Admissions FAQs

Yes. We have ongoing admissions and enroll children through spring of the school year provided a classroom opening exists. Children are placed on a waitlist if no opening exists.

Children are placed in classrooms based on developmental levels, not grade level. We offer multi-age classrooms and children are taught at a developmentally appropriate level.

The hours of the school day depend on which level is the most appropriate placement for your child. They are as follows:

  • Emerging Language (2 and 3 years): Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Preschool and Pre-primary (3 – 5 years): Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Elementary: Monday – Thursday, 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; Friday 8:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Yes! These are optional programs that are available for additional fees. They are led by our Parish School staff and are open to all students on a first come, first serve basis.

See optional programs enrollment form for pricing.

Early Morning Drop-Off

Early Childhood: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Elementary: Monday - Friday, 7:00 - 7:45 a.m.

Extended Day:

Program starts when your child’s regular school day ends and runs Monday – Thursday until 4:30 p.m.

Your child will be placed on our roster and processed once your child's file is complete.

View our Application Checklist for a list of required forms.

It is a one-on-one informal assessment with your child. Your child will meet with a speech-language pathologist for 30-45 minutes and then parents will be asked to join. Both parents do not have to attend, only one is required. The screening fee is $150.


Based on the speech-language pathologist's findings, she may or may not recommend your child to visit in the classroom. The visit will be a minimum of two days. Various professionals on staff will be observing and interacting with your child while he/she visits the classroom.

Yes, you will get a chance to observe your child behind a one-way mirror on the second day he/she visits. The observation will be scheduled in most instances during the first hour of the school day right after drop-off.

  • The Director of Admissions
  • The Director of Preschool / Elementary
  • The Instructional Team from the classroom your child visited
  • The School Principal and/or Head of School

Within a few days after your child has completed his/her visit.

Tuition for the 2015-16 school year is $26,500. Please check our tuition page for more information.

For all families, a minimum tuition deposit of $3,250 is due when you return your contract. The remaining balance is paid according to your payment plan of choice (see below).

There are three (3) payment plans:

  • Total payment plan: Full amount is due when you return your contract.
  • Two-payment plan: The first half of tuition is due when you return your contract; the second half is due January 1.
  • Ten-payment plan: Tuition is paid over ten months (or if starting after the start of the school year, however many months until April). A 3.5% carrying charge will be added.

If you have any questions about payment plans, please contact Lori Pohutsky, Accounting Assistant.

Tuition provides specialized services from a professional staff in a classroom where the student-teacher ratio is 5-to-1. An individualized curriculum gives each child the intensive language therapy he or she needs and the tools to identify and utilize strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Students benefit from high-quality staff that includes 18 speech-language pathologists, 9 masters-level educators, certified music, art and occupational therapists, and licensed counselors.

Tuition covers approximately 80% of operating costs. The remaining amount is raised through contributions from the school’s annual fund, foundation gifts and other friends of the school.

Learn more about The Parish Way

The application process for financial assistance can be found online under Financial Aid. Any questions can be directed to Terry Clough, Director of Operations, at 713.467.4696 × 120.


If your child attends The Parish School, we are able to provide documentation of treatment as an out-of-network provider, which some health insurance plans reimburse. The process can be a lengthy one and payment results vary. Insurance reimbursement information can be obtained by clicking the following link:

After reviewing the website information and contacting your insurance carrier, if you have additional questions, please reach out to Virginia Dietz, Office Manager at The Carruth Center or Terry CloughDirector of Operations.

As a school of intervention, the ultimate goal is to prepare children for a more typical classroom setting. Many children transition to a variety of public and private schools in Houston and surrounding areas. While all students make substantial progress at The Parish School, some may continue to demonstrate learning differences, which require a specialized learning environment into junior high and high school. Our staff works closely with parents and other schools in determining the next placement for a student so he or she is able to continue to experience success.