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Esperanza -The Outdoor School

1100 Roy Street
Houston, TX 77007

(713) 868-3276


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It takes a lot of awareness and research to develop an appropriate and meaningful philosophy for children. We have found that children need to know they have rights and feelings, and that they can be taught the difference between the two.
Our philosophy about sharing is a good example. We do not enforce sharing because it originates from a developmental stage, then a feeling, then an action. When a child is not coerced, manipulated or forced, he truly has a choice to make. The choice he makes will allow the child to feel empowered and successful.

A Typical Day

Between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m. you may bring a dry breakfast for our child, i.e. toast, bagel with cream cheese, poptart, yogurt, fruit, etc. After 7:30 a.m., we ask that you refrain from sending breakfast foods. Please, pancakes with syrup and cereal with milk are not allowable.

Lunch is at 11:00 a.m. for Toddler House, and 11:30 a.m. for Main House. Please send lunches in a lunchkit (no paper bags, except for field trips that specify it, please), that is clearly labeled with your childâ¿¿s name. Also, please label all containers and eating utensils.

We cannot heat or refrigerate food. Consider using wide mouth thermoses for this purpose.

Weather permitting, we eat lunch outside so messy foods are not a problem. Health regulations so not allow us to send uneaten portions home. No glass containers, please.

At 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the children will have a snack. Please provide two snacks with your childâ¿¿s lunch. These can be fruit, veggies, crackers, pretzels, etc.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school