When it comes to your kids’ education, the choices can seem endless. Finally decided on private school over public? Your journey’s just getting started. How much does annual tuition run? What’s the school’s religious affiliation, if any? How does the admissions process work? Will your child receive one-on-one attention and instruction? And this: is it all worth it in the end? The money, the stress, the waking-up-early-to-drive-the-kids-to-school-on-the-other-side-of-town-and-doing-it-all-over-again-that-afternoon?

Education is serious business, and we’re aiming to provide serious answers to these questions and more with this year’s feature on the city’s top private schools. Within these pages, you’ll find stories from parents who’ve been through it all, guidance from real-life headmasters who’ve seen it all, and tips from experts who may or may not know it all.

We’ve also compiled a handy chart packed with information on Houstonia’s most prominent private schools, to help arm you with the knowledge—the education, if you will—to make the right choice for you and your family.

In This Feature:

For Love and Money

Kids should go to great schools, but at what cost?

09/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Stress Test

At many private schools, both parents and students feel the pressures of success.

09/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Paying the Price for Private School

A top school district or private school still digs a hole into parents’ wallets.

09/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

For Special Needs Students, A Different World

Though public schools offer some services, parents of children with special needs often find private education better in the long run.

09/29/2015 By Lonna Dawson

On Deadline: A Private School Application Schedule

Keeping up with admission requirements is a year-round job.

09/29/2015 By Lonna Dawson

Houston Area Private Schools by the Numbers 2015

Breaking down the differences between 82 of the city’s top private institutions.

09/29/2015 Research by Katherine Gunn, Samantha Ketterer, Macy Moore, Jenae Sitzes, and Trey Strange