8:00 a.m. start to the school day. On the first day of school only, parents may walk their children to their homerooms. Parent parking is available on North Stadium Drive.

CARPOOL (Drop-Off and Pick-Up)

You will receive a colored sign and a hang tag for carpool purposes prior to the first day of school.

Morning carpool is from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. on the west driveway behind the Lower School building. School personnel will assist your child curbside.

Afternoon carpool begins at 2:55 p.m. on the west driveway behind the Lower School and ends at 3:20 p.m.


Students arriving on the buses walk from the parking garage to the playground with their belongings to join their class. At the end of the day, school personnel will account for bus riders and will load children onto the buses.

School Uniforms


Students in Lower School wear the school uniform every day unless otherwise instructed. Dennis Uniform is our provider and offers three convenient ways to shop:

  1. Shop online at: https://www.dennisuniform.com.  Enter "Awty" and receive FREE shipping on orders over $50.
  2. Shop at their new store: Suite A, 7613 Katy Freeway, 77024 (opening September 2018)
  3. Call Customer Service at 800-854-6951 to place a phone order.

Please review the Uniform Policy for details by grade level and division.


Students in 5th grade/CM2 must change into a Physical Education (P.E.) uniform. The school will supply students with one P.E. uniform during their first P.E. class. Additional P.E. uniforms may be purchased from the School Store.

Students in 2nd grade/CE1 through 4th grade/CM1 wear their regular school uniforms for P.E. classes.

Awty Plus (After Care)

Please visit the Awty Plus section of the website for detailed information about our after-school program, which will run both at the ELC and on the main campus.

Homework Assistance begins on the first day of school and starts at 2:50 p.m. providing supervised after-care until 6:00 p.m.

Awty Plus activities start the second week of school, offering specialty classes in a range of areas. Please refer to the list of Spring Term Activities and their descriptions for a representative sample. The updated list will be available in early August

Registration for Fall 2018 will open on August 8 for ELC and August 10 for Lower School. You will be able to choose a combination of after care including Homework Assistance and Awty Plus activities to suit your child's interests and your after-care needs.

Sage Dining

Sage Dining provides our meals daily. Our on-site chef prepares a daily menu of healthy snacks and lunch options. The cost is included with tuition. For more detailed information visit the Sage Dining web page (available in August).


Telephone: 713-580-0579
Fax: 713-341-4404
Email: admissions@awty.org

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